The Stamic Quartet
In December 2005, the Stamic Quartet has celebrated their anniversary since its establishment. Since the inaugural concert in the Mirror Chapel of the Prague Klementinum in September 1985, the quartet has achieved high reputation on the Czech and international music scene: the Stamic Quartet has appeared in more than 2000 performances on prestigious international stages, recorded almost seventy CDs for various Czech and international labels and its members have been invited to teach at international masterclasses in Europe and the USA.
The succesful international career has been triggered by a triumph in the 1986 EBU/OIRT international competition in Salzburg. Due to this prestigious price the quartet was offered numerous performance opportunities around the world and their art has been appreciated in countries with such varied cultures as Cuba, Morocco, Indonesia, Macao and Tai-Wan.
Recording activities have always been important part of the quartet´s schedule. Apart from a great numer of CDs the ensemble´s performance has been preserved in recordings by the television and radio. Many of theirs CDs have recieved prestigious internatioanal awards: twice Grand Prix du Disque de l´Academie Charles Cross and Diapason d´Or for the recordings of quartets by Antonín Dvořák and Bohuslav Martinů /Bayer Records/, as well as top place in the opinion polls of the Gramophone magazíne in London for their quartets by Leoš Janáček.¨
For the EuroArt Praha label the ensemble has recently recorded two compact discs featuring chamber music by Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček, Mozart and Schubert. Among the latest recordings of Stamic Quartet ranks a compact disc with music of the Terezín concentration camp authors as well as a compact disc “Three string quartets” by Juan Chrisóstomo de Arriaga. This integral recording was released in December 2007 on the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of this important Spanish composer and also in memory of the cellist Vladimír Leixner, a longstanding member of the Stamic Quartet who was the inspiration and organizer behind this project.
In recent years, the Stamic Quartet has been associated with the EuroArt Praha Festival where its role is of the resident ensemble, as well as with the Stamic Music Festival in Havlíčkův Brod, which is the annual performance event and an opportunity for the Stamic Quartet to acknowledge the birthplace and the name of their renowned patron.
Since autumn 2007 the Stamic Quartet consists of the following musicians: Jindřich Pazdera, Josef Kekula, Jan Pěruška and Petr Hejný.
Jindřich Pazdera - violin
Josef Kekula - violin
Jan Pěruška - viola
Petr Hejný - cello
The Stamic Quartet (www.stamicquartet.cz)