CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Pražák Quartet

Weill Recital Hall

Performers

  • Pražák Quartet
    ·· Pavel Hula, Violin
    ·· Vlastimil Holek, Violin
    ·· Josef Kluson, Viola
    ·· Michal Kanka, Cello

Program

  • BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
  • JANÁCEK String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
  • SCHUBERT String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden"

Bios

  • Pražák Quartet

    Pavel Hula, Violin
    Vlastimil Holek, Violin
    Josef Klusoň, Viola
    Michal Kaňka, Cello

    One of today's leading international chamber-music ensembles, the Pražák Quartet was established in 1972 while its members were students at the Prague Conservatory. Since then, the quartet has gained attention for its place in the unique Czech quartet tradition.

    The Pražák Quartet received first prize at the Prague Conservatory Chamber Music Competition in 1974. Within 12 months, its international career had been launched with a performance at the 1975 Prague Spring International Music Festival. In 1978, the quartet took the first prize at the Evian International String Quartet Competition, as well as a special prize awarded by Radio France for the best recording during the competition. Further prizes were awarded at various other Czech competitions.

    For more than 30 years, the Pražák Quartet has been at home on music stages worldwide. The musicians are regular guests in the major European musical capitals-including Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Madrid, London, Berlin, and Munich-and have been invited to participate at numerous international festivals, where they have collaborated with such artists as Menahem Pressler, Jon Nakamatsu, Cynthia Phelps, Roberto Díaz, Josef Suk, and Sharon Kam.

    In North America, the Pražák Quartet has performed in New York (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 92nd Street Y), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Miami, St. Louis, New Orleans, Berkeley, Cleveland, Tucson, Denver, Buffalo, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Washington, DC.

    The quartet's 2010-2011 tours bring them to 20 North American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Tulsa, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

    The Pražák Quartet records exclusively for Praga, which to date has released more than 30 of the quartet's award-winning CDs. In addition to numerous radio recordings in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic, the Pražák Quartet has also made recordings for Supraphon, Panton, Orfeo, Ottavo, Bonton, and Nuova Era.

    In 2010, Pavel Hula succeeded founding first violinist Vaclav Remes, who was unable to continue performing due to a medical condition in his left hand. Pavel Hula was the longtime first violinist with the Czech-based Kocian Quartet, and has been a close friend of the Pražák Quartet for many years.
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Audio

Janáček String Quartet No. 1, inspired by Tolstoy's "Kreutzer Sonata" (1923) (Adagio. Con moto)
Pražák Quartet
Audio Clips and Excerpts - Carnegie Hall's 2010-2011 Season

This performance is part of Quartets Plus.

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