Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Pavel Haas Quartet
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 8pm — Longy’s Pickman Hall
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Pavel Haas Quartet as part of The Debut Series. The performance will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 8pm at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Tickets are sold out, and patrons may call the Celebrity Series box office to be added to the wait list at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
This performance will mark the Boston Debut of Pavel Haas Quartet.
Since winning the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy in 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet has established itself as one of the great chamber ensembles of today, performing at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and recording five award-winning CDs. Based in Prague, the Quartet studied with Milan Skampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet, and continues to enjoy a close relationship with him.
In the 2014/15 season the Quartet performed a ‘Bohemia’ series in which they explored masterpieces of the Czech repertoire as well as lesser-known works and contemporary commissions at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels and Auditorio Nacional Madrid. The Quartet were Artists-in-Residence at the Bodensee Festival 2015 and toured to Australia, Japan and Korea. They appeared in concerts at the Zurich Tonhalle, Munich Herkulessaal and Luxembourg Philharmonie and at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Verbier and Zeist festivals.
The Pavel Haas Quartet records exclusively with Supraphon. Their most recent recording, Smetana String Quartets No 1, ‘From my life’ & 2, recently won a Gramophone Award in the chamber music category. Their recording released in September 2013 and featuring Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor ‘Death and the Maiden’, as well as the String Quintet with Danjulo Ishizaka was awarded Best Chamber Music Record at the 2014 Gramophone Awards. The Quartet’s previous recording, a disc of Dvořák’s String Quartets No.12 in F major ‘American’ and No.13 in G major, was awarded the prestigious Record of the Year at the Gramophone Awards 2011. The quartet also won the Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 2010 for its disc featuring Prokofiev’s String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2, and its recording of Janáček’s Quartet No. 2 ‘Intimate Letters’ and Haas Quartet No. 2 ‘From the Monkey Mountains’ received a 2007 Gramophone Award.
In 2007, the Cologne Philharmonic nominated the Quartet as ECHO Rising Stars, resulting in a tour to major concert halls worldwide. The Quartet took part in the BBC New Generation Artists program between 2007-2009, and in 2010 it was awarded the Special Ensemble Scholarship of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
The Quartet takes its name from the 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 string quartets.
Martinů: Quartet No.3, H.183
Dvořák: Quartet No. 9 in D minor, Opus 34
Beethoven: Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, no.2, “Rasumovsky”
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