The Belcea Quartet is a youthful group from London, founded at the Royal College of Music in 1997. Its members are Corina Belcea first violin, Axel Schacher second violin, Kryzsztof Chorzelski viola, and Antoine Lederlin cello. After coaching for nearly three years with the Chilingirian Quartet, the Amadeus Quartet, and composer/violinist Simon Rowland-Jones, the Belcea went on to win international string quartet competitions in Osaka and Bordeaux during its first year in the public eye. Through additional honors gained and exposure received via the BBC, the Belcea Quartet landed the position of in-house string quartet at Wigmore Hall in London (until 2006), and at about the same time signed a recording contract with EMI Classics. In 2011, it began a new series of recordings for Zig-Zag Territoires. The Belcea Quartet embarked on its first tour of the United States in the 2005-2006 season. It is quartet-in-residence at the Guildhall School, and, since the 2010-2011 season, shares ensemble-in-residence at the Vienna Konzarthaus duties with the Artemis Quartett.