The Bennewitz Quartet
05. 06. 2018 19:00
Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 1
Entry: 230 CZK / 150 CZK
A concert by one of the leading Czech string quartets. Featuring three string quartets by Joseph Haydn (1732–1809), Theme and Variations for String Quartet by Hans Krása (1899–1944) and the String Quartet No. 3 by Viktor Ullmann (1898–1944).
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 1 No. 2
Hans Krása (1899 – 1944) Theme and Variations for string quartet
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) String Quartet in G major, Op. 17 No. 5
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) String Quarte in C major, Op. 54 No. 2
Viktor Ullmann (1898 – 1944) String Quartet No. 3
Jakub Fišer - 1. violin
Štěpán Ježek - 2. violin
Jiří Pinkas - viola
Štěpán Doležal - violoncello
The Bennewitz Quartet is one of the top international chamber ensembles, a status confirmed not only by their victories in two prestigious competitions – Osaka in 2005 and Prémio Paolo Borciani, Italy in 2008, but also by the acclaim of the critics. As early as 2006, the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: "... the music was remarkable not just for its clarity of structure, but for the beautiful tonal palette and purity of intonation in its execution. Only very rarely does one experience such skilfully crafted and powerful harmonies... Great art."The quartet currently performs at major venues both in the Czech Republic and abroad (Wigmore Hall London, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, The Frick Collection New York, Seoul Art Center, Rudolfinum and others), and is regularly invited to festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Luzerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, and the Prague Spring.
The Bennewitz Quartet especially enjoys playing and performing on the Czech domestic music scene. Particular highlights have included their cooperation with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and its conductor Jiří Bělohlávek for a performance of Bohuslav Martinů’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra. Last year, they performed with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Czech premiere of the composition Absolute Jest by John Adams. The members of the quartet also use their choice of repertoire and concert programming to actively promote Czech music, including excellent and unjustly neglected composers such as L. Dusík, A. Rejcha, P. Haas, V.Ullmann, E. Schulhoff and others. The Bennewitz Quartet has the privilege of working with the outstanding artists: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Alexander Melnikov, Vadim Gluzman, Isabel Charisius, Pietro de Maria, Reto Bieri, Danjulo Ishizaka and others.
The Bennewitz Quartet was founded in 1998. Thanks to their participation in various masterclasses, the members have had the opportunity to gain experience and inspiration from numerous eminent musical personalities, most notably Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and Walter Levin (La Salle Quartet). In 2003 the Queen of Spain presented them with the diploma for outstanding student performance at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. A year later, the quartet were awarded the Czech Chamber Music Society prize.
The quartet is named after violinist Antonín Bennewitz (1833-1926), who was a seminal figure in the creation of the Czech violin school.
Entry: 230 CZK