Since its founding in 1994, the ZEMLINSKY QUARTET (František Souček, Petr Střížek – violin, Petr Holman – viola, Vladimír Fortin – violoncello) has become a much lauded example of the Czech string quartet tradition.
The quartet has won the 1st Grand Prize in the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (2010) and also enjoyed a string of top competition prizes that include Banff, Prague Spring and London, where it was also awarded the Audience Prize.
They have also been the recipient of the Alexander Zemlinsky Advancement Award. So far, the Zemlinsky Quartet has toured extensively in four continents. The repertoire of the ensemble is ar ranging containing more than 180 works by many leading composers, including contemporary music. Since early 2007, the Zemlinsky Quartet has recorded exclusively for the French record label Praga Digitals, having released seven titles including „Diapason d´Or“ award winning 4-CD set of early string quartets by A. Dvořák.
The recordings of the Zemlinsky Quartet have received universal critical acclaim. Having studied with Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) and Josef Klusoň (Pražák Quartet), the group currently teaches as assistant quartet-in-residence at Musikakademie Basel in Switzerland and gives numerous master classes to students of any age. František Souček also teaches both solo violin and chamber music in the Prague