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Zemlinsky Quartet - November 1

ZemlinskySince its founding in 1994, the Zemlinsky Quartet has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. In 2010 they received the First Grand Prize in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. In addition to Bordeaux, the quartet has enjoyed a string of top prizes in the Banff International String Quartet Competition (2007), Prague Spring International Music Competition (2005) and London International String Quartet Competition (2006), where it was also awarded the Audience Prize.

Other notable prizes include Beethoven International Competition (1999), New Talent Bratislava (2003), Martinů Foundation String Quartet Competition (2004), and the Prize of Czech Chamber Music Society (2005). On an exclusive contract, the Zemlinsky Quartet records for the French record label Praga Digitals with eleven CDs released to date. Their very first 4-CD set for Praga Digitals (early works for string quartet by Antonín Dvořák) received the coveted “Diapason d´Or” prize. The quartet has recently recorded the complete works of Czech composer Viktor Kalabis (1923-2006), arguably the most influential Czech composer of the latter 20th century) and two quartets by Alexander Zemlinsky (2007); a 4-CD set of early quartets by Schubert (2008); and a CD (in cooperation with Pražák Quartet) containing Mendelssohn‘s viola quintet op. 18. The first CD of the quartet (2003) contains works by famous Czech composers Dvořák, Janáček, Suk and Richter. Their second CD, quartets by Jopseh Suk (2004), resulted in a recital of the ensemble in the 2005 International Music Festival Prague Spring. The recordings of the Zemlinsky Quartet have received universal critical acclaim.

Website: ZemlinskyQuartet.cz

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