Friday, September 13, 10.00 pm
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Programme

Antonín Dvořák: Concerto for Cello and Piano in A major, B. 10Antonín Dvořák: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191

An utterly unique programme with respect to dramaturgy will feature the cellist Jiří Bárta and the pianist Terezie Fialová. On a single evening, both of the cello concertos by Antonín Dvořák will be heard. The works are separated by a full thirty years. We will be hearing the first, seldom played concerto in the composer’s original version with piano accompaniment, while the second work, the well known Cello Concerto in B Minor, will be heard in the version with Dvořák’s own piano reduction. This is a unique opportunity to compare two works in the same genre, one from the beginning of the composer’s artistic career and the other from his maturity.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 21.55
  • End of concert: 00.10

Artists

Jiří Bárta

The most respected Czech cellist of the present time, Jiří Bárta studied his instrument with Josef Chuchro and Mirko Škampa in Prague, and with Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne. He was won prestigious honours in many international competitions including the Rostropovich-Hammer Award in Los Angeles. He works with leading orchestras both in the Czech Republic and abroad like the Czech Philharmonic, London's Royal Philharmonic, and the Berlin Symphony, and with conductors such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Charles Dutoit, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Maxim Shostakovich. He appears regularly in major festivals and on concert stages in Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Paris, Salzburg, Tokyo, London, and elsewhere. Highly prized are his recordings for the Supraphon label, especially of Bach's cello suites, both concertos by Shostakovich, and both concertos by Dvořák. He also plays frequently with jazz musicians.

Jiří Bárta - cello

Terezie Fialová

Terezie Fialová is a leading figure among the younger generation of Czech pianists. She graduated from the Brno Conservatoire where she studied violin and piano, then she studied piano and chamber music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the studio of Prof. Ivan Klánský and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg under Prof. Niklas Schmidt. She is a laureate of several international competitions (Italy, the Netherlands, Russia) and is the only Czech pianist to have taken part at the prestigious 2013 Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. She appears regularly at important international festivals, including those in Prague, Basel, Paris, Madrid, New York, and Washington. With the cellist Jiří Bárta and the violinist Roman Patočka, she is a member of the renowned Eben Trio, with which she was a winner of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Lausanne, and she earned the Prize of the Czech Chamber Music Society of the Czech Philharmonic for the year 2012.

Terezie Fialová - piano

St. Agnes Convent

The Convent of St. Agnes in the 'Na Františku' neighbourhood of Prague's Old Town is considered the first Gothic structure not only in Prague but in all of Bohemia. It was founded by King Wenceslas I in 1233–34 at the instigation of his sister, the Přemyslid princess Agnes of Bohemia, for the Order of Saint Clare which Agnes introduced into Bohemia and of which she was the first abbess. The convent was preceded by a hospital. The 'Poor Clares' originated as an offshoot of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and the convent was at one time known as the Prague Assisi. Agnes was an outstanding figure in religious life of the thirteenth century. Besides this Clarist convent she also founded the only Czech religious order – the Hospital Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. She was canonized in 1989.