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Geneva International Music Competition 2011 : Breguet rewards young talents


For the tenth consecutive year, Breguet chose to lend its support to the Geneva International Music Competition,where talented young musicians are honoured and some are even offered a chance to record a CD. Several prizes areawarded annually.

In the String Quartet final held on November 20th, and for the first time in the competition’s history, two First Prizeswere awarded: one to the Armida Quartett from Germany; and the second to the Quatuor Hermès from France. Theseeight youthful talents each enjoyed the privilege of receiving a Breguet watch.

The jury, composed of Gene va International Music Competition judges and discerning music -lovers, also made apoint of rewarding the Quatuor Hermès for its magnificent interpretation of “Ainsi la nuit” for string quartetcomposed by Henri Dutilleux and of Beethoven’s Quartet N°12 in E flat major Op. 127, by awarding it the “Coup deCoeur Breguet” Special Prize. This prize offers the winners a chance to record a CD in order to develop their alreadypromising artistic career.

Within this context of fostering burgeoning vocations, the young Korean pianist who won the “Coup de CoeurBreguet” Special Prize in 2010, Hyo Joo Lee, was officially presented with her CD during the Gala Dinner of this 2011edition.

Quatuor Hermès – France

Omer Bouchez, aged 22, first violin

Elise Liu, aged 24, second violin

Yung-Hsin Chang, aged 25, viola

Anthony Kondo, aged 26, cello

Armida Quartett – Germany

Martin Funda, aged 26,first violin

Johanna Staemmler, aged 24, second violin

Teresa Schwamm, aged 23, viola

Peter-Philippe Staemmler, aged 25, cello