Founded in 1998 at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and named after the renowned Czech violinist Antonin Bennewitz (1833-1926), the Bennewitz Quartet has won numerous prizes, including the Czech Chamber Music Society Award and the first prize at the Osaka and the Borciani competitions. As well as studying in Prague, the quartet has worked with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and Walter Levin (La Salle Quartet). The Bennewitz Quartet is now well established as a leading international string quartet of the younger generation, with performances throughout the world in distinguished venues such as the Wigmore Hall, London, the Frick Museum, New York, the Czech Musikverein, Vienna, the Theatre du Champs-Elysees, Paris, the hall of the Conservatoire, Brussels, the Rudolfinum, Prague, and the Seoul Arts Centre. Festivals at which they have appeared include Salzburg, Lucerne, Lockenhaus and Prague Spring.
The Bennewitz Quartet particularly enjoys their opportunities to contribute to musical life in the Czech Republic, with programmes including unusual Czech repertoire such as Ullmann, Haas and Schulhoff. As well as chamber music performances, the quartet has played with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavek in Martinu's Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra and gave the Czech premiere of John Adam's Absolute Jest, together with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Solo artists with whom the quartet has collaborated include Alexander Melnikov, Vadim Gluzman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Isabelle Charisius.
Their recordings have received high praise. Of their 2008 recording on Coviello Classics of Bartók and Janácek, Fono Forum wrote of their “fiery temperament“ and "an astonishingly mature and confidently balanced ensemble culture.“ The quartet’s second CD of both string quartets of Smetana was released in spring 2010 and was called "simply phenomenal" by Klassic.com. A year later Supraphon released “Clarinet Quintets” with Ludmila Peterková and in 2012 a CD of Dvorak's Cypresses, both the original songs and the string quartet arrangements, was released on Hänssler Classics. Their most recent recording is of Dvorak's 10th and 13th string quartets .
The Bennewitz Quartett is supported by the Viennese string-manufacturer Thomastik-Infeld.
Visit the Bennewitz Quartet's website at: www.bennewitzquartet.com
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