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Benewitz Quartet unconventionally

Venture Club has prepared a special event on 6 June at 6 pm in Konvikt Palace, to which we would like to invite you:

Benewitz Quartet – discussion with music

To hear a piece of top music performed by a European ensemble is something that sometimes happens. But to have a direct personal conversation with the protagonists of the ensemble – you can only do that with us. We’ll learn what it’s like to travel the world. Do you know how world tours are organised? Why and how certain songs are chosen, or how musicians communicate with each other during a concert? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a life? …and of course, anything you might ask.

The quartet will play music from classical to modern in a series of three-minute excerpts, interspersed with commentary. Informal discussions will follow and there will even be an opportunity to purchase their CDs.

The Bennewitz Quartet is a top chamber ensemble internationally, as evidenced not only by their victories in two prestigious competitions – in Osaka in 2005 and the Prémio Paolo Borciani in Italy in 2008 – but also by critical praise.

The ensemble consists of 4 young gentlemen, graduates of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and master classes in Switzerland and Spain.

Currently the quartet performs at important Czech and international venues (Wigmore Hall London, Musikverein Wien, Konzerhaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, The Frick Collection New York, Seoul Art Center, Dai-Ichi-Seimei Hall Tokyo, Rudolfinum and others) and is regularly invited to festivals such as Salzburger Festspiele, Luzerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, Prague Spring and Dvořák Prague.

The Bennewitz Quartet takes particular pleasure in performing on the domestic music scene. He greatly appreciates the cooperation with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jiří Bělohlávek.
The quartet bears the name of the eminent director of the Prague Conservatory Antonín Bennewitz, co-founder of the Czech Quartet.

The extraordinary impression of the Bennewitz Quartet’s music is the experience and emotionality of the interpretation, the choice of music and the communication with the audience. They usually place each piece in the context of the composer’s time and work, explaining why they chose it and what it means to them. This is not a common way in our country; the listener gains another dimension to the experience of the music.

For more information about BQ, visit their website at http://bennewitzquartet.com

Conclusion? The meeting at the Venture Club is intended as a showcase for the performance of very different works, an opportunity to experience the music up close and in detail, and most importantly, an extraordinary and informal opportunity to talk to the members and ask questions about all things performance and music in general. We look forward to a totally unique experience.

Petr Šedivý, Chairman of the Venture Club Committee

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