The Pavel Haas Quartet has 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.
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 was awarded the Special Ensemble Scholarship of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
Their previous recording of Smetana’s String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 was awarded both a BBC Music Magazine Award and a Gramophone Chamber Music Award in 2015.
This is the fourth time the quartet have received this prestigious award, and Gramophone commented: “Their sound is, as always, immediately recognizable
– 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.” The quartet won the same prize 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 Gramophone
Chamber Music award and the most coveted prize, Recording of the Year in 2011.
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.
The Pavel Haas Quartet will perform:
list of 3 items
• Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.7 in F-sharp minor, Op.108 (1960)
• Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110 (1960)
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