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"Passion, precision, warmth, a golden blend - those are the hallmarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet."

Such was the impression of The New York Times on the Jerusalem Quartet (JQ). Since the group's founding in 1993 and its subsequent debut in 1996, the four Israeli musicians who comprise it have embarked on a journey of growth and maturation. Such a journey has resulted in a vast repertoire and impressive depth of expression, continuing the tradition of the string quartet in a unique way. The JQ has found its substance in a warm, full, human sound and a balanced balance in its individual voices. This approach allows the Quartet to maintain a healthy relationship between individual expression and a transparent and respectful presentation of the composer's work. It is also the engine and motivation for the continuous refinement of his interpretations of the classical repertoire, as well as the exploration of new eras.

The JQ is a regular guest on the stages of the best concert halls in the world. With biannual visits to North America, the Quartet has performed in cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, and Cleveland, as well as at the Ravinia Festival. In Europe, the JQ enjoys an enthusiastic reception from audiences and critics with regular performances at London's Wigmore Hall, Zurich's Tonhalle, Munich's Herkulessaal, Paris's Theater des Champs-Elysées, as well as special performances at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and prominent festivals such as Salzburg, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Rheingau, Saint Petersburg White Nights and many others.

JQ records exclusively for the Harmonia Mundi label. The Quartet's recordings, in particular the albums featuring Haydn's String Quartets and Schubert's “Death and the Maiden”, have been honored with numerous awards including the Diapason d'Or and the BBC Music Magazine Prize for Music of the Year. camera. In 2018, the Quartet released two albums, one featuring Dvořák's String Quintet Op.97 and Sextet Op.48, and their highly anticipated recording of the celebrated Ravel and Debussy Quartets. In the spring of 2019 JQ will release a unique album exploring Jewish music in Central Europe between the World Wars and its far-reaching influence. Israeli soprano Hila Baggio will join the Quartet to perform a collection of Yiddish cabaret songs in 1920s Warsaw. The JQ has commissioned composer Leonid Desyatnikov to arrange these songs. Completing the program will be Schulhoff's Five Pieces (1924), a collection of short, light pieces in cabaret style, and Korngold's Quartet No.2 (1937).

Along with its regular shows, the 2018/19 Season opened with the premiere of its new Yiddish show. In October, the JQ collaborated with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth on a US tour with the Strauss, Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky String Sextets. March sees his return to the Brahms Project which includes quartets, sonatas and quintets, along with clarinettist Sharon Kam and pianist Matan Porat. After a second tour of the United States in April, they present the 6 Bartók String Quartets at London's Wigmore Hall in May, which they will combine with Beethoven Quartets in various cities in Bavaria.

The JQ debuted in Mexico in 2001, and since then it has been presented here on four different occasions. Their artistic growth and evident maturity was evident in 2014 when they presented -for the first time in Mexico- the complete cycle of the Shostakovich Quartets at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, as part of the international programming of the 80th anniversary. of said venue, and which registered full houses in each of the four concerts of the cycle.

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