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Friday, September 20, 2019, 8.00 pm
Debut Day

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Franz Liszt: Transcendental Études, S. 139Sergej Rachmaninov: 13 Preludes, Op. 32

Boris Giltburg’s recital promises to be a special experience for the audience: the Israeli pianist of Russian origin will present himself to the festival public with a complete performance of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, which are among the greatest challenges for performers in the worldwide piano literature. Liszt’s monumental work demands not only extraordinary technical skill, but also the ability to convey the convincing expressive structure of the individual etudes, which are more like tone poems than merely virtuosic piano pieces. A similarly challenging task is the cycle of Thirteen Preludes by Serge Rachmaninoff, one of the greatest piano virtuosos in history and a composer who succeeded in his works at giving a uniquely exhaustive demonstration of the beauty of the piano’s sound. For all fans of the art of piano playing, Boris Giltburg’s recital is therefore a must on the schedule of this year’s Dvořák Prague Festival.

  • Dress code: casual
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 22.10
  • Signing: 22.20
  • Aftertalk


Boris Giltburg

The superb Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg is one of the most sought-after soloists of his generation. His victory at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2013 became a springboard that launched a dizzying artistic career. In addition to giving solo recitals at some of the world’s most illustrious venues (including London’s Wigmore Hall and the Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie), Giltburg has been invited to collaborate with such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Chamber music has benefitted from his longstanding collaboration with the Pavel Haas Quartet. Although his repertoire is quite broad, critics have often referred to him as a specialist in the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth in 2020, Giltburg recorded all 32 of the composer’s piano sonatas and all five piano concertos. He devotes himself intensively to popularising classical music – besides writing articles for various publications, he also has his own blog: “Classical music for all”.

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.