Veronika Jaruskova – Violin
Marek Zwiebel – Violin
Pavel Nikl – Viola
Peter Jarusek – Violoncello
Since winning the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy in Spring 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet has established itself as one of the leading chamber ensembles, performing at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and recording four award-winning CDs.
Based in Prague, the Quartet studied with Milan Skampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet, and continues to enjoy a close relationship with him; the Quartet takes its name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899-1944), who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt in 1941 and tragically died at Auschwitz three years later.
The Quartet took part in the BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 2007–2009, and in 2010 was awarded the 2010 Special Ensemble Scholarship of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. 2010/11 saw the Quartet begin a three-year residency as Artists in Residence of Glasgow Royal Concert Halls.
The Pavel Haas Quartet has released four discs on the Supraphon label to wide critical acclaim, winning the Diapason d’Or de l’Année for their disc featuring Prokofiev’s String Quartets, a 2007 Gramophone Award for their first disc, Janácek Quartet No.2 coupled with Haas's Quartet No.2, and Gramophone's 2011 Record of the Year for Dvorák’s String Quartets No.12 & 13.
Veronika Jaruskova – Violin
Resident Quartet to RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, since 1986, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet is one of Europe's most successful quartets, internationally recognised for its beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation within an unusually wide and varied range of repertoire.
The quartet has given more than eight hundred concerts across the length and breadth of Ireland at the same time as maintaining a thriving international career with regular tours throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East. The quartet members are also Artists in Residence at University College, Cork, founders of the internationally acclaimed West Cork Chamber Music Festival and lecturers in chamber music at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.
As well as presenting the core string quartet repertoire, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet has consistently championed the work of Irish composers in concerts and broadcasts in Ireland and abroad, with dozens of commissions and premieres to its name. An extensive and critically-acclaimed discography includes the complete Beethoven quartets. Awards include Gramophone Critics' Choice 2003 for Boccherini's cello quintets and Gramophone Editor's Choice (February 2006) for Charles Stanford's viola and piano quintets, a CD released by Hyperion in cooperation with RTÉ.
Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick since 1977, the Coull Quartet has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, the USA and Western Europe, and has also toured China, India, the Far East, South America and Australia. The Quartet has appeared at most of the major music societies and festivals in the UK, and gives an annual series of recitals at the renowned Warwick Arts Centre, where it is actively involved in the University of Warwick’s flourishing musical life.
The Coull Quartet currently records for Somm Records, and their disc of quartets by Maw and Britten has received universal acclaim. In addition to being featured in ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone, it was also described as a ‘Benchmark Recording’ by BBC Music Magazine. Their latest two CDs, of music by Sibelius and Ian Venables have received excellent reviews in the major musical publications.
As well as performing most works from the classical and romantic repertoire, their impressive list of commissioned works includes quartets by Nicholas Maw, Robert Simpson, David Matthews and Edward Cowie. Future plans include a tour of Brazil in the Autumn of 2012; performances of a new work by Sally Beamish for string quartet and baritone Roderick Williams, and UK-wide performances of Ping!
Bogdan Sofei, violin
Ingrid Nicola, violin
Andreea Banciu, viola
Adrian Mantu, cello
Formed in 1995 when its members were students at the Music University in Bucharest, Romania, the ConTempo String Quartet has toured the world extensively and has won a record 14 international prizes in competitions including the London String Quartet Competition, in Rome, Munich, Graz, Berlin, Prague and Hamburg.
In 1999 the quartet took up a Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music where they taught chamber music classes and had the chance to meet and work with world-famous quartets such as the Amadeus, Alban Berg, Hagen, Tokyo and Emerson. Since 2003, the ConTempo has been Quartet in Residence on the West Coast of Ireland.
Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.