- Instrument: String Quartet
The Barbican Quartet was founded in 2014 by violinists Amarins Wierdsma and Ionel Manciu, violist Christoph Slenczka, and cellist Yoanna Prodanova. The quartet met at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where they study individually with David Takeno and Louise Hopkins. The young quartet regularly performs in the UK and Europe in such venues as the Barbican Hall, Milton Court Hall, Casa de Musica (Porto), St James’s Piccadilly and the Ashmolean Museum. The quartet made its Wigmore Hall debut in 2017 thanks to the Musicians’ Company Maisie Lewis Young Artists’ Fund.
Winners of the St James Quartet Prize, the Barbican Quartet are Park Lane Group Young Artists and have appeared in such festivals as the IMS Prussia Cove, Harmos Festival (Portugal) and the Young Virtuosi Festival 2016. The quartet has undertaken residency at the Mozarteum Salzburg in 2015 and has been selected by ProQuartet to participate in the 2016 masterclasses scheme. The Barbican Quartet are thankful to the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust, which allows them to receive coaching from members of the Belcea Quartet. Their mentors also include Alasdair Tait, David Waterman, David Takeno, Levon Chilingirian, Rita Wagner and Ferenc Rados.