Honoring Pavel Haas

Since its win at the 2005 Premio Paolo Borciani, an international string quartet competition, the Pavel Haas String Quartet — with violinists Veronika Jaruskova and Eva Karova, violist Pavel Nikl and cellist Peter Jarusek — has performed at some of the world's most prestigious concert halls and recorded three critically acclaimed, award-winning CDs.

Chamber Music Concerts will present the Prague, Czech Republic-based Pavel Haas String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Friday's performance will feature Schulhoff's String Quartet No. 1; Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10; and Pavel Haas' String Quartet No. 2, Op. 7, titled "From the Monkey Mountains."

Saturday's concert will include Britten's Three Divertimenti for String Quartet; Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 118; and Dvorak's String Quartet in F major, Op. 96, titled "American."

The quartet has studied with master quartets such as Quartetto Italiano, Quatuor Mosaiques, Borodin Quartet and Amadeus Quartet. The quartet also worked closely with Milan Skampa, violist of the Smetana Quartet.

The quartet takes its name from Czech composer Pavel Haas, who was imprisoned in a Nazi prison camp in 1941 and died at Auschwitz three years later. Haas' legacy includes three string quartets.

Recent highlights for the Pavel Haas Quartet include performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Vienna Konzerthaus in Austria, Barcelona Palau de la Musica in Spain, the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and performances at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

In 2007, the Cologne Philharmonic in Germany nominated the quartet for ECHO Rising Stars, a series of recitals by talented artists chosen by directors of leading concert halls in Europe and America. In 2010, the quartet was awarded the Special Ensemble Scholarship of the Norletti-Buitoni Trust.

In addition to the concerts, the Pavel Haas Quartet will present a string master class at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Music Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Tickets for the concerts cost $27 and $32, $5 for full-time students. Call 541-552-6154 or see www.chambermusicconcerts.org for details.

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