Globally renowned Israeli foursome make their EIF debut
This article is from 2008.
Making its Edinburgh International Festival debut, the Jerusalem Quartet is the final string quartet to appear at this year’s impressive Queen’s Hall series. Performing in the wake of the Ysaÿe, Belcea and Pavel Haas quartets, the quartet is, says EIF director Jonathan Mills, ‘a fantastic young quartet from Israel.’
Formed in 1993 while studying at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Drama, the three Russian-born players and one native Israeli are unusual for a chamber ensemble in being based in Israel. The quartet has, however, toured all over the world, earning five star accolades along the way, and winning endless prizes and awards. After hearing him play, conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim offered the quartet’s cellist the use of the cello that had previously been played by his late wife, Jacqueline du Pre. Her specially-made Sergio Perresson cello is now on extended loan to a highly appreciative Kyril Zlotnikov.
Queen’s Hall, 473 2000, 29 Aug, 11am, £7–£26.50