Artists biographies
Novus String Quartet

‘The ensemble’s playing is incredibly solid and well-balanced. All four musicians perform at the same level and their music-making is enthralling." It was with these words that Lukas Hagen, first violinist of the renowned Hagen Quartett, described the four musicians' artistic quality after their performance at the International Mozart Competition held in Salzburg in 2014. Lukas Hagen was president of the Jury. The quartet went on to win First Prize at the Competition.

Established at the Korean National University of Arts in 2007, the Novus String Quartet is one of the leading chamber music ensembles in Korea. Since the quartets triumph at the prestigious ARD International Chamber Music Competition in Munich in 2012, where it was awarded Second Prize, the Novus String Quartet has gained steady recognition in Europe.

From 2011 to 2014, the Novus String Quartet studied with the Professors Christoph Poppen and Hariolf Schlichtig at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and in the season of 14/15 at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck with Professor Heime Müller, former member of the Artemis Quartet. Since June 2015, the Belcea Quartet has been the mentor of the Novus String Quartet. The quartet is part of the Belcea Quartet Trust Coaching Scheme.

Their first CD (Novus Quartet #1) was released at the French Label Aparté in spring 2016, presenting works from Beethoven, Webern and the rarely played Korean composer Isang Yun.

During the past season, the Novus String Quartet played at the Musikfest Berlin, Flagey Brüssel, Louvre Paris as well as at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Highlights for the current season include their debut at the Wigmore Hall London, the Wiener Konzerthaus, as well as at the Herkulessaal and L'Auditori Barcelona.

Foto: Jin-ho Park Foto: Jin-ho Park

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017