The Josef Suk Quartet lights up the night at the Villa Mosconi-Bertani

The international chamber music festival at the Villa Mosconi-Bertani in Verona is proud of its collaboration with the Salieri-Zinetti di Sanguinetto competition and invited the winner of its 2013 prize to perform: the Josef Suk Piano Quartet.  The result was a very special evening concluded by the young Czech ensemble with a strong performance of Brahms, specifically his Quartet No. 1, Opus 25 in G minor…

… The Suk ensemble also shined in Mahler’s Quartet in A minor and the Rondo by the Trieste composer Giulio Viozzi…The individual sections were all in perfect balance: each tone had its importance in the entire artwork of tonal shades…

… Chamber music performed by the Josef Suk Piano Quartet reaches beyond its own boundaries through its variety of orchestral colours, in which the individual voices bend and intertwine to evoke the inexhaustible variety of sonorous tones and their blending…The turbulent climate expressed in parts of Opus 25 has a strong impact and a dramatically defined tone. Perfect phrasing does not leave the listeners in doubt and the tension remains constant even in moments of deep intimacy…The endless applause from the audience prompted an astonishing final encore:  Lento from Quartet No. 1 by Josef Suk, the composer who gave his name to the entire intimate evening.

Gianni Villani· L´

It is astonishing when music manages to describe intangible feelings or convey tragedy, in this case the tragedy of war and extermination camps. The Remembrance Day celebrations at the Teatro Verdi on Tuesday presented a concert with a programme not heard before but which definitely merited a performance; the audience was left with a sense of wordless awe. Prague’s Josef Suk Piano Quartet brought a warm and vibrant force to the stage. Young artists, radiating strong humanity supported by flawless technique and general expression, all performed in one voice full of unrelenting emotion…

…. The programme continued with the Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano composed in 2001 by Peteris Vasks, selected to express respect and honour the memory of the wrenching tenderness in which the atrocities of mass murder are the image of an endless drama.  The mastery of the performers was again surprising: the transition of the melodies from the cello to the viola and finally to the violin without disrupting the continuity was a feat more mature in its technique and expressiveness than the artists’ age would indicate.

Valentina Silvestrini· PORDENONE

For the 120th season, the Czech Chamber Music Society selected a young chamber ensemble of exceptional quality, granting the audience an extraordinary musical experience.The quartet’s concert on 18 October 2014 in the Martinů Hall of the Liechtenstein Palace opened with Piano Quartet No. 3 in E minor, Op. 60, by Johannes Brahms. The Suk Quartet presented an exquisite level of technical mastery in their interpretation of the bleak Wertherian atmosphere of the piece interspersed with bright, melodious landscapes, particularly in the string solos in the slow third movement before returning to the original mood of the quartet in which the brilliant piano part almost constantly enlivens the ingeniously woven musical tapestry…

… Particularly in the charming and diverse slow movement, the strings gave rise to a rich, cultured and singing tone, contrasting in the next movements with the wild and almost dancelike character required by Dvořák’s imaginative score enriched by folklore elements. This perfectly prepared and presented performance was met with extraordinary success that the young Josef Suk Piano Quartet richly deserved.

Jiří Teml· Hudební rozhledy

What immediatly positively affected the Jury of the International Competition “Premio Trio di Trieste” 2013 were the perfectly concordant musical ideas among all components of the Ensemble Taras, now called Josef Suk Piano Quartet, and its well-balanced string sound in relation to the piano voice. Josef Suk Piano Quartet is exactly an “ensemble” according to what this term means in Chamber Music: just what our Competition always looks for in each edition!

I find it’s extremely infrequent to listen to strings playing in such a brilliant, rich and technically perfect way. In addition, the pianist’s original concept of chamber music (never uninspired, always looking for the appropriate timbre for each music page) together with the strings player’s qualities, gives a soul and a new life into each musical phrase and captivate the audience’s attention.

Looking into the future, I think that the Josef Suf Piano Quartet will have a great success thanks to both technical preparation and musical creative originality!

prof.ssa Fedra Florit· Artistic Director of the “Premio Trio di Trieste” Competition and Member of the 2013 Jury