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Monday, September 13, 10.00 am

You can buy tickets to a masterclass here for CZK 200. Ticket prices are reduced by 50% for students at elementary schools of the arts, conservatories, the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and students at other schools of the arts. To get the discount code, please contact us at vstupenky@dvorakovapraha.cz.

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Those interested in active participation can apply by sending a CV (max. 900 characters) to the email address stehlikova@dvorakovapraha.cz no later than by 31 July 2021. The age limit for participants is 25.

Public masterclasses are yet another way that the Academy of Classical Music at the Dvořák Prague Festival is working to promote the education of musicians. As an ancillary programme in the series, For the Future, young musicians are given the chance to play before exceptional artists, performers who have invaluable experience on the world’s great stages, and to consult them about their views on the interpretation of a work. A masterclass is a unique opportunity for the public to witness the final phase of preparing an interpretation. Rather than a usual lesson, it is an exchange of artistic opinions. It provides exciting insight into the final phase of a young artist’s preparation, before the moment when that performer appears in the concert arena with a finished interpretive conception, in order to share an artistic opinion with the public.

The mentors at this year’s masterclasses will be important figures from the current festival. Their undoubted authority can influence the future course of musical thinking among the rising generation of performers.

The pianist Boris Giltburg, curator of our Chamber Series, will be guiding young pianists through the world of selected works for piano on 13 Sept. 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Rudolfinum’s Suk Hall.

  • Dress code: casual
  • Doors close: 9.55
  • End of concert: 13.00

Artists

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, Suk Hall

Suk Hall is the newest hall in the Neo-Renaissance Rudolfinum. It was created from 1940 to 1942 during modifications of the adjacent Dvořák Hall, as a smaller concert hall. In designing the interior decor architects Antonín Engel and Bohumír Kozák took inspiration from the original style of the Rudolfinum’s architects Josef Zítek and Josef Schulz, thus Suk Hall fits perfectly into the original composition of the building. During the most recent modifications in 2015, according to a design by architect Petr Hrůša, the acoustics of the hall and its connection to the Rudolfinum’s atrium were improved while respecting the historical value of these premises, protected as a historical landmark. Suk Hall has a new grand piano and continues to be intended mainly for performances of chamber music.