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Sunday, September 13, 2015, 5.00 pm
Chamber Series


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp K.V. 423Arnold Bax: Elegiac Trio for Flute, Viola, and HarpClaude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and HarpSophia Gubaidulina: Garden of Joy and SorrowAndré Jolivet: Petite Suite for Flute, Viola, and Harp

This year's Dvořák Prague Festival is offering several concerts with unusual programmes, among which we can definitely include the performance by the Bohemia Luxembourg Trio consisting of flutist Carlo Jans, violist Jitka Hosprová, and harpist Kateřina Englichová. After the opening Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp in Classical style by Mozart, they will perform works by three composers of the twentieth century, namely the Englishman Arnold Bax and two Frenchmen: André Jolivet and Claude Debussy. The undeniable freshness and attraction of this concert will be further enhanced by a composition of Sofia Gubaidulina, a contemporary Russian-Tatar composer living in Germany.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 4.55 pm
  • End of concert: 6.30 pm


Bohemia Luxembourg trio

The Bohemia Luxembourg Trio consists of two striking Czech virtuosos – violist Jitka Hosprová and harpist Kateřina Englichová – plus Carlo Jans, a renowned flutist from Luxembourg. The ensemble's name refers to the historical ties of the two countries, which in the fourteenth century were united under one dynasty. The idea of creating this unique ensemble was conceived more than ten years ago by a great supporter and admirer of Czech music living in Luxembourg, the Englishman Geoff Piper. The Bohemia Luxembourg Trio has numerous unique recordings to its credit. Through its unusual instrumental assemblage it inspires contemporary composers to write original works, by which it extends its rich repertoire.

Violist Jitka Hosprová graduated from the Conservatoire in Plzeň, then from Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts where she studied with Jan Pěruška. She has played in the Bennewitz Quartet and with the renowned Italian violist Luigi Albert Biancchi. As a soloist she has performed to the accompaniment of numerous orchestras from various countries such as the Orchestre Lorain, the Belgian Philharmonic, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, and the Czech Philharmonic. She has presented her art in many international music festivals including Presenses-Francie, Rheingau Sommer, Kulturtage in Dresden, Prague Autumn, and Prague Spring. In her effort to promote her chosen instrument, so often overlooked by listeners, she endeavours to initiate new compositions and seek out half-forgotten works. She plays an Italian viola from 1856 by Andrea Postacchini, and a Czech instrument fashioned in 2010 by Petr Zdražil according to a model by Amati from 1615.

 Thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, harpist Kateřina Englichová was able to study at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. She has joined forces on concert stages with numerous prominent artists and ensembles, both Czech (including Josef Suk, Ivan Ženatý, the Pražák Quartet, the Wihan Quartet, and the Haas Quartet) and foreign (Mstislav Rostropovich, Eugenie Zukerman, Gerard Caussé, and Cynthia Phelps among others). For several years she played with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1998 she debuted in Weill Recital Hall within New York's Carnegie Hall. She has led master classes in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, and Luxembourg. Her discography encompasses over thirty compact discs. A substantial part of her repertoire comprises contemporary works, many of them written especially for her. She holds numerous awards from international competitions, and also serves as a juror in various contests abroad. She plays two harps: a Lyon & Healy No. 23 Gold and a Lyon & Healy Black Electroacoustic.

 Carlo Jans began playing the flute at the age of seven, and the violin at twelve. Since 1984 he has been teaching flute and chamber music at the Luxembourg Conservatoire, and from 2002 to 2009 he also taught at the music school in Saarbrücken, Germany. In 2009 he joined the ‘Solistes Européens – Luxembourg’ chamber orchestra. In 1988 he initiated summer courses that have now been attended by some seven hundred students from more than thirty-six countries. In addition to these educational activities, he also appears as a flutist and conductor. He has performed with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles, and other prominent flutists such as Jean-Claude Gérard. In 2005 the famous Belgian composer Francois Glorieux wrote a work for him titled Eight Interludes for Flute and Strings. His discography numbers over thirty-four compact discs. 

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.