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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Contacts: Lenemarie Leukefeld, Ellen Bäuerle

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Programme

2022 / 2023
Program 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”

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Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51

Program II: Romance
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44 No. 2 MWV R 26
Webern: “Langsamer Satz” for String Quartet
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Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 114
Program III: "Music under Tyranny"

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

Kaleidoscope | 1 hour program
Beethoven: Streichquartett Nr. 11 f-Moll op. 95 „Quartetto serioso“ – l. Allegro con brio 
Borodin: Streichquartett Quartett Nr. 2 D-Dur – lll. Notturno 
Bartók: Streichquartett Nr. 4 Sz 91 – lV. Allegretto pizzicato  
Debussy: Streichquartett g-Moll op. 10 – lll. Andantino, doucement expressif
Dvořák: Streichquartett Nr. 12 F-Dur op. 96 “Amerikanisches” – Finale. Vivace ma non troppo 
Beethoven: Streichquartett Nr. 1 F-Dur op. 18 Nr. 1 – ll. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato 
Prokofieff: “Romeo und Julia” op. 64 a – Suite Nr. 1, arrangiert für Streichquartett von Ori Kam
Lecture Concert: The Turkish Connection

30 minutes of exploration of the Turkish connection between the last movements of Haydn’s Quartet Op.76 No.1, and Bartok’s 5th Quartet. The discussion will include musical examples. Followed by performance of Bartok’s 5th Quartet.

Lecture Concert: Debussy’s String Quartet - How French is it really?

The quartet will discuss this masterpiece, which is considered one of the seminal compositions in French music. The discussion will show how the composer drew on many international musical sources, intertwined with musical examples and followed by a complete performance.

Yiddish Cabaret with Hila Baggio

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

2021 / 2022

Schedule

26.08.2021
NL / Zeist
Jerusalem Quartet
29.08.2021
10:11 Uhr
AT / Schwarzenberg
Jerusalem Quartet, Novus String Quartet
31.08.2021
10:11 Uhr
FR / St Jean de Luz
Jerusalem Quartet, Pierre Génisson
24.09.2021
19:30 Uhr
GB / London
Jerusalem Quartet, Sharon Kam
25.09.2021
20:00 Uhr
DE / Bamberg
Jerusalem Quartet
28.09.2021
18:30 Uhr
DE / Weimar
Jerusalem Quartet, Novus String Quartet
29.09.2021
20:00 Uhr
BE / Antwerpen
Jerusalem Quartet, Novus String Quartet
30.09.2021
19:00 Uhr
BG / Ruse
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

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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