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Esmé Quartet

String quartet

Wonhee Bae – Violin
Yuna Ha – Violin
Jiwon Kim – Viola
Ye-Eun Heo – Cello

The Esmé Quartet was formed in 2016 in Cologne by four Korean musicians who were then active at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz.

At home in Germany, the Esme Quartet is one of the most dynamic and multi-faceted string quartets of its generation, winning audiences and reviewers over with its infectious energy and immaculate ensemble playing. The four South Korean musicians’ ensemble was the first all-female string quartet to win the first prize and four special prizes, including the Mozart and the Beethoven Prize, at the 2018 International String Quartet Competition at London’s Wigmore Hall: a sensational launch of an international string quartet career.

With their shared background of studies first in Korea, later in Paris and Cologne, the members form a tightly knit unit with a passion for the string quartet repertoire, while each is a strong musical personality. The quartet’s name, Esmé, is an old French word meaning ‘beloved’ or ‘esteemed’.

Participated in festivals

2020 To the East