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Saturday, September 9, 2023, 8.00 pm
Dvořák Collection Chamber Series

Ticket prices

690 – 190 Kč


Josef Suk: Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale ‘St. Wenceslas’, Op. 35aAntonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 11 in C Major, Op. 61, B. 121Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

The Chamber Series has temporarily merged with the exclusive Dvořák Collection cycle, and the opening concert will feature a trio of timeless composers performed by a first-class line-up consisting of the renowned Pavel Haas Quartet, along with Anastasia Kobekina playing an additional cello.

Contributing to the complete performance of Dvořák’s string quartets spread out over three years, the Pavel Haas Quartet will be performing String Quartet No. 11, a piece that showed more of the composer’s serious side, which echoed German classical music – something he loved as much as Slavic tenderness.

Doubling up the characteristic Dvořák instruments will add to the evening’s uniqueness and novelty. The use of a second cello in a string quintet was similarly unconventional in Schubert’s day. The dialogue between the Russian soloist and cellist Peter Jarůšek of the Pavel Haas Quartet will be a truly remarkable experience in itself.

These exquisite pieces of music, written in the bright key of C Major, will be preceded by Josef Suk’s Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale, ‘St. Wenceslas’. The quartet’s interpretation, played in the relative key of A Minor, will pay tribute to the roots of both European music and Czech statehood.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • End of concert: 10:10 pm


Pavel Haas Quartet

The Pavel Haas Quartet was founded in 2002 by the violinist Veronika Jarůšková and the violist Pavel Nikl, who was a member of the ensemble until 2016, when he left due to family reasons. Yet their collaboration has continued – Pavel Nikl has been the ensemble’s permanent guest for string quintet performances.

Following their victory in the Prague Spring Festival Competition and Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet soon established themselves as one of the world’s most exciting contemporary chamber ensembles. Performing at the most renowned concert venues around the globe, the PHQ have to date recorded nine critically acclaimed CDs, which have received numerous prestigious awards. The ensemble members studied with Milan Škampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet.

In the 2019/20 season the Quartet returned to major venues including Tonhalle Zürich, Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Stockholm Konserthuset, Società del Quartetto di Milano and festivals such as the Schubertiade. They also returned to Amsterdam Muziekgebouw to perform three concerts at the String Quartet Biennale in January 2020 and embarked on their first tour to Israel with performances in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.

In 2007, the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) named the Pavel Haas Quartet one of its Rising Stars, following which they were afforded the opportunity to give numerous high-profile concert appearances all over the world. Between 2007 and 2009, the Pavel Haas Quartet held the title of BBC New Generation Artist. In 2010, the ensemble was granted a classical music fellowship from the Borletti–Buitoni Trust.

The Pavel Haas Quartet have exclusively recorded for Supraphon. Their very first album (2006), featuring Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”, and Pavel Haas’s String Quartet No. 2, “From the Monkey Mountains”, earned the ensemble their first Gramophone Award. The Daily Telegraph named it CD of the Year. The second album, completing the mapping of Leoš Janáček’s and Pavel Haas’s quartet works, garnered enormous acclaim too. Gramophone wrote about it: “To describe a CD as musically important is to court a certain level of controversy ... but I'll stick my neck out and claim extreme importance for this release.” Their third album, featuring both Sergey Prokofiev quartets and the Sonata for Two Violins, won France’s Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2010. The fourth album, featuring Antonín Dvořák’s quartets in F major, the “American”, Op. 96, and in G major, Op. 106, received the 2011 Gramophone Award in the Chamber category, as well as the most coveted prize of all – Recording of the Year. The Sunday Times gave the album the highest possible rating: “Their account of the American Quartet belongs alongside the greatest performances on disc. In this repertoire, they are simply matchless today.” In 2014, the Pavel Haas Quartet received yet another Gramophone Award, for the album of Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”, and String Quintet, recorded with the German cellist Danjulo Ishizaka. Their following album, featuring Smetana’s String Quartets Nos 1 and 2 (2015), earned the ensemble their fifth Gramophone Award and second BBC Music Magazine Award. Gramophone emphasised that: “Their sound is, as ever, immediately recognisable – partly due to the sheer richness of timbre but also the sense of four personalities at play… At times it is hard to believe you are in the presence of only four players, so intense is the sound”. For their latest disc of Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 and String Quintet No. 3 (2017) with Boris Giltburg and their former member Pavel Nikl they were awarded their sixth Gramophone Award. Gramophone wrote about that: “Another Pavel Haas Quartet disc, another triumph. They seem always immersed in all they play, both in terms of their rapport but their instinctive understanding of the score too.” Their recording of Shostakovich’s String Quartets Nos. 2, 7 and 8 was released in October 2019, the album of Johannes Brahms’ quintets with guests Boris Giltburg and former member Pavel Nikl was released in May 2022.

The quartet bears the name of the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899–1944), the most talented pupil of Leoš Janáček, who in 1941 was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Terezín ghetto and three years later died in Auschwitz. Pavel Haas’s oeuvre includes three splendid string quartets.

Pavel Haas Quartet

Anastasia Kobekina

Described by Le Figaro as an "unrivaled musician", Anastasia Kobekina is known for her breath-taking musicality and technique, her extraordinary versatility and her infectious personality.

Highlights of the 2023/24 season include performances with renowned orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich conducted by Paavo Järvi, the DSO Berlin with Andris Poga, Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Anja Billhmeier, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jakub Hrusa, the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, and the Orchester National de Belgique.

Anastasia's performances take her to prestigious venues and festivals worldwide, including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln Center, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tonhalle Zurich, Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Easter Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and Rheingau Music Festival.

As a soloist, Anastasia has collaborated with esteemed orchestras such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Wiener Symphoniker, BBC Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, Wiener Kammerorchester, Symphoniker Hamburg, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, and National Orchestra d’Ile de France. She has worked under the guidance of renowned conductors including Krzysztof Penderecki, Heinrich Schiff, Omer Meir Wellber, Vladimir Spivakov, Charles Dutoit, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, and Dmitrij Kitajenko.

Anastasia has achieved recognition at international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky Competition (St. Petersburg 2019) and Enescu Competition (Bucharest 2016). She was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist from 2018-2021 and received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Artists award in 2022.

Born in Russia, Anastasia began her cello studies at the age of 4. She studied with Frans Helmerson and Prof. Jens-Peter Maintz in Germany before continuing her studies in Paris with Jérôme Pernoo. Currently, she is pursuing studies in baroque Violoncello with Kristin von der Goltz in Frankfurt.

Kobekina performs on Violoncello Antonio Stradivarius from 1698 generously loaned by Stradivari Stiftung Habisreutinger.

Anastasia Kobekina - cello

Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall

The Rudolfinum is one of the most important Neo-Renaissance edifices in the Czech Republic. In its conception as a multi-purpose cultural centre it was quite unique in Europe at the time of its construction. Based on a joint design by two outstanding Czech architects, Josef Zítek and Josef Schultz, a magnificent building was erected serving for concerts, as a gallery, and as a museum. The grand opening on 7 February 1885 was attended by Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria, in whose honour the structure was named. In 1896 the very first concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra took place in the Rudolfinum's main concert hall, under the baton of the composer Antonín Dvořák whose name was later bestowed on the hall.