The Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust was launched by us in 2012 with two separate objectives in mind.
When the Belcea Quartet was establishing its national and international career, we were offered the unimagined privilege of a close and personal mentor relationship with members of the Amadeus and Alban Berg Quartet. It was an intense experience that became etched into our musical development and performance. Recognising its magnitude, we visualise it as a debt and so the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust was founded in 2012 to establish a fund for two distinct and significant objectives.
The first is to preserve and propagate that privilege from which we ourselves benefitted so profoundly. In its first five years, the Quartet has created and delivered our own personal mentoring relationship offer for outstanding young quartets. The programme is tailored to each quartet’s individual needs and is completely independent of any music colleges and other educational institutions. The Piatti, Novus and Calidore Quartets are amongst the very fine young groups who have worked with the Belcea Quartet at no cost to themselves and to significant effect. They have won prizes at international competitions and are now enjoying considerable careers. Since 2016, as a result of repeated requests and recognising a need, the coaching offer has extended to include piano-based ensembles, The Isimsiz Piano Trio being one of the first. We are gratified and proud as these young, gifted groups and ensembles join our Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust alumnae.