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Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 8.00 pm
World-Class Orchestras


Georgs Pelecis: "Janus"Antonín Dvořák: Notturno for Strings in B major, Op. 40, B. 47Astor Piazzolla / Leonid Desyatnikov: Cuatro Estaciones PorteñasAlfred Schnittke: Concerto grosso No. 1

This concert by the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra is expected to be among the high points of the 2016 Dvořák Prague Festival. In repertoire very diverse in style the ensemble will undoubtedly prove once more its ability to deliver riveting performances of music ranging crossing the boundaries among genres and historical periods.

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


Kremerata Baltica

During the nineteen years of its existence Kremerata Baltica has achieved an exceptional position among chamber orchestras of the world. It is known both for its unorthodox programming, encompassing works in many genres and styles including music by contemporary composers, and for its enthusiasm, its obvious joy in playing, and thrilling musical expression. Founded in 1997 by violinist Gidon Kremer, the ensemble consists of talented young musicians from the Baltic countries––hence its title. Each year the orchestra gives around seventy concerts in many countries of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. It performs regularly in the most prestigious venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, and London's Royal Albert Hall, and collaborates with some of the most renowned soloists and conductors in the world like Mikhail Pletnev, Evgeny Kissin, Martha Argerich, Vadim Repin, Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano, and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Kremerata Baltica also devotes itself intensively to recording, with more than thirty albums in its discography, many of them having won prestigious honours including a Grammy Award and an Echo Klassik Prize.

Kremerata Baltica

Gidon Kremer

The Latvian violinist and conductor Gidon Kremer has a place among the most remarkable figures on today's musical scene, often being called one of the most original musicians of his generation. He has been playing violin since the age of four. He studied first at the Riga School of Music, then continued his education at the famous Moscow State Conservatoire where he became a pupil of the legendary David Oistrach. His skyrocketing international career was launched by victory in the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1969 and a year later in the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. In 1997 he founded the ensemble Kremerata Baltica, with which he appears regularly on the foremost concert stages of the world. His repertoire is unusually broad, including all the most important works of classical music from Bach and Vivaldi to the twentieth century as well as works by contemporary composers, some of them (such as Sofia Gubaidulina) having dedicated works to him. Kremer is also a frequent guest in recording studios, having made more than 120 recordings to date of which many have won major international awards. 

Gidon Kremer - violin

Clara-Jumi Kang

The German violinist of Korean ancestry Clara-Jumi Kang is one of the most gifted talents in the young generation of musical performers. She started playing violin when only three years old, and already a year later began studying under the guidance of Valery Gradov at the College of Music in Mannheim. At six, having already debuted with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, she was called a 'Wunderkind' by the magazine Die Zeit. At the age of seven she moved to the United States, where she received a full scholarship to the famous Juilliard School. Later she supplemented her education at colleges in Berlin and Munich. In 2009 she received first prize in the Seoul International Music Competition and second prize in the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, then a year later she won the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She has already performed in numerous important concert halls of the world, collaborating with renowned orchestras and conductors like Kremerata Baltica with Gidon Kremer, the Moscow Virtuosi with Vladimir Spivakov, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra with Valery Gergiev.

Clara-Jumi Kang - violin

Martynas Stakionis

Martynas Stakionis - conductor

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.