Stephen Upshaw and the Dulcinea Quartet have been awarded Trinity Laban’s Richard Carne Junior Fellowships for 2016/17.

The awards offer support for exceptional young musicians making the leap from full-time conservatoire study to a professional career.

The Dulcinea Quartet Photo: Aiga Photography
The Dulcinea Quartet
Photo: Aiga Photography

The Dulcinea Quartet – Minn Majoe, Haru Ushigusa, Martin Wray and Kirsten Jenson) – formed in 2008. The ensemble, which will receive £10,000, said: ‘We are passionate about collaborative performance, so we are bringing to Trinity Laban our exciting and unique project Anima, which brings together some of the UK’s most dynamic contemporary composers, musicians and filmmakers. Other fun projects include chamber music speed dating, as well as coaching and our own performances.’

Violist Stephen Upshaw, who will receive £6,000, said: ‘Over the course of the coming year, I aim to undertake a combination of performance projects, education work with both music and dance students, collaborative endeavours with other artistic partners and commissioning projects involving premieres at Trinity Laban.’

Previous recipients of Richard Carne Junior Fellowship awards include flautist Claire Wickes, pianist Christopher Guild, the Benyounes String Quartet and the Jubilee Quartet. The 2015/16 fellows are the Piatti Quartet and violinist Harriet Mackenzie.