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Thursday, September 22, 5.30 pm

Admission is free.

Donations are welcome.

Programme

Programme to be announced.

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.

 

Media partner of the Soirée at the Bořislavka Centre programme series

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

Artists

Jan Fišer

He has been attracting attention since his childhood and celebrated success in numerous competitions – Kocian Violin Competition, Concertino Praga, Tribune of Young Artists UNESCO, Bohuslav Martinů Competition and Beethoven’s Hradec. In 2004, he became the concertmaster of PKF – Prague Philharmonia. As a guest concertmaster, he has appeared with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. He also collaborates with numerous orchestras as a soloist and has performed with PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Zlín, North Bohemian Philharmonic Teplice and Slovak State Philharmonic Košice. His solo concerts include appearances at music festivals in Switzerland (Murten Classics), Spain (Pau Casals International Music Festival) and the USA (Brevard Music Festival). He is also an active chamber musician. He plays alongside pianist Ivo Kahánek and cellist Tomáš Jamník in Dvořák Trio, one of the best Czech chamber ensembles. The Trio has excelled in competitions (Beethoven’s Hradec, Bohuslav Martinů Competition) and on concert stages both in the Czech Republic and abroad. The ensemble has appeared at festivals including Styriarte Graz, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Mainzer Musiksommer and in renowned concert halls of Berliner Philharmoniker and in Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg. Outside the Czech Republic, he has performed in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, France, Poland, Japan and the USA. He records music for TV and radio and took part in recording the CD “Tribute to Jaroslav Kocian” to mark the 40th anniversary of the Kocian International Violin Competition as one of the laureates. He mentors at the MenArt scholarship academy and is also an active teacher. He regularly teaches at music courses such as the Ševčík Academy in Horažďovice, Music Academy in Telč, Music Connexions in Soběslav. His first violin teacher was Hana Metelková and he later studied with Jaroslav Foltýn at the Prague Conservatory. In 2003, he graduated at the Carnegie Mellon University – School of Music, USA, having studied with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Andrés J. Cárdenes. He has broadened his musical education at various masterclass courses, such as in Semmering, Bonn or at the Meadowmount School of Music (founded in 1944 by Ivan Galamian), where he studied with Stephen B. Shipps. He also took part in masterclass courses with Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham and Joseph Silverstein. He plays French violin from early 19th century ascribed to violin maker Francois Louis Pique, kindly lent by Fidula Foundation.

Jan Fišer - violin

Ivo Kahánek

The pianist Ivo Kahánek is one of today’s most successful Czech performers. After graduating from the Janáček Conservatoire in Ostrava and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he furthered his education at London’s famed Guildhall School and at a number of masterclasses. At the age of 25, he became the overall winner of the Prague Spring International Music Competition. Besides giving solo recitals, he appears with renowned orchestras (Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne) and conductors (Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pinchas Steinberg, Jiří Bělohlávek). In 2007 at London’s famed BBC Proms, he performed the Piano Concerto No. 4 (“Incantation”) by Bohuslav Martinů. In November 2014 he became just the second Czech pianist in history (after Rudolf Firkušný) to appear with the Berlin Philharmonic. Sir Simon Rattle conducted the performance. He has a number of acclaimed recordings to his credit with the music of Frédéric Chopin and Leoš Janáček among other composers. His CD with piano concertos by Dvořák and Martinů has been awarded by the prestigious British music journal BBC Music Magazine as the Recording of the Year in the Concerto category in 2020.

His most recent complete recording of Antonín Dvořák’s piano work was released by Supraphon in September last year and has already won acclaim for it.

Ivo Kahánek - piano

and their students

Bořislavka Centre

This new dominant feature of Evropská třída (Europe Avenue) weds contemporary architecture with art. The architectural design is by the acclaimed Prague studio AULÍK FIŠER ARCHITECTS. With its many sections, the building enables deluxe public access to private premises with an area of 12,200 m2, and it constitutes a number attractive public areas. Together with the shopping centre, these areas make a natural gathering place for the 100,000 residents of the city district it serves.

Source: website of the Bořislavka Business Centre.