The Vienna-based quartet receives €60,000 and concert engagements


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The Jürgen Ponto Foundation has awarded its 2024 Music Prize to the Vienna-based Javus Quartet, receiving €60,000 and concert engagements at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Heidelberg String Quartet Festival, and Beethovenfest Bonn.

The Javus Quartet was established in 2016 and comprises violinists Marie-Therese Schwöllinger and Alexandra Moser, violist Marvin Stark and cellist Oscar Hagen. The quartet is currently studying with Johannes Meissl at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, as well as receiving guidance from Lukas Hagen, first violinist of the Hagen Quartet. The Javus Quartet has received numerous awards, including the Zukunftsklang Award Stuttgart, the Musica Juventutis Prize, and the Hans Gál Prize.

The Jürgen Ponto Foundation Music Prize was established in 2012 and is awarded biennially to promote young artists. String quartets from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland who have already won an international competition are eligible to be considered for the prize. Previous winners include the Leonkoro Quartet, Goldmund Quartet, and the Vision String Quartet.

This year’s jury comprised Ralf Suermann, Gregor Sigl, Michael Gassmann, Frank Siebert, and Annett Baumeister.

‘We have observed the Javus Quartet intensively over the past few years. We now believe that the moment has come to recognize the impressive skills of the ensemble and the courage with which they are developing their very own artistic signature,’ the jury said. ‘The four musicians have made extremely promising developments in recent years and have now reached an artistic level that is absolutely ready for the podium. With its prize, the Jürgen Ponto Foundation would like to make a contribution to ensuring that the reputation of this ensemble, which will soon be one of the leading string quartets of its generation, becomes even more widespread.’

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