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Sunday, September 13, 2015, 8.00 pm
Chamber Series


Ralph Vaughan Williams: Selection of songs for bass and pianoJohannes Brahms: Four Serious SongsAntonín Dvořák: Biblical Songs

This recital in the festival's 'Chamber Music Society' series will offer its audience a unique encounter of two great musicians: the acclaimed singer Jan Martiník will be accompanied at the piano by the equally distinguished musician Ivo Kahánek. Together they will perform selections from Dvořák’s Biblical Songs and a selection from the songs of an English composer from the first half of the twentieth century, Ralph Vaughan Williams. We'll also hear the Four Serious Songs by a great admirer of Dvořák’s, Johannes Brahms. Without a doubt this will be an unusually rewarding recital. 

  • 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

Jan Martiník

Born in Ostrava in 1983, Jan Martiník studied at the conservatoire and the university there, and it was also in Ostrava that he obtained his first theatrical engagement, with the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre. In 2007 he advanced to the finals in Placido Domingo's ‘Operalia’ competition, and in 2009 he won first place in the category of Song in the BBC 'Singer of the World' contest in Cardiff. From 2008 to 2011 he was a regular soloist with the Comic Opera in Berlin. He is a frequent guest of the National Theatre in Prague, and has also appeared as a guest on opera stages in Košice and Erfurt among other venues. Since the 2012-13 season he has been a regular soloist with State Opera in Berlin. He has sung in concerts with the Czech Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the BBC Proms Orchestra, and the Czech ensemble Collegium 1704.