Acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet Headlines Chamber Concert

October 2 Program Explores a Century of String Quartets

Chamber Music Pittsburgh (CMP) welcomes the globally celebrated Jerusalem Quartet to Pittsburgh this fall for a program featuring works by Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, and beloved Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim. The concert, part of CMP’s 2023–24 MainStage Live season, takes place on Monday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in Downtown Pittsburgh.

“The Jerusalem Quartet has become an iconic ensemble, praised for its passion and cohesion developed over three decades performing together,” says Kristen Linfante, Executive Director of Chamber Music Pittsburgh. “Although chamber music contains a beautiful range of instrumentations and compositional styles, the string quartet is a quintessential format of this genre. Audiences will experience three works spanning one hundred years performed by one of the greatest contemporary quartets.”

Kyril Zlotnikov (cello), Alexander Pavlovsky (violin), Ori Kam (viola), Sergei Bresler (violin) – Photo by Felix Broede

With playing that “has everything you could possibly wish for” (BBC Music Magazine), the Jerusalem Quartet is one of the most highly acclaimed string quartets performing today. The Israeli ensemble has been playing together for 30 years, developing a wide repertoire and stunning depth of expression. Celebrated for its warm, full sound and balance between high and low voices, the Jerusalem Quartet continually refines its interpretations of classical repertoire and explores new works. The quartet regularly tours the world’s great concert stages and has recorded 16 celebrated albums. 

The Jerusalem Quartet features Alexander Pavlovsky on violin, Sergei Bresler on violin, Ori Kam on viola, and Kyril Zlotnikov on cello.


Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 12 (1829)

  • I. Adagio non troppo – Allegro non tardante
  • II. Canzonetta. Allegretto
  • III. Andante espressivo
  • IV. Molto allegro e vivace

Paul Ben-Haim: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 21 (1937)

  • I. Con moto sereno
  • II. Molto vivace
  • III. Largo e molto sostenuto
  •  IV. Rondo – Finale (Allegretto commodo)

Claude Debussy: Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 (1893)

  • I. Animé et très décidé
  • II. Assez vif et bien rythmé
  •  III. Andantino, doucement expressif
  •  IV. Très modéré


Tickets for the 2023–24 MainStage Live concerts range from $35–53 and can be purchased online.

Before the concert, CMP hosts a food drive with Jewish Family and Child Services’s Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. Audience members who donate food items will receive one free concert ticket to any future CMP performance.

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