Each year a talented group of musicians are chosen from hundreds of students as the winners of the Boconnoc Music Award. The award was established by the late Anthony Fortescue and his wife Elizabeth Fortescue, owners of Boconnoc in 2012. The prize constitutes a week’s residency on the estate, with all travel, lodging and costs covered, providing a valuable opportunity for the musicians to work intensively on repertoire and technique in a private and unique environment.
The group take up residence on the estate for a week in July and perform two concerts to the public; one in Boconnoc Church and one in Boconnoc House. These inspiring concerts enable classical music lovers to see top musicians in the early stages of their development in the beautiful surroundings of Boconnoc.
This year the group selected for this esteemed award goes to ‘The Brompton Quartet’. Formed in September 2018, the Quartet is comprised of musicians from the UK, Austria and Slovenia, studying at the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London. Although they have only been playing together for a few months, they have already worked with artists including Daniel Rowland (Brodsky Quartet), Mats Zetterqvist (Chamber Orchestra of Europe), Mark Messenger, Rafael Todes, Richard Lester, Jon Thorne and the Harlem and Marmen Quartets.
All four members of the group are also active orchestral musicians and soloists, and have participated in festivals including the St. Endellion festival, Uppingham Int, Music Festival Peterborough, Prussia Cove, Padova and Stift International Music Festival. Prizes won by individual members of the group include 1st prize at the 13th Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Strumentisti, 3rd prize and the special Szymanowski award at the 1st International Karol Szymanowski Competition in Katowice, Poland, and 1st prize at the first International Tartini Competition, Cambridge University Instrumental Award, and the Inaugural Peterhouse Camerata Musica chamber music prize.
The Brompton Quartet are now excited to continue working on a diverse range of new repertoire and to perform as much as possible in the coming year – they look forward to upcoming recitals around London, and to traveling to Switzerland to partake in the Swiss Chamber Academy. They also have upcoming performances in Slovenia and Austria in Summer 2019. They were delighted to have also won the 2019 St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition.
Boconnoc House Concert
Violins: Maja Horvat, Emily Turkanik
Viola: Hannah Gardiner
Cello: Wallis Power
Haydn – String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 4
Puccini – Crisantemi
Elgar – String Quartet in E minor
Piazzolla – Four, for Tango
Tickets are £23 and include canapés and drinks on arrival.
Previous winners of the award have gone on to do a wide range of work from project managing the Michael Kamen Music Collection to playing with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
“There is nothing more exciting than being given an opportunity to be inspired by music and to do so in a peaceful environment. An opportunity like the Boconnoc Award is so valuable to our professional careers and reminds us why we love music so much.”
– Pablo Ortiz de Urbina