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Jerusalem Quartet

Jerusalem Quartet

“Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet. The finesse of phrasing in [Mozart's] K458’s minuet; the exquisite tone of the ensemble’s cello (formerly played by the great Jacqueline du Pré); and the slow movements that reach ever deeper into Mozart’s heart.”

-The Times, London

”Superlatives are inadequate in describing just how fine this playing was from one of the young, yet great quartets of our time.”

-The Strad

"The Jerusalem Quartet's debut on the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society series was breathtaking. Or jaw-dropping. Or maybe ear opening. In any case, it was brilliant."

-Pittsburgh Post Gazette

”The best-trained string players with Alexander Pavlovsky, who had a particularly colourful sound, correspond with each other with instinctive sureness.It was magical playing, which also caressed the soul and made this a very pleasant evening concert.”

-Der Tagespiegel  


2024-25 PROGRAMS

Fall Tour: October 18-31, 2025

Program 1: Jerusalem Quartet “Jubilee Program”

 Haydn:  Quartet in Bb-Major, Op. 76, No. 4 (“Sunrise”)

Janacek:  Quartet No. 1 (“Kreutzer Sonata”)

Beethoven:  Quartet in Bb-Major, Op. 130 (with Grosse Fugue finale, Op. 133)


NOTE:  the above program was their Wigmore Hall debut 25 years ago.


Program 2:

Mozart:  Quartet in C-Major, KV 465 (“Dissonance”)

Prokoviev:  Quartet No. 1 in B-minor, Op. 50

Brahms:  Quartet in C-minor, Op. 51, No. 1

Spring tour:  April 19 – May 2, 2026

Program 3:

Haydn:  Quartet in Bb-Major, Op. 76, No. 4 (“Sunrise”)

Shulamit Ran:  New Work, composed for Jerusalem Quartet

Beethoven:  Quartet in Bb-Major, Op. 130
(with Grosse Fugue finale, Op. 133)

Program 4 “Winds of Change”:

Janacek:  Quartet No. 1 (“Kreutzer Sonata”)

Bartok:  Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67

Ravel:  Quartet in F-Major

April 2024


Alexander Pavlovsky, 1st violin
Sergei Bresler, 2nd violin
Ori Kam, viola
Kyril Zlotnikov, cello

“An absolute triumph. Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for.” —BBC Music Magazine

“Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet.” 


Such was the Times’ (London) impression of the Jerusalem Quartet. Since the ensemble’s founding in 1993 and subsequent 1996 debut, the four Israeli musicians have embarked on a journey of growth and maturation. This experience has resulted in a wide repertoire and stunning depth of expression, which carries on the string quartet tradition in a unique manner. The ensemble has found its core in a warm, full, human sound and an egalitarian balance between high and low 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 drive and motivation for the continuing refinement of its interpretations of the classical repertoire as well as exploration of new epochs.

The Jerusalem Quartet is a regular and beloved guest on the world’s great concert stages. Recent appearances include a Beethoven quartet cycle at Wigmore Hall in London; a Bartok cycle at the Salzburg Festival; their annual String Quartet seminar in Crans Montana Switzerland, and a residency at the Jerusalem Academy of Music.


Highlights of the upcoming 2023/2024 season include tours of Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland; and appearances in the quartet Biennales in Paris, Lisbon, and Amsterdam. Alongside the quartet’s regular programs, they will bring back the “Yiddish Cabaret”, and will perform a Bartok Cycle in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Their upcoming North American tours include concerts in Montreal, Pittsburgh, Providence, Portland (Maine), Houston, Tucson, Palm Beach, Miami, New Orleans, Denver, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York, and other locations. In Ann Arbor, they will be joined by pianist Inon Barnaton.  


The Jerusalem Quartet’s recordings have been honored with numerous awards, including the Diapason d’Or and the BBC Music Magazine Award for chamber music. They have recorded the string quartets of Haydn; Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”; an album of Dvorak’s String Quintet Op.97 and Sextet Op.48, and the quartets by Ravel and Debussy.

In 2019, the Quartet released a unique album exploring Jewish music in Central Europe between the wars and its far-reaching influence, featuring a collection of Yiddish Cabaret songs from 1920s Warsaw, as well as works by Schulhoff and Korngold. The second installment of their Bartok quartet recording was released in 2020. 



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