The Novus Quartet (pictured) from South Korea has triumphed in the string quartet section of the Eleventh International Mozart Competition of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. The ensemble was presented with the Ian Stoutzker Prize, worth €20,000, following its performance in the final round of works by Schubert, Berg and Mozart.
Founded in 2007, the Novus String Quartet was awarded second prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2012, and in 2013 made its debut at Carnegie Hall, New York. As the winner of the International Mozart Competition, the ensemble will also undertake an extensive European tour, organised by Impresariat Simmenauer. The prize also includes concert opportunities in Salzburg, organised by the International Mozarteum Foundation, and a DVD production.
The International Mozart Competition takes place every three to five years in string quartet and singing disciplines. This year’s string panel was chaired by Lukas Hagen. Second prize, worth €12,000, was awarded to Quatuor Varèse, a French quartet founded in 2006, while third prize, worth €8000, went to Quatuor Lumière, founded in 2011, incorporating musicians from Australia, France and the Ukraine.