Apprentice Competition 2018

Search for the next EQ Apprentice begins!

‘The Apprentice’ is an exciting scheme, now in its second year, devised by the Edinburgh Quartet for exceptionally talented young string players keen to develop a career in chamber music. This unique opportunity to play as part of an established and professional string quartet has proven to be invaluable experience and development for our previous finalists.

The competition is open to violinists, violists and cellists aged between 18 and 25 and based in the UK.

Stage 1 – Application
Entrants are invited to submit their CV, detailing relevant experience, with a cover letter explaining why they wish to enter the competition. Details of two referees are to be provided (one of which must be your current instrumental tutor). Deadline: 12 noon on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Stage 2 – Performance
Entrants successfully progressing to Stage 2 will be invited to attend an all-day event on Sunday 11 February 2018, held at the Reid Concert Hall in Edinburgh, where they will be asked to play in place of a player from the Edinburgh Quartet on the concert platform.

At the end of the event, one participant will be invited by the Edinburgh Quartet to join them as their Apprentice, and go forward to form a string quintet for a series of public concerts in the forthcoming season. These concerts will be preceded by an intensive period of rehearsal and mentoring. Concert dates will be made available as soon as possible.

For full details please download the applicant pack.

This opportunity is supported by Creative Scotland and the Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh.