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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

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.

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.