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Friday, September 18, 2015, 9.00 pm


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


Jan Mráček

The violinist Jan Mráček has been one of the most prominent performers of his generation. He began playing violin at the age of five, and he studied at the School of Music of the City of Prague and the Prague Conservatoire. At the age of 13 he first appeared on the stage of the Rudolfinum alongside Josef Suk. His many competition successes include second prize at the 2010 Prague Spring Competition, when at the age of 19 he became the youngest laureate in its history. He appears regularly with Václav Hudeček, and since 2012 he has been an assistant at the Václav Hudeček Academy. In 2011 he became the youngest soloist in the history of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and three years later he won the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition in Vienna. Since 2015 he has been serving as concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. He appears as a soloist around the world together with such great conductors as Maxim Vengerov, James Judd, Jac van Steen, and Vladimir Fedoseyev.

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.