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Saturday, September 10, 2016, 8.00 pm
Chamber Series

Programme

Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 87, B. 162Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81, B. 155

This concert in the attractive ambience of the St. Agnes Convent is a tribute to Dvořák's chamber music with piano. Sounding in renditions by renowned performers both from the Czech Republic and from abroad will be two of Dvořák's best works in this genre, which we may also count among the most popular in all chamber music literature.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 22.00

Artists

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

Daniel Hope

The British violinist Daniel Hope was born in 1973 in South Africa to the family of the poet and prose writer Christopher Hope. While still a child he moved with his parents to London where he studied with Yehudi Menuhin. In 2002 he became a member of the famous Beaux Arts Trio, in which he remained until that ensemble disbanded in 2008. Since 2011 he has served as a professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Five times he has been honoured with a prestigious Echo Klassik award, in 2006 as Instrumentalist of the Year. In 2013 he was the main actor in the documentary film The Secrets of the Violin, mapping the history of the making of this instrument from Stradivari to the present time. Hope's discography includes more than twenty compact discs featuring music by Bach, Mozart, and Mendelssohn but also rarely-performed composers like Foulds, Ireland, Korngold, and Waxman; since 2007 he has been recording exclusively for the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. Starting with the 2016-17 season he will serve as artistic director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and in this year's Dvořák Prague Festival he is curator of the chamber series.

Daniel Hope - violin

Paul Neubauer

Violist Paul Neubauer, a native of Los Angeles with Czech ancestors, is one of the most frequently-requested performers on his instrument at the present time. The outstanding qualities of his playing allowed him at the age of twenty-one to become the youngest-ever principal string player in the New York Philharmonic. During the six years of his engagement with that orchestra he appeared as soloist on about twenty occasions, including the New York premiere of the Viola Concerto by Krzysztof Penderecki under the composer's baton. Neubauer performs as soloist with many other world-class orchestras as well, including the San Francisco Symphony and the English Chamber Orchestra. An important part of his work is in chamber music, where he collaborates with soloists such as Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Vladimir Spivakov, and Alicia de Larrocha. His extensive discography encompasses works from various style periods by many composers including Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Wolpe, Dvořák, Wuorinen, and Schubert.

Paul Neubauer - viola

Josephine Knight

The renowned British cellist Josephine Knight is among the most sought-after performers of her generation, known for the great breadth of her activities ranging from solo concerts through chamber playing to work as a pedagogue. She holds degrees from two prestigious American institutions, Yale University and the Juilliard School, and has won many important international awards. She appears as soloist with outstanding orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, and the English Chamber Orchestra under the batons of conductors like Vasily Petrenko, Richard Hickox, and Jac van Steen. In chamber music she often collaborates with the foremost soloists and ensembles of the world including for example Daniel Hope, Maxim Vengerov, Lisa Batiashvili, Menahem Pressler, the Guarneri Quartet, and the Emerson Quartet.

Josephine Knight - cello

Jakub Fišer

Jakub Fišer is a graduate of the Prague Conservatoire as well as Prague's Academy of Performing Arts, having studied violin with Eva Bublová, Hana Metelková, Jaroslav Foltýn, and Leoš Čepický. He has achieved numerous successes in international competitions, including the Čírenie talentov Competition in Slovakia, the Kocián Violin Competition, and the Beethoven Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí. In 2011 he won an award from the Josef Hlávka Foundation. Several times he appeared as soloist in the series 'Josef Suk Presents Young Talents', and he has performed solos in concerts of the Prague Philharmonia, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic, and the Plzeň Philharmonic. He has participated in master classes of Shlomo Mintz, Semyon Yaroshevich, and Stephen Shipps, and served as concertmaster of the Prague Philharmonia as well as guest concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic and the German Radio Philharmonic of Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern. Currently he is first violinist in the Bennewitz Quartet.