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Jitka Hosprová - sold out

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26.07.2013   (Fr) 19:30

Jitka Hosprová

Jitka Hosprová /viola/
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra Collegium

Czech viola virtuoso Jitka Hosprová is a graduate of the Pilsen Conservatory and Music School of AMU (Prof. Jan Peruška). She has cooperated with legendary violist Luigi Alberto Bianchi. She is a soloist of many Czech and world top orchestras (Vienna Radio Orchestra ORF, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Belgian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Pau etc.), as a soloist she performed at a number of music festivals (Présences, Kulturtage Dresden, Rheingau Sommer, Prague Spring, Prague Autumn, Moravian Autumn, Andrés Bello Santiago de Chile etc.). Her resume includes dozens of Czech and global premieres. On her CD’s she presents jewels of Czech viola literature and world classical modern style, she regularly records for the Czech Radio, cooperates with recording companies Supraphon, Arco Diva and others. She has inspired a number of composers to write new compositions for viola.

The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra Collegium is a chamber ensemble consisting of leading members of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. It follows up on the successful era of the Prague Collegium, which played both in the Czech Republic and abroad, especially in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Yugoslavia and other countries.

Where: Masquerade Hall, Český Krumlov




Wihan Quartet

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31.07.2013   (We) 19:30

Wihan Quartet

Wihan Quartet
Leoš Čepický
Jan Schulmeister
Jiří Žigmund
Aleš Kaspřík

Wihan Quartet is one of leading string quartets that have recently come to existence thanks to huge Czech interpretation school. The quartet was established in 1985 and it still consists of its original four members. It has exceptional reputation for interpretation of Czech repertoire as well as many of the most important quartet pieces of classicist, romantic, and modern pieces. Its developing and respectable international career includes performances at the most important festivals in Europe and the Far East. It plays regularly in the USA and has had tours of Australia and New Zealand. It is a regular guest in Great Britain and its performances are often broadcast by Radio 3. It has had concerts in Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, South Bank, and other venues. The discography of the quartet – more than 20 CD’s – proves its warm relationship to Czech music but it includes also many classicist, romantic, and modern pieces of quartet repertoire.

Where: Masquerade Hall, Český Krumlov




Collegium Marianum

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01.08.2013   (Th) 19:30

Collegium Marianum

Collegium Marianum

Since its establishment in 1997, Collegium Marianum has focused on interpretation of music of the 17th and 18th centuries with emphasis on Czech and Central European authors. It is one of few professional ensembles of this profile in the Czech Republic and its repertoire includes not only concert pieces but it pays regular attention to scenic projects, too. The ensemble has been led by flutist Jana Semerádová who is a soloist of many renowned European orchestras. Research work of Jana Semerádová as well as her studying of baroque gestures, declamations, and dance, have made it possible to expand the artistic profile of the ensemble from purely musical focus to a junction with baroque dance and theater and it is a prerequisite for unusual dramaturgy of the ensemble with a number of modern premieres of historic music. The ensemble closely cooperates with renowned European conductors, soloists, directors, and choreographers.

Where: Masquerade Hall, Český Krumlov




Kun Woo Paik

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02.08.2013   (Fr) 19:30

Kun Woo Paik

Soloist: Kun Woo Paik (South Korea) - Piano
Conductor: Charles Olivieri-Munroe
North Czech Philharmonic Teplice

Kun Woo Paik is a Korean piano virtuoso living in Paris (with his wife, a popular South-Korean film and television actress). He had his first public performance when he was ten years old, he played Grieg’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra with the Korean National Orchestra. When he was fifteen years old, he went to study abroad. At first he studies prestigious Julliard School in New York, then he continued in London and Italy. As he was just sixteen years old, he played complete Ravelo’s piano work in Lincoln Center, New York. He then performed also in famous Carnegie Hall in the same city. He has had concerts led by conductors such as Zubin Metha, Mariss Jansons, Sir Neville Marriner, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Krzysztof Penderecki and Jiří Bělohlávek. He has been accompanied by ensembles such as the Symphonic Orchestra of BBC, National Orchestre de Paris and others.

Where: Castle Riding School, Český Krumlov




Jazz night

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03.08.2013   (Sa) 20:30

Where: Brewery gardens, Český Krumlov




Karel Dohnal a Jiří Lukeš

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07.08.2013   (We) 20:30

Karel Dohnal Jiří Lukeš

Soloists:
Karel Dohnal /clarinet, pantomime/
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Harlequin for solo clarinet

Jiří Lukeš /accordion/

Karel Dohnal is a laureate of many important international contests (Prague Spring, Rome, Bayreuth, Ostende, Sevilla, London). He is a graduate of the Academy of Musical Arts in Prague, and has taken part at internships at universities in London, Berlin, St. Petersburg, and Hilversum. During his career he has played at concerts in many countries in Europe, Asia, and the USA. He has cooperated with the Tokyo String Quartet, soprano Edita Gruberová, pianists Yevgeniy Samoilov, Ivo Kahánek, and many Czech and world orchestras. He is a member of the Prague Clarinet Ensemble, Trio Amadeus, and PhilHarmonica Octet. He has recorded several CD’s of solo as well as chamber repertoire. He regularly teaches at courses in the Czech Republic and abroad. In years 2009–2010, he was a guest clarinetist of BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. He is an official player of clarinet producers, French Selmer and American Rico, reeds of which he uses. Visitors of the Český Krumlov festival will experience a unique project – Dohnal’s interpretation of avant-garde composition Harlequin for solo clarinet by Karlheinz Stockhausen. This piece is currently played just by about four interpreters in the world, as it is exceptionally difficult. It is necessary not only to master the notes but also choreography, facial expression and dance. The young Czech clarinetist proves by his original interpretation of the composition that he is one of the best players but also that he has a great comedy talent.

Where: Masquerade Hall, Český Krumlov




Miriam Rodriguez Brüllová, Albert Wonjae Pae & Virtuosi Pragenses

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08.08.2013   (Th) 19:30

Virtuosi Pragenses

Virtuosi Pragenses

Chamber orchestra Virtuosi Pragenses was established by a leading Czech violin virtuoso and conductor Libor Hlaváček in 1970. Members of this highly respected ensemble are leading Prague instrumentalists. Critics appreciate them especially for musicality, cultivated sound, and precise execution of the compositions. Besides rich domestic concert activities (including performances at the festival Prague Spring), Virtuosi Pragenses have played also at important foreign stages – Wiener Festwochen, International Music Festival Dubrovnik, Festtage Passau, International Music Festival Český Krumlov, Prague Autumn, Blaník Autumn, Czech Music Touches, Talich’s Beroun etc. This chamber orchestra has made a number of radio and television records, it cooperates with leading Czech and foreign soloists and its repertoire includes all important compositions from baroque to music of the 20th century.




Adam Plachetka

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09.08.2013   (Fr) 19:30

Adam Plachetka

Adam Plachetka /bass-baritone/
Conductor: Tomáš Brauner
Talich Philharmonia Prague

Adam Plachetka graduated from the Prague conservatory under leadership of Professor Luděk Löbl. In 2005, he had a debut in the National Theater in Prague. In the following years, he performed here characters such as Don Giovanni, Publio (La clemenza di Tito), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Nardo (La finta giardiniera), Argante (Rinaldo), and Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte). In the State Opera Prague he played Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville) and Papageno (The Magic Flute). He is a regular guest of Salzburger Festspiele, he has been in Opéra de Nice, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Opéra de Rennes and Opéra Royal de Versailles. Since 2010, he has been a stable member of the ensemble of the Viennese State Opera. Since his debut in the role of Schaunard (La bohème), he has performed here among others as Don Basilio, Melisso (Alcina), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Don Giovanni, and Dulcamara (The Elixir of Love). He cooperates regularly with international music festivals, is active at concerts with many Czech orchestras and he also interprets baroque music.

Where: Castle Riding School, Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Broadway Rocks

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10.08.2013   (Sa) 20:30

LaKisha Jones Rob Evan Morgan James Randall Craig Fleischer

Broadway Rocks
rock ballads and songs from famous musicals
Soloists: LaKisha Jones, Rob Evan, Morgan James
Conductor: Randall Craig Fleischer
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc

Popular singers from Broadway will introduce themselves in Český Krumlov again, this time in a project that was recently successfully performed with the National Symphonic Orchestra in Vancouver. Leading soloists include among others LaKisha Jones, Rob Evan and Morgan James.

LaKisha Jones is a rhythm and blues and gospel singer. She grew up in an environment affected by singers such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, or Patti LaBelle, she sang in a church choir. She studied singing at the Michigan State University, then she started her solo career. In 2007, she amazed the USA as one of four finalists of The American Idol. She recently released an album called So Glad I’m Me. She sings at Broadway in musical The Color Purple produced by Oprah Winfrey. In one of her two roles she has in the musical, she changes off famous singer Chaka Khan.

Rob Evan played both main characters of the musical Jekyll and Hyde on Broadway for three straight years. He then traveled around the world with the concert version of the musical – in Seoul, South Korea, for example, he sold out sixteen performances. In 2004, he participated on the acclaimed stage project The Musicals of Andrew Lloyd Weber. He graduated from a university in Georgia. His major was Finance. He was an excellent athlete as a student, too. This singer has already introduced himself to audiences of the Český Krumlov festival – at a concert called Broadway Night.

Morgan James is studied singing at the prestigious Julliard School in New York City. She is a multi-genre singer performing in the famous jazz clubs of New York (Birdland, Joe’s Pap etc.) as well as in Bernstein’s Mass with Baltimore Symphonic Orchetra in Carnegie Hall or at Kennedy Center in Washington. Besides jazz and rhythm’n’blues or gospels, Morgan James sings also soul very well. This music genre attracted world’s attention in 1960’s when it was interpreted by black stars from recording company Motown. It is therefore no wonder that she will perform in a musical inspired by this story, which is now being prepared on Broadway.

Where: Brewery Garden in Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Sophia Jaffé & Barbara Maria Willi

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14.08.2013   (We) 19:30

Sophia Jaffé Barbara Maria Willi

Sophia Jaffé - violin
Barbara Maria Willi - harpsichord

Sophia Jaffé is a violinist form Berlin. Her first teachers were her parents, then she studied in Amsterdam and Berlin. She has won a number of international contests (Berlin, Brussels, Geneva etc.) She is active also as a soloist and member of chamber ensembles, she has had concerts in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Her repertoire includes some forty violin concerts from baroque to music of the 20th century. She plays among others with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, with the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Brussels Symphonic Orchestra etc. She has already had successful concerts in the Czech Republic. She teaches the violin in Berlin and Vienna.

Barbara Maria Willi is of a cembalist, teacher, and dramaturgist of a Czech-German origin. She studied in Freiburg, Strasburg, and Salzburg – Mozarteum. She specializes in baroque music and its historic interpretation. She received a doctorate in this major at the Philosophical Faculty of the Masaryk University in Brno, now she teaches at JAMU in the same city. She has received a number of international awards for her records including concerts (e.g. with Magdalena Kožená) and for her musicology activities. She participates on dramaturgy of festival Concentus Moravie, in 2005 she was a member of the international jury at a contest organized in the framework of the Prague Spring.

Where: Masquerade Hall, Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Carlos Piñana

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15.08.2013   (Th) 20:30

Carlos Piñana

Carlos Piñana - guitar
Flamenco recital

One of the best flamenco guitarists, Carlos Piñana, returns to Český Krumlov after two years. His performance combines brilliant guitar technique with exceptional expression, poetry and lyricism. He charms audiences all around the world by his virtuosity, and unique beauty of the tone, quite exceptional in the entire flamenco world. Piñana performs at solo recitals as well as in the framework of various projects including classical music, jazz, dance, and world music. He has also composed a number of interesting flamenco pieces and unusual projects such as Symphonic Flamenco, Body & Soul, Misa Flamenca, and others. He has created an interesting discourse of flamenco and other music genres, which creates an original music language. He is a master of improvisation, which he proves in solo instrumental compositions as well as when accompanying singers. As a guitarist, Piñana has a very original style of playing which can be described by preciseness, clean and bright sound, charisma, and sensitivity. His exceptional technique and musicality allow him to express not only the spirit of pure flamenco but at the same time look for entire new ways. He is simply an artist who brings completely new perspectives to flamenco.

Where: Kooperativa Gardens, Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Čechomor and guests

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16.08.2013   (Fr) 20:30

Čechomor

Čechomor and guests – Congratulation concert at the occasion of the 25th birthday of the band



Popular band Čechomor plays original versios of Czech, Moravian, and Slovak popular songs. During its existence, the band has traveled all Europe, North America, and Russia, has cooperated with several theaters and important artists. The band came to existence in the spring of 1998 as the “First Czechomoravian Independent Music Association”. The first album Dověcnosti was released at turn of 1990 and 1991 and the record included eighteen not very well known popular songs. In 1994 the band started to come slowly over from acoustic to electric sound. Later it decided to shorten the name to Czechomoravian Music Association and under this name it issued an album called Mezi horami (1996). In 1999, it went for a tour as a support band of legendary Lucie. Next year it issued its new album Čechomor and on basis of this, it shortened its name to the current form. Lenka Dusilová participated on this record. In the same year, Čechomor set out for a tour with Jaromír Nohavica. With Jaz Coleman, under whose leadership the band recorded an extremely successful and award-winning record Proměny, and with Jaromír Nohavica, Čechomor shot a movie called Rok ďábla (A Year of the Devil, directed by Petr Zelenka). It went to theaters in 2002 and it got the Czech Lion award in the category Best Music. Another of live records is from a concert called Proměny Tour 2003. Čechomor got another Anděl award for it (the best DVD). In 2006-2010, Čechomor released more albums: Co sa stalo nové, Stalo sa živě, Sváteční and trilogy Z hradů a zámků. In winter 2010, the band invited singer Ewa Farna to its tour with a purely female string quartet Gadrew Way and one year later it released a CD and DVD called Čechomor in the National Theater and especially a regular record called Místečko. A number of great musicians were guests stars at the record – including Gerry Leonard, Tony Levin and Suzanne Vega. Čechomor has already had two tours with Vega in the Czech Republic – in 2009 and 2012.

Where: Brewery Garden in Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Albena Danailova, Meehae Ryo & Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

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17.08.2013   (Sa) 19:30

Leoš Svárovský Symfonický orchestr Českého rozhlasu Albena Danailova Meehae Ryo

Soloists:
Albena Danailova /violin/
Meehae Ryo /violoncello/
Conductor: Leoš Svárovský
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra - Orchestra in Residence of the Festival

Leoš Svárovský

Leoš Svárovský studied the flute at the Prague Conservatory of Music and conducting at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts with Prof. Václav Neuman. He started his career in the Prague National Theater as an assistant to Zdeněk Košler. In 1991, he was invited by the Herbert von Karajan’s Foundation to cooperate with Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, and by the Viennese Philharmonic to the Sommerspiele Festival Salzburg. Since the beginning of his career, he has been a chief conductor of excellent Czech and Slovak Orchestras, with Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina he traveled the USA in 1997 and he received honorable citizenship in San Bernardino, California for his great performance. He has also acted as the chief conductor of the ballet of the National Theater Prague and the artistic director and chief conductor of the State Opera Prague. He has also worked with the Slovak Philharmonic as a permanent guest conductor, cooperates with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. He is regularly invited to stages of many renowned music festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad, has cooperated with many leading soloists and excellent foreign orchestras, for example the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Pays de la Lorraine Metz, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Bach Collegium München, RTL Symphony Orchestra Luxembourg and many more. Most of Leoš Svárovský’s records were made by Supraphon Records. He has also cooperated with other leading recording companies including Newport Classic, New Millenium Records BBC and ULTRAPHON Arco Diva. Since 2000, he has been teaching at the department of conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of leading and also oldest Czech orchestras. Its original dramaturgy and growing artistic qualities have earned it a respected position on the Czech concert scene. It also is a welcomed guest of foreign concert halls. Its tradition dates back to 1926 and it is related to the beginning of the Czech broadcasting. At the time being, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra offers concert to its listeners in the framework of a subscription in the Dvořák’s Hall of Rudolfinum. It is a frequent guest of a number of important culture events (festivals Prague Spring, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Český Krumlov, Dvořák’s Prague, Moravian Fall and others). The artistic credit of the ensemble is also confirmed by positive reception of its foreign tours – both by listeners and professional critics. The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is a regular guest in almost all Europe, it performs in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and the United States. The ensemble cooperates with a number of renowned soloists (Renée Fleming, Eva Urbanová, José Cura, Plácido Domingo, Mischa Maisky, Shlomo Mintz, Ramón Vargas and many more). Recording activities of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra are also rich. In the framework of international music exchange in the framework of the European Broadcasting Union, records of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra get to hundreds of thousands of listeners in Europe and overseas.

Where: Castle Riding School, Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Past concerts





Elīna Garanča

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19.07.2013   (Fr) 20:30

Elīna Garanča

Soloist: Elīna Garanča /mezzo-soprano/
Conductor: Karel Mark Chichon
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra - Orchestra in Residence of the Festival

Famous Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča was born in Riga. She comes from a musical family as her father was a choirmaster and her mother an opera teacher. She studied singing in Latvia, Austria, and the USA. Her teacher in the USA was Virginia Zeani, who has sung with Benjamin Giglo and Arrigo Polo, teacher of young Luciano Pavarotti. Through Frankfurt Opera and Salzburg (2003, La Clemenza di Tito), she made her way to the Metropolitan Opera in New York where she has performed important roles (2008, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, critically acclaimed; furthermore e.g. title role of Carmen in 2010). She has signed an exclusive contract with recording company Deutsche Grammophon. In 2012, she performed at the most prestigious stages of the world, not only in her “home” MET but also in the Viennese State Opera or La Scala in Milano. She had concert performances among others in Barbican Hall in London. She denies the alleged difference between “cold” interpreters from the North and temperament ones from the South: she has excited among others Spain with her interpretation of Arias from Zarzuela.

Where: Brewery Garden in Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




The Queen Symphony

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20.07.2013   (Sa) 20:30

Queen logo Tolga Kashif

The Queen Symphony
Conductor: Tolga Kashif
Kȕhn Mixed Choir
Kȕhn Children's Choir
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra -
Orchestra in Residence of the Festival

In the framework of IMF Český Krumlov, the unique project will be introduced for the first time in the Czech Republic – thirteen melodies of legendary Queen transformed to a monumental symphonic piece. It will be conducted by Tolga Kashif himself. Last year’s performance of this symphony was hindered by the weather, therefore the festival presents it this year again. Tolga Kashif builds on the best known hits of the rock band Queen but he develops them originally for a symphonic orchestra and two choirs. This unique orchestral piece consisting of six parts attracts attention of organizers and audiences all around the world. The Queen Symphony was premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on November 11, 2002 in London, attended by former members of Queen: guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, and Freddie Mercury’s mother Jer Bulsara. The composer and conductor, Tolga Kashif, earned standing ovations of a crowd of two thousand spectators. Brian May called Tolga Kashif the best successor of the romantic tradition who however breaks rules of the symphonic form and raises the legacy of Queen to new dimensions. The record of this symphony has been nominated for Classical Brit Awards in the Album of the Year category.

Where: Brewery Garden in Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Prague Guitar Quartet

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25.07.2013   (Th) 19:30

Prague Guitar Quartet

Prague Guitar Quartet
Marek Velemínský
Václav Kučera
Jan Tuláček
Patrick Vacík

The Prague Guitar Quartet was established in 1984 at the Prague Conservatory. The ensemble consisting of laureates of international contests soon earned favor of audiences at home and abroad. The quartet gets invitations to important music festivals (Prague Spring, Paris, Tel Aviv, Miami etc.), it has played in most European countries, the USA, Israel, had hundreds of concerts in the Czech Republic. Its interpretation art is recorded on many records and has inspired many Czech and foreign composers to write music for this band specifically (e.g. J. W. Duarte, Š. Rak, J. Morel). Another, no less rich source of its repertoire includes the band’s own transcriptions of various style periods.

Where: Masquerade Hall, Český Krumlov