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
Go to Biography
Contacts

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
This biography is to be reproduced without any changes, omissions or additions, unless expressly authorized by artist management.
Contacts: Lenemarie Leukefeld, Ellen Bäuerle

Images

Programme

2020 / 2021
Programme I

Mozart: String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K 575 “The Violet” (Prussian Quartet No. 1)
Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50
***
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D-minor, D 810 “Death and the Maiden”

Programme II: "Homesickness..."

Dvorák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American”
Korngold: String Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 26
***
Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet
Bartók: String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Sz 114

Programme III: "Music under Tyranny"

Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 92 “on Kabardinian Themes”
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat major, Op. 133
or Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
***
Bartók: String Quartet No. 6 in D major, Sz 114

Mozart Project

Programme I
Mozart: String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K 575 “The Violet” (Prussian Quartet
No. 1)
Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2 in F major, Op. 92 “on Kabardinian Themes”
***
Mozart: String Quintet in C major, K 515

 

Programme II
Mozart: String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, K 589 (Prussian Quartet No. 2)
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat major, Op. 133
***
Mozart: String Quintet in G minor, K 516

Beethoven Cycle
in five concerts

Concert I
String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18 No. 1
String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 “Razumowsky”
***
String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat major, Op. 127


Concert II

String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18 No. 2
String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2
***
String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130 with „Grosse Fuge“, Op. 133


Concert III

String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4
String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 74 „Harp“
***
String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132


Concert IV

String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18 No. 3
String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3
***
String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131


Concert V

String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18 No. 5
String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat major, Op. 18 No. 6 “La Malinconia”
***
String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 „Quartetto Serioso“
String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Yiddish Cabaret with Hila Baggio

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

Bartók Cycle in two Concerts

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

 

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

Season PDF download
2019 / 2020

Schedule

08.05.2019
19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Wigmore Hall
Jerusalem Quartet
09.05.2019
19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Wigmore Hall
Jerusalem Quartet
10.05.2019
19:30 Uhr
Budapest, HU / Ferenc Liszt Akademie
Jerusalem Quartet
12.05.2019
11:00 Uhr
Schwetzingen, DE / Schwetzinger Schloß
Jerusalem Quartet
13.05.2019
20:00 Uhr
Utrecht, NL / Tivoli Vredenburg
Jerusalem Quartet, Elisabeth Leonskaja
14.05.2019
20:15 Uhr
Eindhoven, NL / Muziekgebouw
Jerusalem Quartet
16.05.2019
19:30 Uhr
Graz, AT / Grazer Congress
Jerusalem Quartet
19.05.2019
20:00 Uhr
Evian-les-Bains, FR / La Grange au Lac
Jerusalem Quartet, Elisabeth Leonskaja
20.05.2019
20:00 Uhr
Antwerpen, BE / De Singel
Jerusalem Quartet, Elisabeth Leonskaja
08.06.2019
19:00 Uhr
Berlin, DE / Pierre Boulez Saal
Jerusalem Quartet, Hila Baggio
09.06.2019
19:30 Uhr
Mikulov, CZ / Mikulov (zámek) / Mikulov Castle
Jerusalem Quartet
12.06.2019
18:00 Uhr
Voronezh, RU / Voronezh State Touring-Concert Association "Philharmonic hall"
Jerusalem Quartet
25.08.2019
18:00 Uhr
Schörfling am Attersee, AT / Schloss Kammer
Jerusalem Quartet, Elisabeth Leonskaja

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"

CLASSICS LIVE, 2002

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
Yiddish Cabaret

Contact

Lenemarie Leukefeld
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 721
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713
Ellen Bäuerle
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 712
f: +49 (0)30 414 781 713