ACCLAIMED CLASSICAL MUSICIANS, THE SCHULHOFF QUARTET TO PERFORM AT BENEFIT
CONCERT FOR HEBREW UNION COLLEGE - JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION’S
Acclaimed classical musicians, the Schulhoff Quartet, have announced that they
will play a concert for Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
(HUC - JIR). The concert, which will take place on Thursday March 13th at the
Irmas Campus of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, will showcase the
works of Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Erwin Schulhoff, a composer from the Czech
Republic who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Proceeds from the concert will be used to provide scholarships for students
who are attending HUC - JIR and training to become rabbis, cantors, Jewish educators
and Jewish communal service professionals.
Founded in 1875, HUC - JIR is the nation’s oldest institution of higher
Jewish education and the academic, spiritual and professional development center
of Reform Judaism. HUC - JIR educates men and women for service as rabbis, cantors,
educators and communal service professionals, offers graduate and postgraduate
degree programs for scholars of all faiths and is committed to ensuring the
vitality of our Jewish heritage for generations to come.
The Schulhoff Quartet is made up of four Czech musicians, Milan Šetena,
violin, Michal Kostka, violin, Filip Waulin, viola and Jonáš Krejcí,
violoncello who first met and played together during their school years. Their
career paths have since taken them to such renowned musical institutions as
the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Petersen Quartet,
but they have maintained their musical collaboration through the years.
The Schulhoff Quartet has a special interest in the musicians of their home
country who died at the hands of the Nazis. Composers such as Gidon Klein, Hans
Krasa, Viktor Ullman and Erwin Schulhoff, from whom the Quartet has taken its
name, left behind a wealth of musical literature and the Schulhoff Quartet’s
goal is to bring this music back to Central Europe from where it originated.
NOTES TO NEWS EDITORS
1. Milan Šetena, violin, was born in Prague, where he began violin lessons
at a young age. He studied at the Prague Conservatory in the class of František
Pospíšil. During his studies at the conservatory, he was the concertmaster
of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He then moved to Vienna, where he continued
his studies with Professor Alfred Staar. He has been a member of the Vienna
Philharmonic Orchestra since 1990, performing at the Vienna State Opera and
the Philharmonie. Additionally, he performs regularly with chamber ensembles
throughout the world.
2. Michal Kostka, violin, was born in Celadné in northern Moravia. He
began learning the violin from his father. He studied at the Brno Conservatory,
and received his degree from the Janácek Music Academy in Brno. He continued
his studies in Graz with Professor Alfred Staar at the University for Music
and the Performing Arts. He performed with the Vienna Symphony, and was concertmaster
of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, before becoming a member of the Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra and Vienna State Opera in 1993. He has also been a regular member
of the Vienna String Soloists since 1994.
3. Filip Waulin, viola, was born in Prague. He began violin lessons with Prof.
Jan Bubl, and subsequently studied at the Prague Conservatory with Prof. Jaroslav
Ruis and Prof. Libor Novak. During his studies, he performed with the Gustav
Mahler Youth Orchestra. He then moved to Vienna, where he studied with Prof.
H.P. Oxenhofer and Prof. Josef Staar. He performed with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Since 1991, he has performed regularly in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra.
4. Jonáš Krejcí, violoncello, was born in London and raised
in Prague. He studied at the Prague Conservatory, and spent a year in London
studying with William Pleeth. He received a scholarship from the University
of Southern California, where he studied for four years with Lynn Harrell. During
his time in Los Angeles, he performed in the LA Philharmonic Institute and the
New York String Orchestra. After completing his studies, he returned to Europe.
He has been the principal cellist of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and has performed
with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member first of the Škampa
Quartet and then of the Petersen Quartet, he has appeared in major concert venues
throughout the world, such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York.
As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras and given recitals in the USA,
Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Japan.
5. The concert is to be held at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas
Campus. The Irmas Campus is located at 11661 Olympic Boulevard,
on the northeast corner of Olympic Boulevard and Barrington Avenue
in West Los Angeles.