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Friday, September 18, 2015, 9.00 pm
D-Day

Programme

Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1, Op.78Antonín Dvořák: Mazurek, Op.49, Romance, Op.11 (with modern premiere of Dvořák's own piano accompaniment)Fritz Kreisler: Preludium a Allegro in style of Pugnani, Caprice Viennois, Op. 2

For his recital on 'Debut Day' the young Czech virtuoso Jan Mráček has chosen violin works by a pair of artistic friends, Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms, along with virtuoso pieces by Fritz Kreisler (who gave his name to the competition in Vienna this promising violinist won last year). This will follow after the instrumental mastery of Italian pianist Federico Colli, who will open the Dvořák Prague Festival's 'Debut Day' with a demonstration of his interpretational skills. 

  • Dress code: casual
  • Doors close: 8.55 pm
  • End of concert: 10.00 pm

Artists

Jan Mráček

Jan Mráček is one of the most striking figures among the young generation of Czech violinists. Playing his instrument from the age of five, he studied at the Music School of the City of Prague as well as the Prague Conservatoire. When only thirteen he appeared with Josef Suk on the stage of the Rudolfinum in the series 'Josef Suk Presents Young Talents'. He has scored triumphs in many competitions, including second prize in the Prague Spring Competition of 2010, becoming at nineteen the youngest-ever holder of a prize for violin in the history of this event. He collaborates regularly with the violinist Václav Hudeček, and since 2012 has been serving as his assistant at the Václav Hudeček Academy. In 2011 Mráček became the youngest-ever regular soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony. Presently he is studying in Vienna with Jan Pospíchal, concertmaster of the Vienna Symphony, and concertizing in prestigious venues around Europe and the United States.

Jan Mráček - violin

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.