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Thursday, September 15, 5.30 pm

Admission is free.

Donations are welcome.

Programme

Bohuslav Martinů: Duo for Violin and Cello No. 2, H. 371Leoš Janáček: Piano Sonata 1.X. 1905 (From the Street on 1 October 1905)Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

All three parts of this early evening concert at the Bořislavka Centre are sophisticated, profound, and entertaining. This is also true of the Janáček Piano Sonata, although the event behind its creation was a tragedy at a demonstration in Brno for a second Czech university. From the humour of Martinů and the drama of Janáček, the programme moves on to the sweeping melodies of Brahms.

 

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

Kristian Mráček

Kristian Mráček is a Czech-Serbian violinist, born on May 18th, 2003 in Prague. He has been playing the violin since he was four. From 2018 he has been a student of the Prague Conservatory, in the class of Jiří Fišer.

Kristian was very well awarded at many violin competitions, including the 3rd prize from the Ohrid pearls competition in Northern Macedonia in 2018, where also received the 1st prize in the chamber music category, when he competed together with his younger brother, violoncellist Viktor Mráček in a string duo. He became the Laureate and Absolute winner of the International Violin Competition PhDr. Josef Micka in Prague in 2019. In the same year received the 2nd prize at the International Competition Bohdan Warchal “Talents for Europe” in Dolný Kubín (Slovakia) and the 2nd prize at the Jaroslav Kocian International Violin Competition in Ústí nad Orlicí (Czech Republic). A fresh success (Sept 2021) is the 1st prize and victory in the chamber music category at the International Radio Competition Concertino Praga, where he competed in a duo with violoncellist David Pěruška. At Concertino Praga they received a financial reward, the opportunity to record a profile CD in Czech Radio, also the Laureates Prize of EMCY (European Union of Youth Music Competitions) and Audience Award.


Kristian had the opportunity to perform solo several times with the Czechoslovak Chamber Orchestra Prague, also with the String Orchestra of the Prague Conservatory. In June 2021 he opened the festival Za poklady Broumovska (Treasures of Broumov) with the Hradec Králové Philharmonic. He also performed with well-known violinists such as Václav Hudeček, Pavel Šporcl and with his father and brother Jan Mráček Sr. and Jan Mráček Jr. He took part in the Václav Hudeček Summer Academy, where he won the 2nd prize in 2020. In July 2021, he was selected from hundreds of candidates for a two-weeks Masterclass with Stefan Milenković in Serbia (Čačak). A month later, he attended a violin course by prof. Bohuslav Matoušek and Jakub Junek (Prague Academy) in Žďár nad Sázavou (Czech Republic).

David Pěruška

David Pěruška (*2002) started playing the cello at the age of five in Katerina Hroníková's class. Since his early childhood, he has successfully participated in domestic and also foreign cello competitions, e.g. 1st prize in the national round of the National competition in Liberec (2011, 2014, 2017), 2nd prize at the International cello competition in Liezen (2012), 3rd prize at the Bohuš Heran competition in Ústí nad Orlicí (2015), 1st prize at the Jan Vychytil´s Cello Competition in Prague (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2012). In 2022, he won the 1st Prize, the Best Czech Participant Award and the Gustav Mahler Orchestra Prize at the International Gustav Mahler competition. In the same year, he succeeded in auditioning for the interpretive competition "Jeunesses Musicales" and will present himself in the next concert season as a soloist with Haydn's 2nd Cello Concerto with the Janáček Philharmonic orchestra Ostrava.


As well as playing solo, he is also heavily involved in chamber music. In 2021 he became a double laureate as well as playing solo, he is also heavily involved in chamber music. In 2021, he became a two-time laureate of the chamber category of the International Radio Competition for Young Musicians Concertino Praga, whose final round was held as part of the Dvorak Prague Festival - there he won the 3rd Prize in piano trio with Natálie Toperczerová and Pavol Praženica, and the 1st Prize, audience award and Emcy Prize in duo with Kristián Mráček. Thanks to this success, the duo gained the opportunity to make a profile CD in the Czech Radio and played a concert at The Notre-Dame du Sablon Cathedral in Brussels by the invitation of the Czech Embassy. He regularly attends courses with Marek Jerie in Wengen, has taken masterclasses at Prof. Marion Feldmann at Steinhardt University in New York (2019), has taken part in courses with members of the Vienna Philharmonic in Slavonice (2020) and the Ševčík Academy in Horažďovice led by Tomáš Jamník (2021). He is currently studying in the class of prof. Petr Nouzovský at the Prague Conservatory.

Veronika Jaklová

Veronika Jaklová (2003) started playing the piano at the age of five with teacher Kateřina Pirochová Valkovičová in Prague, Czech Republic. A year later she participated in her first piano competition Prague Junior Note. Since then she has participated in many prestigious international competitions - Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte, International competition Amadeus, Broumov key, International V. Novák's piano competition and others. She won the absolute winner prize in National round of ZUŠ competition of chamber ensembles in Czech Republic.

In 2018 and 2019 Veronika became the Laureate of the competition Young Piano of the Prague Conservatoire, she won the 2nd prize at International Smetana competition 2018, 1st prize at competition Beethoven's Teplice, she became the winner of Yamaha foundation stipendium contest 2020. In 2021, she won the 1st prize at Orbetello Junior International Piano Competition 2021 (Italy) with a special prize - two recitals at Orbetello Piano Festival, 2nd prize at Internetional Vladimir Krainev competition in Kharkiv in 2021, where she got also the prize for the best performance of a Classic piece, the prize for the best performance of a piece by F. Chopin and she won the EMCY prize.


Her recent achievements are gold award at WPTA International Piano Comeptition in Finland, special prize for best performance of virtoso etude at Nomea competition or 1st prize at "Luigi Cerritelli" international contest in Italy. Veronika debuted with orchestra „Young musicians“ at the age of 14 with Grieg piano concerto in a minor. She has participated in many masterclasses with professors: Ivan Klánský, Andrzej Jasinski, Anna Malikova, Dmitri Bashkirov, Min Kwon, Einar Steen-Nokleberg, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Martin Kasík, Ivo Kahánek and others. She regularly participates at International Summer Piano Courses of the Prague Conservatoire, she participated at prestigious Alion Baltic International Music Courses in Riga, Latvia or at International Piano Masterclass in Katowice, Poland.

She currently studies at Prague Conservatoire with Milan Langer.

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.