Penderecki String Quartet, Poland, 2011
Tour Dates
  • 13 Oct - 23 Oct, 2011

Tour Dates: 13 Oct - 23 Oct, 2011

"The Pendereckis were brilliant at Highlighting the tensions in the music, delivering the emotional gusts with verve and precision."
- Toronto Star


Ticket Information:

14th Oct, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, hot-line: 021-68541234


Jeremy Bell,First violin

Jerzy Kaplanek ,Second violin

Christine Vlajk,Viola

Jacob Braun,Cello


The Penderecki String Quartet was founded in Poland in 1986, encouraged by the preeminent Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Now approaching the third decade of an extraordinary career, the PSQ has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of its generation.

These four musicians from Poland, Canada and the USA bring their collective yet varied experience to performances, demonstrating a “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” (Toronto, Globe and Mail).

The Quartet's performing schedule takes them annually to North and South America, Europe and the Far East, including prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The Penderecki Quartet collaborates regularly with eminent and diverse artists, performing a wide range of repertoire. To this day, the Quartet has premiered over 100 new works from numerous composers.

Jeremy Bell - Violin

A native of Toronto, violinist Jeremy Bell earned a B. Mus degree from the University of Toronto, and received his Masters and Doctor of Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Bell is a recipient of numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and is a prize winner of the Eckhardt Grammatté National competition and the Conseil Québécois’ Prix Opus. Dr. Bell joined the PSQ in 1999, and was the artistic director of NUMUS Concerts from 2000-2007. He has performed a wide range of music, performing baroque with Consortium Aurora Borealis and Les Violons du Roy, Cuban jazz with Hilario Duran, as well as collaborating with pipa virtuoso Ching Wong, NYC’s DJ Spooky, and pop stars Jay-Z and Diana Ross.

Jerzy Kaplanek - Violin

Jerzy Kaplanek has been a member of the PSQ since 1987. With the quartet, and also as a soloist and chamber musician, he performs throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America. His discography includes a dozen CDs with the PSQ and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with the Blue Rider Ensemble. He has worked with a number of chamber music partners. He is frequently heard on CBC Radio. In 1987-1988 he was assistant to Efim Boico of the Fine Arts Quartet at the Chamber Music Institute in Milwaukee. Jerzy Kaplanek is presently an associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he teaches violin and directs the chamber music program. He plays a 1905 Stefano Scarampella violin.

 Christine Vlajk - Viola

 Prior to joining the PSQ, violist Christine Vlajk was a founder and member of the highly acclaimed Montclaire String Quartet for fifteen years. With the MSQ, Ms. Vlajk performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. In addition to recording three CDs, the Montclaire Quartet distinguished itself at various international competitions. Her orchestral experience includes principal viola of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Vlajk has appeared as soloist with the Hamilton Phiharmonic Orchestra and gave the premiere performance of Karol Gostynski's Viola Concerto in 2001.

 Jacob Braun - Cello

 A native of Lincoln, Massachusetts, cellist Jacob Braun has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Mr. Braun has performed to acclaim at various prestigious international venues, like Carnegie Hall. As a member of the Formosa Quartet he performed at the Library of Congress (Stradivari Anniversary Concert), live on BBC Radio 3. Mr. Braun has collaborated with many leading artists including Paul Katz, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ida Kavafian, Gilles Apap, Jasmine Lin, Danny Lee, and members of the Brentano, Calder, Enso, Johannes, Jupiter, Miami, Shanghai and Tokyo String Quartet. Mr. Braun plays on an Antonio Mariani cello made circa 1619.



"The Penderecki Quartet succeeded in conveying both the intimacy and the sense of scale of the music. There was a sense of spontaneity as well as genuine breadth in the performance. They handled the music with consummate ease and brought out the character and the wildy contrasting moods and emotions of the music with deeply felt expressiveness."
-Napa Register, California, 2010

"The Pendereckis were brilliant at Highlighting the tensions in the music, delivering the emotional gusts with verve and precision."
- Toronto Star

"The Penderecki Quartet were so graceful and smart."
- Macleans Magazine, 2010