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Friday, September 18, 2015, 7.00 pm


Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto B.W.V. 971César Franck: Prelude, Corale and Fugue, Op. 21Alexander Skrjabin: 24 Preludes, Op. 11

The first concert of 'Debut Day' in the Dvořák Prague Festival will present the Italian artist Federico Colli in an ambitious piano recital comprising alongside music by Johann Sebastian Bach and César Franck also the Twenty-Four Preludes of Alexander Scriabin – a very distinctive composer from the early twentieth century. Then will come a concert by the no-less talented young violinist Jan Mráček, who for this evening has chosen works by a pair of artistic friends, Dvořák and Brahms, together with virtuoso pieces by Fritz Kreisler. 

  • Dress code: casual
  • Doors close: 6.55 pm
  • End of concert: 8.00 pm
  • Aftertalk


Federico Colli

The young Italian pianist Federico Colli won the Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 2011, and a year later the International Piano Competition in Leeds. Press reviews say that after quite some time his country again has someone comparable with the famous pianists Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Maurizio Pollini. A native of Brescia, Colli studied at the conservatoire in Milan and at Salzburg’s Mozarteum and has already performed in numerous concerts with major European orchestras, given recitals in the Ruhr Piano Festival and the BBC noon concerts, and appeared in Japan, Brazil, and Mexico as well. In Milan he played Rachmaninoff with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and in Warsaw he enthralled the audience with his interpretation of Chopin. Recordings made by this twenty-six-year-old artist to date include well-known works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Scriabin, Mussorgsky, and Ravel. 

Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall

The Rudolfinum is one of the most important Neo-Renaissance edifices in the Czech Republic. In its conception as a multi-purpose cultural centre it was quite unique in Europe at the time of its construction. Based on a joint design by two outstanding Czech architects, Josef Zítek and Josef Schultz, a magnificent building was erected serving for concerts, as a gallery, and as a museum. The grand opening on 7 February 1885 was attended by Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria, in whose honour the structure was named. In 1896 the very first concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra took place in the Rudolfinum's main concert hall, under the baton of the composer Antonín Dvořák whose name was later bestowed on the hall.