116 Pavel Haas String Quartet

Veronika Jarůšková, violin
Marek Zwiebel, violin
Pavel Nikl, viola
Peter Jarůšek, cello

Toronto Debut

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 1.30 PM
Walter Hall, University of Toronto
80 Queen’s Park (Museum Subway Station)

Excitement before the concert

The amazing Pavel Haas Quartet brings a classic string quartet programme of immense depth and breadth: Shostakovich’s first, Britten’s second, and Brahms’s second quartets allow the quartet to demonstrate the wealth of expertise that brought the ensemble to the forefront of its field in only ten years.

Founded in 2002, the quartet is named in honour of one of the most distinguished Czech composers of the first half of the twentieth century, Pavel Haas, who died in Auschwitz in 1944 at the age of 45.

Since its formation the quartet has collaborated with Professor Milan Škampa, violist of the legendary Smetana Quartet, and has received multiple competition awards. In the wake of winning the Premio Paolo Borciani in Italy, the quartet made an extensive world tour that included more than 40 concerts, and its members were nominated as Rising Stars by the European Concert Hall Organisation.

The Pavel Haas Quartet has performed in all the world’s great concert halls and records exclusively for Supraphon, a partnership that has resulted in more awards.

The group’s most recent recording, Dvořák String Quartets, won a 2011 Gramophone Award in the chamber category, as well as the most coveted prize, Recording of the Year.


  • Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49
  • Benjamin Britten – String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36
  • Johannes Brahms – String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51




All artists, dates, and programmes are subject to change without notice.

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