NOVUS String Quartet NY Carnegie Hall Debut Concert

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8PM

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
(154 West 57th Street, New York City)

Tickets $25 ($15 for seniors and students available only at the Carnegie Hall Box Office)


  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, String Quartet No.16 In E Flat Major.KV.428
  • György Ligeti, String Quartet No.1 "Métamorphoses Nocturnes"
  • Anton Dvořák, String Quartet No.13 in G Major, Op.106

Biography of NOVUS String Quartet

Since its foundation in 2007, the Novus String Quartet has firmly established itself on the international chamber music scene. The Quartet enraptured an international audience in 2008 when they were awarded third place at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, a remarkable achievement for a quartet from a country with few professional string quartets. Their success continued when they won third prize at the Lyon International Chamber Music Competition in 2009. Living up to their Latin name, the Novus Quartet brought new honor to their country by becoming the first Korean ensemble team to achieve such international acclaim. Most recently, in 2012, they won third prize and the audience prize in the Fifth International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition, and received a one-year sponsorship as winner of the Artsylvia Chamber Music Auditions. In addition, the Novus Quartet won second prize at the ARD International Music Competition, the largest international classical music competition in Germany. 

Founded by violinist Jae-Young Kim with award-winning young musicians from the Korean National University of Arts, the Novus Quartet also includes violinist Young-Uk Kim, violist Seung-Won Lee, and cellist Woong-Whee Moon. In a continuous effort to broaden and enrich their music, the quartet members are currently taking the master degree course under the guidance of Christoph Poppen and Hariolf Schlichtig at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (Academy of Music and Performing Arts Munich). 

Showing passionate commitment to twentieth-century repertoire by composers such as Dutilleux, Bartók and Berg, the Novus String Quartet also receives great applause for its fluid performances of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Wolf, and Ravel. The Quartet has earned acclaim with performances at the Berliner Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Prinzregententheater in Munich, Joseph Haydn Hall in Vienna, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Salle Molière in Lyon, Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, Panama National Theater, and Haydn Music Festival in the Czech Republic. In Seoul they have won accolades at the LG Arts Center, Sejong Chamber Hall, and Kumho Art Hall, and were featured during a reopening festival at the Rodin Gallery in a tribute to Beethoven. 

More recently the Novus Quartet has appeared at the Seoul Spring Chamber Festival and the highlight of this season was marked by their performance tour through Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Panama, sponsored by Korean Foundation. The tour not only attracted wide media attention and great audience response, but helped bring together the music and talented artists of Korea and Latin American countries. 

The Novus Quartet has been heard frequently on television and radio broadcasts, particularly in Korea on the KBS Classic Radio channel and on the KBS television program Classic Odyssey. In 2010 they were chosen as the most outstanding rising star in the classical music category by Auditorium, a widely-read monthly classical music magazine in Korea.

Miro Yoon