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March 30 , 2004

Belgian Prizes for Zehetmair

The Zehetmair Quartet, who won a round of major prizes in 2003 for their riveting New Series recording of Schumann’s 1st and 3rd String Quartets have just won two more. The prizes are the coveted Prix Caecilia 2003, given by the Belgian music press, and the Klara Musiek Prijs, from the Flemish classical radio station KLARA.

From the Caecilia Award jury citation: "Le quatuor Zehetmair nous livre une vision fascinante de l'univers musical contrasté et complexe des quatuors à cordes de Robert Schumann: moments lyriques et séquences dramatiques sont transmis par un jeu d'ensemble d'une rare perfection, qui sert de base à une très grande richesse de couleurs et à une sensiblitié intimiste.”

The prizes were presented to the Zehetmair Quartet after a concert (“intense and fantastic”, according to local reports) at the Brussels Conservatoire on March 29th.