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15 Feb 2005 00:00 - 00:00

Kocian Quartet

The Czech string quartet performs music by Haydn, Martinu and Dvorak.


The Kocian Quartet was founded in 1972 and trained by Professor Antonin Kohout,  cellist of the Smetana Quartet.


In 1975 the groop took the name of the violin virtuoso and teacher Jaroslav Kocian [ 1883- 1950 ] who was, like Jan Kubelik, a world – famous pupil of the violinist Otakar Sevcik.


All members of the Quartet are graduates of the Prague Academy of Music: First violinist Pavel Hula was twice winner of the Kocian violin competition, second violinist Milos Cerny was a member of Prague Chamber Orchestra,  Zbynek Padourek, viola, was a member of the Czech Nonet until 1992, cellist Vaclav Bernasek was winner of the Vienna cello competition in 1967 and principal cellist of the Prague FOK Symphony Orchestra until 1980.





The Kocian quartet has played a prominent role in Czech concert life, in the programmes of the Prague Spring Festival, cycles of the Czech Philharmonic and the Czech Society for Chamber Music.


They have toured in 35 countries in Europe, USA and Japan. In 1992 they performed first time at the Wigmore Hall in London and  made their BBC Radio debut.


The repertoire of the Kocian quartet concentrates on the basic classics [Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms ] and specializes in Czech works by Smetana, Dvorak, and the 20th- century composers Janacek and Martinu.


They also concentrate on contemporary Czech music and have given premieres of many works by living composers.






30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


15 Feb 2005 00:00 - 00:00



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