Although its members especially enjoy playing and performing on the Czech domestic music scene, the Bennewitz Quartet is also considered one of the top international chamber ensembles, a status confirmed by its victories in two prestigious competitions
– Osaka, in 2005, and Prémio Paolo Borciani, Italy, in 2008. Today, it is known for its exciting programming, praised recordings and its ‘fiery temperament’.
Founded in 1998, the ensemble is named after violinist Antonín Bennewitz (1833-1926), a seminal figure in the creation of the Czech violin school. The quartet performs at major venues both in the Czech Republic and abroad and has collaborated with renowned ensembles including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and outstanding artists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Alexander Melnikov and Vadim Gluzman. The members of the quartet also use their choice of repertoire and concert programming to actively promote Czech music, including composers such as L. Dusík, A. Rejcha, P. Haas, V. Ullmann, E. Schulhoff and others.
The Bennewitz Quartet is kindly supported by the Viennese string manufacturer Thomastik-Infeld.