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.
„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 2019/20 the quartet will tour throughout Europe together with Hila Baggio, presenting their new Yiddish program e.g. at Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, at Konzerthaus Wien, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Auditorio Nacional de Música CNDM Madrid or at Tonhalle Zürich. Other highlights of the season include two US tours (autumn 2019 and spring 2020), a Beethoven cycle in Tel Aviv and (re-)invitations to the Wigmore Hall in London, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf or the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam.

2019 / 2020
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Contacts: Lenemarie Leukefeld, Ellen Bäuerle

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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. 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”
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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
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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

2019 / 2020

Schedule

25.11.2019
20:00 Uhr
Freiburg / Breisgau, DE / Musikhochschule Freiburg
Jerusalem Quartet
26.11.2019
19:30 Uhr
Basel, CH / Oekolampad
Jerusalem Quartet
27.11.2019
20:00 Uhr
Paris, FR / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Jerusalem Quartet, Hila Baggio
02.12.2019
20:00 Uhr
Düsseldorf, DE / Tonhalle: Mendelssohn Saal
Jerusalem Quartet, Elisabeth Leonskaja
04.12.2019
20:00 Uhr
Grünwald, DE / August-Everding-Saal
Jerusalem Quartet
05.12.2019
20:00 Uhr
Innsbruck, AT / Haus der Musik, Großer Saal
Jerusalem Quartet, Hila Baggio
06.12.2019
19:30 Uhr
Wien, AT / Konzerthaus
Jerusalem Quartet, Hila Baggio
16.01.2020
20:15 Uhr
Waterloo, BE / Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth - Muziekkapel Ko
Jerusalem Quartet, Pierre Génisson
20.01.2020
13:00 Uhr
London - BBC, GB / Wigmore Hall
Jerusalem Quartet
21.01.2020
19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Wigmore Hall
Jerusalem Quartet
23.01.2020
20:15 Uhr
Maasmechelen, BE / St Pieterskerk Leut or Cultureel Centrum Maasmechelen
Jerusalem Quartet
25.01.2020
20:45 Uhr
Amsterdam, NL / Het Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ'
Jerusalem Quartet, Artemis Quartett, Dudok Quartet, Ragazze Quartet
25.01.2020
22:30 Uhr
Amsterdam, NL / Het Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ'
Jerusalem Quartet
26.01.2020
20:15 Uhr
Amsterdam, NL / Het Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ'
Jerusalem Quartet, Gregor Sigl
16.02.2020
18:00 Uhr
Leipzig, DE / Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
Jerusalem Quartet, Hila Baggio
17.02.2020
20:00 Uhr
Dresden, DE / Dresdner Philharmonie | Kabarett Theater
Jerusalem Quartet, Hila Baggio
18.02.2020
20:15 Uhr
Rotterdam, NL / Concertgebouw De Doelen
Jerusalem Quartet
19.02.2020
20:15 Uhr
Haarlem, NL / Philharmonie Haarlem
Jerusalem Quartet
20.02.2020
20:00 Uhr
Rome, IT / Teatro Argentina
Jerusalem Quartet
22.02.2020
16:00 Uhr
Florenz, IT / Teatro della Pergola
Jerusalem Quartet
23.02.2020
21:00 Uhr
Florenz, IT / Teatro della Pergola
Jerusalem Quartet, Hila Baggio
24.02.2020
20:45 Uhr
Vicenza, IT / Auditorium Canneti
Jerusalem Quartet
25.02.2020
20:00 Uhr
Madrid, ES / Auditorio Nacional de Música CNDM
Jerusalem Quartet, Hila Baggio
23.03.2020
Dallas, TX, US /
Jerusalem Quartet
24.03.2020
Seattle, WA, US /
Jerusalem Quartet
28.03.2020
San Francisco, CA, US /
Jerusalem Quartet
30.03.2020
Portland, OR, US /
Jerusalem Quartet
31.03.2020
Portland, OR, US /
Jerusalem Quartet
01.04.2020
Tucson, AZ, US /
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"

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
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Ellen Bäuerle
t: +49 (0)30 414 781 712
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