Pavel Haas Quartet
Since winning the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy in 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet has
performed at the world's most prestigious concert halls and recorded four award-winning
CDs, receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
In 2011-2012, the Pavel Haas Quartet performs concerts at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw,
Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Zurich's Tonhalle, Vienna's Konzerthaus, Munich's
Herkulessaal, and London's Wigmore Hall, as well as major venues in Brussels, Stockholm,
and Copenhagen. The quartet recently toured to Hong Kong and Japan, visiting Tokyo, Osaka,
Nagoya, and Yokohama. Other highlights of the past season include performances at the
Rheingau Musik Festival and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, and a return to the Auditorio
Nacional in Madrid. The previous season saw the quartet begin a three-year residency as
artists-in-residence at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
The Pavel Haas Quartet has released four discs on the Supraphon label. In October 2011,
the quartet was awarded the prestigious Record of the Year at the
Gramophone Awards for its latest recording, featuring Dvořák's 12th and 13th
string quartets. The ensemble won the Diapason d'Or de l'Année for a disc of Prokofiev's
First and Second quartets, and Sonata for Two Violins. The Pavel Haas Quartet's previous
two recordings were equally well received. Its first recording was of Janáček's "Intimate
Letters" Quartet and Haas's "From the Monkey Mountains" Quartet; it was voted one of the
best CDs of 2006 by The Daily Telegraph and earned the ensemble a 2007
Gramophone Award. The quartet's second disc completed its recordings of the
string quartets by Janáček and Haas.
Based in Prague, the members of the Pavel Haas Quartet studied with some of the masters of
the quartet world, including members of Quartetto Italiano, Quatuor Mosaïques, Borodin
Quartet, and Amadeus Quartet. The quartet takes its name from 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.