THE DVOŘÁK PIANO QUARTET
is one of the foremost Czech chambre ensembles. It respects the best Czech traditions of interpretation and on this has built its individual musical expression and sound. The members of the quartet have studied under legendary artists (Ivan Moravec, Josef Vlach — Vlach Quartet, Petr Messieureur — Talich Quartet, Milan Škampa — Smetana Quartet, Miroslav Petráš — Czech Trio) and this has instilled upon them a loving and thorough approach to chamber music. As a result, these accomplished and strong personalities, with many years experience from important and world famous chamber ensembles, have been drawn together. (Slávka Vernerová has devoted herself equally to solo piano works and chamber music. She has often worked with the best Czech string quartets — the Pražák, Haas, Zemlinsky, Bennewitz and others. The violinist Štěpán Pražák gained valuable experience as the leader of the Czech Philharmonic Quartet. The viola player Petr Verner was, for twenty years, a member of the Vlach Quartet Praha and the cellist Jan Žďánský was active in the IUNO Trio and Kapr Quartet.) With the agreement of Antonín Dvořák’s descendants and The Dvořák Society the ensemble was kindly permitted to use the name The Dvořák Piano Quartet. Their debut at the Prague Spring festival was followed by many invitations to play in renowned concert halls at home and abroad. Recently the quartet played at London’s Conway Hall and at the Luton Chamber Music Festival. Frequently they return to masterclasses in Cambridge. Important Czech contemporary composers Karel Janovický, Martin Hybler, Ondřej Kukal and others have dedicated works to them.
A very nice review on Classical Music Sentinel for the Dvořák Piano Quartet and their debut album containing Dvořák Piano Quartets Nos 1 & 2.
„The Dvořák Piano Quartet, as their namesake implies, is one of the top Czech chamber ensembles at the moment. They blend together as if they had grown up together, and perform the music of Antonín Dvorák as if it was in their DNA."
Supraphopn Catalogue number: SU 4257-2