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Thursday, September 15, 2022, 5.30 pm
Soirée at the Bořislavka Centre

Admission is free.

Donations are welcome.


Bohuslav Martinů: Duo for Violin and Cello No. 2, H. 371Leoš Janáček: Piano Sonata 1.X. 1905 (From the Street on 1 October 1905)Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

All three parts of this early evening concert at the Bořislavka Centre are sophisticated, profound, and entertaining. This is also true of the Janáček Piano Sonata, although the event behind its creation was a tragedy at a demonstration in Brno for a second Czech university. From the humour of Martinů and the drama of Janáček, the programme moves on to the sweeping melodies of Brahms.


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.

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


Kristian Mráček

Kristian Mráček has been playing the violin since the age of four and is currently studying at the Prague Conservatoire. He won 3rd prize at the Ohrid Pearls competition, where he was also awarded 1st prize in the chamber music category. He was the absolute winner of the international Josef Micka Violin Competition, was second at Talents for Europe, the International Competition of Bohdan Warchal, and second at the Kocian Violin Competition. In 2021, he opened the Za poklady Broumovska festival. He won first prize in the chamber music category at the Concertino Praga competition and has a recent win at the Ohrid Pearls competition. He has performed with renowned violinists such as Václav Hudeček and Pavel Šporcl.

David Pěruška

David Pěruška (*2002) started playing the cello at the age of five in Katerina Hroníková's class. Since his early childhood, he has successfully participated in domestic and also foreign cello competitions, e.g. 1st prize in the national round of the National competition in Liberec (2011, 2014, 2017), 2nd prize at the International cello competition in Liezen (2012), 3rd prize at the Bohuš Heran competition in Ústí nad Orlicí (2015), 1st prize at the Jan Vychytil´s Cello Competition in Prague (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2012). In 2022, he won the 1st Prize, the Best Czech Participant Award and the Gustav Mahler Orchestra Prize at the International Gustav Mahler competition. In the same year, he succeeded in auditioning for the interpretive competition "Jeunesses Musicales" and will present himself in the next concert season as a soloist with Haydn's 2nd Cello Concerto with the Janáček Philharmonic orchestra Ostrava.

As well as playing solo, he is also heavily involved in chamber music. In 2021 he became a double laureate as well as playing solo, he is also heavily involved in chamber music. In 2021, he became a two-time laureate of the chamber category of the International Radio Competition for Young Musicians Concertino Praga, whose final round was held as part of the Dvorak Prague Festival - there he won the 3rd Prize in piano trio with Natálie Toperczerová and Pavol Praženica, and the 1st Prize, audience award and Emcy Prize in duo with Kristián Mráček. Thanks to this success, the duo gained the opportunity to make a profile CD in the Czech Radio and played a concert at The Notre-Dame du Sablon Cathedral in Brussels by the invitation of the Czech Embassy. He regularly attends courses with Marek Jerie in Wengen, has taken masterclasses at Prof. Marion Feldmann at Steinhardt University in New York (2019), has taken part in courses with members of the Vienna Philharmonic in Slavonice (2020) and the Ševčík Academy in Horažďovice led by Tomáš Jamník (2021). He is currently studying in the class of prof. Petr Nouzovský at the Prague Conservatory.

Veronika Jaklová

Veronika Jaklová (2003) started playing the piano at the age of five with teacher Kateřina Pirochová Valkovičová in Prague, Czech Republic. A year later she participated in her first piano competition Prague Junior Note. Since then she has participated in many prestigious international competitions - Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte, International competition Amadeus, Broumov key, International V. Novák's piano competition and others. She won the absolute winner prize in National round of ZUŠ competition of chamber ensembles in Czech Republic.

In 2018 and 2019 Veronika became the Laureate of the competition Young Piano of the Prague Conservatoire, she won the 2nd prize at International Smetana competition 2018, 1st prize at competition Beethoven's Teplice, she became the winner of Yamaha foundation stipendium contest 2020. In 2021, she won the 1st prize at Orbetello Junior International Piano Competition 2021 (Italy) with a special prize - two recitals at Orbetello Piano Festival, 2nd prize at Internetional Vladimir Krainev competition in Kharkiv in 2021, where she got also the prize for the best performance of a Classic piece, the prize for the best performance of a piece by F. Chopin and she won the EMCY prize.

Her recent achievements are gold award at WPTA International Piano Comeptition in Finland, special prize for best performance of virtoso etude at Nomea competition or 1st prize at "Luigi Cerritelli" international contest in Italy. Veronika debuted with orchestra „Young musicians“ at the age of 14 with Grieg piano concerto in a minor. She has participated in many masterclasses with professors: Ivan Klánský, Andrzej Jasinski, Anna Malikova, Dmitri Bashkirov, Min Kwon, Einar Steen-Nokleberg, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Martin Kasík, Ivo Kahánek and others. She regularly participates at International Summer Piano Courses of the Prague Conservatoire, she participated at prestigious Alion Baltic International Music Courses in Riga, Latvia or at International Piano Masterclass in Katowice, Poland.

She currently studies at Prague Conservatoire with Milan Langer.

Bořislavka Centre – Artium

Artium by KKCG is a publicly accessible space for art of all genres, breathing artistic life into Bořislavka and enriching the cultural offerings in Prague 6 and the capital more generally. Artium regularly holds exhibitions, concerts, and other cultural events, and the unconventional space allows visitors to explore art across different genres, often intertwined to create a unique experience. During this year’s Dvořák Prague International Music Festival’s concerts at Artium, spectators can also enjoy an extensive exhibition of photographic installations by Jarmila Štuková titled "Us and the Others.

The concerts presented here as part of the Dvořák Prague Festival are organized for a good cause, with all proceeds supporting talented, young musicians.