Cecilia String Quartet wins two prizes at Bordeaux

The Cecilia String Quartet. / Photo: J. Lynn Kageyama

The Cecilia String Quartet, quartet in residence of the Schulich School of Music, on May 16 captured two prizes at the 2010 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition: the Prix de la Sacem for best performance of the commissioned work by Gilbert Amy, and the International Summer Academy at Niedersachsen prize. The Prix de la Sacem has a value of 5,000 euros. The Bordeaux competition has been one of the world’s premier string quartet competitions since its inception in 1999. This year, 12 of the world’s most promising quartets took part after a rigorous international selection process. The all-female Cecilia quartet won the 2007 Galaxie Rising Stars award in Canada and took second prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. As the current resident string quartet at Schulich, the musicians are pursuing graduate diplomas under the guidance of Prof. Andre Roy, while teaching undergraduate chamber music ensembles.