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The members of the international quartet ensemble fama Q, established in 2005 chiefly out of a shared enthusiasm for quartet and chamber music of the modern era, are players from within the Prague Philharmonia. The quartet regularly presents works by contemporary composers, both classics of the 20th century (Schönberg, Berg, Webern, Dutilleux, Cage, Feldman, Kagel, Kurtág, Ligeti, Nono, Xenakis etc.), and important Czech and European composers working today (G. F. Haas, Husa, Kopelent, M. Smolka, Srnka, Graham, Loudová, Marek, Matej, Pudlák, Zemek). fama Q frequently premieres new works by the young generation of composers – Pelo, Ho, McMullin, Adámek, Kadeřábek, Pálka, Smejkalová, and Trnka. The ensemble naturally also finds time for classics of the string quartet repertoire (Haydn, Mozart, Dvořák, Janáček, Shostakovich, Martinů etc.)

fama Q has a gruelling concert schedule, appearing particularly at festivals and concerts focusing on contemporary music. They have performed at the Prague concert series Přítomnost (Presence) and Krása dneška (The Beauty of Today), at the festivals Der Film, Contempuls, New Music Marathon, Třídení (Three-Day), then in Moravia at the New Music Exposition in Brno, MusicOlomouc, and in Germany in the series YOUrope Together (Essen), in Turkey at the Afyonkarahisar Classical Music Festival, in Bratislava at the New Music Evenings, and they have also appeared in concert in Japan. Members of fama Q also enjoy attending seminars and workshops focused on the interpretation of contemporary music: at Prague’s Academy of Music, Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts, Palacký University in Olomouc, and during their foreign tours in Romania (Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi) and Turkey (Afyonkarahisar). In 2011 fama Q gave several concerts in Romania with works by Kurtág, Ligeti and Xenakis, they travelled on tour to Slovakia and gave their US debut (Dvořák, Husa, Srnka).