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Pavel Haas Quartet

String Quartet
Veronika Jarůšková, violin / Marek Zwiebel, violin
Radim Sedmidubský, viola / Peter Jarůšek, violoncello

  • The Pavel Haas Quartet have been called “the world’s most exciting string quartet” (Gramophone). Since winning the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy in Spring 2005, they have established themselves as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, performing at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and recording six award-winning CDs. Based in Prague, the quartet studied with Milan Skampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet, and still enjoy a close relationship with him.

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  • In the 2015/16 season the quartet will return to LSO St Luke’s for a BBC Radio 3 residency in February 2016, they will make their South Korea debut in Seoul and embark on a North America tour in autumn 2015 including concerts in Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Vancouver and Montreal. They will perform concerts at the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Munich Herkulessaal, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Stockholm Konserthuset and the Schubertiade. Last season’s highlights included the quartet’s ‘Bohemia’ series exploring Czech repertoire at major European concert halls, a residency at the Bodenseefestival and appearances at the Verbier, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals.


    The Pavel Haas Quartet record exclusively for Supraphon, and their most recent recording of Smetana’s String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 was awarded Best Chamber Music Recording at both the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards and the 2015 Gramophone Awards. This is the fourth time the quartet win a Gramophone award and the second time they receive a BBC Music Magazine Award. Gramophone commented: ‘Their sound is, as always, immediately recognisable – partly due to the sheer richness of timbre but also the sense of four personalities at play… at times it’s hard to believe you are in the presence of only four players, so intense is the sound.’ BBC Music Magazine remarked that these were ‘definite performances in which nothing is taken for granted’. The quartet also won a Gramophone Award in 2014 for their recording of Schubert’s String Quartet ‘Death and the Maiden’ and the String Quintet with cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, and their account of Dvořák’s String Quartets No.12 ‘American’ and No.13 was awarded both the Chamber Music award and the most coveted prize, Recording of the Year in 2011. The Sunday Times commented: ‘Their account of the ‘American’ Quartet belongs alongside the greatest performances on disc.’ The quartet also won the Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 2010 for their disc featuring Prokofiev’s String Quartets Nos 1 & 2, and received yet another Gramophone Chamber Music Award in 2007 for their recording of Janáček’s Quartet No.2 ‘Intimate Letters’ and Haas’s Quartet No.2 ‘From the Monkey Mountains’.


    In 2007, the Cologne Philharmonic nominated the Quartet as ECHO Rising Stars, resulting in a tour to major concert halls worldwide. The Quartet took part in the BBC New Generation Artists scheme between 2007-2009, and in 2010 were awarded the Special Ensemble Scholarship of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.


    The Quartet take their name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899-1944) who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt in 1941 and tragically died at Auschwitz three years later. His legacy includes three wonderful string quartets.

    2015/16 season / 505 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Key engagements

Wigmore Hall, London
Auditorium du Louvre, Paris
Philharmonie Berlin
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Herkulessaal, Munich
Tonhalle Zürich
Kölner Philharmonie
BOZAR, Brussels
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid
Palau de la Musica, Barcelona
Philharmonie Luxembourg

Festivals and residencies

Edinburgh International Festival
Verbier Festival
Schubertiade
Prague Spring and Dvořák Prague Festival
Aldeburgh Music
Residency at Bodensee Festival


Previous residencies at Cologne Philharmonie, Birmingham Town Hall, Glasgow Concert Halls, LSO St Luke’s

Tours

North America
Australia
Asia

The Pavel Haas Quartet is one of the truly outstanding ensembles of our time. They combine a sensual sound quality with an innate sense for the chamber musical structure in the finest and most vital way.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

They represent the best qualities of the Czech tradition – warmth, sonorousness, individuality, intensity; but what’s striking here is their fearless risk-taking, their fervency and the absolute confidence with which they propel you through these two masterpieces.

Gramophone

The Pavel Haas Quartet at the Kammermusiksaal played its way into the highest echelon of string quartets... The four musicians play with an infectious and fearless passion and a technical brilliance that was breath-taking.

General-Anzeiger, Bonn

Intermusica represents Pavel Haas Quartet worldwide

Nicola Friemel (on maternity leave)
Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9941
nfriemel@intermusica.co.uk

Lucy Saunders
Interim Manager
+44 20 7608 9936
lsaunders@intermusica.co.uk

Juliane Renz
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9919
jrenz@intermusica.co.uk

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Special projects

Charles Hazlewood

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Stage director

David Alden

Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles