Jakub Černohorský – violin
Ondřej Pustějovský – violin
Petr Benda – viola
Tomáš Svozil – violoncello

Since the Benda Quartet began performing in 2012 they have achieved a wide variety of musical successes and established themselves among highly respected Czech ensembles. Their first significant landmark was the concert debut they performed at the 60th Jubilee of the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava in April 2014. The concert was recorded by Czech Radio and garnered a huge audience acclaim. Since then has the collaboration with the studio of Czech Radio continued on regular basis and resulted in a number of publicly appreciated recordings. The Benda Quartet have worked intensively together with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and artist management agency Janáčkův Máj on numerous chamber music and educational projects. This successfully developing collaboration brought the Benda Quartet on stage of major festivals in the Czech republic such as The Leoš Janáček International Music Festival, Czech Philharmonics Chamber Music Series, International Music Competition and Festival Beethoven´s Hradec, Mahler´s Jihlava Music Festival, St. Wenceslas Music Festival, Music Festival of Peter Dvorský, International Festival of Contemporary Arts Forfest, Creative Centre of Contemporary Music Ostrava etc.. The Benda Quartet successfully introduced themselves in abroad too, most recently they performed together with The Kelemen Quartet Mendelssohn´s String Octet at St. Gellért International Music Festival in Szeged (Hungary). The Benda Quartet was awarded The ‘Amber’ Prize of Moravian-Silesian region in 2019.


Missouri Breaks

Release Date: August 2, 2024
Catalog Number: RR8108
21st Century
String Quartet
MISSOURI BREAKS from composer and guitarist Stuart Weber is a musical meditation on the tension between natural history and modernity. In collaboration with the Benda Quartet, Weber’s work is largely set in the untamed American West. Night Scribe considers the periodic appearance of Halley’s Comet and wonders where humanity might find itself when the comet next appears in the year 2062. Missouri Breaks takes its musical cues from the Missouri River as it flows through north-central Montana; the tempo is set by the river’s current, the shimmering sunlight reflecting off the water inspires Weber’s guitar technique. Weber is deeply familiar with his subject matter, as he credits his upbringing in the Northern Rocky Mountains for giving him the time and space to develop as an artist.

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