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debut day
Friday, September 22, 2017, 8.00 pm
Debut Day


Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor for Organ, BWV 543Ernst Krenek: Opus 239 (for French horn and organ)Antonín Dvořák: Prelude in D major for Organ from B. 302Antonín Dvořák: Fugue in G minor for Organ from B. 302Eugene Ysaye: Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin in G major, Op. 27, No. 1Olivier Messiaen: Appel InterstellaireJiří Najvar : Ave MariaJohann Sebastian Bach: 'Deposuit potentes' from the MagnificatAntonín Dvořák: From the Biblical Songs: 'Hear, oh God, hear my prayer'Antonín Dvořák: From the Biblical Songs: 'The Lord is My Shepherd'Jiří Najvar: Ubi caritas

This year’s Debut Day will present four unusually successful Czech musicians of the youngest generation, having won honours in important international competitions, who will appear with a diverse repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the twentieth century. Little-known organ pieces by Antonín Dvořák will commemorate his own performance in the graduation exercises of the Prague organists’ school in 1859.

Aftertalk moderated by Jiří Vejvoda with all debutants will be held in the Dvořák Hall.

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


Olga Šroubková

Olga Šroubková began playing violin at the age of four under her mother’s guidance. From the age of eight, she studied at the Music School of the City of Prague and at the Jan Neruda Grammar School, and she later graduated from the Prague Conservatoire. In 2014 she began studying at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover, Germany. At the 2011 Competition for Conservatoire and Grammar School Music Students, she won first prize and the title of overall winner, and in 2013 she became a laureate of the international competition BRAVO! in Belgium. She also won first prize and four special prizes at the prestigious international competition for the Rodolfo Lipizer Prize and first prize at the 2017 Prague Spring International Music Competition. After 2008 she appeared repeatedly at the Rudolfinum in Prague alongside Josef Suk in the series Josef Suk Presents Young Talents. She has appeared as a soloist with such leading Czech orchestras as the Prague Philharmonia, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since the autumn of 2019, she has been the first woman in the history of the Czech Philharmonic to hold the post of concertmaster of that orchestra.

Olga Šroubková - violin

Pavel Svoboda

Renowned organist Pavel Svoboda is a graduate of the Conservatoire in Pardubice and of Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied with the famous organist and pedagogue Jaroslav Tůma. He further enhanced his education in many performance courses and during a year’s residence studying with the outstanding Dutch organist Leo van Doeselaar. He has won honours in the Prague Spring Competition and the Bach-Wettbewerb in Leipzig, and received the Performance Prize of the Czech Music Fund Foundation as well as First Prize with the title of Laureate in the Brno International Performance Competition. He works with the ‘Barocco sempre giovane’ ensemble, appears as soloist with orchestras, and performs in music festivals both in Czechia and abroad, for example in Germany, France, Poland, and China. He also engages in organizational work, for instance as programmer and artistic director of the F. L. Věk International Music Festival in Dobruška and as president of the Provarhany society, aimed at protecting historical organs.

Kateřina Javůrková

Successful Czech hornist Kateřina Javůrková graduated from the Prague Conservatoire under the guidance of the legendary Bedřich Tylšar, before continuing her education at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts with Zdeněk Divoký and Radek Baborák. At the Conservatoire in Paris she completed a residence under Professor André Cazalet. In 2009 she joined the Prague Philharmonia, and since 2013 she has also been a member of the Czech Philharmonic. As a soloist she appears with major Czech and foreign orchestras such as L’Orchestre de Paris, and she also performs in chamber music, being for instance a founding member of the Belfiato Quintet. She has won honours in many prestigious international competitions: in 2009 she earned First Place in the Federico II di Svevia Competition in Italy, and four years later she won First Prize as well as the title of Laureate in the Prague Spring International Performance Competition.

Kateřina Javůrková - french horn

Petr Nekoranec

Tenor Petr Nekoranec is one of the most successful Czech vocal talents on the international scene at the present time. A native of Nové Dvory near Polné, he graduated in classical singing from the Pardubice Conservatoire, and is furthering his training with the renowned Italian tenor and pedagogue Antonio Carangelo. He has won several prizes in the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary, won honours also in the Prague Spring Competition, and placed second in one of the most challenging singing competitions in the world, the Concours International de Chant in Toulouse, France. In 2014 at the age of only twenty-two he became a regular soloist with the famous Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where he has performed a number of roles including the title role in Rossini’s Le comte Ory. He has appeared as a guest in the Teatro nuovo di Torino in Italy, and in 2015 performed in the Prague Spring Festival. His concert repertoire includes among other works Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass.

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.