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HISTORY

The Herold Quartet was established in 1998 and in 2001 received the annual award from the prestigious Czech Chamber Music Society. (This Society, founded over 100 years ago, is part of the Czech Philharmonic).

The Quartet perform regularly in the major concert halls in their home city of Prague and in venues in the Czech Republic. They have had successful tours to France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Greece, USA, Japan, Brazil and Australia. 2005 saw their UK debut at Wigmore Hall and their performance at the World Expo Exhibition in Aichi (Japan). Since, the Quartet has regular tours to Spain, UK and Greece as well as other performances.

The Quartet performed with several Czech orchestras (Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Suk Chamber Orchestra...) and co-operated with well-known soloists such as cellist Michael Kaňka, clarinetists Ludmila Peterková, Dimitri Ashkenazy and Milan Řeřicha, pianist Jean Muller. In 2009, the Ensemble have had concerts with two outstanding Czech musicians: Josef Suk and Lubomír Malý.

The Ensemble has recorded two CD's with the last quartets of the Czech Masters (Smetana, Dvořák and Janáček) and with the three famous quartets of Mozart. Another CD with three works of a young gifted Czech composer Václav Zahradník was recorded in 2009. Members of the Quartet have also recorded for Czech Radio, ABC Classic FM Sydney, Hessischer Rundfunk and for Supraphon.

The Herold Quartet works regularly with Professor Břetislav Novotný, first violinist of the Prague Quartet and an excellent teacher.

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