The Penderecki String Quartet was founded in Poland in 1986 at the urging of the pre-eminent Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and has fashioned a reputation for virtuosity and interpretive subtlety among critics and audiences alike, and is one of the most celebrated quartets in today’s music world. Acclaimed worldwide, The Penderecki Quartet’s recordings include the authoritative interpretation of Krzysztof Penderecki’s complete works for String Quartet on CD (United Records, England) and a new set of recordings of Brahms’ Op.51 on the ECLECTRA label. This season, the quartet will release the Schoenberg Concerto for Quartet and Orchestra on the CBC label with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony under the direction of Martin Fischer-Dieskau, and complete its recording of the six Bartok quartets under the auspices of the Napa Valley Chamber Music Society.
The Penderecki Quartet has collaborated with many eminent ensembles including The Borodin Trio and The Fine Arts Quartet and artists such as James Campbell and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. The Penderecki Quartet has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America; their recent schedule has included concerts in New York (Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street “Y”), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), St. Petersburg, New Haven (Yale University), Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. Their international schedule includes repeat performances at the prestigious Krakow Festival in Poland and the Festival Internacional de Musica in Venezuela.. To this day the Quartet is a devoted champion of the music of our time, and has commissioned new quartets from numerous composers.