Announcement and Schedule of the Contest:

The next Irene Steels Wilsing Foundation competition will take place on Thursday, January 27, 2022 as part of the Heidelberg String Quartet Festival.

Start: 10 o‘clock End: 6 o‘clock

The rehearsal in the hall and the draw will take place on Wednesday, January 26, 2020 from 4 pm!

The application deadline for participation is October 1, 2021

Professional string quartets whose members are all domiciled or living in Europe may apply

- whose total age of life on the day of the competition does not exceed 120 years; no member can be older than 35 years.

The application documents are to be sent in German or English exclusively by mail to:

The application must be attached:

  • - Quartet CV (continuous text)
  • - link to youtube or wetransfer: record at least TWO movements from two DIFFERENT quartets. (POSSIBLE live recordings)
  • - Copy of the passport of each member from which the date of birth appears.
  • - Title and complete typesetting of the two works prepared for the competition
  • - Two photos

Eight selected quartets will receive a confirmation and an invitation for the January 27, 2022 in Heidelberg until November 1, 2021. About the order of foreplay, the lot decides.

There are three prizes to win:

12,000 euros, 6,000 euros and 4,000 euros

as well as an audience award of the Heidelberger Frühling.

Please provide the full address of the contact person (with mobile number).

The presentation consists of a short concert (individual movements selected by the jury from the two quartets) and a conversation, total duration max. 30 minutes.

The jury is five-headed.

By filing the application, the claimant (s) also declare that they waive any remedies against the Foundation and have no legal right to the granting or payment of any funding granted by the Foundation.


Organization of the competition and contact person:

Irene Schwalb

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