Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Jerusalem Quartet
String Quartet
BBT Award 2003

Jerusalem Quartet - Biography

Jerusalem Quartet was supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust between 2003 and 2006, when this page was last updated. For an up to date biography visit

One of the most dynamic and exciting young quartet currently performing, the Jerusalem Quartet is in great demand throughout the world.  In 2006, to mark the Shostakovich centenary, the Jerusalem Quartet will be performing quartet cycles for Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus and Vancouver Recital Series. They will also be performing in Herkulessaal Munich, Bruges Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Symphony Hall Birmingham, twice in the Châtelet (including one concert with Hélène Grimaud) and will give a performance of Beethoven quartets as part of a gala concert to celebrate the composer’s birthday at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn. Adding to their growing discography with Harmonia Mundi, a CD of Shostakovich Quartets 1, 4 and 9 was released in May 2005 and an all-Haydn CD was released last year.  Their third CD, to be released in 2006, is a recording of Dvorak’s American Quartetand the Piano Quintet with Stefan Vladar. EMI released a CD in Spring 2001 of music by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky and they have also recorded two cover CDs for BBC Music Magazine.

Last updated: February 2006

We have deliberately avoided participating in competitions, preferring instead to get our name established and known by performing. It was therefore both a great surprise and delight to be recipients of this award from which we can benefit in so many ways. Based in Israel, our expenses just to travel to Europe are enormous and concert fees just about cover our outgoings – there certainly hasn’t been any money left to cover such necessities as photos or publicity. What this award will give us is the chance to maximise our concert activities by enhancing our publicity. Even though our career wasn’t launched via a competition, things have developed very quickly and we have therefore all decided to take a few months off in order to further our individual studies. This award has enabled us to make the most of this break and some of the money from the Trust will be put towards subsidising the costs of our lessons. We are particularly looking forward to performing with Mitsuko – we know we will gain a tremendous amount from working with her.

Photographs by Felix Broede, David Hoskins