The program is based on a musical part but also on a spoken word that will be given in Czech language only. The program will not be supplied with English subtitles.
Marek Eben serves as the listener’s guide to musical galaxies. What does a composer put into music, and what do the players and the conductors add? Is the score sacred, or can compositions be adapted somehow? And how does one get an orchestra to play the music just as the conductor imagines it? We invite you to the brand new, fun, and informative programme by Alice Nellis for everyone who wants to know more about music!
Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Czech Philharmonic
Principal Guest Conductor, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Laureate, BBC Symphony (London)
Renowned Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek was appointed Music Director and Artistic Director of the Czech Philharmonic in 2012, following on from his successful tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, of which he is now a Conductor Laureate. He was Chief Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra (1977–89), Music Director of the Prague Philharmonia (1994–2004), was appointed President of the Prague Spring Festival in 2006. From 2013 to 2017, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
In opera, he has collaborated with the Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro Real Madrid, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Zurich Opera, and the National Theatre in Prague. He has also conducted and recorded several opera-in-concert presentations with the BBC Symphony, to great acclaim. Confirming his preeminence as the conductor of Janacek, this past season he conducted the Czech Phil in a concert presentation of Jenůfa at the London Royal Festival Hall, as well as in full production the San Francisco Opera. This was followed by a performance of Janacek The Makropulos Case with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms.
Under his leadership the Czech Philharmonic is enjoying unprecedented success both at home in Prague, and on extensive tours. Together they have toured in the past three seasons on three continents, including Europe, Asia and North America. Their recent residency in Vienna at the Musikverein was a great success, and has lead to similar events being planned in other world capitals. The Czech Philharmonic announced in January 2017 that their partnership with Maestro Bělohlávek is now officially extended to 2022!
In addition to his ongoing Prague seasons and touring engagements with the Czech, he continues to perform as a guest conductor with the world’s major orchestras, including recent appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (including at the London Proms), New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Washington National Symphony, and Deutsches Symphony Berlin, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In the coming season, in addition to major projects with Czech Phil, he looks forward to engagements with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra Munich, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, and more.
With the Czech Philharmonic, he will conduct a major Asian tour in Autumn 2017 with concerts in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, in addition to appearances on tour in Europe, the highlight of which will be a performance of Janáček Glagolitic Mass at the Salzburg Festival in August 2018.
Jiří Bělohlávek has recorded extensively, with recent projects with the Czech Philharmonic including the complete symphonies and concertos of Dvořák. The series with Decca continues in the coming season, when a major disc of Suk will be recorded.
In 2012 he was awarded an honorary CBE for his services to British music.
Prague-born conductor Jiří Rožeň is currently Assistant Conductor to Thomas Dausgaard and Donald Runnicles at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Leverhulme Conducting Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He is also a fellow of the German Music Council’s Conductors Forum and was recently a finalist of two prestigious conducting competitions: the 2015 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, allowing him to make his debut at the Salzburg Festival with the Camerata Salzburg; and the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, during which he performed in the Barbican Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra.
In November 2016, he made his debut with the Brno Philharmonic conducting Martinů's Spectre's Bride with Adriana Kohútková, Peter Berger, Josef Benzi, Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno and Busoni's Piano Concerto with Kirill Gerstein.
In the season 2016/2017 he will make his debuts with the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra at the closing concert of the Festival Allegretto Žilina and at the International Janáček May Festival with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and Lawrence Brownlee. In January and February 2017, he will conduct two educational concerts with the Czech Philharmonic alongside their Chief Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek.
Jiří has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Hamburger Symphoniker, Filharmonie Brno, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Bremer Philharmoniker, Filharmonie Hradec Králové, Talichova komorní filharmonie, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie, Orchestra of the State Opera Plovdiv, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra, among others.
He has participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Peter Eötvös, Edo de Waart, David Robertson, Jorma Panula, Nicolás Pasquet, Christopher Seaman, Martin Sieghart, Markus Poschner, and at the conducting seminar of Jiří Bělohlávek at the Prague Conservatory.
In September this year, he also conducted a Chopin Gala Concert with the PKF- Prague Philharmonia and Krzysztof Książek in Carlsbad.
In August 2016, he assisted to Thomas Dausgaard at the BBC Proms and to Donald Runnicles at the Edinburgh Festival. In May 2016 he made successful debut at the Prague Spring Festival with the PKF- Prague Philharmonia and flutist Yubeen Kim. Earlier this year, he conducted Stravinsky's Mavra and The Bear by Walton and assisted Britten's opera Owen Wingrave and also had concerts with the BBC SSO, RCS Symphony Orchestra and Red Note Ensemble. In September 2015, he assisted Donald Runnicles at the BBC SSO for the season opening concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
In 2014, he performed at the International Klangspuren Ensemble Modern Academy in Innsbruck and was selected for the Festival Manifeste in Paris. His opera debut was with Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilegès with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
In 2013 he had the unique opportunity to conduct the Turangalîla-Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen at the Lucerne Festival as part of the Lucerne Festival Academy.
In 2012 he conducted the world premiere of the contemporary German opera Eine Kluge Else by Sven Daigger at the Brücken Festival for the New Music in Rostock.
Jiří studied conducting at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre with Ulrich Windfuhr, Zurich University of the Arts with Johannes Schlaefli, University Mozarteum Salzburg with Dennis Russell Davies, Hans Drewanz, Jorge Rotter, Karl Kamper and at the Prague Conservatory with Hynek Farkač, Miriam Němcová and Miroslav Košler. His current mentor is Garry Walker.
According to the magazine Dalibor of 14 November 1891 Dvořák dedicated the concert overture Othello Op. 93 to Hans von Bülow. By representing the destructive passion of jealousy, it has the most dramatic, the most extensive and the most concrete program of the trilogy based on the pentatonic motifs. Dvořák began it in November 1891, but he had to interrupt the work because he went to England to attend the premiere of his Requiem in Birmingham on 9 October 1891. However, on 18 January 1892 the score was already finished. Othello is still in the classical sonata form, although in a rather loose concept, and unlike the two earlier overtures, full of expressive impulses, it is strongly dramatized.
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