The Arete Quartet from South Korea Wins the 2021 Prague Spring Festival Competition“Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Ruzickova Prize” awarded for first place in the Competition for String Quartets.

The Foundation’s annual Prize is US$1,500 plus a substantial grant to support future public performances, including compositions by Viktor Kalabis, by the winner.

The final round of the Prague Spring Festival Competition for String Quartets took place in May 2021. The winners performed compositions by Leoš Janáček’s and Ludwig van Beethoven. Arete Quartet: Seonghyeon Park, Chaeann Jeon, Donghwi Kim, Yoonsun Jang.


The Arete Quartet perform at the Rudolfinum concert hall.

The quartet, founded in September 2019, unanimously passed the Young Chamber Concert audition at Kumho Art Hall in the same year and debuted at Kumho Art Hall in Yonsei in September 2020. It was featured on KBS radio.

The Arete Quartet has performed at the Fraum Instrument Museum, Seocho Chamber Music Festival, Guro Classic Festival, Kukje Art Hall Series and The House Concert. Arete Quartet’s teachers are is Professor Christoph Poppen and Novus Quartet’s Jaeyoung Kim and it received a master class from Ébène Quartet.

Ales Brezina, chairman of the Czech Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Ruzickova Foundation, and member of the US board, with the winners.