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Monday, September 18, 6.00 pm

Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Goldberg Variations, arr. Tomáš Ille

A Bachian masterpiece from a new perspective—thus one could briefly characterize the programme of this concert in the attractive ambience of the St. Agnes Convent. One of the most famous musical works of the Baroque era, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, here for the first time in a remarkable transcription by composer Tomáš Ille for guitar, violin, French horn, and piano.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 17.55
  • End of concert: 20.00

Artists

Pavel Steidl

Renowned Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl has been studying music since the age of eight; his first guitar teacher was his brother. Under the guidance of pedagogues Milan Zelenka and Arnošt Sádlík he then earned a diploma at the Prague Conservatoire, before continuing his studies at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts with the legendary guitar virtuoso Štěpán Rak. He also played in master classes led by David Russell and Abel Carlevaro. Further valuable experience came from participation in many competitions and music festivals. His great triumph was victory in 1982 in the Radio France de Paris Competition, which opened the door to his international career. He has performed in more than thirty countries, including Australia, Poland, Austria, Canada, Cuba, Spain, Costa Rica, Japan, Great Britain, and Mexico. In 2003 the Italian magazine GuitArt ranked him among the eight most illustrious guitarists in the world, and two years later he received the prestigious Classical Guitar Award.

Pavel Steidl - guitar

Dalibor Karvay

Slovak violinist Dalibor Karvay is often called a child prodigy: he began playing violin at the age of three and a half, then only four years later performed in a public concert, and while still a student at an elementary arts school made several recordings for Slovak Radio. When eight years old he won a Gold Prize in the Kocian International Violin Competition, and at the age of eleven he issued his first compact disc. He graduated from the conservatoires in Žilina and later in Vienna, where in 2002 he also won First Prize in a violin competition. He has performed in prestigious cultural events such as a concert in the Vatican in honour of Pope John Paul II, a benefit concert for the United Nations, and the Week of Slovak Culture in Spain. He concertizes regularly in Europe, both North and South America, and Asia. He also engages intensively in chamber playing, most often collaborating with soloists Radek Baborák, Julian Rachlin, and Boris Kuschnir.

Dalibor Karvay - violin

Radek Baborák

Hornist and conductor Radek Baborák ranks among the most successful Czech musicians of his generation. He studied French horn with the legendary hornist and pedagogue Bedřich Tylšar and while still a student won many international competitions. From 2003 to 2010 he held the prestigious position of principal hornist of the Berlin Philharmonic. He appears in important music festivals such as those in Salzburg, St. Petersburg, and Utrecht, and works with major orchestras of the world including the Munich Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Bamberg Symphony, and the Moscow Philharmonic, led by topflight conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He founded and serves as artistic director of the Baborák Ensemble, is a member of the Afflatus Quintet, and plays with the Berlin Baroque Soloists. He is also founder and director of the Czech Sinfonietta, comprising musicians of the young generation.

Radek Baborák - French horn, conductor

Bence Bogányi

Bence Bogányi studied bassoon in his native Hungary before continuing his education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the College of Music in Berlin. He holds numerous awards including First Prize in the Bernhard Crusell International Music Competition in Finland. In 2005 he gave the world premiere of the Bassoon Concerto dedicated to him by the important Finnish composer Kalevi Aho. During the course of his career he has been principal bassoonist in the State Opera in Helsinki, the Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Berlin Radio Symphony, and since 2007 he has held that position with the Munich Philharmonic. He has already appeared as a soloist and chamber player in many countries of Europe and in Japan. With the Chantilly Quintet he has participated in concerts, workshops, and master classes in such diverse locations as Greece, Czechia, and Africa. Since 2009 he has been teaching bassoon at the College of Music in Nürnberg.

Bence Bogányi - bassoon

St. Agnes Convent

The Convent of St. Agnes in the 'Na Františku' neighbourhood of Prague's Old Town is considered the first Gothic structure not only in Prague but in all of Bohemia. It was founded by King Wenceslas I in 1233–34 at the instigation of his sister, the Přemyslid princess Agnes of Bohemia, for the Order of Saint Clare which Agnes introduced into Bohemia and of which she was the first abbess. The convent was preceded by a hospital. The 'Poor Clares' originated as an offshoot of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and the convent was at one time known as the Prague Assisi. Agnes was an outstanding figure in religious life of the thirteenth century. Besides this Clarist convent she also founded the only Czech religious order – the Hospital Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. She was canonized in 1989.