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A creative workshop for young Czech composers and performers
Thursday, September 22, 2022, 7.00 pm
For the Future

Ticket prices

390 — 290 Kč


Paul Dukas: Fanfare pour précéder La PériPBtet – Prague Brass quintet Rheinhold Gliére: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra in E flat Major, Op. 74 (I. Allegro moderato)Solo: Roxana Hädler, harp Gioacchino Rossini: Introduction and Theme with Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra in E flat MajorSolo: Anna Paulová, clarinet Pablo de Sarasate: Carmen Concert Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25Solo: Miriam Magdalena Haniková, violin Igor Stravinsky: Fireworks, Op. 4 Mieczysław Weinberg: Concertino for Cello and String Orchestra, Op. 43 bisSolo: Vilém Vlček, cello Sergej Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 (I. Moderato)Solo: Matěj Pinkas, piano Leonard Bernstein: Candide – Ouverture (arr. František Šterbák) Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47Solo: Dora Hájková, cello Maurice Ravel: Tzigane, Rhapsody for Violin and OrchestraSolo: Matteo Hager, violin

This project was created at the initiative of the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI), Czech Music Office - SoundCzech with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture. The present patron and manager of Showcase Radek Baborák (French horn player, conductor) has invited the Academy of Classical Music (the presenter of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival) and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague to join in the project.

The goal of Showcase is the presentation of young Czech artists, ensembles, and composers not only to the members of the musical public who attend concerts but also to selected experts who influence events on the music scene in the Czech Republic and abroad. For this reason, representatives of music festivals, orchestras, agencies, and the media on a domestic and international level will be invited to the individual concerts and workshops. The idea behind the event scheduled for 22–24 September 2022 is to highlight top artists of the young generation who can use the public presentations to draw attention to their exceptional talent, to establish new contacts, and to find opportunities for collaboration. Showcase may thus become one of the important milestones on their career paths, influencing the future orientation of these talents on the music scene both locally and abroad, that being one of the tasks of the project’s organiser, the music export agency SoundCzech (ATI).

The concert at the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall on 22 Sept. 2022 will present the narrowest selection of promising musicians whose ambitions reach to the highest levels of artistry. This will take place with the cooperation of the players of the Ukraine-Czech Sinfonietta under the leadership of the orchestra’s spiritual father, the conductor Radek Baborák, who is the patron of the whole project.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 6.50 pm
  • End of concert: 10.00 pm


The Ukraine-Czech Sinfonietta

The Ukraine-Czech Sinfonietta is an orchestra established this spring as a spontaneous reaction to the armed conflict in Ukraine. Its core is the Czech Sinfonietta, a festival orchestra established over ten years ago by the French horn player and conductor Radek Baborák, now expanded by Ukrainian musicians already working in the Czech Republic and by Ukrainian players who have come to our country recently, fleeing the horrors of war. The newly formed ensemble first appeared at the evening benefit concert “In Honour of Heroes” held in late April under the patronage of the Lobkowicz family in the concert hall of Prague’s Lobkowicz Palace. The orchestra can appear with the instrumentation of a full orchestra or in the form of a chamber ensemble or chamber groups, and its focus is on iconic works of composers from around the world from the Baroque era to the 20th century. It also plays arrangements of music by Ukrainian composers. As always whenever mankind faces its most difficult times, culture will again be the standard-bearer for humanity and lofty values.

The Ukraine-Czech Sinfonietta

Radek Baborák

The French horn player and conductor Radek Baborák is one of the most prominent musical personalities of the Classical music scene internationally. Since his solo debut in 1989, he has been collaborating with many of the world’s top orchestras and leading conductors. After serving for many years as the principal French horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic, and having been enriched by a great deal of experience in the field of chamber music and as the artistic director of ensembles (the Baborak Ensemble, the Horn Chorus, and the Afflatus Quintet), in 2008 he began a parallel career as a conductor. In doing so, he is following in the tradition of conducting instrumentalists who decided to realise their artistic ideas and dreams by conducting their own performances. Along these lines, Baborák’s main mentor and model is Maestro Daniel Barenboim, whom he assisted with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and he has appeared as a soloist under Barenboin’s baton. He has taken part in chamber projects of the Boulez Ensemble, and he serves as a professor at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin.

The initial impulse that led him to the conductor’s podium was being asked by the musicians of the Mito Chamber Orchestra to step in for their ailing chief conductor, Maestro Seiji Ozawa, on a European tour in 2008. Baborák became Ozawa’s pupil, and the highpoint of their work together came at the jubilee 100th concert of the MCO, at which Radek Baborák conducted the first two movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, then Seiji Ozawa conducted the third movement and the finale.

In 2011 he took the initiative in founding the Czech Sinfonietta, a festival orchestra, of which he is the chief conductor, and in 2013 he took over as the artistic director of the Prague Chamber Soloists. Since the 2017 season he has been the principal guest conductor of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, and since the 2021 season he is the chief conductor of the West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra in Mariánské Lázně.

Radek Baborák has worked with such orchestras as the Duisburg Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Thuringia Philharmonic, the Rhine Philharmonic, the Malaysian Philharmonic orchestra, the Istanbul State Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Philharmonia.

He is exceptionally popular in Japan, where he has conducted many orchestras including the New Japan Philharmonic, the Mito Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the Kioi Sinfonietta.

As a conductor and soloist, he has appeared at such renowned festivals as Maggio musicale Fiorentino, the Mozartwoche Salzurg, the Pacific Music Festival, the Martha Argerich Festival in Beppu, the Prague Spring Festival, the Dvořák Prague Festival, and Smetana’s Litomyšl. He has accompanied such renowned soloists as Yefim Bronfmann, Guy Braunstein, Julian Steckel, Saleem Aboud Ashkar, Marie-Piere Langlamet, Jana Boušková, Clara Dent, Janne Saksala, Dalibor Karvay, Jan Mráček, and Ricardo Galliano.

Radek Baborák’s repertoire includes music of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods and works of the 20th and 21st centuries by composers including N. Tamir, T. Hosokawa, J. Adams, E. P. Salonen, and A. S. Saario.

He has given world premieres of works by J.G.Páleníček, M.Bok, L. Hurník, and A.Březina as well as of his own compositions l’Orangerie and N.V.P. 

Source: Česká sinfonietta

Radek Baborák - conductor

Ondřej Brousek

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.