Dvořák Collection Dvořák Collection

The exclusive Dvořák Collection brings together all concerts from the Chamber Series. Each concert will feature at least one of Dvořák’s works in which he intricately encoded his deepest emotions and utmost joys, despite the intimate cast. Chamber music accompanied him from his promising beginnings to the zenith of his American fame, adorned with resonances of Czech folklore and rhythmic figures inspired by the Iroquois. Above all, the collection encapsulates the persona of a genius composer for whom even the most exotic impulse is not a fleeting embellishment but rather an integral part of a beautifully conceived whole. This holds true for the Cypress song cycle transcribed for string quartet, quintets, and sextets, as well as for the concluding festive serenade for a string orchestra made up of all the participating ensembles. 


Chamber Series Chamber Series

The Dvořák Prague Festival Chamber Series has been transformed over time from a marginal affair for a handful of listeners into a real phenomenon. It is now facing the last year of a monumental project that has presented Antonín Dvořák’s complete string quartets played by the best Czech and foreign ensembles. This has all been taking place under the curatorship of the Pavel Haas Quartet, and for the project’s concluding gala concert, its members have assembled an orchestra consisting of all the Czech ensembles participating in the three-year project, along with the current season’s two guest ensembles from abroad. Six string quartets and two guest contrabass players will combine to form a unique ensemble to close the Chamber Series. 


Year of Czech Music Year of Czech Music

Years that end with the number four are of fateful importance to Czech music, encompassing the dates of the births and deaths of Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, and many other composers. In addition, once every ten years the Year of Czech Music is an opportunity to reflect on Czech music in broader contexts. If you use your imagination, the numeral four looks a bit like a comfortable chair in which you can calmly doze off, but with just a minor graphic adjustment – shifting and slanting the vertical leg – the numeral turns into a lightning bolt symbolising energy and bright light. The Dvořák Prague Festival will offer a bold examination of Czech music and its international aspects. Among others, Bedřich Smetana’s symphonic works will be performed for the first time in the festival’s history.


World-Class Orchestras World-Class Orchestras

During the three-week festival, Prague also becomes a metropolis of world-class orchestras with the Rudolfinum acting as the central hub of various concert tours. The Vienna Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Staatskapelle Dresden (the orchestra known as the “miracle harp”) are just a few of the names that document the premium quality of guest ensembles that have visited the Dvořák Prague Festival. In 2024, the top ensembles will be represented by the Bamberg Symphony and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble from the city associated with fantastic music festivals. 


Czech Philharmonic Czech Philharmonic

At Dvořák Prague, the Czech Philharmonic has represented the deep tradition of Czech performance and interpretation since the very beginning. Yet at the festival, it also presents itself in a form that is somewhat different from what attendees of subscription concerts have come to expect. Conducted by Jakub Hrůša, the collaboration between the premier Czech orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony will serve as a reminder of centuries of Czech and German cultural ties. However, it will also explore the persona of Gustav Mahler, whose origins are closely tied to the territory of the Czech Crown, and the Czech cultural community is pleased to embrace this connection.

It is both beautiful and logical that the festival’s regular resident ensemble is the orchestra that played its first concert under the baton of Antonín Dvořák. The Czech Philharmonic holds a fundamental place in the history of Czech music and Dvořák’s Prague. 


Recital Recital

This year’s recital series brings starkly contrasting personalities onto the festival stage. Concluding a phenomenal career, international piano legend Martha Argerich assumes the role of patron for her younger colleague Sophie Pacini, with whom she has prepared a two-piano evening. Aged 24, Mao Fujita is the laureate of the prestigious Clara Haskil Competition, achieving this distinction at the age of 17. Following several additional years of performing in and winning competitions, he has reached the point where he no longer needs additional competition success. Performances with renowned orchestras such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Orchester, and others have elevated his star to great heights in the realm of classical performance. Notably, he was also the featured soloist during the Czech Philharmonic’s Asian and European tour in the autumn of 2023, performing Dvořák’s Piano Concerto many times in world capitals under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. Embarking on the initial stages of his career, violinist Andrea Cicalese, accompanied by another phenomenal pianist, Eric Lu, will present his magnificent Guarneri del Gesú violin. 


Opera in Concert Opera in Concert

This music is intended for the theatre, yet its power is so immense that it can easily do just as well without the theatre. It is just one of the many paradoxes that surround opera. At the same time, it directly encourages the staging of the finest operas in a concert format on occasion, enabling us to focus exclusively on the music – the power of the symphonic sound, the depth of the arias and the emotions emanating from the sung dialogues. Composed by Brno-born Erich W. Korngold at the age of twenty-three, the opera ‘Dead City’ weaves together elements of nostalgia, psychology, and hope for a new life. This melodic and highly communicative music resonates with audiences worldwide. Thus, through the enchanting voices and seductive songs, we become entranced by the dancer Marietta and the emotionally conflicted Paul. And by the way, Marietta’s song stands as one of opera’s most renowned arias. 


For the Future For the Future

Young music is brimming with energy, poised at the threshold of endless possibilities, while simultaneously providing a glimpse of future experiences and triumphs. Also, it takes many forms. It can be a Family Day with a very good and easily accessible concert, serving as the initial spark for aspiring musicians to embark on dedicated practice. Alternatively, it might be a performance by a progressive ensemble looking for unconventional and overlooked repertoires. The final round of the Concertino Praga competition will bring a blend of artistic excellence and sporting excitement. Finally, there will be a concert by the Czech Student Philharmonic Orchestra, which is recognised both as a breeding ground for future virtuosos in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances, and as a valuable collaborator with esteemed conductors.


Soirée at the Bořislavka Centre Soirée at the Bořislavka Centre

After a hard day’s work, taking a moment to clear one’s mind and attune it to a different level of perception becomes a necessity. Going to a quick concert that offers an immediate soothing experience, impeccable music, and requires no formal dress code undoubtedly stands out as the best choice. The short afternoon concerts at the Bořislavka Centre have already found a firm place in the programme of Dvořák Prague: they do not compromise on quality, but at the same time they offer a rich blend of refined entertainment and a laid-back atmosphere. This year, they will feature young pianists, talents from the Concertino Praga competition, and the General Director of the Czech Philharmonic.


Artist-in-residence Artist-in-residence

To celebrate the Year of Czech Music, we have decided to further strengthen our festival’s connection with symbols of Czech musical culture, placing Antonín Dvořák at the forefront as the Czech composer who is most renowned around the world.

We have therefore asked the conductor Jakub Hrůša to serve as our festival’s artist-in-residence in 2024. Jakub Hrůša gladly accepted this offer. 

One of the most gifted conductors of our day in a worldwide context, he represents the absolute pinnacle of the art of interpretation and is acclaimed both by critics and by the music-loving public on all continents. He is important to Czech musical culture not only because he was born in this country, but also because in all of his artistic activities, he is actively promoting Czech repertoire at the world’s most illustrious concert halls and opera houses. 


On the Trail of Dvořák On the Trail of Dvořák

For the devoted fans of Antonína Dvořák who gather for events of the Club of Friends of the Dvořák Prague Festival.


Dvořák Prague Family Day Dvořák Prague Family Day

Family Day at the Dvořák Prague Festival is a day for sharing the joy of music and for fun and games for children and their parents.