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 The 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. Recent appearances include a Beethoven quartet cycle at Wigmore Hall in London; a Bartok cycle at the Salzburg Festival; their third annual String Quartet seminar in Crans Montana Switzerland; and since 2022 a residency at the Jerusalem Academy of Music.
„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
Since 2005, the Jerusalem Quartet has released 16 albums for Harmonia Mundi, which have been honored with numerous awards such as the Diapason d'Or and the BBC Music Magazine Award for chamber music. Their latest releases include a unique album exploring Jewish music in Central Europe between the wars including a collection of Yiddish Cabaret songs from Warsaw in the 1920s, featuring Israeli Soprano Hila Baggio, and the second (and last) album of their complete Bartók cycle.

Highlights of the upcoming 2023/2024 Season include tours of Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland; and appearances in the quartet Biennales in Paris, Lisbon, and Amsterdam. Alongside the quartet’s regular programs, they will bring back the “Yiddish Cabaret”, and will perform a Bartok Cycle in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, October and April will feature return tours to the North America, with visits to New York, Miami, Denver, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, Houston, and Portland, among others. In June, the quartet will tour China, South Korea, and Japan appearing in important venues such as Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Seoul Arts Center.

2023 / 2024
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Programme

2024 / 2025

You’ll find the current programmes in the IMPRESARIUM of the 24/25 season

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 or a selection of 3 quartets in one concert:

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1 in C major, op. 49 (1938)
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major, op. 117 (1964)
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Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 14 in F-sharp major, op. 142 (1973) 

Schedule

13/06/2024
19:30 h
01/08/2024
20:08 h
Jerusalem Quartet, Sharon Kam

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

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
Schubert: String Quartet in D Minor "Death and the Maiden" - III. Scherzo, Allegro Molto
W.A. Mozart: String Quartet K.575 in D major - I. Allegretto
S. Prokofiev: String Quartet No.2 Op.92 - II. Adagio
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Contact

Lenemarie Leukefeld
Senior Artist Manager
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 721
Ellen Bäuerle
Senior Artist Coordinator
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 712