The Pavel Haas Quartet has been called “the world’s most exciting string quartet” (Gramophone) and is revered across the globe for its richness of timbre, infectious passion and intuitive rapport. Performing at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and having won five Gramophone and numerous other awards for their recordings, the Quartet are firmly established as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.
In the 2018/19 season the Quartet will perform three concerts at the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague as artist-in-residence of the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society. They will return to the Edinburgh International, Schubertiade and East Neuk Festivals as well as to the Wigmore Hall, Paris Théâtre de la Ville, Bozar, Munich Herkulessal, De Doelen, Florence’s Teatro della Pergola, Philharmonie Essen, the Oslo Quartet Series and tour to the US and Canada.
The Pavel Haas Quartet record exclusively for Supraphon. For their latest release in autumn 2017 of Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 and String Quintet No. 3 with Boris Giltburg and their former member, Pavel Nikl, they were awarded their fifth Gramophone Chamber Music Award. Diapason d’Or chose the disc as Album of the Month and commented: “It is difficult to overestimate their expressive intensity and opulent sound production… …Robust or lyrical, rounded or trenchant, tenderly bucolic or tempestuous, the musicians embrace and revel in it all.” The Quartet’s recording of Smetana’s String Quartets Nos 1 & 2 was awarded both a BBC Music Magazine Award and a Gramophone Chamber Music Award in 2015 and they won the same prize in 2014 for their recording of Schubert’s String Quartet ‘Death and the Maiden’ and the String Quintet with cellist Danjulo Ishizaka. Their account of Dvořák’s String Quartets No.12 ‘American’ and No.13 was awarded both the Gramophone Chamber Music Award and the most coveted prize, Recording of the Year in 2011. The Sunday Times commented: ‘Their account of the ‘American’ Quartet belongs alongside the greatest performances on disc.’ The Quartet also won the Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 2010 for their recording featuring Prokofiev’s String Quartets Nos 1 & 2, and received yet another Gramophone Chamber Music Award in 2007 for their disc of Janáček’s Quartet No.2 ‘Intimate Letters’ and Haas’s Quartet No.2 ‘From the Monkey Mountains’.
In spring 2005, the Quartet won the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy and in 2007 the Cologne Philharmonie nominated them as ECHO Rising Stars, resulting in a tour to major concert halls worldwide. The Quartet took part in the BBC New Generation Artists scheme between 2007-2009, and in 2010 was awarded the Special Ensemble Scholarship of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
The Quartet are based in Prague and studied with the late Milan Skampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet. They take their name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899-1944) who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt in 1941 and tragically died at Auschwitz three years later. His legacy includes three wonderful string quartets.
Wigmore Hall, London
Auditorium du Louvre, Paris
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid
Palau de la Musica, Barcelona
Festivals and residencies
Edinburgh International Festival
Prague Spring and Dvořák Prague Festival
Residency at Bodensee Festival
Previous residencies at Cologne Philharmonie, Birmingham Town Hall, Glasgow Concert Halls, LSO St Luke’s
The Pavel Haas Quartet is one of the truly outstanding ensembles of our time. They combine a sensual sound quality with an innate sense for the chamber musical structure in the finest and most vital way.
They represent the best qualities of the Czech tradition – warmth, sonorousness, individuality, intensity; but what’s striking here is their fearless risk-taking, their fervency and the absolute confidence with which they propel you through these two masterpieces.
The Pavel Haas Quartet at the Kammermusiksaal played its way into the highest echelon of string quartets... The four musicians play with an infectious and fearless passion and a technical brilliance that was breath-taking.