Three young European string soloists are among the new intake of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme. They are violinists Veronika Eberle and Alexandra Soumm, both 21, and 28-year-old cellist Nicolas Altstaedt. The Escher Quartet, which was formed in New York in 2005, is another new recruit to the two-year programme, which offers artists broadcast concert and recording opportunities.