234th Season

Pavel Haas Quartet

Orchestra

Veronika Jaruskova - violin
Pavel Nikl - viola
Marie Fucxova - violin
Peter Jarusek - violincello

Since winning the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy in Spring 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet have quickly become known to audiences, critics and promoters around the world as one of today's most exciting young string quartets. Based in Prague, they have spent the past years travelling throughout Europe to study with some of the masters of the quartet world, including members of Quartetto Italiano, Quatuor Mosaiques and the Borodin and Amadeus Quartets. They continue to have a close association with Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet) in Prague and Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) in Basel.

The 2006/7 season has seen the Pavel Haas Quartet perform extensively across Europe. Highlights have included concerts at the Musee du Louvre, Paris, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Philharmonie Essen and tours of Germany, Italy and Great Britain. Their performance at the Wigmore Hall in July 2007 will be followed by further concerts there in 2008 and beyond.

In 2006 the Quartet was nominated by the Cologne Philharmonie as one of the European Concert Hall Organisation's 'Rising Stars' and will tour ECHO venues throughout 2007/8. Tour dates include appearances at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Salzburg Mozarteum, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Cite de la Musique, Paris, Cologne Philharmonie, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Stockholm Konserthuset, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall, New York. Other forthcoming highlights include major tours of the USA, Japan and Australia, a debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, concerts in Barcelona and Madrid and return tours of the UK and Germany.

From September 2007 to September 2009 the Pavel Haas Quartet will be BBC New Generation Artists. This scheme selects twelve exceptionally talented young artists and groups to perform a number of BBC studio recordings and high profile UK engagements. The Quartet's debut CD on Supraphon was released last year to outstanding reviews. The recording, of Haas Quartet No. 2 and Janacek Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters', was voted one of the CDs of 2006 by The Daily Telegraph, CD of the Week by BBC Radio 3 and Chamber Choice by BBC Music Magazine. Following its release the Quartet was named Newcomer of the Year in the 2007 BBC Music Magazine Awards. The Quartet's next disc will see them complete their recordings of the all the string quartet works by Haas and Janacek, featuring Janacek's Quartet No. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata' and Haas' Quartets Nos. 1 and 3.

The Quartet take their name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899-1944) who was tragically deported from Czechoslovakia in 1941 and died at Auschwitz three years later. His legacy includes three wonderful string quartets. As well as Haas, the quartet are passionately committed to the Czech repertoire while their performances of Mozart and Beethoven have also received extraordinary acclaim.

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