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Friday, September 20, 2019, 8.00 pm

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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

Boris Giltburg is one of the world’s most sought-after pianists of his generation. A Moscow native, he began learning piano from his mother at age five, and later he studied under the famed teacher Arie Vardi in Tel Aviv. Among his many prizes at international competitions, the highlights were his triumph at the 2011 Arthur Rubinstein Competition and two years later his victory at the highly prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. This success launched the meteoric rise of this career. Besides solo recitals on the world’s most important stages including Wigmore Hall and the Elbphilharmonie, he has received invitations to collaborate with orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Although his repertoire is very broad, ranging from Beethoven to Shostakovich, he has frequently received critical acclaim as a specialist in the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. He also devotes himself to playing chamber music, collaborating intensively with the Pavel Haas Quartet. Last year, their joint recording of the Dvořák Piano Quintet in A Major won a prestigious Gramophone Award.

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.

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