Zemlinsky quartet

Zemlinsky quartet, James Newton – Schonberg. Museum Kampa, Prague. July 24 2011. Ameropa Festival opening.

Multi media project.. Hommage to atonality, A.Schonberg – W.Kandinsky. Since its founding in 1994, the ZEMLINSKY QUARTET has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition. Most recently, they have been the recipient of the Alexander Zemlinsky Advancement Award, marking only the fourth time the prize has been awarded by the board of the Alexander Zemlinsky Foundation that includes Christoph von Dohnányi and James Levine.

The quartet has won the 1st Grand Prize in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition (2010), and also 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).

The Zemlinsky Quartet performs regularly in the Czech Republic and abroad (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Monaco, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Canada, USA, Brazil, Japan, South Korea). Recent major appearances of the Zemlinsky Quartet include Prague Spring Festival 2005 and 2009, Place des Arts (Montreal, 2009), Library of Congress (Washington, 2009), Cité de la Musique (Paris, 2010), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea, 2010) and their long-awaited New York debut on Schneider/New School Concerts (2009).

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