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The Talich Quartet -February 20

talich_headshotLast season's concert by the Talich Quartet was a highlight of a strong year. Their Mozart, Janacek, and Mendelssohn were full of the passion and elegance that characterize the best of that very musical Czech Republic. For several decades, the Talich Quartet has been recognized internationally as one of Europe's finest chamber ensembles, and as the embodiment of the great Czech musical tradition.The Quartet was founded in 1964 by Jan Talich, during his studies at the Prague Conservatory, and named for his uncle Vaclav Talich, the renowned chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.

Over the decade of the 1990s, there was a gradual and complete change in personnel, rejuvenating the Quartet while continuing the tradition of its predecessors through involvement in a wide spectrum of musical engagements and recording activities. Jan Talich Jr., the current first violinist, is the son of the Quartet's founder. The Talich Quartet is regularly invited to prestigious chamber music festivals such as the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Prague Spring Music Festival, Europalia Festival, Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, Tibor Varga Festival of Music, and the International String Quartet Festival in Ottawa; and frequently visits such venues as New York's Carnegie Hall, le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and London's Wigmore Hall.

Highlights of the 2005-2006 concert season included appearances in Rome, Bologna, Paris, Prague, Dresden and Rotterdam; extensive tours of the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico and Japan, and the Quartet's 13th tour of North America. Want to vote on what they play? A. Mozart/Mendelssohn/Dvorak, or B. Mozart/Bartok (4)/Ravel.

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