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chamber series opening concert
Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 8.00 pm
World-Class Orchestras Chamber Series


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in G major, KV 525, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'Erwin Schulhoff: Double ConcertoAntonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22, B. 52

The renowned Zurich Chamber Orchestra is coming from Switzerland to the Dvořák Prague Festival with a programme featuring an unusual combination of works by composers writing in completely different styles, Antonín Dvořák and Erwin Schulhoff (the latter's Double Concerto for Flute, Piano, and Strings with the flute part rendered by Daniel Hope on violin). The contrast between Dvořák's classical-romantic musical language and the modernistic musical expression of Schulhoff promises an exceptional listening experience. 

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


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

Zurich Chamber Orchestra

The Orchestra was founded in 1945 by the Swiss conductor Edmond de Stoutz who led it for more than half a century until 1996, building it into an ensemble of international renown. The orchestra's home is the famous Tonhalle in Zürich. Outside the Swiss metropolis, where it gives about forty concerts each year, it appears regularly in many prestigious European musical centres, makes recordings, and works with soloists some of whom operate outside the bounds of classical music, for instance in jazz and folk music. Another important activity of the orchestra is support of young musicians and educational-popularizing work focused on potential new audience members; for example it gives concerts for 'children of all ages'. Since 2011 the chief conductor has been Sir Roger Norrington, a leading representative of 'historically-informed' performance of early music, but the orchestra's repertoire is much broader, comprising numerous works from the Baroque up to the present time. Starting with the 2016-17 season Mr. Norrington will be succeeded by Daniel Hope. The core of the orchestra is formed by twenty-two string players, supplemented by wind and percussion instruments as needed.

Zurich Chamber Orchestra

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

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.