Wooil Lee, violin
Sejune Kim, viola
Hyoung Joon Jo, cello
The Abel Quartet was formed in 2013 by four young Korean musicians living and studying in Munich under the supervision of professors Christoph Poppen and Hariolf Schlichtig.
The great musical talent and potential of the Abel Quartet have made it recipient of numerous invitations and awards from many prestigious international music festivals. In 2015, it was awarded First Prize at the 6th Joseph Haydn International Chamber Music Competition in Vienna and 2nd Prize at the 11th Concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon. The previous year, it had been awarded 2nd Prize at the International August Everding Competition 2014 in the String Quartet category.
Since its formation, the Quartet has offered notable recitals in Dresden, Wörthsee and Paris, as well as in the Korean cities of Seoul, Tong-Yeung, Changwon and Daejeon, among others. In 2014, as part of the Days of Chamber Music at the HfMT Munich, the Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcasted their interpretation of Bartók’s 4th String Quartet, Beethoven’s Op. 59 No. 2, and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet, which has helped them gain further recognition.
In July 2015, the Abel Quartet received invitations from the Cassalmaggiore Music Festival in Italy and Ticino Musica in Lugano, Switzerland, to attend the festivals as Quartet in Residence, where they performed together with Maestro Sung-Won Yang and Hariolf Schlichtig. In 2017, the Abel Quartet will perform at the Heidelberger String Quartet Festival, as part of the activities for the Heidelberger Frühling International Music Festival.
The Abel Quartet has received important musical guidance from Eberhard Feltz, Heime Müller (Artemis Quartet), Hartmut Rohde (Mozart Piano Quartet), Piotr Szumiel (Apollon Musagete Quartet), and from the Cuarteto Casals. The Abel Quartet is currently based in Basel, where they study under Prof. Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet).
Since 2014, the Abel Quartet has participated in ProQuartet professional program.