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chamber series closing concert
Monday, September 19, 2016, 8.00 pm
Chamber Series


Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minorRobert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

This concert in the Dvořák Prague Festival's chamber series offers a remarkable juxtaposition of three compositions for the same combination of instruments. Alongside works by two masters of chamber music, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, we'll hear also the Piano Quartet by Gustav Mahler whom we otherwise associate mainly with music for orchestra. The renowned performers, whose main specialty is chamber music, are a guarantee of an exceptional experience in listening.

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


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

David Finckel

The renowned American cellist David Finckel began studying his instrument as a child with his father and later became the first American pupil of Mstislav Rostropovich. From 1979-2013 he served as a member of the superb Emerson Quartet, performing around the globe with a catalogue of some thirty recordings, nine of them honoured with Grammy Awards. Today David Finckel’s concert appearances as orchestral soloist and recitalist take him to the world’s most prestigious concert series and festivals, and his wide-ranging activities also include the launch of ArtistLed, classical music's first musician-directed, Internet-based recording company. With his wife, the pianist Wu Han, Mr. Finckel is the Coartistic Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, the Chamber Music Today festival in Korea, and Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival in California. David Finckel is recognized for his commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists through many education initiatives. He is Professor of Cello at The Juilliard School, and Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.

David Finckel - cello

Wu Han

Wu Han, an American pianist originally from Taiwan, began studying music at the age of nine. Today, Wu Han appears regularly in the leading concert halls of the United States, Europe, and the Far East as both soloist and chamber musician, and tours extensively with long time recital partner, cellist David Finckel. Together they founded the recording label ArtistLed, whose catalogue, now numbering eighteen recordings, has earned an outstanding reputation. In recognition of artistic excellence and achievement in the arts, they were named Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year. Wu Han is CoArtistic Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, co-founder of the Chamber Music Today festival in Korea, and the Music@Menlo Festival and Chamber Music Institute in California. Through a multitude of education initiatives, including a chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival and the LG Chamber Music School, she is committed to nurturing the careers of countless young artists. 

Wu Han - piano

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.