Below is an extract from an article on the Jerusalem Quartet in the Cleveland Jewish News in 2006. Zlotnikov is one of the four.
"They made their first appearance in the United States a year later at New York’s Carnegie Hall."
"This was a special concert that the American-Israel Culture Committee was organizing and the Philadelphia Symphony was supposed to play," he recalled. "Two or three days before the concert, they went on strike."
Contacted as a last minute replacement, the quartet members hastily finalized arrangements, including travel visas, and hopped a flight to the US. "A lot of people were really amazed to see only four chairs on stage instead of a hundred," said Zlotnikov. "To play Carnegie Hall at the age of 17 or 18 was really amazing. We sent a letter to the Philadelphia Orchestra thanking them for going on strike so that everyone could hear us," he said, laughing.