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THE PRAGUE STRING QUARTET

Autographed 3.5 x 5 mounted program photograph of the Prague Quartet in the early 1950s. The photograph has been signed by all four members pictured, 1st violinist Karel Sroubel, 2nd violinist Herbert Berger, violist Ladislav Verny and cellist Josef Simandl. The name bottom left must have been the dedicatee.

The Quartet was established by Richard Zika, Ivo Trost, Mirek Dezel and Ladislav Zika in 1920. The quartet lasted until 1966, with a brief hiatus in 1955. Cerny and Berger were members of the Quartet from the early 1920s until 1955 for Berger and 1966 for Cerny. This configuration is very interesting as the dates for two of the members shown according to the information we have been able to discover did not overlap. 1st violinist Karel Sroubek who was the Czech Philharmonic concertmaster at this time and also a well known recitalist and concert artist played with the Prague Quartet from 1954 until they disbanded in 1966. (He passed away in Linz in 1967) cellist Josef Simandl played with the Quartet from 1941-1951, when Ivan Vectemov was recruited back to the ensemble. The program caption is taped to the back, so it confirms they in fact played together, the question is when? Simandl was recording solo cello records into the 1960s.

Anyhow, it is highly authentic and another example of the unusual material in our Czech collection!