Founded in 1972, the Doležal Quartet has represented a Czech traditional school of quartet for over 45 years. In 2003, the former ensemble has been rejuvenated by the founding violist Karel Doležal, who appointed a succeeding generation of young musicians, who would embrace and build on the tradition of its founders. The new generation of the Doležal Quartet made its first appearance in the chamber series of Prague Symphonic Orchestra FOK.
The Doležal Quartet as we know today studied at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under profs. Milan Škampa (Smetana Quartet), Václav Bernášek (Kocián Quartet) and Jiří Panocha (Panocha Quartet). They also studied under prof. Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) at Escuala Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. They have been coached and mentored by prof. Eberhard Feltz (Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin) and Aleš Kaspřík (Wihan Quartet). They have also established a warm professional relationship with Natalia Prishepenko (Artemis Quartet). In 2013, the ensemble successfully completed a series of masterclasses in French Provence, after which they have been regularly invited by a French organization ProQuartet to concert all around Europe.
They have performed in Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and other European countries. They are holders of a number of awards from international competitions, including Max Reger International Competition in Germany and Leoš Janáček International Competition in the Czech Republic, where they won Prize for the best interpretation of a composition by Antonín Dvořák and Prize for the best Czech ensemble. In 2015, the ensemble won a prestigious award of the Czech Chamber Music Society of Czech Philharmonic – the oldest and most renowned musical institution in the Czech Republic, and thus repeated the success of the founding ensemble, which received CCMS Award in 1989.
The Quartet has cooperated with a number of renowned interpreters such as pianists Nicolas Stavy, Michal Rezek and Jan Bartoš, cellists Emirhan Tunca and Jakub Tylman, oboist Michaela Hrabánková, clarinetists Vlastimil Mareš and Irvin Venyš, and popular actress Valérie Zawadská. With cellist Maximilian Horning they teamed up for a joint concert tour, which included a special performance at a concert of Czech Philharmonic in Dvořák Hall, Rudolfinum. In 2014, the Quartet visited Blaž Šparovec (solo clarinet in Gürzenich-Orchester Köln) in Berlin and together they recorded a CD of chamber music, which became highly acclaimed by a prestigious German web portal Classic heute.
They have also made their appearance in both national television and radio broadcasting. In 2016, they were broadcasted live on the Czech Television during the ensemble’s performance at the Silver commemorative medals to outstanding personalities ceremony by the Senate of the Czech Republic. For Czech Radio, they recorded the premiere of Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’ quartet and of the fourth quartet by Ivan Kurz, which was to the ensemble dedicated. They also made recordings for Radio France and Slovak Radio.
The Doležal Quartet marks the 2017/2018 season with on a number of new projects. Highlights include recording their new CD as well as a number of compositions having their premiers, performing a concert in Rudolfinum`s Dvořák Hall, and, in response to the success of their Dvořák Program, working on new projects with popular actress Valérie Zawadská. It is also worth mentioning that as of the next season, the Quartet will begin a cooperation with a German agency.
The members of the Doležal Quartet are violinists Václav Dvořák and Jan Zrostlík, violist Martin Adamovič, and cellist Vojtěch Urban.