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Tuesday, September 20, 5.30 pm

Admission is free.

Donations are welcome.

Programme

Ondřej Kukal: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 9Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81, B. 155

Luxurious jewellery is not suitable for less formal events, but musical gems are perfect on such occasions, of course. A completely positive atmosphere radiates from the virtuosity and sonic beauty of Dvořák’s fanciful Piano Quintet. The audience will be led to it by the currents of the one-movement quartet by Ondřej Kukal.

 

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.

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

Artists

Kukal Quartet

The Kukal Quartet was founded in Autumn of 2020 by four exceptionally talented young musicians, who, notwithstanding their youth, have great respect for the legacy of the Czech quartet school. Eliška Kukalová, Klára Lešková, Simon Truszka and Vilém Vlček combine the traditional and the modern modern musical approaches which they acquired during their studies at prestigious universities in Vienna, Salzburg, Basel, Warsaw and Prague.

In May 2021, soon after their foundation, the ensemble attracted attention by winning third prize and the Laureate title at the Prague Spring International Music Competition. The quartet impressed at the competition primarily with; the liveliness and authenticity of their musical expression, the unique ensemble dynamics and the strong individuality of its members. The Quartet were inspired and mentored by leading personalities of the Czech music scene such as Peter Jarůšek (Pavel Haas Quartet), Jakub Fišer (Bennewitz Quartet) and Tomáš Jamník.

In the summer 2021 the quartet had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with Yo- Yo Ma, Noah Bendix Balgley, Allan Nilles, Josef Špaček, Jan Fišer and Lukáš Vondráček. The quartet bears the name of the important Czech contemporary composer, Ondřej Kukal.

Kukal Quartet

Matouš Zukal

MatoušZukal(*1998) is a Czech pianist. He began his musical education at the City of Prague Music Grammar School under the guidance of Jitka Němcová. He studied at the Prague Conservatoire in the class of Ivo Kahánek. Matouš is currently furthering his education under the same professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

In 2021 he became a laureate of the Prague Spring International Music Competition and was awarded several special prizes, Gideon Klein Foundation Prize and Czech Centers Prize. During his studies he won main prizes at many competitions (The Broumov Key, Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte). Matouš became three times a laureate of the Young Piano of the Prague Conservatoire. He also became a noverall winner of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition and was awarded a special prize for the best interpretation of Bohuslav Marinů’s work and Zorka and Jaroslav Zich’s prize.

In 2020 Matouš gave a recital at the Dvořák´s Prague festival as a part of the marathon of Antonín Dvořák’s complete piano works. In October 2021 he performed Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto at the festival Young Prague with the Czech Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra Pardubice.

Matouš also engages in chambre music, in 2019 he became a scholarship holder of Academy of Chamber music under czech cellist Tomáš Jamník. He performed with members of this organization on prestigious festivals such as Styriarte Grazandothers.

He is an active participant at masterclasses, and he consults with important pianist abroad such as Sir András Schiff, Boris Giltburg, Francesco Piemontesi, Lukáš Vondráček and others. In 2016, 2018 and 2019 he took part at masterclasses in Bergen, Norway under the guidance of Prof. Jiří Hlinka, Leif Ove Andsnes and other eminent pianists. In 2021 Matouš received a scolarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participated in the Intensive Music Week of prof. Milana Chernyavska.

Matouš Zukal

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.