Novus String Quartet

String Quartet

Jaeyoung Kim
Young-uk Kim
Kyuhyun Kim
Woongwhee Moon
These four musicians resist the temptation to let their technical mastery come ahead of the music. Instead, it becomes a basis on which they build their transparent, almost modernist sound. That care, combined with an openness to repertoire from Bach to the Second Viennese School and beyond, is what makes them such an unusual ensemble.
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„The ensemble’s playing is incredibly solid and well-balanced. All Four musicians perform at the same level and their music-making is enthralling.“
With these words closes the 2019 review by RBB kulturradio of the quartet’s third album including the Berg’s Lyric Suite and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”.

Established at the Korean National University of Arts in 2007, the Novus String Quartet is one of the leading chamber music ensembles in Korea, and first caused a sensation in Europe in 2012 when they earned the Second Prize in the string quartet category at the renowned ARD Music Competition. Two years later the quartet crowned itself with the First Prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition where Lukas Hagen of the Hagen Quartet was the Jury Chair. Ever since the quartet is filling the international concert halls and inspires audience and critics likewise.

One year after its founding, the quartet celebrated inaugural success at the International Chamber Music Competition Osaka, where the musicians were awarded 3rd Prize. One year later, the quartet received also the 3rd Prize at the 2009 Chamber Music Competition in Lyon.

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, and included them in their 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.
„These players are in their mid-twenties, but already display technical address and musical instincts beyond their years, relishing the emotional highs and lows of these composers' most restless idioms.”The Sunday Times, January 2017
The 2nd recording including Tchaikovsky’s 1st string quartet as well as the sextet “Souvenir de Florence” was released in Autumn 2017, followed by the recording of the string quartet with Berg’s Lyric Suite and Schubert’s quartet “Death and the Maiden” in the Spring of 2019 which was chosen as sélection album by Le Monde in January 2019.

The 2019/2020 season will see them perform at the Stuttgarter Liederhalle, the Wigmore Hall London, the De Single Antwerp, the Auditório Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Louvre Paris and at the Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich,. In addition festival concerts at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the Rheingau Musikfestival as well as the Wissembourg Festival are in their schedule.

2019 / 2020
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2020 /2021
Programme I

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat major, Op.18 No. 6 “La Malinconia“
Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzersonate”
Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Programme II

Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b)
Ravel: String Quartet in F major, Op. 35
Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “From My Life”

Programme III

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44 No. 1 MWV R 30
Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzersonate”
Ravel: String Quartet in F major, Op. 35

Programme IV

Britten: Three Divertimenti for String Quartet
Larcher: String Quartet No. 4, “lucid dreams”
Schubert: String Quartet No. 15, Op. 161 D 887

2019 / 2020


20:00 Uhr
Fischerhude, DE / Butmanns Hof
Novus String Quartet
18:00 Uhr
Wuppertal, DE / Historische Stadthalle
Novus String Quartet
20:00 Uhr
Stuttgart, DE / Liederhalle
Novus String Quartet
17:00 Uhr
La Rochelle, FR / Grand Théâtre de la Coursive
Novus String Quartet, Lise Berthaud
20:00 Uhr
Antwerpen - Novus, BE / De Singel
Novus String Quartet
15:00 Uhr
Lissabon, PT / Grande Auditório Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian
Novus String Quartet
11:00 Uhr
Basel, CH / Theatre Gare du Nord
Novus String Quartet, Harold Hirtz, David Delacroix
19:30 Uhr
Heilbronn, DE / Konzert- und Kongresszentrum Harmonie
Novus String Quartet
19:00 Uhr
Gschwend, DE / Evangelische Kirche Gschwend
Novus String Quartet


Berg & Schubert
Alban Berg
Lyric Suite for String Quartet

Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 14, D 810, “Death and the Maiden”

Franck: Piano Works & Quintet
César Franck
Prelude, Choral & Fuge in B-minor, M21
Prelude, Aria & Final in E-major, M 23
Piano Quintet in F-minor, M 7

Michel Dalberto - Piano

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet & Sextet
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11
String Sextet, "Souvenir de Florence", Op. 70

Lise Berthaud - Viola
Ophélia Gaillard - Cello

Novus Quartet #1
Anton Webern
Slow movement for String Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet, Op. 95, "Quartetto Serioso"

Isang Yun
String Quartet No. 1



Linda Uschinski
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Sylwia Miteva
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