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Tuesday, September 15, 8.00 pm

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Programme

Antonín Dvořák: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 53, B. 108

Violinists wishing to perfect their playing of a piece would certainly welcome the chance to have Václav Hudeček available as an advisor. And it is he who will lead public masterclasses with the participation of three talented violinists: Matteo Hager, Marie Hasoňová, and Olga Šroubková. Each of them will be performing one movement from Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and will be polishing their performance to perfection under Hudeček’s guidance. This will also be an encounter among close acquaintances – all three of the aspiring violin virtuosos have taken part at the Václav Hudeček Academy in Luhačovice, where the Czech school of violin playing has been fostered for more than twenty years.

Public masterclasses led by top artists are a fantastic opportunity for the young musicians themselves, but by no means for them only. They also offer a deeper insight into the composition and its performing to those listeners who believe themselves to be incapable of understanding music. For them, immediate contact with the fine tuning of a composition is not only instructive, but also exceptionally exciting and often even entertaining. It is like watching a glassblower creating a new work, shaping it smoothly into its final, perfect form.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 22.00

Artists

Václav Hudeček

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Matteo Hager

Matteo Hager began playing violin at age four at the Ilja Hurník Elementary School of the Arts in Prague, and since 2014 he has been a student at the Music Grammar School in Prague. He has taken part in masterclasses with Ivan Ženatý, Josef Špaček, and Dalibor Karvay. He won first prize in a national competition put on by the Czech Ministry of Education, and he is a two-time winner of the J. Micka International Violin Competition. Last year at the Václav Hudeček Academy he won first prize and a professional-quality instrument. As a soloist, he has appeared at the festival Music Holidays in Prague (2017), with the Prague Symphony Orchestra at the Municipal House in a concert titled Young Talents for Josef Suk (2019), and a concert titled Future Masters as part of the festival Musica Holešov 2019. His concert activities for 2020 include an appearance at the opening of the Pardubice Music Spring Festival alongside Václav Hudeček and Josef Špaček, a solo concert with the West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, and an appearance at the Kroměříž Music Festival with the Moravian Chamber Soloists under the baton of Tomáš Netopil.

Matteo Hager - violin

Marie Hasoňová

The violinist Marie Hasoňová is a graduate of the Prague Conservatoire. She has won a number of awards at international competitions including first prize at the Josef Muzika Violin Competition in Nová Paka, first place and the Musica Arvensis Prize at Talents for Europe in Dolný Kubín, third place at the Telemann Violin Competition in Poznań, second place at the Kocian Violin Competition in Ústí nad Orlicí, first place at the Archetti in Moravia Competition in Kroměříž, first and second places at conservatoire competitions, among other prizes. She has played in many orchestras including the Berg Orchestra, the Pilsen Philharmonic, the Haydn Ensemble, and Musica Florea. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Brno Philharmonic, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic, the Praga Sinfonietta, and other orchsetras. She has taken part in many masterclasses led by such world-famous virtuosos as Ivan Ženatý, Renaud Capuçon, and Christian Tetzlaff. Since 2017 she has been a member of the Orchestral Academy of the Czech Philharmonic. Since 2018 she has been a member of Quasi Trio, a piano trio that has earned many awards both at home and abroad. That year she also won the prize at the Václav Hudeček Summer Academy.

Marie Hasoňová - violin

Olga Šroubková

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Olga Šroubková - violin

PKF – Prague Philharmonia

The Prague Philharmonia was founded in 1994 by Jiří Bělohlávek as the Prague Chamber Philharmonic, an ensemble consisting of recent graduates of music schools. Maestro Bělohlávek was at the orchestra’s helm until 2005, when his successor for three concert seasons was the Swiss conductor Kaspar Zehnder. From 2008 until 2016 Jakub Hrůša was the orchestra’s chief conductor and artistic director. Since the 2015/2016 season, the French conductor Emmanuel Villaume has been at the orchestra’s helm. Since the orchestra’s inception, its core repertoire has been the music of the Viennese Classical period, supplemented by compositions from the Romantic era and a special concert series with music of the twentieth century. During its twenty-three years of activity, the orchestra has established itself as one of the most distinguished Czech ensembles, and it also appears regularly on stages abroad. It has so far recorded more than 80 albums for top international labels (Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, Decca) and has won numerous prestigious awards for these recordings. At the beginning of 2020, the orchestra went on a three-week European tour with the world-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

Marek Šedivý

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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.