CAVATINA Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition
In memory of Pamela Majaro, Gerard Heller & Rosemary Rapaport
The origins of the present intercollegiate chamber music competition go back to the Heller Quartet Prize, founded and endowed in 1961 by Rosemary Rapaport in memory of her husband, Gerard Heller. Gerard was an amateur pianist with a passion for chamber music, particularly string quartets, hosting many concerts in his home, including the Griller Quartet's first performance in Manchester. Rosemary was a violinist who studied and subsequently taught at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1962, along with her friend Irene Foster, she established the Purcell School.
In 2012 the competition was given a fresh endowment by CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. String quartets now alternate annually with piano trios to compete for the prizes, with both ensembles currently working through their respective works by Beethoven.
From 2016 onwards the competition was also dedicated to one of CAVATINA's two founders, Pamela Majaro, who sadly died in February 2016.
The first prize is donated by CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, whilst the second prize is endowed by the Elias Fawcett Trust.