Since its inception the quartet has set itself the goal of meeting the demands of the genre with the highest level of expression, vitality and dedication. The artistic development of the quartet has been shaped and influenced by intensive periods of study with the Alban Berg, Artemis and Melos Quartets as well as masterclasses with György Kurtág, Tabea Zimmermann, Walter Levin, Alfred Brendel and Jörg Widmann.
In 2000, the Signum Quartet was awarded a scholarship by the Deutsche Musikrat as well as the Sonderpreis of Zonta International. The Signum Quartet is a laureate of the Premio Paolo Borciani 2008 (Reggio Emilia, Italy) and the London International String Quartet Competition 2009, where it was also awarded the coveted audience prize.
Since October 2008 the quartet has received a scholarship from the IIMC of the Reina Sofía School of Music which has enabled further studies with Prof. Günter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet.
The quartet has performed in notable venues such as the Laiezhalle Hamburg, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Philharmonie Essen, at the Festival Aix-en-Provence and the Rheingau-Musikfestival, and has been broadcast on WDR, NDR, Deutschlandfunk, DRS, ORF and Arte.
Since May 2009, the Signum Quartet has been supported by the stART programme of the Bayer Cultural Affairs Department (Bayer Kultur). An initiative of the ‘Villa Musica’ Chamber Music Foundation, in collaboration with the SWR, led to the production of a disc with works by Haydn, Schumann and the premiere recording of the First String Quartet by Jörg Widmann, which the composer considers to be the definitive reading of this work.
The Signum Quartet has been playing in its current formation since December 2007.