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Friday, September 16, 2016, 8.00 pm
D-Day

Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for Unaccompanied violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 19 in C minor, D. 958Antonín Dvořák: Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100, B. 183César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M. 8

Appearing on Debut Day in this year's Dvořák Prague Festival will be two performers who despite their youth have already scored an admirable number of triumphs as well as gaining experience from previous collaboration. The Swiss pianist Louis Schwizgebel and American violinist Benjamin Beilman have chosen for their Prague debut an attractive, diverse programme in which each listener will find something to love.

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

Artists

Louis Schwizgebel

The twenty-six-year-old American violinist Benjamin Beilman comes from Washington, D.C. He studied at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Kronberg Academy and holds many important international awards including a London Music Masters Award from 2012. In 2011 he recorded Prokofiev's complete violin sonatas on the Analekta label. He has already performed with many renowned orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich, and the San Francisco Symphony, under excellent conductors like Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir Neville Marriner. He is a zealous performer of chamber music, appearing regularly in concerts of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and participating in festivals devoted to this genre such as the Verbier Festival. He has given numerous solo recitals in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall.

Louis Schwizgebel - piano

Benjamin Beilman

The twenty-six-year-old American violinist Benjamin Beilman comes from Washington, D.C. He studied at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Kronberg Academy and holds many important international awards including a London Music Masters Award from 2012. In 2011 he recorded Prokofiev's complete violin sonatas on the Analekta label. He has already performed with many renowned orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich, and the San Francisco Symphony, under excellent conductors like Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir Neville Marriner. He is a zealous performer of chamber music, appearing regularly in concerts of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and participating in festivals devoted to this genre such as the Verbier Festival. He has given numerous solo recitals in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall.

Benjamin Beilman - violin

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.

Download the Dvořák hall plan HERE.