|HOUSTON—The Prazak Quartet returns to the Houston Friends of Chamber Music series on Tuesday, November 9 at 8 p.m. in Stude Concert Hall at the Shepherd School of Music, 6100 Main Street on the Rice University campus.|
The Quartet is revered for its musical virtuosity and is one of today’s leading international chamber music ensembles. The Prazak was established in 1972 by students at the Prague Conservatory; and since then, the quartet has gained attention for its place in the unique Czech quartet tradition. Pavel Hula, violinist joined the Prazak in July 2010 and brings an exciting new sound to the group.
During the 1974 Czech Music Year, the Prazak Quartet received first prize at the Prague Conservatory Chamber Music Competition. Within twelve months their international career had been launched with a performance at the 1975 Prague Spring Music Festival. Three years later the quartet took the first prize at the Evian String Quartet Competition, as well as a special prize awarded by Radio France for the best recording during the competition. Later prizes were awarded at other Czech competitions.
For nearly 30 years, the Prazak Quartet performs on international music stages. They are regular guests in the major European musical capitals—Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Madrid, London, Berlin, Munich, etc.—and have been invited to participate at numerous international festivals, where they have collaborated with such artists as Menahem Pressler, Jon Nakamatsu, Cynthia Phelps, Roberto Diaz, and Josef Suk.
The New York Times writes of their performances “A tone that was warm and shapely yet sufficiently crystalline to allow the textures and individual lines of music to be savored. It was the kind of virtuosity that does not call attention to itself, but leaves the listener feeling secure that the music is in incredibly capable hands.” The Houston Friends of Chamber Music welcomes the Prazak Quartet back to their 50th anniversary season to share the artists’ passion and vitality with the Houston audience.
To purchase tickets, call 713-348-5400 or visit www.HoustonFriendsofChamberMusic.org
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Houston Friends of Music began 50 years ago for the purpose of presenting great chamber music by great performers to audiences of all generations.