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, February 2018
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"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 all the prestige concert halls and at festivals such as Salzburg, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg or Rheingau.
„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
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 spring of 2019, the quartet released a unique album exploring Jewish music in Central Europe between the wars and its far-reaching influence. Israeli Soprano Hila Baggio joined 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 are sung in Yiddish. Schulhoff's Five Pieces (1924), a collection of short and light cabaret-like pieces, and Korngold's Quartet No.2 (1937) are completing the program. In 2020, the Jerusalem Quartet released the second (and last) album featuring the whole Bartók cycle; both recordings were critically acclaimed.

Since 2019 the quartet has been touring together with Hila Baggio throughout Europe, presenting the Yiddish Cabaret; this will be continued in the season 2021/22. Also, they will perform the Enescu Octet with the Novus String Quartet (e.g. in Amsterdam and at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg) and play concerts at the String Quartet Biennale’s in Paris and Lisbon, playing, among others, Dvorák’s String Sextet with Gary Hoffman and Miguel da Silva at Philharmonie de Paris. Other highlights of the upcoming season include a Beethoven cycle at Wigmore Hall in spring 2022, US-tours in November 2021 and spring 2022, an Asia tour in June 2022, as well as (re-)invitations to the Tonhalle Zürich, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Warsaw Philharmonic and to the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele.

2021 / 2022
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Programme

2023 / 2024
Program I

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12, MWV R 25
Paul Ben Haim: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 21
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Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Program II "Folk"

Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “Aus meinem Leben”
Bartók: String Quartet No. 3, Sz 85
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Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 „Rasumowsky“

Programm III "Variations"

Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat major, op. 76 Nr. 6 Hob III: 80
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A major, op. 68
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Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B-major, op. 67

Shostakovich Cycle
The 15 String Quartets by Dimitri Shostakovich in 5 concerts
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of the composer
2022 / 2023

Schedule

10.06.2022
19:30 Uhr
GB / London - Wigmore Hall -
Jerusalem Quartet
11.06.2022
19:30 Uhr
GB / London - Wigmore Hall -
Jerusalem Quartet
12.06.2022
19:00 Uhr
DE / Saarbrücken - Ev. Notkirche Saarbrücken -
Jerusalem Quartet
01.08.2022
19:30 Uhr
AT / Salzburg - Mozarteum - Großer Saal
Jerusalem Quartet
03.08.2022
19:30 Uhr
AT / Salzburg - Mozarteum - Großer Saal
Jerusalem Quartet
04.08.2022
20:30 Uhr
CH / Celerina/Engadin Festival - Kirche San Gian -
Jerusalem Quartet
13.09.2022
TK / Istanbul - Metropolitan Municipality at Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall -
Jerusalem Quartet, Franz Helmerson, Miguel Da Silva
15.09.2022
ES / Barcelona - L'Auditori - Sala 1 Pau Casals
Jerusalem Quartet
16.09.2022
19:00 Uhr
FR / Seillans - Eglise Saint Léger - 83440 Seillans -
Jerusalem Quartet
17.09.2022
19:30 Uhr
DE / Leer/ Ostfriesland - Theater an der Blinke -
Jerusalem Quartet, Hila Baggio
20.09.2022
20:00 Uhr
CZ / Prag - Rudolfinum - Dvorak Hall
Jerusalem Quartet

Discography

Béla Bartók: String Quartets
Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 7 Sz 40
String Quartet No. 3, Sz 85
String Quartet No. 5, Sz 102

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 | Jerusalem Quartet & Hila Baggio

Contact

Lenemarie Leukefeld
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Ellen Bäuerle
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