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The concert is sold out. But Jan Mráček and Lukáš Klánský are performing on September 18 from 9pm at the Rudolfinum.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 8.00 pm
Chamber Series


Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No. 28 in E major, Hob. XVBéla Bartók: Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin, and PianoJohannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor

Every year the Dvořák Prague Festival presents some of the best young Czech performers to its audiences. Six talented men, three of them members of the Lobkowicz Trio and another three their guests in this concert, will offer a varied programme: the Piano Trio in E major by Joseph Haydn, Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano by the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, and the Piano Quartet in G minor by Johannes Brahms. During this evening they'll convince you that even artists so young can dazzle an audience with their brilliant ensemble playing, precision, and fresh interpretation.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 7.55 pm
  • End of concert: 10.00 pm


Ivo Kahánek

The pianist Ivo Kahánek is one of today’s most successful Czech performers. After graduating from the Janáček Conservatoire in Ostrava and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he furthered his education at London’s famed Guildhall School and at a number of masterclasses. At the age of 25, he became the overall winner of the Prague Spring International Music Competition. Besides giving solo recitals, he appears with renowned orchestras (Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne) and conductors (Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pinchas Steinberg, Jiří Bělohlávek). In 2007 at London’s famed BBC Proms, he performed the Piano Concerto No. 4 (“Incantation”) by Bohuslav Martinů. In November 2014 he became just the second Czech pianist in history (after Rudolf Firkušný) to appear with the Berlin Philharmonic. Sir Simon Rattle conducted the performance. He has a number of acclaimed recordings to his credit with the music of Frédéric Chopin and Leoš Janáček among other composers. His CD from last year with piano concertos by Dvořák and Martinů has been awarded this year by the prestigious British music journal BBC Music Magazine as the Recording of the Year in the Concerto category.

Lobkowicz trio

The Lobkowicz Trio comprises violinist Jan Mráček, cellist Ivan Vokáč, and pianist Lukáš Klánský, all very talented young musicians (not one of them having reached his thirtieth birthday), esteemed not only as chamber players but as soloists. Their greatest joint success has been first prize and the audience prize in the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria in 2014. The name of the ensemble refers to links of this noble family to the music world, which its members sponsored generously. Ludwig van Beethoven, for example, dedicated to them his Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello, and Orchestra, one of the highpoints of the trio repertoire. The Lobkowicz Trio was granted the right to use the family name by one of its current members, Mr. Jaroslav Lobkowicz.

Jan Fišer

Since 2004 Jan Fišer has been concertmaster of the Prague Philharmonia. He scored one of his first great successes performing with a large ensemble in 2000 when he debuted with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He gives concerts both in the Czech Republic and abroad, for example in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Slovenia, Poland, Japan, and the United States. Also part of his resumé is participation in masterclasses led by Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, and Joseph Silverstein. He records for both television and radio, and as one of five laureates shared in the compact disc A Tribute to Jaroslav Kocian for the fortieth anniversary of the Kocian International Violin Competition. He often performs in recitals especially with pianist Ivo Kahánek, with whom he founded the Trio Concertino which in 2013 changed its name to the Dvořák Trio.

Irvin Venyš

After studies at the conservatoire in Brno Irvin Venyš devoted himself to the clarinet at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where his principal teachers were Jiří Hlaváč and Vlastimil Mareš. He completed his education with a year’s study residence at the Conservatoir Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the prestigious class of Michel Arrignon. Currently he is serving as a teacher at his alma mater. In addition to his numerous live performances, he has been recording – most recently for example for Czech Radio, Czech Television, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, and Arco Diva. His performing range extends from the classical clarinet repertoire through extremely demanding compositions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to folklore. 

St. Agnes Convent

The Convent of St. Agnes in the 'Na Františku' neighbourhood of Prague's Old Town is considered the first Gothic structure not only in Prague but in all of Bohemia. It was founded by King Wenceslas I in 1233–34 at the instigation of his sister, the Přemyslid princess Agnes of Bohemia, for the Order of Saint Clare which Agnes introduced into Bohemia and of which she was the first abbess. The convent was preceded by a hospital. The 'Poor Clares' originated as an offshoot of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and the convent was at one time known as the Prague Assisi. Agnes was an outstanding figure in religious life of the thirteenth century. Besides this Clarist convent she also founded the only Czech religious order – the Hospital Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. She was canonized in 1989.