NOVO Quartet is an up-and-coming Danish-Polish string quartet based in Copenhagen. Founded in 2018, the quartet consists of Kaya Kato Møller and Nikolai Vasili Nedergaard, violin; Daniel Sledzinski, viola; and Signe Ebstrup Bitsch, cello – all students at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. As an ensemble, they are protégés of Tim Frederiksen, the prior teacher and mentor of the Danish String Quartet and the Nightingale String Quartet. NOVO Quartet recently became the first prize winner of P2 Chamber Music Competition 2020. They also got awarded the Grand Prize of the 2020 ENKOR International Chamber Music Competition. In 2019 they reached the semifinals at Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition. Earlier same year NOVO Quartet won Køge Chamber Music Competition and the Scholarship Competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. The quartet also made its international debut in Shanghai and represented the Royal Danish Academy of Music at the Dutch music and architecture festival Tilburg is Mooi. The string quartet was invited to participate in the Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy 2020 but was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.
NOVO Quartet is the recipient of Léonie Sonnings Talent Prize 2021.
Kaya Kato Møller
Nikolai Vasili Nedergaard
Violinist Nikolai Vasili Nedergaard (b. 2000) is a native of Denmark. He is currently studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Tim Frederiksen following prior studies with Alexandre Zapolski. Nedergaard won Second Prize in the Stockholm International Violin Competition and also received a special prize for best interpretation of a Swedish piece. In addition, he took First Prize in the Daleki Akordi Competition in Croatia. He has participated in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Milan Vitek and Sergey Kravchenko. Nikolai plays a Chanot violin on loan from Harby Fonden.
Violist Daniel Sledzinski (b. 1996) is a native of Poland. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as a student of Tim Frederiksen. Currently Daniel is working in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore he is freelancing in the Royal Danish Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, and the Faroe Islands Symphony. Daniel has participated in masterclasses with great musicians such as Pinchas Zukerman, Laurence Power, Peter Herrestal, and Katarzyna Budnik.
Signe Ebstrup Bitsch
Cellist Signe Ebstrup Bitsch (b. 1997) is a native of Denmark. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as a student of Toke Møldrup, following prior studies with Morten Zeuthen and Jacob Shaw. She recently took up a yearlong residence in New York to work with David Geber at the Manhattan School of Music. Signe was a finalist and recipient of a special prize at the Svirel International Competition in Slovenia. In Denmark, she took the gold medal and the Talent Prize at the Berlingske Klassiske Musikkonkurrence. In addition, she received Jacob Gade’s three-year Talent Prize. Recently Signe has participated in masterclasses with renowned cellists Paul Watkins and Torleif Thedéen.