The Pavel Haas Quartet has become its generation's representative of the tradition of great Czech string quartets. It takes its name from that of Czech composer Pavel Haas, who died in Auschwitz in 1944. The quartet has gone on to tour extensively and has won several awards for its recordings.
The Pavel Haas Quartet was formed in Prague in 2002. The founding members were violinists Veronika Jarůšková and Kateřina Gemrotová, violist Pavel Nikl, and cellist Lukáš Polák, who soon swapped positions with Peter Jarůšek of the Škampa Quartet. In July 2012, Marek Zwiebel became the fourth person to take on the position of second violin. Nikl resigned from the group in 2016 and was succeeded by Radim Sedmidubský. In 2018, Jiří Kabát joined the quartet on viola. Nikl is a permanent guest of the group for quintet performances. Early on, Jarůšková sought the advice of violist Milan Škampa of the Smetana Quartet, and he remains a close mentor of the younger quartet. Naturally, the three string quartets of Haas and those of other Czech composers are an important cornerstone of their active repertoire, but they also specialize in the core string quartet works of Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich.
The quartet has recorded exclusively for Supraphon since 2006, when its debut album, Janáček and Haas, won the "Newcomer of the Year" distinction in BBC Music Magazine and a Gramophone Award. In early 2010, the quartet added a Diapason d'Or de l'Année award to its mantel (for Prokofiev), followed by a 2011 Gramophone Record of the Year (for Dvořák), and a 2014 Gramophone Best Chamber Music Record (for Schubert), among other recognitions. The Pavel Haas Quartet has won six Gramophone awards in total and captured a second Diapason d'Or in 2018 for its recording of Dvořák's quintets. As part of competition prize awards, the Pavel Haas Quartet began to tour internationally in the 2007-2008 season, and it has since appeared throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, Korea, the U.S., and Israel. The quartet has also expanded its repertoire through collaborations with artists such as mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, percussionist Colin Currie, and pianist Nicholas Angelich. In 2019, the quartet issued an album of Shostakovich quartets.
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