The recent string quartet winners of the 2023 Concours de Genève will take part in the Young Artistic Elite programme from 2024 for two years

Novo quartet

Novo Quartet © Maya Matsuura

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The Novo Quartet has been selected by the Danish Arts Foundation as artists of its Young Artistic Elite programme from 2024 to 2026. The quartet receives a grant worth €68,000 that will go towards the ensemble’s growth, allowing it to embark on new projects, expand its ideas and share its work globally.

The quartet will work with project consultant and cellist Jacob Shaw to map out a two-year career plan. The ensemble is planning tours across Asia, North America, and Europe, CD recordings, professional development sessions, and development of its own chamber music festival.

’This marks a monumental milestone for our quartet, and we’re eager for what lies ahead,’ the quartet said on social media. ’A big thanks to the Danish Arts Foundation for the recognition - numerous doors have now swung wide open.’

The Novo Quartet recently won first prize at the 2023 Concours de Genève in October, where they also scooped the Young Audience Prize, Students’ Prize, Audience Prize and the Concerts de Jussy Prize. Comprising violinists Kaya Kato Møller and Nikolai Vasili Nedergaard, violist Daniel Śledziński and cellist Signe Ebstrup Bitsch, the quartet was founded in 2018 in Copenhagen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and is currently based in both Copenhagen and Vienna.

Other competition successes include second prize at the 2023 Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition and 2021 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition. The quartet also won the 2023 Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation Competition.

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