KOCIAN QUARTET

(Kocianovo kvarteto - česká verze)

Pavel Hula - 1st violin
Milos Cerny - 2nd violin
Zbynek Padourek - viola
Vaclav Bernasek - violoncello

 

„The Kocian Quartet is a particularly strong team: perfectunanimity, plenty of forthright thrust, a big, warm sound, clean musicianship with flashes of imagination. They are extremely satisfying to hear.“
 Financial Times, London

„ **** / four stars out of possible four / “  
USA Today

“The members of the Kocian Quartet interpret with decisive purposefulness and passionate conviction Franck’s String Quartet in D major”    
The Strad, January 2001

The Kocian Quartet was founded in 1972 and trained by Professor Antonin Kohout,  cellist of the Smetana Quartet. In 1975 the groop took the name of the violin virtuoso and teacher Jaroslav Kocian [ 1883- 1950 ] who was, like Jan Kubelik, a world ? famous pupil of the violinist Otakar Sevcik. All members of the Quartet are graduates of the Prague Academy of Music: First violinist Pavel Hula was twice winner of the Kocian violin competition, second violinist Milos Cerny was a member of Prague Chamber Orchestra,  Zbynek Padourek, viola, was a member of the Czech Nonet until 1992, cellist Vaclav Bernasek was winner of the Vienna cello competition in 1967 and principal cellist of the Prague FOK Symphony Orchestra until 1980.

The Kocian quartet has played a prominent role in Czech concert life, in the programmes of the Prague Spring Festival, cycles of the Czech Philharmonic and the Czech Society for Chamber Music. They have toured in 35 countries in Europe, USA and Japan. In 1992 they performed first time at the Wigmore Hall in London and  made their BBC Radio debut.

The repertoire of the Kocian quartet concentrates on the basic classics [Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms ] and specializes in Czech works by Smetana, Dvorak, and the 20th- century composers Janacek and Martinu. They also concentrate on contemporary Czech music and have given premieres of many works by living composers.

The discography of the Kocian Quartet is very important. For Denon - Nippon Columbia they recorded  Mozart’s Quartets No.14-23 and four last Dvorak’s quartets, for Supraphon complete chamber works of Erwin Schulhoff, for Orfeo [Germ.] Haydn op.20 and String Quartets of Z.Fibich.  In 1996 they started the cooperation exclusive with the French label Praga Digitals, distrib. Harmonia Mundi with many interesting projectsfor ex. String Quartets by the Terezin composers Krasa,Ullmann and HaasBloch Piano Quintets, String Quartets by Franck and Lalo. In 2005 they recorded Haydn String Quartets op.74, Martinu String Quartets No.2, 4 and 5 and Mendelssohn Piano sextet and String Octet. (with members of the Prazak Quartet)

In 1997 the Kocian Quartet were awarded the Grand Prix International du Disque Charles Cros in Paris  for their recordings of the complete String Quartets of Paul Hindemith.

In 2002 the Kocian Quartet celebrated its 30th anniversary season, highlighted by a North American tour including a performance at the Library of Congress in Washington, and performances in Toronto, Tokyo, Prague  for Czech Philharmonic, in Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Montpellier Festival, Bangkok, in Spain and Switzerland.

In 2005 the Kocian Quartet were awarded the "Diapasonor de 2005" in Paris for the recording of Mendelssohn Octet and Piano sextet as a best chamber music recording of the year.

Contact addresses:

 

USA, CANADA

Boulev ART Artists´management
109, rue Dalhousie, bureau SS-4
Québec CANADA G1K 4B9
Tel. +1 (418) 688 4280
Fax +1 (418) 688 2194
E mail : info@boulevart.ca
www.boulevart.ca

FRANCE

Pierre E.Barbier
LES AMIS DE LA MUSIQUE DE CHAMBRE
5,Parc de la Bérengére
F 92210 SAINT-CLOUD
Phone / FAX No. +33 (0)1 47 71 81 86, 47 71 15 50
E mail: pbarbier2@wanadoo.fr

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JAPAN

Pro Arte Musicae, Co, Ltd
Otowa-1-20-14- 5F , Bunkyo-ku
TOKYO, 112 ? 0013
tel. +81 3 3943 6677 
fax +81 3 3943 6659
e mail: pam@proarte.co.jp
www.proarte.co.jp

SPAIN

Carmen Picaňol
Organización de conciertos
Apartado de Correos 206
08080 BARCELONA
tel.  +34 (93) 317 91 20
fax +34 (93) 317 62 97 / 451 21 48
e mail: info@carmepicanyol.com
www.carmepicanyol.com


CZ

Pavel HULA
Secska 1875/11
100 00 PRAGUE 10
Czech Republic
Phone / FAX +420 2 7478 09 07
E mail: pavelhula@quick.cz


CZ

Vaclav BERNASEK
Kadnerova 312
164 00 PRAGUE 6
Czech Republic
Phone ++420 2 20961482
E-mail: vaclav.bernasek@seznam.cz

 

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