A new season is upon us

On the eve of our first tour for the 2014/15 season, we wanted to take a moment and share with you, our friends, what we have planned. In October and February the quartet will tour the US playing 23 concerts in 21 cities. At the end of our October tour we'll present our three-concert Brahms project at the 92nd St. YMCA in New  York. In March the quartet will start with a short European tour, visiting Prague, Milan and Paris, then travel to Columbia to perform three all-Mozart programs in Bogota. June will take the quartet to Asia, with appearances in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Japan. The rest of the season will include tours in Europe with some old and new venues from Wigmore Hall in London, Berlin's Philharmonie and Copenhagen's Louisiana Museum. January will see the end of our Shostakovich Project, with the final 2 concerts in Bilbao, Spain.

Our next album release will take place in the spring with a double album of Beethoven's 6 Quartets Op.18.

We hope to see you all at one of our concerts, and we wish you all a happy new jewish year.

The Jerusalem Quartet

Shostakovich Cycle in Mexico City

We end our 2013/14 season with a Shostakovich cycle in Mexico city (June 21 - 25). Join us over the summer in the Rheingau Zeist and Verbier festivals.

See you there!

Upcoming April TOur

Holidays are over, and it's time to go back on the road. Starting on April 22nd we will begin our April tour which will include the conclusion of our Shostakovich Cycles in Europe. First, the final concert of our Shostakovich Cycle in Hamburg, followed by a complete cycle in Brussels over the course of one week and then the second half of the cycle in London's Wigmore Hall. After that we will play a program of Haydn, Janacek and Ravel at the Schubertiade in Hohenems and in Gauting.

More info our our calendar page.

Upcoming March Tour

On March 16th, the quartet will begin its March US tour. Join us in Berkeley, Palm Beach, Savannah, Philadelphia, Boston and South Bend, IN. Our programs will include works by Beethoven, Haydn, Janacek, Brahms, and Shostakovich.

In addition, we will present a three-concert Brahms project in Vancouver with the three marvelous quartets; violin, viola, cello sonatas; as well as the clarinet quintet, viola quintet Op.111 and Piano quintet. For this project we have invited pianist Inon Barnatan, clarinetist Sharon Kam, and violist Hsin-Yin Huang to join us.

Finally, we will present the final concert in out Shostakovich quartet cycle in Houston. The concert will take place in the extraordinarily beautiful Rothko Chapel. This special setting will undoubtedly highlight Shostakovich's three last quartets, including the final quartet (no. 15), which will be performed in near-complete darkness.

Visit our Calendar for more information.

See you at one of our concerts!

Our February Tour is about to begin

We will begin with a concert on our home turf at the YMCA in Jerusalem, then Tel Aviv with a brand new program of Beethoven, Ravel and Bartok. Then travel to Europe for a concert in Tuebingen, Geneva, continuing our Shostakovich project in Hamburg, and ending at another home turf in Zeist in the Netherlands. Hope to see you at one of our concerts.

First tour of 2014 Completed

The quartet completed it's first tour for 2014. The tour included performances in Rotterdam where the quartet performed string quintets by Mozart and Brahms with former violist Amichai Grosz then continuing to Hamburg for the third concert in our Shostakovich Cycle there playing quartets 7, 8 and 9. From there we travelled to Florence for performances in Teatro alla Pergola in Florence and in Perugia. Then we played three new venues for us in Poitiers' (France) stunning new hall, in Besançon (France) and in Stockholm. Then we gave the closing concert for the Quartet Bienalle in Paris' Cité de la Musiqe and finished the tour in Trieste.

Our February tour will include concerts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tübingen, Geneva, Hamburg and Zeist and will include repertoire by Haydn, Smetana, Ravel and Shostakovich.

during our concert in Stockholm.

Jerusalem Quartet Nominated for Gramophone "Artist of the Year 2013"

We are so happy to be nominated this year for Gramophone Artist of the Year 2013. What an honor to be included in such a distinguished list of artists.

Being selected would be a tremendous feat, but to do that, we would need your support in voting for us and spreading the word around.

You can vote at the link below:

Thank you in advance for your support, and wish us luck

The Jerusalem Quartet



Le prolifique quatuor israélien, qui fête ses 20 ans avec un disque Brahms, se produit deux soirs à Aix.


OEuvres de Beethoven, Janácek, Brahms (le 10 juillet) etMozart, Janácek, Smetana (le 12), à 20 heures au Théâtre du jeu de paume.

La crise économique a du bon: on fait moins d’opéra et plus de musique. Ce n’est sans doute pas la seule raison pour laquelle la musique de chambre, que l’on disait agonisante, est en train de renaître en France. On saluait récemment dans ces colonnes le succès planétaire des quatuors Diotima et Modigliani, rivalisant avec leurs homologues allemands ou américains. Ce retour du quatuor à cordes, «la forme la plus pure de la musique instrumentale», dixit Fauré, est salutaire, car c’est une école de rigueur et d’abstraction pour les compositeurs, et de discipline pour les instrumentistes.


International Classical Music Awards Nomination for the JQ

The recent Schumann recording of the Jerusalem Quartet with Alexander Melnikov has been nominated for the 2013 International Classical Music Awards! 

The Jury of the International Classical Music Awards ICMA has nominated 275 CD and DVD productions for its 2013 edition.

JQ November European Tour

The Quartet will tour Switzerland, France and the UK for two weeks. We will visit Dijon, Basel, Paris, Bath and London. The tour will end at the Southbank Center, with Schubert's amazing string quintet with Gary Hoffman.

More information on our calendar page.

Jerusalem Quartet heads to the US for it's Fall 2012 tour

The tour will include appearances in new venues in Providence (RI), Markham (ON), New Orleans and Pittsburgh and return to Cleveland, Ann Arbor, Houston, Ashland (OR) and Denver.  The quartet will tackle a wide array of repertoire from Mozart to Brahms and Bartok, as well as begin a Shostakovich Quartet cycle in Houston with quartets 1-6.

More information and links to ticket purchase on our calendar page.

Chamber Music Society Launches Shostakovich Quartets Site

In Preparation for the Jerusalem Quartet's cycle of the Complete Shostakovich Quartets, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has launched an extraordinary website about these 15 marvelous compositions. The site includes historical, biographical, and musical information for audiences and anyone who might be interested.

2012/13 Season Overview

In the upcoming season, the quartet will return to some of our favorite venues such as the Herkulessaal in Munich, Wigmore Hall in London, Theatre Champs-Elysees in Paris, and Alice Tully Hall in New York. We will also visit some new places like New Orleans, Portland, Pittsburgh, Taipei, and Hong Kong. In addition to our normal programs, we will be performing the full cycle of Shostakovich's string quartets starting in Houston in October and continuing in Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Portland Oregon, New York and Madrid.

Visit our calendar page to find one of our concerts near you.

in the winter, we will release our next recording with Harmonia Mundi of Brahms' 2nd String Quartet and the Clarinet Quintet with Sharon Kam.

We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our concerts in the upcoming season,

The Jerusalem Quartet

JQ Changes it's general management

The quartet has decided to join forces with the legendary Sonia Simmenauer in Berlin, who as of July 1st will take over as the quartet's general management. We are all very excited about this development, and are looking forward to this new collaboration.

Following is the press release by Impresariat Simmenauer:

A few weeks ago, we had to announce – with a heavy heart – the retirement of the Tokyo String Quartet in summer 2013 after an international career spanning over 40 years. Today, we are all the more delighted to announce that we are taking over, with immediate effect, the general management of the Jerusalem Quartet.

The Jerusalem Quartet is an internationally renowned ensemble that performs regularly on all important stages of the world. The quartet's recordings have received critical acclaim, and its most recent release, featuring Schumann's Piano Quartet and Piano Quintet with pianist Alexander Melnikov, has similarly been given rave reviews.

In the next two seasons, the Jerusalem Quartet will be on tour with a complete Shostakovich cycle. The quartet will also be performing a Brahms cycle with all three quartets, as well as the quintets for viola, clarinet and piano. 

Detailed programs can be found on our website:

"Golden Label Award" to Jerusalem Quartet

Jerusalem Quartet received a "Golden Label Award" for the best Chamber Music Concert (season 2011/12) attributed by Klassiek Centraal.

It was Serge Daelemans of Harmonia Mundi who came to pick up the prize during the ceremony which took place at the "Provinciehuis" (Governor's House) in Antwerp on June 23, 2012.

Jerusalem Quartet Shostakovich Cycles in 2012/13

Starting in October 2012, the Jerusalem Quartet will perform several complete cycles of Shostakovich's string quartets. 15 in total, they span the composer's life and encompass his compositional ad philosophical ideas. The cycles will take place in several US cities including New York (Alice Tully Hall), Portland Oregon and Houston; as well as in Key European cities such as London, Madrid, Bilbao and Brussels.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which will host the New York cycle, has produced a short video introducing the cycle:

From the CMSLC's website:

Composers have often turned to the string quartet as the vehicle for their most intimate utterances. Other than Beethoven, no composer has put so much of himself into his quartets as Dmitri Shostakovich. Written over the course of his career, Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets serve as both biography and reflections on life behind the iron curtain. Bringing a unique perspective and searing intensity, the fiery Jerusalem Quartet performs the complete cycle in four concerts.


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The 2012 BBC Music Magazine Awards took place on April 12 at London's Kings Place.

The Jerusalem Quartet were awarded in the chamber category for their recording of Mozart's String Quartets for Harmonia Mundi. Praising the disc, Helen Wallace commented: "I defy anyone not to find something new in these scintillating performances." The quartet were previously awarded a BBC prizes in 2010 for their second volume of Haydn's String Quartets and 2008 for their Shostakovich album.


3rd time BBC Music Magazine Award nomination for the Jerusalem Quartet!!!

We are so thrilled and honored to announce that the Jerusalem Quartet once again has been nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award 2012 !!! It is our THIRD time nomination !!!


Jerusalem Quartet wins BBC Music Choice Award again!

Youthful brilliance

Eric Levi welcomes Jerusalem Quartet's revisionist early Mozart

Mozart scholars tend to regard the majority of the composers's earliest quartets as of a little consequence. Not so the Jeusalem Quartet, who open this captivating release with a beautifully sculpted C major, K157. Observing every repeat in this three-movement work might seem counterproductive, inflating the musical argument beyond its modest proportions.


Jerusalem Quartet Wins Second BBC Music Magazine Chamber Award!

The Jerusalem Quartet have won a second BBC Music Magazine chamber award, this time for the second volume of their latest recording of Haydn's String Quartets for Harmonia Mundi. BBC Music Magazine described the recording as "an absolute triumph. Miraculously honed intonation and perfect ensemble is matched throughout by an innate understanding of Haydn's mercurial and immensely varied musical language.


Jerusalem Quartet wins BBC Music Choice Award!

Miraculous Haydn

Erik Levi applauds the Jerusalem Quartet's latest recital

The Jerusalem Quartet's latest recording of Haydn Quartets is an absolute triumph. Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for. Miraculously honed intonation and perfect ensemble is matched troughout by an innate understanding of Haydn's mercurial and immensely varied musical language.


Jerusalem Quartet wins ECHO Classic Award 2009

Jerusalem Quartet wins ECHO Classic Award 2009 in the category "Best chamber music recording of the year (19th century, strings)"


Jerusalem Quartet win BBC Music Magazine Award

We are delighted to announce that the Jerusalem Quartet have won the Chamber category of the BBC Music Magazine Awards for their recording of Shostakovich Quartet Nos 6, 8 and 11 on Harmonia Mundi.