The Pavel Haas Quartet is revered across the globe for its richness of timbre, infectious passion and intuitive rapport. Performing at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and having won five Gramophone and numerous other awards for their recordings, the Quartet is firmly established as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.
The Quartet appears at major venues including Wigmore Hall, London; Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Berlin; Musikverein, Vienna; Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg; Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam; Tonhalle, Zürich; Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; NCPA, Beijing; LG Arts Centre, Seoul and Carnegie Hall, New York. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Quartet was invited to be on the cover of The Strad’s June 2022 issue and was the featured interview in BBC Music Magazine in the same month. They were included in the latter magazine’s 10 greatest string quartet ensembles of all time who described them as “stylistically powerful and richly sonorous, [and] known for its passionate and fearless performances”.
In the 22/23 season the Quartet will return to the Wigmore Hall for four concerts; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Prinzregententheater, Munich; Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome; Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical, Madrid; Centre for Fine Arts, Bozar; Amici della Music, Firenze; B:Music, Birmingham; and to major festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, Dvorák Prague, Schubertiade and Festival Musique & Neige. Further tours will be to the East Coast of the United States in March 2023.
Beginning in September 2022, the Pavel Haas Quartet are Artists in Residence at the Dvořák Prague Festival. They will curate the chamber music concerts including programming all the Dvořák String Quartets and chamber music works over the three seasons.
The Pavel Haas Quartet record exclusively for Supraphon. Their most recent recording the Brahms Viola and Piano Quintets with Boris Giltburg and their former member, Pavel Nikl, was released to critical acclaim in May 2022. The recording was described as “radiant and vivacious” by The Strad, and was Presto Classical’s Recording of the Week. For their previous album of Shostakovich String Quartets, released in 2019, they received the Recording of the Year by Classic Prague Award and were named one of The 100 best records of the year by The Times.
The Quartet received their five Gramophone Awards for their recordings of Dvořák, Smetana, Schubert, Janáček and Haas, as well as Dvořák’s String Quartets No.12 ‘American’ and No.13, for which they were awarded the most coveted prize, Gramophone Recording of the Year in 2011. The Sunday Times commented: “their account of the ‘American’ Quartet belongs alongside the greatest performances on disc.” Further accolades include BBC Music Magazine Awards and the Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 2010 for their recording of Prokofiev String Quartets Nos 1 & 2.
In spring 2005, the Quartet won the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy. Further highlights early on in their career have included the nomination as ECHO Rising Stars in 2007, the participation in the BBC New Generation Artists scheme between 2007-2009 and the Special Ensemble Scholarship the Borletti-Buitoni Trust awarded to them in 2010. The Quartet is based in Prague and studied with the late Milan Skampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet. They take their name from the Czech-Jewish composer Pavel Haas (1899-1944) who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt in 1941 and tragically died at Auschwitz three years later. His legacy includes three wonderful string quartets.
Wigmore Hall, London
Auditorium du Louvre, Paris
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid
Palau de la Musica, Barcelona
Festivals and residencies
Edinburgh International Festival
Prague Spring and Dvořák Prague Festival
Residency at Bodensee Festival
Previous residencies at Cologne Philharmonie, Birmingham Town Hall, Glasgow Concert Halls, LSO St Luke’s
"One of the truly outstanding ensembles of our time"
"They represent the best qualities of the Czech tradition – warmth, sonorousness, individuality, intensity; but what’s striking here is their fearless risk-taking, their fervency and the absolute confidence with which they propel you through these two masterpieces."
The Arts Desk
"These musicians are at the very top of their form: their playing is virtuosic, their tone is sensational, and they listen to one another as though their lives depend on it. In short, wonderful."