Since its foundation in 1994, the Zemlinsky Quartet has continued the great Czech  string quartet tradition. The ensemble  - František Soucek, 1st violin; Petr Strížek, 2nd violin; Petr Holman, viola and  Vladimír Fortin, cello - received top prizes in the Banff International String Quartet Competition (2007), Prague Spring International Music Competition (2005) and London International String Quartet Competition (2006), where it was also awarded the Audience Prize. It also won several competitions in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic (1999 – Beethoven International Competition, 2003 – New Talent Bratislava, 2004 – Martinu Foundation String Quartet Competition). The quartet became a finalist of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition (New York, USA – 2004) and it became the holder of the Prize of Czech Chamber Music Society for 2005.

At the 2009 'Indian Summer in Levoca' Festival the Quartet includes in its own recital quartets by Mendelssohn, Haydn and by Anton von Zemlinsky.  They also join forces with the Stamic Quartet in a joint recital to include Brahms's second Sextet and Mendelssohn's immortal Octet.

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