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Over the past two decades, the Jerusalem Quartet has consistently garnered accolades and acclaim for its “passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend” (The Times, London). Opening with Haydn and 20th-century master Shostakovich, the ensemble concludes with Brahms’ restless and intense first quartet.

“Musical electricity may be unfathomable, but one thing is for sure–they have it.” —The Strad

 

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    Jerusalem Quartet

    Alexander Pavlovsky, violin
    Sergei Bresler, violin
    Ori Kam, viola
    Kyril Zlotnikov, cello

    The Jerusalem Quartet continues to be both a regular and popular visitor to major venues throughout the world.  The group is enjoying a growing reputation in North America, where they have played in venues throughout New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Washington.  The Jerusalem Quartet also toured The United Kingdom during the 2012-2013 season, together with pianist Alexander Melnikov.  They presented a program of Schumann in order to celebrate the release of their most recent CD on Harmonia Mundi.  The Quartet’s European concerts included appearances at venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Herkulessaal in Munich, London's Wigmore Hall and the Cité de la Musique in Paris.  Further performances take the musicans to venues in cities including Brussels, Antwerp, Gent, Lucerne, Dortmund, Perugia, Genoa, Siena and Le Mans.

    During the past season, the Jerusalem Quartet concentrated on Brahms’s chamber music with special residencies at the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris, the Hamburger Ostertöne Festival, the Schubertiade and at De Doelen, Rotterdam.  Throughout the 2009-2010 season the Jerusalem Quartet performed its “Mozart Plus” project at Wigmore Hall - focusing on String Quartets and Quintets by Mozart - together with violist Lawrence Power.  The Quartet toured with this program in cities across Europe including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Munich and Zurich.

    The Jerusalem Quartet records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi and its discs have been awarded with numerous prizes.  Their recording of Haydn’s String Quartets won the chamber category of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Awards and the Diapason d’Or Arte.  Furthermore, their release of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2009 and was featured as Editor’s Choice in the July 2008 edition of Gramophone Magazine.  The Quartet’s latest recording of Mozart’s String Quartets, released in March 2011, was immediately selected as Chamber Music Choice in BBC Music Magazine the same month.

    From 1999 to 2001, the Quartet was part of the first ever BBC New Generation Artists scheme and in 2003, it received the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.  Tonight, the Jerusalem Quartet makes its Shriver Hall Concert Series debut.  

    "In Shostakovich’s quartets any player can be corralled into the rhythm section at a moment’s notice, and the Jerusalem players rose to the challenge with a crisp sense of time, marking rhythms with juicy pizzicatos or cricketlike chirps."—The New York Times

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2, "Fifths"

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)

String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 117

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

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

Program Subject to Change Without Notice