Announcement and Schedule of the next Competition 2022 / see "News"

The next Irene Steels Wilsing Foundation competition will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2022 as part of the Heidelberg String Quartet Festival.

Place: Rudolf-Wild-Halle Eppelheim
Schulstraße 2
69214 Eppelheim

From 10 am - 6 pm.

The rehearsal in the hall and the draw will take place on Wednesday, January 19, 2020 from 4 pm!

The application deadline for participation is October 1, 2021

The competition is ment for young professional string quartets, the members should live in Europe and the total age should not be over 120 years on Jan.20th.22— no member may be older than 35 years.

The application documents are to be sent in German or English exclusively by mail to: irene(at)

The application must be attached:

  • Biography (continous text max. 2000 signs including space)
  • video recording of at least two movements from two DIFFERENT quartets from different periods (we definetely prefer LIVE recordings) at least 15 Minutes play time. The recordings should not be done before 2019!
    You CAN send the piece of Wolfgang Rihm, but you don‘t have to!
    See below: DUTY
  • Passport copy of each quartet member to see the date of birth
  • complete title of works and movements of the recordings
  • Two photos
  • full adress of one member (including mobile number)


Eight selected quartets will receive a confirmation and an invitation for the January 20, 2022 in Heidelberg until October 15, 2021.

Prizes to win:

  1. Price: Scholarship for one year, monthly 1.000 Euro, 12.000 Euro in total
  2. Price:  6.000 Euro
  3. Price:  4.000 Euro 

As well as an audience award of Heidelberger Frühling
The 1st prize winning quartet will be invited to take part in the Streichquartettfest 2023.


The presentation of each quartet will take around 30 minutes:

a) Playing (the jury chooses movements from the string quartets you announced)

DUTY: One piece for string quartet by Wolfgang Rihm, whose Oeuvre will be the central of the Streichquartettfest to celebrate his 70th birthday. The list of works for string quartets is attached. The duration of the Rihm piece to be chosen has to be at least 10 minutes. Wolfgang Rihm: Liste der Werke für Streichquartett

 b) an interview with the five members of the jury
    This converstaion is about the situation of the group and its goals as well as  
    questions concerning the pieces.


We are sorry for NOT being able to cover accommodation costs- we can assume  part of the traveling expenses.

With the application, the quartet declares that they waive any legal remedies against the foundation and have no legal claim to the granting or payment of any funding promised by the foundation.

Contact ONLY by mail:

Irene Schwalb

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