Coming to San Antonio on November 8, 2015
Founded in 1994 as the Penguin Quartet, the Zemlinsky String Quartet has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. The members of the ensemble grew up together and have a distinctive style that sets them apart from other string quartets.
The Zemlinsky Quartet performs regularly in the Czech Republic and abroad. Recent major appearances of the Zemlinsky Quartet include Wigmore Hall (London, 2012, 2014), Cité de la Musique (Paris, 2010, 2012), Library of Congress (2009), Place des Arts (Montreal, 2009, 2012), Prague Spring Festival (2005, 2009, 2011), and their New York debut on Schneider/New School Concerts (2009).
The repertoire of the ensemble is far ranging containing more than 200 works by many leading composers, including contemporary music. The group has made many recordings for Czech Radio. Most recently, the quartet has won the 1st Grand Prize in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition (2010). The members of the ensemble also perform as soloists and are prizeholders of several individual competitions.
They were named after the Austrian composer, conductor and teacher Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942), whose enormous contribution to Czech, German and Jewish culture during his 16-year stay in Prague was underestimated for decades. Since 2005, the quartet has maintained a special relationship with the Alexander Zemlinsky Foundation in Vienna.
“The enjoyment of music-making is evident in everything these musicians play, and each is an exemplary performer”Peter Johnson
“…immaculate intonation, amazing tonal variety, perfectly clear articulation and an exceptional sense of architecture…”Harry Halbreich
František SOUČEK (1st violin)
Petr STŘÍŽEK (2nd violin)
Petr HOLMAN (viola)
Vladimír FORTIN (violoncello)
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op.12
KRENEK String Quartet No.7, Op.96
JANACEK String Quartet No.2 “Intimate Letters”
Address: 211 Belknap Place
Time: 3:15 PM