"An absolute triumph. Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for."
- BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
photo: Felix Broede
The Jerusalem Quartets 29th season 2023/24 is about to begin. We will begin in October in North America with return visits to Montreal, Pittsburgh, Providence, Houston and in Ann Arbor with pianist Inon Barnatan. We'll also make our first appearances in Portland, ME and Concord, MA.
November will bring a tour in Sweden, then appearances in England, Germany, and Switzerland. In December, the quartet will continue it's residency at the Jerusalem Academy, and give concerts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Zichron Yaakov.
2025 will open with appearances in the Paris, Lisbon, and Amsterdam Quartet Biennales, as well as concerts in Austria and Italy. February and March will take the quartet to Germany, Belgium, and Holland, then concerts in Israel and further teaching in Jerusalem.
In April, the quartet will return to the United States, with a coast-to-coast tour including Florida, Louisiana, Colorado, California, and ending with New York's 92nd St. Y.
A Packed tour in May will open in Madrid, London's Wigmore Hall, and Vienna's Konzerthaus. The tour will also include concerts in Germany, Belgium, Holland, and Switzerland, and end in two concerts in Tel Aviv.
We will end our 29th season with a tour to Asia, which will include appearances in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Sapporo, Seoul, Shanghai, and Shenzen.
We hope to see you you somewhere around the world.
“Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet.”
- THE TIMES, LONDON
Since the ensemble’s founding in 1993 and subsequent 1996 debut, the four Israeli musicians have embarked on a journey of growth and maturation. This experience has resulted in a wide repertoire and stunning depth of expression, which carries on the string quartet tradition in a unique manner. The ensemble has found its core in a warm, full, human sound and an egalitarian balance between high and low voices. This approach allows the Quartet to maintain a healthy relationship between individual expression and a transparent and respectful presentation of the composer’s work. It is also the drive and motivation for the continuing refinement of its interpretations of the classical repertoire as well as exploration of new epochs.
SHOSTAKOVICH QUARTET NO.2 - WALTZ
BARTOK: STRING QUARTETS NOS. 1, 3, AND 5
From the opening funeral dirge of the First Quartet to the incandescent frenzy that concludes the Fifth, this disc offers a genuine panorama of the Bartókian universe. A world unto itself, constantly stamped with the heritage of Hungarian folklore so dear to the composer: two years after a first volume devoted to the even-numbered works (nos. 2, 4 and 6), the musicians of the Jerusalem Quartet expertly complete their recording of a key cycle of modern chamber music, a musical saga drawn on the scale of a lifetime!
"The Jerusalem Quartet's ear-opening performance of [Debussy's] only string quartet (paired with Ravel's) is the most edgy, enthralling, propulsive, frequently wrenching yet magnetically involving account of the piece I've ever heard."
- BAY AREA REPORTER
“...what distinguishes this particular quartet is its sense of refinement and natural feeling for line, coupled with a fever-pitch intensity and commitment to the music. Musical electricity may be unfathomable, but one thing is for sure - they have it.”
- THE STRAD