New Arts String Quartet

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The New Arts String Quartet was founded in October 1974 aiming to bring a breath of fresh air to the world of music in the footsteps of the Ars Nova movement of the 14th century.
NASQ has wide-ranging repertory from classicists to contemporary composers. Especially in contemporary music, NASQ has been giving a large number of Japanese premiere to works by foreign composers and also has been quick to present the works of internationally active Japanese composers such as Toshi Ichiyanagi, Maki Ishii, Toru Takemitsu, Akira Nishimura, Toshio Hosokawa and Joji Yuasa.
NASQ has regularly taken part in various contemporary music festivals in Japan including 'Music Today' under direction of Toru Takemitsu and 'Summer Festival' presented by Suntory Music Foundation.
In 1994, celebrating its 20th anniversary, NASQ held two commemorative concerts which were highly successful and also commissioned new works to Toshi Ichiyanagi, Joji Yuasa, Toshiro Saruya as well as Karen Tanaka and gave them the world premiere in 1996.
The tours took the Quartet to Australia in 1988, Belgium and France in 1989, Korea in 1992 and Vienna in 1996.
Their incandescent performance of quartets including Zemlinsky at 'Summer Festival' presented by Suntory Music Foundation in 1991 brought them the Hida-Hurukawa Music Prize. Also, NASQ received the Grand Prize of the Japan Arts Festival in 1994 and the 12th Nakajima Kenzo Music Prize in 1995.


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