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Thursday, September 22, 2022, 5.30 pm
Soirée at the Bořislavka Centre

Admission is free.

Donations are welcome.

Programme

Klára GibišováLudwig van Beethoven: 6 Variations on 'Nel cor piu non mi sento', WoO 70Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 (No. 2, Aufschwung)Sergei Prokofiev: Prelude in C Major, Op. 12, No. 7, 'Harp'Moritz Moszkowski: Etude in F major, Op. 72, No. 6 Klára Gibišová / Ivo KahánekAntonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dance in F Major, Op. 46, No. 4 Magdalena Watzko / Jan FišerGeorg Philipp Telemann: Canonic Sonata No. 1 in G Major, TWV 40:118 Magdalena Watzko / Ivo KahánekBohuslav Martinů: Arabesques No. 5 and No. 4 Ivo KahánekAntonín Dvořák: Poetic Tone Pictures, Op. 85 (No. 1, Night Journey, No. 7, Furiant) Jan Fišer / Ivo KahánekAntonín Dvořák: Sonatina in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Beethoven wrote his Six Variations (1795) based on the theme of the duet “Nel cor piu non mi sento” from Giovanni Paisiello’s then recently premiered opera La Molinara. Robert Schumann composed his Fantasiestücke in 1837 under the influence of the writings of E. T. A. Hoffmann, and he dedicated them to the Scottish pianist Laidlaw. Sergei Prokofiev’s “Harp Prelude” is the seventh of his Ten Piano Pieces (1906–13). The outstanding pianist Moritz Moszkowski was also a composer, and he wrote about 200 little pieces for his instrument. Most frequently performed are his Etudes de Virtuosité (1903), of which we will be hearing Etude No. 6. Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances were the first work with which the composer achieved a definite breakthrough onto the international scene. From the first series of dances (1878), we will be hearing no. 4 (based on the sousedská, a Czech dance). The German Baroque master Georg Philipp Telemann composed his Canonic Sonatas in 1738. Written for a pair of violins, violas, or flutes, these pieces use the canon as their main compositional principle. Also for violin and piano are the Arabesques on today's programme from a cycle of Seven Arabesques composed by Bohuslav Martinů in 1931. While Dvořák’s Poetic Tone Pictures (1889) are the composer’s masterpiece in the field of piano music, his Sonatina in G major written four years later is one of his most frequently performed works for violin and piano.

The Dvořák Prague Festival at Bořislavka is a new programme series that highlights the connection that binds Karel Komárek and his foundation to the Dvořák Prague Festival, of which he is the biggest patron. Locating a new concert series at the Bořislavka Centre, the new headquarters of the Karel Komárek Family Foundation, is an expression of the foundation’s solidarity with the festival. This symbolic connection is further strengthened by the fact that the programme of this series is devoted predominantly to young performers. The foundation intensively supports their artistic development in cooperation with the presenter of the Dvořák Prague Festival, the Academy of Classical Music.

The format for all these concerts will be a “soirée”, meaning concerts in the early evening with less emphasis on formality but with the intention of offering a musical experience to everyone who lives or works near the Bořislavka Centre.

The opening concert of the series on 13 September 2022 has been entrusted to the Epoque Quartet, whose music speaks to listeners of all generations with its synthesis of classics, pop, and jazz. The other concerts will belong to the youngest stars in the musical firmament: on 15 September we will hear the winners of Concertino Praga 2021, the duo of the violinist Kristian Mráček and the cellist David Pěruška accompanied by the pianist Veronika Jaklová. On Tuesday, 20 September, one of the most promising young Czech ensembles, the Kukal Quartet, will introduce itself with the pianist Matouš Zukal. The whole series will conclude with the very youngest perspective performers who are receiving systematic instruction from the piano virtuoso Ivo Kahánek and the Czech Philharmonic concertmaster Jan Fišer.

Each concert will last about an hour and will take place in the foyer of the Bořislavka Center at 5.30 pm.

Pupils were chosen on the basis of their public appearances and the recommendations of both Mr Kahánek and Mr Fišer, who have worked with both students in the MenArt programme.

  • Dress code: casual
  • End of concert: 6.30 pm

Artists

Ivo Kahánek

As a performer of unusual emotional power and depth, Ivo Kahánek has earned a reputation as one of the most impressive artists of his generation. He takes ample advantage of his talent to establish instant emotional ties with the public in works ranging from the Baroque to the modern eras, with the Romantic era representing the bulk of his repertoire. Abroad, he is also regarded as a specialist in the interpretation of Czech music.

In 2004, he was the overall winner of the Prague Spring International Music Competition, and before that he had already won many important competition prizes at both home and abroad (the Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona, the Vendome Prize in Vienna, the Stiftung Tomassoni Wettbewerb in Cologne, the Fryderyk Chopin International Competition in Mariánské Lázně, Concertino Praga etc.).


Following successful debuts at the Beethovenfest in Bonn and at the Prague Spring Festival, he received an invitation from the BBC Symphony Orchestra to appear at London’s BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall, where in August 2007 he played Bohuslav Martinů’s Fourth Piano Concerto (“Incantation”) under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek, which was broadcast live by BBC television and radio and by Czech Radio Vltava. That critically acclaimed debut is available from the German label Deutsche Grammophon as a digital download. It is no wonder that Sir Simon Rattle chose Ivo Kahánek for two appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic in November 2014, which were enthusiastically received by music critics and the general public. The young pianist became just the second Czech pianist (after Rudolf Firkušný) to appear with that world-famous orchestra in its history. Ivo Kahánek also performs regularly with the Czech Philharmonic, and he has made successful appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow, the Essener Philharmoniker, the WDR Orchestra in Cologne, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia, the Brno Philharmonic, and many other orchestras. Just a few of the other artists with whom he has collaborated include conductors Semyon Bychkov, John Eliot Gardiner, Jakub Hrůša, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Rafael Payare, Pinchas Steinberg, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Tomáš Netopil, Andrey Boreyko, Libor Pešek, and Zdeněk Mácal, violinist Daniel Hope, cellist Alissu Weilerstein, violist Paul Neubauer, the Pavel Haas Quartet, the Tetzlaff Quartet, soprano Martina Janková, and tenor Pavel Černoch. In 2018, he won the Classic Prague Award for solo performance of the year.

In 2007, Ivo Kahánek signed an exclusive contract with the label Supraphon Music, and since then he has recorded 15 CDs of music by such composers as Frédéric Chopin, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů, Gideon Klein, Miloslav Kabeláč, Jean Francaix, and Jacques Ibert. For his recording of piano concertos by Antonín Dvořák and Bohuslav Martinů accompanied by the Bamberg Symphony under the baton of Jakub Hrůša, he earned the prestigious BBC Music Magazine Award. That CD also won other important honours: recording of the month of the BBC Music Magazine, Choix de Classique HD, recording of the week on BBC Radio 3, an Angel Award in the Classical category, and a nomination from the International Classical Music Awards. For his album of songs by Bohuslav Martinů with Martina Janková and Tomáš Král, Ivo Kahánek also won a coveted Diapason d’Or from the French music journal Diapason and was named the choice of the month by the journals Opernwelt and Opera News. His latest important recording is the complete piano works of Antonín Dvořák on 4 CDs, which also received an International Classical Music Awards nomination in late 2021, earned the highest rating in the journals Gramophone and Diapason, and like his previous CD, won an Angel Award in the Classical category. He also makes recordings for Czech Radio, Czech Television, and the television station Mezzo.

Ivo Kahánek is a graduate of the Janáček Conservatoire in Ostrava and of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He also made a study visit to London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has taken part in masterclasses led by Karl-Heinze Kämmerling, Christian Zacharias, Alicia de Larrocha, Imogen Cooper, Peter Frankl, and other instructors. At present he is teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and is leading piano masterclasses at the Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž and at the Prague Conservatoire Piano Courses.

Ivo Kahánek - piano

Jan Fišer

He has been attracting attention since his childhood and celebrated success in numerous competitions – Kocian Violin Competition, Concertino Praga, Tribune of Young Artists UNESCO, Bohuslav Martinů Competition and Beethoven’s Hradec. In 2004, he became the concertmaster of PKF – Prague Philharmonia. As a guest concertmaster, he has appeared with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. He also collaborates with numerous orchestras as a soloist and has performed with PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Zlín, North Bohemian Philharmonic Teplice and Slovak State Philharmonic Košice. His solo concerts include appearances at music festivals in Switzerland (Murten Classics), Spain (Pau Casals International Music Festival) and the USA (Brevard Music Festival). He is also an active chamber musician. He plays alongside pianist Ivo Kahánek and cellist Tomáš Jamník in Dvořák Trio, one of the best Czech chamber ensembles. The Trio has excelled in competitions (Beethoven’s Hradec, Bohuslav Martinů Competition) and on concert stages both in the Czech Republic and abroad. The ensemble has appeared at festivals including Styriarte Graz, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Mainzer Musiksommer and in renowned concert halls of Berliner Philharmoniker and in Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg.


Outside the Czech Republic, he has performed in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, France, Poland, Japan and the USA. He records music for TV and radio and took part in recording the CD “Tribute to Jaroslav Kocian” to mark the 40th anniversary of the Kocian International Violin Competition as one of the laureates. He mentors at the MenArt scholarship academy and is also an active teacher. He regularly teaches at music courses such as the Ševčík Academy in Horažďovice, Music Academy in Telč, Music Connexions in Soběslav. His first violin teacher was Hana Metelková and he later studied with Jaroslav Foltýn at the Prague Conservatory. In 2003, he graduated at the Carnegie Mellon University – School of Music, USA, having studied with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Andrés J. Cárdenes. He has broadened his musical education at various masterclass courses, such as in Semmering, Bonn or at the Meadowmount School of Music (founded in 1944 by Ivan Galamian), where he studied with Stephen B. Shipps. He also took part in masterclass courses with Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham and Joseph Silverstein. He plays French violin from early 19th century ascribed to violin maker Francois Louis Pique, kindly lent by Fidula Foundation.

Jan Fišer - violin

Klára Gibišová

She was brought to music by her older sisters who played the flute and clarinet. Klara started playing children's songs and carols in her age of less than three years old. In June 2014 she was taken up by a professor Tatana Vejvodova. From one lesson per week she gradually added more and more private lessons which directed her to the first concerts and competitions.

Since September 2015 she has been a pupil of the Art School of Ilja Hurnik, with the intensive care of the professor Vejvodova. In her free time, she also does dubbing and she likes reading.


Achievements:

  • International Piano Competition  Mersi,Maestro Brusel 2022, 1.st place
  • International competition for young pianists Broumov key 2022, 1. st place
  • Elevato Piano Competition 2021 Bern, 2.st. place
  • Manhattan International Music Competition Carnegie Hall 2020, Golden medal
  • V Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition, 1.st place
  • The Prague Junior Note - 2019, 2017 Absolute winner of the competition, 1st place in 2021, 2020, 2018, 2016, 2015
  • Young pianists play the Steinway piano - 2021 Absolute winner of the competition,  2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 1st place
  • The Mozart Frascati International Piano Competition (Rome) - 2019 Absolute winner
  • The Golden Nut 2017- National Competition for Successful and Gifted Children - Award for Outstanding Achievement in Piano Playing
  • International two-round competition Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte - 2017 The most successful Czech participant, First category laureate, 1st place in first category, Youngest participant
  • International Mozart Competition AMADEUS - 2017 Special Jury Prize for the best performance in I. - III. category 1st place in 1st category, Prize for interpretation of composition by W. A. Mozart
  • The Carlsbad Rose - 2017, 2016 1. place + Prize for the youngest participant
  • Central Round of the Piano School Competition - 2017 1st place and Special Jury Prize for the interpretation of the composition P. I. Tchaikovsky - Singing Lark
  • Per Quattro Mani - 2016 1st place and Special Jury Prize for excellent performance of M. Dlouhy composition called Desire + awards for the youngest participants
  • Beethoven's Teplice - 2016 1st place and jury prize The youngest award-winning participant
  • Prague International Music Competition - 2015 1st place

Concerts:

  • The Prague Spring, Salon ZUŠ 2022
  • ArtDialog, Biel/Bienne, 08/2020
  • Chopin festival, Marianske Lazne 08/2020
  • Praguem Chamber Orchestra, Concert Hall of Sts. Simon and Jude
  • Christmas meeting at the Norwegian Embassy 12/2019
  • Concerts with the Jindrichuv Hradec Symphony Orchestra 12/2019
  • Concert at the Konice Castle, a program by Vaclav Hudecek from the cycle My Country, for TV Noe 10/2019
  • The Golden Prague, New Stage of the National Theater 09/2019
  • Conference at Prague Castle, Spanish Hall 09/2019
  • Dagmar Peckova and Young Talents, Nusle Town Hall 09/2019
  • Festival Zlata Pecka 2019 Hermanuv Mestec, + happening Zlata Pecka Chrudim 08/2010
  • Chopin Festival, Marianske Lazne 08/2019
  • Znojmo Small Genius Concert (Pavel Sporcl is the patron of the festival) 07/2019
  • Smetana's Litomysl, Castle Riding School, closing ceremony of MenART scholarship program 06/2019
  • The Prague Spring, St. Agnes Convent, output of MenART scholarship program 05/2019
  • Children in the Sea of Music, concerts with the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, 05/2019, 06/2019
  • Charity concert for children suffering from acute leukemia, Hybernia 03/2019
  • Classic Prague Awards 2018, Smetana Hall of the Municipal House 01/2019,  
  • Benefit concert for the construction of a new organ in the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Wenceslas and Adalbert (Vojtech, cz) in Prague
  • Penguins in Rudolfinum with the Czech Student Philharmonic 11/2018
  • Music Festival Young Prague, Wallenstein Palace, with Praga Camerata Orchestra 09/2018
  • Concert with the North Bohemian Philharmonic Teplice 05/2018 Decin and Teplice 06/2018
  • Concert of laureates Concerto Bohemia 2017, Zofin Palace - with Fenix string orchestraJoint concert of young pianists from music schools in Prague and Vienna - Baroque refectory of the Professional House of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague, Musikschule Simmering, Concert Hall, Vienna 11/2016

Piano Seminars:

  • Piano seminar with professor Ivo Kahanek 2021/2022, 2018/2019
  • Masterrclass with profesor Brenno Ambrosini
  • Piano Seminar with Professor Ivan Klansky 12/2019, 05/2019, 12/2018, 05/2018, 05/2017, 05/2016,
  • Piano seminar with Jitka Frankova 10/2018
  • Piano seminar with Martin Kasik 09/2016
Klára Gibišová - piano

Magdalena Watzko

Magdalence je 11 let a na housle hraje od svých 3,5 let. Po celou dobu ji soustavně připravuje pan učitel Bohumil Novotný v českokrumlovské základní umělecké škole.

Magdalenka dostala příležitost účastnit se stipendijní akademie MenArt (ročník 2021/2022) v houslové sekci vedené panem Janem Fišerem. V rámci prezentace akademie MenArt vystoupí na řadě koncertů, zejména pak v Senátu České republiky a na festivalu Smetanova Litomyšl.

Na začátku května 2022 se Magdalenka zúčastnila 64. ročníku mezinárodní Kociánovy houslové soutěže v Ústí nad Orlicí, kde se představilo 40 soutěžících ze 13 zemí světa. Zde získala ve své kategorii 3. cenu a byla zároveň nejlepší českou interpretkou ve své kategorii - získala tak cenu Františka Kinského, čímž je pozvání k účinkování na slavnostním koncertu v Zrcadlovém sále zámku Kinských. 

Magdalena Watzko - violin

Bořislavka Centre

This new dominant feature of Evropská třída (Europe Avenue) weds contemporary architecture with art. The architectural design is by the acclaimed Prague studio AULÍK FIŠER ARCHITECTS. With its many sections, the building enables deluxe public access to private premises with an area of 12,200 m2, and it constitutes a number attractive public areas. Together with the shopping centre, these areas make a natural gathering place for the 100,000 residents of the city district it serves.

Source: website of the Bořislavka Business Centre.