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.