Škampa Quartet

Škampa Quartet

Through their mentors, the legendary Smetana Quartet, the Škampa Quartet trace their roots to the earliest quartets such as the Bohemian Quartet, in a land described in the 18th century as the Conservatoire of Europe and that remains, to this day, the very cradle of European Chamber Music.

To this innate musicality they have added their own particular research to inform their understanding of the folk-song and poetry, rhythms and dance from which their native music grew, to the extent that their recordings of the quartets by Janacek and Smetana particularly are quoted as the bench-marks against which other performances are judged.

This research resulted in, among other things, the production of an illustrated talk, ‘Janacek and his Moravian Roots’, and led to collaboration with the singer Iva Bittova, which successfully crossed many musical boundaries.

Prizes at International Competitions, Awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and others, and appointment as the first-ever Resident Artists at Wigmore Hall, helped provide the recognition which led to invitations to perform at major Festivals world-wide, including Prague Spring, Schwetzingen, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and Melbourne.