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Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 8.00 pm
Chamber Series


Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 26 in G minor, Op. 20, No. 3, Hob. III:33Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G major, Op. posth. 161, D. 887Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

One of the most remarkable quartet ensembles of the present day, the Tetzlaff Quartet is coming to the Dvořák Prague Festival for the first time, to perform three masterpieces of chamber music in the ambience of the Rudolfinum. In the case of Dvořák's famous Quintet in A major the ensemble will be joined by the curator of the festival's chamber series, pianist Ivo Kahánek.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 7.55 pm
  • End of concert: 10.10 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

Tetzlaff Quartet

The Tetzlaff Quartet was founded in 1994 by the renowned German violinist Christian Tetzlaff with his sister the cellist Tanja Tetzlaff as well as violinist Elisabeth Kufferath and violist Hanna Weinmeister. During the twenty years of its existence the ensemble has developed a remarkable international reputation among both the public and professional critics, who describe its performing style as ‘supremely lyrical, exactingly detailed playing combined with impeccable balance and unanimity'. The quartet performs regularly on numerous important concert stages both at home and abroad –– in France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain, the United States, and elsewhere. It is often invited to prestigious festivals like the Berliner Festwochen, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and the Bremen Musikfest. During last year’s season it visited Asia, performing in numerous concerts in Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama. The Tetzlaff Quartet has made many recordings offering music in a wide range of styles, from Bach’s Art of Fugue to Berg’s Lyric Suite.

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.