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Pavel Haas Quartet
Spivey Hall Debut
Veronika Jarůšková, violin Marek Zwiebel, violin Pavel Nikl, viola Peter Jarůšek, cello
“A marvel of poetic and dramatic intensity” (Cleveland.com). “Their tone is large, quasi orchestral. They take risks. Above all, they play with passion” (The Times, London).
“The young Czech Pavel Haas Quartet already plays in the first league of string quartets, which is hardly surprising when so much joy at making music meets so much precision, brilliance and creative power” (DrehPunktKultur, Salzburg).
The Pavel Haas Quartet was founded in 2002 and named in honour of Pavel Haas (1899-1944), a pupil of Leoš Janáček and one of the most distinguished Czech composers of the first half of the 20th century.
Since its foundation the Pavel Haas Quartet has closely collaborated with Prof. Milan Škampa, violist of the legendary Smetana Quartet, who studied with such world-renowned quartet musicians as Walter Levin (LaSalle Q.), Piero Farulli (Q. Italiano), Norbert Brainin (Amadeus Q.), Hatto Bayerle (Alban Berg Q.), Valentin Berlinski (Borodin Q.), Christophe Coin (Q. Mosaïques), etc.
In 2004 the Pavel Haas Quartet received the Vittorio E. Rimbotti award in Florence, in 2005 won the Prague Spring International Music Competition and a mere month later 1st prize and the prize for best performance of a Sir Peter Maxwell Davies composition at one of the most prestigious international quartet competitions, the Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy, which opened the path to prominent stages worldwide. In 2006 the ensemble received the Czech Chamber Music Society Award.
In the wake of winning the Premio Paolo Borciani, in the 2005/06 season the Pavel Haas Quartet made an extensive world tour that included more than 40 concerts in the USA, Japan and Europe.
In 2006 the ensemble was nominated by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) as Rising Stars for the 2007/08 concert season.
In 2007 the Pavel Haas Quartet was voted Best Newcomer by the BBC Music Magazine Awards jury, and from that September held the BBC New Generation Artist title for two years, within which the ensemble was afforded the opportunity to make a number of high-profile concert appearances and radio recordings. The second CD, completing Leoš Janáček’s and Pavel Haas’s quartet works, garnered enormous acclaim too and earned the ensemble the MIDEM Classical Award 2009 in Cannes and a Gramophone Awards 2008 nomination.
Friends of Spivey Hall Concert Sponsor: Richard F. Tigner
ProgramJoseph HAYDN Quartet in D major, Op. 76 No. 5
Antonín DVOŘÁK Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 51 (“Slavonic”)
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2, "Razumovsky"