Veronika Panochová — 1st violin Simona Hurníková — 2nd violin
Eva Krestová — viola Simona Hečová — violoncello
The Kapralova Quartet was established in 1995, consisting solely of women, which was quite unconventional for a string quartet at the time. They studied quartet playing under Professor Břetislav Novotný, first violinist of the famous Prague String Quartet. At present they consult with Jiří Panocha, the first violinist of the Panocha Quartet. They appear regularly on leading European and international stages in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Canada, Japan, Kuwait, Israel and Cyprus. The ensemble has made several CDs, as well as radio and television recordings. It is one of the few string quartets to have all of Alfred Schnittke’s string quartets in their repertoire, which they performed to great acclaim at the Prague Spring 2002 festival. The recordings taken from these concerts brought the ensemble a number of nominations for ensemble of the year and 3rd place in the live-recording competition organised by Radio France. The quartet has worked with the pianist Eugen Indjic, harpist Kateřina Englichová, the clarinettists Philippe Cuper and Ludmila Peterková, and the Panocha, Škampa and Prague quartets, the Henschel Quartet and others. They performed the world premiere of Zdeněk Lukáš’s Concerto for String Quartet and Symphony Orchestra with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Zdeněk Mácal. They have also collaborated with the Czech Philharmonic.
Ondřej Martinovský — viola
Ondřej Martinovský started playing violin at the age of five under the guidance of Zdeněk Vyoral at the Music School of the City of Prague. In 1998 he entered the Jan Neruda Gymnasium where he continued his violin studies in the class of Magdalena Micková. In 2002 he began studying the viola under the guidance of Karel Doležal, in whose class he was also later to study at the Prague Conservatory. He studied at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts in the class of Professor Lubomír Malý. Ondřej Martinovský was a member of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia and he took part in the PKF — Prague Philharmonia and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestral Academies. He successfully gained a place in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Youtube Symphony Orchestra. At present he is a member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.