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A concert of this season’s Czech Chamber Music Society ensemble-in-residence
String Quartet in A major, Op. 41 No. 3
String Quartet No. 3, H 183
String Quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”, D 81
Founded in 1998, the Bennewitz Quartet soon ranked among the most distinguished Czech chamber ensembles. The major influences on the members’ artistic development
were that of Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), with whom they worked in Madrid from 2002 to 2004, and subsequently Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) at the Musik-Akademie in Basel. In 2001, the quartet won 1st prize in the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition in Prague, in 2004 they received two prizes (the Jahresstipendium der
Theodor-Rogler-Stiftung and Bärenreiter Urtext Preis) at the prestigious ARD competition in Munich.
In 2005 they won the International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka and the following year the Concours Européen de Musique de Chambre in Paris. In 2008, the
ensemble were victorious in the Paolo Borciani Quartet Competition in Italy, following which they gave fifty concerts in Europe, the USA and Japan. During the 2010/11 season
the Bennewitz Quartet performed at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London and the Seoul Art Center. The next season they debuted at the Conservatoire Royal in
Brussels, appeared at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, as well as at the Salzburger Festspiele.
In December 2012, the ensemble performed with the Czech Philharmonic under the chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek within the Bohuslav Martinů Days with the Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra. The Bennewitz Quartet are sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld, a Vienna-based strings producer.