Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Contact: Nancy Bertossa
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San Francisco Performances Presents
Pavel Haas Quartet and Boris Giltburg

Boris Giltburg, piano
Veronika Jarůšková, violin
Marek Zwiebel, violin
Jiří Kabát, viola
Peter Jarůšek, cello

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—February 19, 2020—San Francisco Performances (SFP) is pleased to present the Prague-based Pavel Haas Quartet in collaboration with pianist Boris Giltburg on Tuesday, March 10, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. San Francisco Performances presents Pavel Haas Quartet for the fifth time; the Quartet made its SF Performances debut in April 2011. Boris Giltburg makes his SF performances debut with this engagement.

Gramophone magazine has called them ‘the world’s most exciting string quartet,’ and this ensemble certainly lives up to that acclaim. When paired with a stunning young pianist like Boris Giltburg, the technical fireworks will definitely fly.” (SFP President Melanie Smith) “Their sound is, as ever, immediately recognizable—partly due to the sheer richness of timbre but also the sense of four personalities at play." (Gramophone)

Boris Giltburg joins the Pavel Haas Quartet for a concert of Eastern European chamber music featuring Dvořák’s stunning Quintet.

The Pavel Haas Quartet has been called “the world’s most exciting string quartet” (Gramophone) and is revered across the globe for its richness of timbre, infectious passion and intuitive rapport. Performing at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and having won five Gramophone and numerous other awards for their recordings, the Quartet is firmly established as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.

In the 2019–20 season the Quartet returned to major venues including Tonhalle Zürich, Wigmore Hall London, Philhar-monie Luxembourg, Stockholm Konserthuset, Società del Quartetto di Milano and festivals such as the Schubertiade. Other engagements included the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw for three concerts at the String Quartet Biennale in January 2020 and they embarked on their first tour to Israel with performances in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa. Further tours are in the U.S. and Canada as well as to Asia, where they will return to NCPA Beijing and give their debuts in Hong Kong and Singapore.

The Pavel Haas Quartet records exclusively for Supraphon and their latest recording of Shostakovich String Quartets Nos. 2, 7 and 8 was released in October 2019. For their recent disc of Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 and String Quintet No. 3 with Boris Giltburg and their former member, Pavel Nikl, they were awarded their fifth Gramophone Chamber Music Award in 2018. Diapason d’Or chose the disc as Album of the Month and commented: “It is difficult to overestimate their expressive intensity and opulent sound production.” The Quartet received further Gramophone Chamber Music Awards for their recordings of Smetana’s String Quartets, Schubert’s String Quartet Death and the Maiden and the String Quintet with Danjulo Ishizaka, Janáček’s Quartet No 2 ‘Intimate Letters’ and Haas’s Quartet No.2 ‘From the Monkey Mountains’, as well as Dvořák’s String Quartets No.12 ‘American’ and No. 13, for which the Quartet was also awarded the most coveted prize, Gramophone Recording of the Year in 2011. The Sunday Times commented: “Their account of the ‘American’ Quartet belongs alongside the greatest performances on disc.” Further accolades include BBC Music Magazine Awards and the Diapason d’Or de l’Année in 2010 for their recording of Prokofiev String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2.

In spring 2005, the Quartet won the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy. Further highlights early on in their career were the nomination as ECHO Rising Stars in 2007, the participation in the BBC New Generation Artists scheme between 2007–2009 and the Special Ensemble Scholarship the Borletti- Buitoni Trust awarded them in 2010.

The Quartet is based in Prague and studied with the late Milan Škampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet. They take their name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899–1944) who was imprisoned at Theresienstadt in 1941 and tragically died at Auschwitz three years later. His legacy includes three wonderful string quartets.

The young Moscow-born, Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg is lauded across the globe as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling interpreter. He has appeared with many leading orchestras worldwide, such as Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, WDR Koeln, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Baltimore, Nashville and Seattle Symphonies. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2010, his Australia debut in 2017 (with the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras) and has frequently toured to South America and China. He has played recitals in leading venues such as Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Carnegie Hall, London Southbank Centre, Auditorium Radio France, Toppan Hall Tokyo and Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre.

To celebrate the Beethoven anniversary in 2020, Giltburg embarks upon a unique project to learn all the sonatas across the year, filming and blogging about the process as he goes, and appearing on BBC TV. He is recording the complete Beethoven piano concerti for Naxos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko, for release beginning in autumn 2019; and he plays all the concerti in three days with the Brussels Philharmonic at the Flagey Piano Festival.

Other highlights of 2019–20 include performances of the Rachmaninov Preludes at Bozar, Wigmore and for his debut in the Master Pianists series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; he also plays recitals at the festivals of Rheingau, Dresden, Dvořák Prague and Liszt Raiding. He is resident artist with the Valencia Symphony across the season, and also returns to the Oslo Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Utah Symphony.

He has a close relationship with the Pavel Haas Quartet, winning a Gramophone Award 2018 for their Dvořák Piano Quintet on Supraphon, and joining them in 2019–20 at Wigmore, Bristol and Cambridge. They are currently completing a U.S. and North America tour.

In 2018 he won Best Soloist Recording (20/21st century) at the inaugural Opus Klassik Awards for his Naxos recording of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Carlos Miguel Prieto, coupled with the Etudes-Tableaux. He won a Diapason d’Or for his first concerto recording, the Shostakovich concerti with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, coupled with his own arrangement of Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet; and his Schumann and Beethoven solo discs on Naxos have been similarly well received. His 2012 Orchid release of the Prokofiev Sonatas was shortlisted for the critics’ award at the Classical Brits and his Rachmaninoff Preludes and Liszt Transcendental Etudes attracted rave reviews.

Born in 1984 in Moscow, Boris Giltburg moved to Tel Aviv at an early age, studying with his mother and then with Arie Vardi. He went on to win numerous awards, notably the second (and audience) prize at the Rubinstein in 2011, and in 2013 he won first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, catapulting his career to a new level. In 2015 he began a long-term recording plan with Naxos Records.

Boris is an avid amateur photographer and blogger, writing about classical music for a non-specialist audience.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
MARTINŮ: Quartet No. 6, H.312
BARTÓK: Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91
DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op.81

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We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

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Boris Giltburg and Pavel Haas String Quartet

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
CONCERT TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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