The Dvořák Prague Festival

From the very beginning the main goal of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival has been to promote the good name of Czech culture via the legacy of the works of Antonín Dvořák, his contemporaries, and his pupils. And because the sole measure of the festival's success is quality, only topflight soloists and conductors and the most internationally-acclaimed orchestras and chamber ensembles come together on the Dvořák Prague concert stages, presenting music by Dvořák and other composers of the world to an international audience. The centre of gravity of the festival's programming lies in music of the Romantic period, with excursions into the Classical style on the one hand and on the other to indisputable, time-tested works of the twentieth century and exceptionally the twenty-first.

Looking Back

Despite its young age, Dvořák Prague is one of the two most popular classical music festivals in the Czech Republic. During 2008-2015, the event has hosted no fewer than 149 concerts, attracting over 110,000 listeners.

Under the leadership of Marek Vrabec, who became the festival's artistic director in 2013, its programming has seen major changes starting in 2014. The offerings have been arranged into regular concert series and enriched to include early compositions by Dvořák. Alongside his most famous works the programmes include many from the first decade of his compositional work. Listeners thus have an opportunity to understand better how he developed, sought new paths, and perfected his technique.

The long list of musicians who have brought masterful performances to Prague’s audience includes Dmitri Hvorostovsky (vocal), Joseph Calleja (vocal), Marina Rebeca (vocal), Adam Plachetka (vocal), Krystian Zimerman (piano), Maria Joao Pires (piano), Piotr Anderzsewski (piano), AnnaVinnitskaya (piano), Boris Berezovsky (piano), Jean Yves Thibaudet (piano), Evgeny Kissin(piano), Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Nicola Benedetti (violin), Midori Goto (violin), Janine Jansen (violin), Julian Rachlin(violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello), Truls Mørk (cello), Sol Gabetta(cello), Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Jiří Bárta (cello), Daniele Gatti(conductor), Andris Nelsons (conductor), Paavo Järvi (conductor), Daniel Harding (conductor),Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor), Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor), Zubin Mehta (conductor), Fabio Luisi (conductor), Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Emerson String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica del la Scala, Kammer orchester Basel, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Czech Philharmonic, Izrael Philharmonic and others.