Following a full day of auditions, which featured performances from thirteen talented young musicians studying at UK music colleges and conservatoires, the Quartet faced a difficult decision, but agreed Oscar was the strongest candidate.
Catherine Marwood, violist in the Edinburgh Quartet, said: “We are very excited about working with Oscar. He is an excellent viola player and fitted very well into the group, demonstrating instinctive chamber music skills and much flair.
Building on the success of the first ever competition in 2016, which saw violists Emily Pond and Morag Robertson go on to be joint winners, Oscar will now go on to receive a period of mentoring and rehearsal before a series of appearances with the Quartet.
Oscar, the Quartet’s new ‘Apprentice’, said: “I am delighted! I really enjoyed performing alongside these experienced and communicative musicians in the audition and was struck by the distinctive sound and flexibility of the ensemble. I hope to make chamber music a large part of my future career and I feel the experience of working alongside the Edinburgh Quartet will be so valuable and inspiring. I can’t wait to rehearse and perform alongside the Quartet in the coming months, learning from these wonderful musicians”.
The Quartet are grateful to Creative Scotland, University of Edinburgh and Dr Jean Keeling for their support of the programme and the young musicians taking part.