Pirmasens. Chamber music lovers can look forward to the Mozart Society concert on February 5, 11 am in the Alte Post Forum at their own expense. With the Bennewitz Quartet, “classical music stars” appear for guests in Horebstadt. The award-winning Czech group is arguably one of the most revered string quartets of our time.
The musicians have works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hans Krása, Viktor Ullmann and Antonín Dvorák with them. Working with soloists and orchestras from all over the world, the four young musicians have gained a wide range of experiences against a background that they are constantly improving their programs.
In 1998 Jakub Fiser (violin), Stepán Jezek (violin), Jirí Pinkas (viola) and Stephan Dolezal (cello) met at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and named it after the Czech violinist Antonín Bennewitz. “It is a challenge for us to combine four different ideas and create a natural result from their combination. This is the only way to create music with many changes in color and sound that makes it always new and lively,” says the string quartet.
In the chamber music scene, the Bennewitz Quartet is considered the cultural ambassador of the Czech Republic. Based in Prague, the four musicians play because of their similarity, their technical perfection paired with real emotion in the Olympus quartet and embodies the Bohemian-Czech vocal idiom par excellence.
The group is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall London, Wiener Musikverein, Konzerthaus Berlin, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris, Frick Collection New York, Seoul Arts Center and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. It gives concerts at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and the Prague Spring.
His chamber music partners include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Alexander Melnikov, Martin Kasìk, Vadim Gluzman, Isabel Charisius and Danjulo Ishziaka.
The Bennewitz Quartet began its career as a 1st prize winner in two of the most famous string quartet competitions: Osaka 2005 and the Prémio Paolo Borciani in Italy 2008. The group is named after the important Czech musician Antonín Bennewitz, the founder of the violin school of Czech. .
In 2018 the meeting was the “Quartet in Residence” of the Czech Philharmonic in Rudolphinum Prague. In 2019 it received the “Classic Praque Award” for the best concert of the year. In January 2019, the quartet installed a memorial hour for the victims of the Holocaust in the German Bundestag.
In the 2022/23 season dates took place at Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Wigmore Hall London and Stadtkasino Basel. The musicians also represented the Czech Republic in the closing ceremony of their European Union presidency in Madrid. The ensemble will participate in a full performance of Béla Bartók’s six quartets in Leuven and continue its activities in performances of Dvorák’s important string quartets in Prague. The 2023 US tour includes concerts in Cleveland, Washington DC and the first shows in Boston. A new CD with string quartets from Joseph Haydn’s middle period is in preparation.
The Bennewitz Quartet has released a number of CDs with works by Bartók, Dvorák, Janáček and Smetana. In 2019 Supraphone released a record of music by Jewish composers with works by Krása, Ullmann, Schulhoff and Haas. This CD has been rated an archive record and a ‘good disc’ by Gramophone UK.
Entrance tickets (including room fee) are available for EUR 19, reduced EUR 9.50, in advance at Forum Alte Post, phone: 06331 2392716; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ticket-regional.de ak/ps