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Pavel Haas Quartet

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Pavel Haas Quartet, formed in the Czech Republic, has been acclaimed as one of the most exciting string quartets in modern music. Violinist Veronika Jarusková and violist Pavel Nikl formed the quartet in 2002 with fellow Prague musicians Katerina Gemrotová Penková on violin and cellist Lukás Polák. The ensemble is named for the Czech composer Pavel Haas who perished at Auschwitz during World War II but who had a major influence on classical music in his homeland. Polák left the group soon after it was formed to be replaced by Jarusková's husband, Peter Jarusek; Penková was succeeded by Marie Fuxová, Eva Karová and Marek Zwiebel.

After winning competitions in the early 2000s they made their recording debut in 2006 with 'Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'/Pavel Haas: String Quartet No. 2 'From the Monkey Mountains'', followed in 2007 by 'Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata'/Pavel Haas: String Quartets Nos 1 & 3'. Their other albums are 'Sergei Prokofiev: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2, Sonata for Two Violins' (2010), 'Antonín Dvorák: String Quartet in G major, Op. 106 & String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 'American' (2010), 'Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor 'Death and the Maiden'/String Quintet in C major' (2013), 'Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'From My Life'/String Quartet No. 2 in D minor' (2015) and 'Antonín Dvorák: Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81 & String Quintet Op. 97' (2017), which went to number 49 on Billboard's Classical Albums Chart . They also joined percussionist Colin Currie and the Nash Ensemble on the 2013 release 'Alexander Goehr: Since Brass, Nor Stone'.

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