October 25, 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Friday
Program Fee: $40
Program Fee Member: members $34; youth $20
Since its founding in 1994, the Zemlinsky Quartet has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. The quartet has won the First Grand Prize in the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (2010) and also enjoyed a string of top competition prizes that include Banff, Prague Spring and London where it was also awarded the Audience Prize. They have also been the recipient of the Alexander Zemlinsky Advancement Award.
In 2016/17, Zemlinsky Quartet was appointed as the residential ensemble of the Czech Chamber Music Society. So far, the Zemlinsky Quartet has toured extensively in four continents. The repertoire of the ensemble is far ranging containing more than 200 works by many leading composers, including contemporary music.
Since 2007, the Zemlinsky Quartet has recorded exclusively for the French record label Praga Digitals, having released fourteen titles including „Diapason d´Or“ award winning 4-CD set of early string quartets by A. Dvořák. In 2014, the Zemlinsky Quartet became only the fourth quartet in the history to record the complete string quartets by Antonín Dvořák. The recordings of the Zemlinsky Quartet have received universal critical acclaim.
Having studied with Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Josef Klusoň (Pražák Quartet), the group now gives numerous master classes to students of any age. In 2006-11, the quartet served as Assistant Quartet-in-Residence at Musikakademie Basel in Switzerland. Recently, F. Souček and P. Holman have been introduced as professors of the Prague Conservatory.
Featuring Canmore's Adam Boeker, Piano
The pieces in the night's program:
- String Quartet No 1, Opus 4 – Alexander Zemlinsky
- Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale 'St. Wenceslas', Op.35a – Josef Suk
- ‘Mladi’ for String Quartet – Leos Janacek
- Piano Quintet, Opus 12 – Vitezslav Novak
The Zemlinsky Quartet concerts are made possible through the generous support of Hendri and Carol Vorster.