Quartet’s recent disc named Gramophone’s prestigious “Record of the Year”
Middlebury, VT—The Pavel Haas Quartet returns to Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series on Friday, April 13, 2012 to play a full-bodied program featuring works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, and Schubert’s famous “Death and the Maiden” quartet. The concert is presented free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the Institute for Clinical Science and Art.
This concert is part of a multi-year collaboration between the Performing Arts Series and the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in which the Institute designates a high-profile concert to be offered for free. This gift to the Middlebury community is made in memory of F. William Sunderman Jr. and Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman.
Since winning the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy in Spring 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet has performed at the world’s most prestigious concert halls, and has recorded four award-winning CDs, receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. In October 2011 the Quartet was awarded not only the Chamber category award, but also the prestigious “Record of the Year” at the Gramophone Awards for its recent recording of Dvořák’s String Quartets No.12 in F major 'American' and No.13 in G major on Supraphon. In fact, all of the quartet’s previous discs have been nominated for Gramophone Awards, and their first recording picked up the Chamber category award back in 2007. In a 2010 review, The Times of London wrote, “The world’s most exciting string quartet? Well, they suit the tagline better than most. Their tone is large, quasi-orchestral. They take risks. Above all, they play with passion.”
In the 2011–12 season, the Quartet performs concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and Wigmore Hall in London, as well as major venues in Brussels, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Madrid. The Quartet will also tour Hong Kong and Japan, and visits the United States for a national tour culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall.
In 2007, the Cologne Philharmonic nominated the Quartet as ECHO Rising Stars, resulting in a tour to major concert halls worldwide. The Quartet took part in the BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 2007–2009, and in 2010 was awarded the Special Ensemble Scholarship of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. The Quartet began a three-year residency as Artists in Residence of Glasgow Royal Concert Halls in 2010.
The Pavel Haas Quartet has released four discs on the Supraphon label. Their most recent recording, a disc of Dvořák’s String Quartets, was released in autumn 2010 and won widespread critical acclaim. The Sunday Times awarded the recording five stars, commenting, “Their account of the American Quartet belongs alongside the greatest performances on disc. In this repertoire, they are simply matchless today.” Along with the Gramophone awards, the disc was named BBC Music Magazine’s “Recording of the Month” in December 2010, and “First Choice” in BBC Radio 3’s “Building a Library” guide.
Based in Prague, the Quartet studied with Milan Skampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet, and continues to enjoy a close relationship with him. The Quartet also has worked with several other masters of the quartet world, including members of Quartetto Italiano, Quatuor Mosaiques, Borodin Quartet, and Amadeus Quartet.
The Quartet takes its name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899–1944) who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt in 1941 and died tragically at Auschwitz three years later. His musical legacy includes three wonderful string quartets.
The Pavel Haas Quartet concert will take place on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 8:00 p.m., at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, in the Concert Hall. The Mahaney Center is located on the Middlebury College campus, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south. The performance is free; no tickets are required. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.