Panocha Quartet was formed in 1968 at the Prague Conservatory in the class
of prof. Dr. Josef Micka and soon it was clear that their success will equal
them to their older predecessors – Smetana and Talich quartets, which were
formed in the class of the same professor.
After their great performance in the interpretation courses of prof. Raphael
Hillyer in Weimar, the ensemble was soon invited to perform on American,
Canadian, Mexican, Japanese, Australian and Israeli stages; audiences applauded
them at international festivals in Edinburgh, Salzburg, Menton, Dubrovnik, Tel
Aviv, Kuhmo, Mondsee, Vicenze, Kusatsu, Weimar and Ittingen. The Quartet is the
laureate at the international Prague Spring competition, Golden Medal in
Bordeaux (1976), Supraphon Gold Disc (1982), the Paris-based Grand Prix Academy
Charles Cros, prestigious prize Midem Classical Awards 1995 for the recording
of Dvořák’s Cypresses and Slavonic quartet. Apart from performing in
concerts, the Quartet also tutors in Japan, the USA and the Czech Republic.
The Quartet has been cooperating closely with excellent world-famous pianist
András Schiff. In 2008 – 2009, they are celebrating 40th anniversary of
performing in the original line-up – Jiří Panocha, Pavel Zejfart, Miroslav
Sehnoutka and Jaroslav Kulhan.