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Concert: Bennewitz Quartet

Date: 12 April 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Venue: Embassy of the Czech Republic

In celebration of the Year of Czech Music, the Embassy of the Czech Republic invites you to a concert featuring the prestigious Bennewitz Quartet, one of the top international chamber ensembles, on April 12, 2024, at 6 pm. The group is comprised of Jakub Fišer and Štěpán Ježek (violins), Jiří Pinkas (viola), and Štěpán Doležal (cello). Join us for a memorable evening of music with program selections including Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters,” Dvořák’s String Quartet in C, Op. 106, and Schulhoff’s Five Pieces for String Quartet.

Event Details:
Date/Time: April 12, 2024, at 6 pm

Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

RSVP required: https://bennewitz.eventbrite.com | Admission is free

The Year of Czech Music is a celebration held once a decade on every year that ends on the number four, a number that marks many Czech music anniversaries. Throughout the year, the Embassy will present the works of extraordinary Czech composers. This year, in particular, also features the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bedřich Smetana, known as the “father of Czech music.” In the fall, the Embassy will highlight Smetana in its annual Mutual Inspirations Festival.

Founded in 1998 at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the quartet was named after the famous Czech violinist and teacher Antonin Bennewitz (1833-1926). The ensemble established its reputation by winning two leading chamber music competitions—the Osaka Chamber Music and Festa (2005) and the Prémio Paolo Borciani (2008).

Since then, the quartet has performed at various international music festivals and prominent concert halls, receiving numerous awards, including the Classic Prague Award for the Best Chamber Music Performance (2019).

During the 2023/24 season, the Bennewitz Quartet returns to numerous stages in Europe (Stuttgart, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Linz, Bilbao), debuting in Klagenfurt, Darmstadt and Duisburg. The quartet will tour again in the United States and Canada, and will continue various concert projects in the Czech Republic, including its engagement in Dvořák’s integral string quartet performance within the Dvořák’s Prague Festival. The ensemble is currently preparing the release of its new CD featuring the string quartets by “those that used to play together” - Haydn, Mozart, Vaňhal and Dittersdorf.

For more information about the quartet, please visit:

Embassy Policy:

The Embassy of the Czech Republic disclaims and excludes any and all liability for any loss, injury, or damage, alleged to have been suffered by or as a result of or otherwise on its premises. No large bags are allowed. Small purses may be checked as you pass through security for entrance. RSVP confirmation and photo ID required.

Parking: Non-metered parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street.

Closest Metro: The Embassy is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro Station.