A creative workshop for young Czech composers and performers
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Thursday, September 22, 7.00 pm

Ticket prices

390 — 290 Kč

Programme

This project was created at the initiative of the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) with the support of the Czech Ministry of Culture. The present patron and manager of Showcase Radek Baborák (French horn player, conductor) has invited the Academy of Classical Music (the presenter of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival) and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague to join in the project.

The goal of Showcase is the presentation of young Czech artists, ensembles, and composers not only to the members of the musical public who attend concerts but also to selected experts who influence events on the music scene in the Czech Republic and abroad. For this reason, representatives of music festivals, orchestras, agencies, and the media on a domestic and international level will be invited to the individual concerts and workshops. The idea behind the event scheduled for 22–24 September 2022 is to highlight top artists of the young generation who can use the public presentations to draw attention to their exceptional talent, to establish new contacts, and to find opportunities for collaboration. Showcase may thus become one of the important milestones on their career paths, influencing the future orientation of these talents on the music scene both locally and abroad, that being one of the tasks of the project’s organiser, the music export agency SoundCzech (ATI).

The concert at the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall on 22 Sept. 2022 will present the narrowest selection of promising musicians whose ambitions reach to the highest levels of artistry. This will take place with the cooperation of the players of the Czech Sinfonietta under the leadership of the orchestra’s spiritual father, the conductor Radek Baborák, who is the patron of the whole project.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 6.50 pm
  • End of concert: 9.40 pm

Artists

Czech Sinfonietta

The Czech Sinfonietta is a symphony orchestra built on the foundations of the Baborák Ensemble. It gave its debut at the Prague Spring International Music Festival in 2011. The enthusiastic reception and the wonderful atmosphere that was created in the orchestra itself led Radek Baborák and his colleagues, schoolmates, friends, and fellow players from many Czech chamber ensembles and orchestras to the idea of founding a festival orchestra that would gather and perform several times a year, offering an alternative that was lacking on the Czech music scene.

The main assets enabling the realisation of this plan are the personal and professional connections between members of the Czech Sinfonietta, their mutual respect, and their clear goal—to allow compositions by masters from four centuries to be heard with often unexpected intensity and dynamism, and with uncompromising, energetic commitment, based directly on the notation in the score, the precision of phrasing and intonation, the choice of tempo corresponding to the structure of the works performed and the acoustics of the hall, the lyrical quality of the sound, and the emotionality of expression. These basic building blocks return classical music to its deserved place, and for the listeners they open up undreamed-of horizons of imagination. At concerts, the audience members are in the same boat with the musicians, and together with them they experience time and space in an entirely different dimension of perception.


The Czech Sinfonietta has introduced itself to the public at concerts in the Spanish Hall, the Rudolfinum, and the Municipal House, and it has appeared at the Lípa Musica Festival and the Saint Wenceslas Music Festival. The orchestra engages in unique cooperation with the Smetana’s Litomyšl National Festival, at which it forms a regular part of the programme. In 2017 the Czech Sinfonietta also introduced itself at the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival joined by principal woodwind players from leading international orchestras (the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra) as well as by professors at German universities (from Berlin, Hanover, and Stuttgart), and last but not least, by a number of renowned soloists. The appearances at the Dvořák Prague Festival took part with Radek Baborák serving as the curator of the festival’s chamber series.

The concerts of the Czech Sinfonietta are broadcast regularly on Czech Television and Czech Radio. They have made two CD recordings for the Japanese label Exton with music by W. A. Mozart and J. Haydn.

An integral part of Czech Sinfonietta concerts is the orchestra’s role as an accompanist. Regular collaboration with top soloists leads to a symbiosis of inestimable value between the solo part and the orchestra. The primary emphasis is on balanced sound and respecting the personality of the soloist. Besides the concertmasters, the violinists Dalibor Karvay and Martina Bačová, and the conductor and French horn player Radek Baborák, soloists appearing with the Czech Sinfonietta have included the pianists Yefim Bronfmann and Saleem Aboud Ashkar, the cellist Julian Steckel, the flautists Walter Auer and Pirmin Grehl, the oboist Clara Dent, the bassoonists Benze Boganyi and Sophie Dartigalongue, the French horn player Andrej Žust, and the trumpeter Gábor Tarkövi. Active members of the orchestra include several Czech players who have found employment in ensembles abroad, such as Milan Šetena (Vienna Philharmonic), Štěpán Kratochvíl (Munich Philharmonic), and Vilém Kjonka (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra).

The Czech Sinfonietta has two basic instrumentations based on the traditional number of players formulated by the legendary conductor Václav Talich, whose legacy the orchestra claims as its own. The smaller instrumentation consists of 33 strings (10, 8, 6, 6, 3), winds, and timpani, suitable for the works of the Baroque and Classical masters. The orchestra engages larger forces of at least 44 strings, (12, 10, 8, 8, 6), 12 woodwinds, 11 brass, four percussionists, and two harps to meets the requirements of compositions of the Romantic era and of the 20th century.

Source: Česká sinfonietta

Czech Sinfonietta

Radek Baborák

The French horn player and conductor Radek Baborák is one of the most prominent musical personalities of the Classical music scene internationally. Since his solo debut in 1989, he has been collaborating with many of the world’s top orchestras and leading conductors. After serving for many years as the principal French horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic, and having been enriched by a great deal of experience in the field of chamber music and as the artistic director of ensembles (the Baborak Ensemble, the Horn Chorus, and the Afflatus Quintet), in 2008 he began a parallel career as a conductor. In doing so, he is following in the tradition of conducting instrumentalists who decided to realise their artistic ideas and dreams by conducting their own performances. Along these lines, Baborák’s main mentor and model is Maestro Daniel Barenboim, whom he assisted with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and he has appeared as a soloist under Barenboin’s baton. He has taken part in chamber projects of the Boulez Ensemble, and he serves as a professor at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin.


The initial impulse that led him to the conductor’s podium was being asked by the musicians of the Mito Chamber Orchestra to step in for their ailing chief conductor, Maestro Seiji Ozawa, on a European tour in 2008. Baborák became Ozawa’s pupil, and the highpoint of their work together came at the jubilee 100th concert of the MCO, at which Radek Baborák conducted the first two movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, then Seiji Ozawa conducted the third movement and the finale.

In 2011 he took the initiative in founding the Czech Sinfonietta, a festival orchestra, of which he is the chief conductor, and in 2013 he took over as the artistic director of the Prague Chamber Soloists. Since the 2017 season he has been the principal guest conductor of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, and since the 2021 season he is the chief conductor of the West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra in Mariánské Lázně.

Radek Baborák has worked with such orchestras as the Duisburg Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Thuringia Philharmonic, the Rhine Philharmonic, the Malaysian Philharmonic orchestra, the Istanbul State Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Philharmonia.

He is exceptionally popular in Japan, where he has conducted many orchestras including the New Japan Philharmonic, the Mito Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the Kioi Sinfonietta.

As a conductor and soloist, he has appeared at such renowned festivals as Maggio musicale Fiorentino, the Mozartwoche Salzurg, the Pacific Music Festival, the Martha Argerich Festival in Beppu, the Prague Spring Festival, the Dvořák Prague Festival, and Smetana’s Litomyšl. He has accompanied such renowned soloists as Yefim Bronfmann, Guy Braunstein, Julian Steckel, Saleem Aboud Ashkar, Marie-Piere Langlamet, Jana Boušková, Clara Dent, Janne Saksala, Dalibor Karvay, Jan Mráček, and Ricardo Galliano.

Radek Baborák’s repertoire includes music of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods and works of the 20th and 21st centuries by composers including N. Tamir, T. Hosokawa, J. Adams, E. P. Salonen, and A. S. Saario.

He has given world premieres of works by J.G.Páleníček, M.Bok, L. Hurník, and A.Březina as well as of his own compositions l’Orangerie and N.V.P. 

Source: Česká sinfonietta

Radek Baborák - conductor

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.