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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.

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