Evening Series

Jerusalem Quartet

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
7:30 PM

Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 64 No. 5, “Lark”
Bartók: Quartet No. 6
Ravel: Quartet in F Major

The Jerusalem Quartet made its name with searing performances and recordings of Shostakovich’s quartets, four of which it played here in 2013, after having debuted in Tucson with yet another in 2011. Here is an opportunity to hear what else is possible from this ensemble, noted for its passion, precision, and warmth, qualities especially suited to the beloved Ravel quartet.



The Jerusalem Quartet, hailed by The Strad as “one of the young, yet great quartets of our time,” has garnered international acclaim for its rare combination of passion and precision. The ensemble has won audiences the world over, both in concert and on their recordings for the Harmonia Mundi label. They will return to North America in October, 2014, and again in February, 2015.

The quartet performs regularly in Europe as well, with recent appearances at venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Herkulessaal in Munich, London's Wigmore Hall and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, as well as venues in cities including Brussels, Antwerp, Gent, Lucerne, Dortmund, Perugia, Genoa, Siena and Le Mans.

 The Jerusalem Quartet is a record three-time recipient of BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Music Award, most recently for their CD of Mozart quartets (2012), as well as for their recordings of Haydn (2010) and Shostakovich (2007). The quartet’s recording of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden and Quartettsatz in C minor was featured as Editor’s Choice in the July 2008 edition of Gramophone, and was also awarded an ECHO Classic chamber music award in 2009. On their most recent recording, they are joined by clarinetist Sharon Kam for the Brahms clarinet quintet. Gramophone hailed the quartet’s performance of Op. 51, No. 2 on that recording, saying, “Few command Brahms’s string quartets the way the Jerusalem do here.” The quartet records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi.

 In November 2007, the quartet was awarded first prize in the “most impressive performance by a (small) ensemble” category of the Netherlands’ Vereniging van Schouwburgen en Concertgebouwdirecties. In 2003, they received the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and were part of the first ever BBC New Generation Artists scheme between 1999 and 2001.

 The Jerusalem Quartet formed while its members were students at the Jerusalem Conservatory of Music and Dance. They quickly found a shared commitment to the music that has not only endured, but has propelled them to the highest level of performance. Ori Kam joined the group in 2011, upon the departure of founding violist Amihai Grosz.

The Jerusalem Quartet's website is http://www.jerusalem-quartet.com/