Jerusalem Quartet

String Quartet

Alexander Pavlovsky
Violin
Sergei Bresler
Violin
Ori Kam
Viola
Kyril Zlotnikov
Cello
"For each of us, it is different. Sometimes we come off stage and one of us will feel it was a great concert, while another will be unhappy. "
Ori Kam / Jerusalem Quartet
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Biography

"Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet."

Such was the New York Times' impression of the Jerusalem Quartet. Since the ensemble's founding in 1993 and subsequent 1996 debut, the four Israeli musicians have embarked on a journey of growth and maturation. This journey has resulted in a wide repertoire and stunning depth of expression, which carries on the string quartet tradition in a unique manner. The ensemble has found its core in a warm, full, human sound and an egalitarian balance between high and low voices. This approach allows the quartet to maintain a healthy relationship between individual expression and a transparent and respectful presentation of the composer's work. It is also the drive and motivation for the continuing refinement of its interpretations of the classical repertoire as well as exploration of new epochs.
The Jerusalem Quartet is a regular and beloved guest on the world's great concert stages. With regular bi-annual visits to North America, the quartet has performed in cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, and Cleveland as well as in the Ravinia Festival. In Europe, the quartet enjoys an enthusiastic reception with regular appearances in London's Wigmore hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Munich Herkulessaal, Theatre des Champs-Elysées, as well as special guest performances at the Auditorium du Louvre Paris, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and festivals such as Salzburg, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Rheingau, Saint Petersburg white Nights and many others.

The Jerusalem Quartet records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi. The quartet's recordings, particularly the albums featuring Haydn's string quartets and Schubert's "Death and the Maiden", have been honored with numerous awards such as the Diapason d'Or and the BBC Music Magazine Award for chamber music. In 2018, the quartet released two albums, an album of Dvorak's String Quintet Op. 97 and Sextet Op. 48, and a much-awaited recording of the celebrated quartets by Ravel and Debussy.
„In the wrong hands, Dvořák’s music can appear to meander on occasion, but here one wishes its heartfelt inspiration would go on for ever.”The Strad, June 2018
In the spring of 2019, the quartet will release a unique album exploring Jewish music in Central Europe between the wars and its far-reaching influence. Israeli Soprano Hila Baggio will join the quartet to perform a collection of Yiddish Cabaret songs from Warsaw in the 1920s. The quartet has commissioned composer Leonid Desyatnikov to arrange these songs, which will be sung in Yiddish. Schulhoff's Five Pieces (1924), a collection of short and light cabaret-like pieces, and Korngold's Quartet No.2 (1937) will complete the program.

Alongside its regular programs, the 2018/19 season will open with a premiere of its new Yiddish program. In October the quartet will be joined by Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth for a US tour featuring string sextets by Strauss, Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky. March will include a return of the Brahms project featuring quartets, sonatas and quintets together with clarinetist Sharon Kam and pianist Matan Porat. After a second US tour in April, Bartok's 6 string quartets will be presented at London's Wigmore hall in May and then combined with Beethoven and performed in various venues in Bavaria.

2018 / 2019
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Programme

2019 / 2020

Programme I
Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b)
Korngold: String Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 26
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

 

 

Programme II
Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76 No. 2 Hob III: 76, “Fifths”
Bartók: String Quartet No. 4, Sz 91
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Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

 

 

Programme III
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2, “Razumovsky”
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Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68

 

 

Bartók Cycle in two concerts

Concert I
String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 7 Sz 40
String Quartet No. 3, Sz 85
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String Quartet No. 5, Sz 102

 

and/or Concert II
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17 Sz 67
String Quartet No. 4, Sz 91
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String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Sz 114

 

Yiddish Cabaret with Hila Baggio
From Warsaw to America

Erwin Schulhoff: 5 Pieces for Sting Quartet
Leonid Desyatnikov (Arrangement): Yiddish Cabaret Songs for Soprano and String Quartet with Hila Baggio
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Erich-Wolfgang Korngold: String Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 26

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Schedule

10.01.2019
20:00 Uhr
Berlin, DE / Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt
Jerusalem Quartet
11.01.2019
19:30 Uhr
Madrid, ES / Auditorio Nacional de Música CNDM
Jerusalem Quartet
12.01.2019
21:00 Uhr
Pistoia, IT / Palazzo de’ Rossi
Jerusalem Quartet
15.01.2019
20:30 Uhr
Mailand, IT / Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi
Jerusalem Quartet
01.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
Nelson, NZ / Centre of Musical Arts
Jerusalem Quartet
03.02.2019
12:00 Uhr
Nelson, NZ / Centre of Musical Arts
Jerusalem Quartet, Gillian Ansell
12.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
Singapore, SG / Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music / National University of Singapore
Jerusalem Quartet, Qin Li-Wei
10.03.2019
20:15 Uhr
Groningen, NL / De Oosterpoort
Jerusalem Quartet, Matan Porat
11.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
Kopenhagen, DK / Mogens Dahl Koncertsal
Jerusalem Quartet
13.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
Gauting, DE / “Bosco” Kulturhaus
Jerusalem Quartet
14.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
Pullach, DE / Bürgerhaus
Jerusalem Quartet
15.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
Bamberg, DE / Konzerthalle
Jerusalem Quartet
16.03.2019
19:00 Uhr
Iffeldorf, DE / Gemeindezentrum
Jerusalem Quartet

Discography

Debussy - Ravel
Claude Debussy
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Maurice Ravel
String Quartet in F major

Antonín Dvořák: String Quintet & String Sextet
Antonín Dvořák
String Quintet, Op. 97
String Sextet, Op. 48

Veronika Hagen - Viola
Gary Hoffman - Cello

Béla Bartók: String Quartets
Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 17 Sz 67
String Quartet No. 4 in C major, Sz 91
String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Sz 114

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18 No. 3
String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18 No. 1
String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18 No. 2
String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4

Smetana - Janácek
Bedrich Smetana
String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, "From my Life"

Leos Janácek
String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"
String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Pages"

Brahms: String Quartet & Clarinet Quintet
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet in A minor, Op. 51 No. 1
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Sharon Kam - Clarinet

Shostakovich: String Quartets
Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 49 in C major
String Quartet No. 4, Op. 83 in D major
String Quartet No. 6, Op. 101 in G major
String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110 in C minor
String Quartet No. 9, Op. 117 in E-flat major
String Quartet No. 11, Op. 122 in F minor

Schumann: Piano Quartet & Piano Quintet
Robert Schumann
Piano Quartet, Op. 47 in E-flat major
Piano Quintet, Op. 44 in E-flat major

Alexander Melnikov - Piano

Mozart: String Quartets Nos. 4, 7 & 22
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 4 in C major, K 157
String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat major, K 458, "The Hunt"
String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, K 589, "Prussian No. 2"

Haydn: String Quartets Op. 20/5, 33/3 & 76/5
Joseph Haydn
String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor
String Quartet, Op. 33 No. 3 in C major
String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 5 in D major

Haydn: String Quartets Op. 64/5, 76/2 & 77/1
Joseph Haydn
String Quartet, Op. 64 No. 5 in D major, "Lark"
String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2 in D minor, "Fifths"
String Quartet, Op. 77 No. 1 in G major, "Lobkowitz"

Harmonia Mundi, 2008

Schubert: "Death and the Maiden" & "Quartettsatz" D.703
Franz Schubert
String Quartet No. 13 in D minor, D 810, "Death and the Maiden"
Quartettsatz in C minor, D 703

Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 6, 8 & 11
Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 6, Op. 101 in G major
String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110 in C minor
String Quartet No. 11, Op. 122 in F minor

Dvořák: String Quartet op. 96 "American" & Piano Quintet op. 81
Antonín Dvořák
String Quartet, Op. 96 in F major, "American"
Piano Quintet, Op. 81 in A major

Stefan Vladar - Piano

Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos. 1, 4 & 9
Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 49 in C major
String Quartet No. 4, Op. 83 in D major
String Quartet No. 9, Op. 117 in E-flat major

Tchaikovsky - Shostakovich
Peter Tchaikovksky
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11 in D major

Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 73 in F major

EMI, 2002

Beethoven - Ravel - Dvořák
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet, Op. 18 No. 6

Maurice Ravel
String Quartet

Antonín Dvořák
String Quartet, Op. 96 in F major, "American"

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Videos

J. Brahms: String Quartet No 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No 2
W.A. Mozart: String Quartet K.421 in D Minor, Allegro moderato

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