The Signum Quartet from Germany has been selected to join the BBC's New Generation Artists scheme for 2011–13. The artist development programme includes concert opportunities in London and around the UK, appearances and recordings with the BBC Orchestras, studio recordings for Radio 3, and appearances at the BBC Proms.

Founded in 1994, the Signum Quartet won prizes at the Premio Paolo Borciani in 2008, and at the London International String Competition and ICMC Hamburg in 2009. The quartet joins cellist Nicolas Altstedt, violinists Veronika Eberle and Alexandra Soumm, and the Escher Quartet, who are all starting their second year on the BBC scheme.