John Gilhooly, Director of London's Wigmore Hall, awarded the Takács String Quartet with the Wigmore Hall Medal on Saturday 10 May 2014. The Medal, inaugurated in 2007, recognises major international artists and significant figures in the classical music world who have a strong association with the Hall. The Takács Quartet made its debut at Wigmore Hall in 1979, as Gold Medal winner of the inaugural Portsmouth (now Wigmore Hall) International String Quartet Competition and is recognised as one of the world's leading string quartets. In 2012 Wigmore Hall appointed the Takács Quartet as its first ever Associate Artists.
The presentation was made on the stage following Saturday's concert, which included works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Webern. A special medal for each member of the Quartet was designed and made by British artist and medallist Irene Gunston. This is the first time a string quartet has been awarded the medal. Recent recipients of the award include András Schiff, Thomas Quasthoff, Menahem Pressler and Dame Felicity Lott.
John Gilhooly said 'Since taking the London audience by storm at its Wigmore debut in 1979, the Takács has enjoyed a long and much loved relationship with the city. It's only right that we acknowledge their significant association with Wigmore Hall'.
Edward Dusinberre, on behalf of the Quartet, said 'We enjoy many of our happiest and most rewarding concert experiences onstage at the Wigmore, and feel deeply honoured to receive this award'.
Posted: 16 May 2014
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