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Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 8.00 pm
Chamber Series


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata D major K.V. 311Antonín Dvořák: Piano pieces, Op. 52Antonín Dvořák: Poetic Moods, Op. 85 (selection)Franz Schubert: Impromptus, Op. 90, No. 1 and 4

The Dvořák Prague Festival is presenting one of the best Czech pianists of the present time, Ivo Kahánek, who this year is also curator of the festival's entire chamber series (the 'Chamber Music Society'). As evident from the programme of his solo recital, the core of his repertoire lies mainly in music of the Romantic period – hence Dvořák's Piano Pieces, Op. 52 and his Poetic Moods as well as the two Impromptus by Franz Schubert. The concert will open with a work in the Classical style, Mozart's Sonata in D major, which will clearly demonstrate Kahánek’s performing powers. 

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 7.55 pm
  • End of concert: 9.30 pm


Ivo Kahánek

Pianist Ivo Kahánek is one of the most successful Czech performing artists of the present time. After graduating from Ostrava’s Janáček Conservatoire and Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts, he furthered his education at London’s renowned Guildhall School and in master classes with Christian Zacharias, Alicia de Larrocha, and others. At the age of twenty-five he became absolute victor in the Prague Spring International Music Competition. In addition to giving solo recitals he appears with renowned orchestras like the Czech Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, and Cologne’s West German Radio Orchestra under outstanding conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pinchas Steinberg, and Jiří Bělohlávek. In 2007 he performed Bohuslav Martinů's Piano Concerto No. 4, ‘Incantation’, in the famous BBC Proms Festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in November 2014 he became the second Czech pianist in history (after Rudolf Firkušný) to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Last year he served as curator of the Dvořák Prague Festival's chamber series.

Ivo Kahánek - piano