Borletti-Buitoni Trust
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Pavel Haas Quartet
String Quartet
BBT Special Ensemble Scholarship 2010

Pavel Haas Quartet - Biography

The Pavel Haas Quartet received support from BBT between 2010 and 2014.  For an up-to-date biography go to

Veronika Jarůšková violin
Marek Zwiebel violin
Šimon Truszka viola
Peter Jarůšek violoncello

The Pavel Haas Quartet has been called “the world’s most exciting string quartet” (Gramophone) and 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 are firmly established as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.

In the 2018/19 season the Quartet is artist-in-residence of the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society. They regularly perform at the Edinburgh International and Schubertiade Festivals as well as the Wigmore Hall, Rudolfinum and Philharmonie Essen.

The Pavel Haas Quartet record exclusively for Supraphon. For their latest release of Dvořák’s works with Boris Giltburg and their former member, Pavel Nikl, they were awarded their fifth Gramophone Chamber Music Award. Diapason d’Or chose the disc as Album of the Month and commented: “It is difficult to overestimate their expressive intensity and opulent sound production… Robust or lyrical, rounded or trenchant, tenderly bucolic or tempestuous, the musicians embrace and revel in it all.”

In spring 2005, the Quartet won the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy and in 2007 the Cologne Philharmonie nominated them as ECHO Rising Stars, resulting in a tour to major concert halls worldwide. The Quartet took part in the BBC New Generation Artists scheme between 2007-2009, and in 2010 was awarded the Special Ensemble Scholarship of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

The Quartet are based in Prague and studied with the late Milan Skampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet. They take their name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899-1944).

Last updated: October 2018

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