6th Chamber Music Festival 4plus 2023

Czech-Spanish Dialogues

1.  Wednesday March 8, 2023, 19.30 h
L. Boccherini: Guitar Quintet No. 4 D Major "Fandango"
J. Kabát: Cinema da Camera. Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet (dedicated to the 4plus 2023 series, world premiere)
I. Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 3 E flat Minor Op. 30
Zemlinsky Quartet, Miguel Trápaga – guitar

2. Wednesday May 31, 2023, 19.30 h
E. Granados: Quintet G Minor for Piano and String Quartet
V. Novák: Piano Quintet A Minor Op. 12
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: String Quartet E Minor Op. 44/2
Zemlinsky Quartet, Daniel Ligorio Ferrandiz – piano

3. Wednesday October 4, 2023, 19.30 h
J. Palomino: Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Violoncello No. 1 A Major
A. Dvořák: Viola Quintet No. 1 A Major Op. 1
R. Schumann: String Quartet A Minor Op. 41/1
Zemlinsky Quartet, Josep Puchades (Quiroga Quartet) – viola

4. Wednesday November 29, 2023, 19.30 h
Franz Krommer: Oboe Quartet No. 2 F Major
J. M. López López: Quintet for Oboe and String Quartet
  (dedicated to the 4plus 2023 series, world premiere)
F. Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 D Minor „Death and the Maiden“
Zemlinsky Quartet, Jan Souček – oboe


In 2018, the Zemlinsky Quartet founded a chamber music series in Prague called 4plus, where the quartet is being joined by outstanding Czech and foreign musicians to perform many different works from the world of chamber music. One of the two intense motivations was this: since a long time, the Zemlinsky Quartet desired to perform more concerts in Prague, to be able to design its own program of the concerts, and to be able to invite excellent musicians in Prague that it met during its concert performances worldwide. The second idea became real in 2021. In 2007-2014, Zemlinsky Quartet recorded the complete works for string quartet by the most recognized and perhaps most beloved Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák. The ensemble appears to be only the fourth group in history to undertake such a big and demanding project. Since the beginning of this project, the quartet members had a specific idea in mind: to perform this complete cycle in their home city – in Prague. This happened in 2021 within this chamber music series 4plus, as Dvořák had the 180th anniversary of birth that year.

The Zemlinsky Quartet of course continues organizing this chamber music series, as it seems to be successful, and as it brings good music and excellent guest artists to the Prague audience. The main theme of 2023 is Czech-Spanish Dialogues, in other words: Czech-Spanish cooperation on the concert stage. This idea was created long time ago already, but when the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish cultural organization in Prague, became very much interested in co-organizing such an event, this idea became finally true in 2023. This quite unique idea has one more interesting coincidence – in the second half of 2023, Spain will hold the presidency of the European Union.


In the first half of every concert, the Zemlinsky Quartet, one of the leading Czech string quartets, will be joined by an outstanding Spanish artist. Together, they would perform two compositions by Czech and Spanish authors. In addition to the string quartet, the audience will hear oboe, piano, viola, and probably the most typical Spanish instrument – guitar. Three artists will come from Spain, the last one will be an excellent oboe player Jan Souček, brother of the first violinist of the Zemlinsky Quartet. Those who would see a certain inconsistency in the nationality of the guests, should know that the Souček brothers have a Spanish mother, they are fluent in Spanish and they even hold a Spanish passport…

This part of the program will also offer another unique experience. Two composers, Czech and Spanish, will compose a new work dedicated to the 4plus series that will be premiered in the concerts. Young and promising Czech composer, conductor and violist Jiří Kabát created a quintet for guitar and string quartet, and renowned and experienced Spanish composer J. M. López López will offer a quintet for oboe and string quartet.

In the second half of the concert, the Zemlinsky Quartet will perform an important work from the romantic period, to enrich the program, and to please the audience by popular but also less known string quartets by F. Schubert, R. Schumann, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and P. I. Tchaikovsky. The concert series 4plus offers a special and unique experience to the Prague audience. It will introduce Spanish music to them, it will give the opportunity to hear outstanding Spanish artists, and we believe that by all that, these concerts will bring a lot of joy and inspiration to the soul of the listeners.

Petr Holman