CCMS – Subscription Series

Programme of 123rd season of the Czech Chamber Music Society includes four subscription series, with Bennewitz Quartet as the Residential Ensemble for the 2017/2018 season. Also appearing will be a number of renowned quartets, trios and young talented soloists.

Czech Chamber Music Society
2018 / 2019
Subscription Series
Subscription Series

The dominant feature of this series is undoubtedly the concert for the fiftieth anniversary of the famed Panocha Quartet. The celebration of a half-century anniversary is a rarity even in an international context. The ensemble will be celebrating it with their closest friends, members of the Pražák Quartet. We will also be encountering two ensembles of the younger generation – the Pavel Haas Quartet, which is the ensemble-in-residence this season, and the Sedláček Quartet, the winner of the 2016 Czech Chamber Music Society Prize. Joining this line-up of top quartets is the elite Smetana Trio. The series will also feature appearances by some larger musical ensembles of eminent artistic renown. We will be welcoming the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Czech Wind Harmony consisting mostly of members of the Czech Philharmonic. The appearance by Jiří Stivín’s Collegium Quodlibet will certainly please many of our listeners.

Subscription Series
Subscription Series

In this programme series, the Czech Chamber Orchestra and the Vlach Quartet will be commemorating one of the legendary Czech chamber music performers of the latter half of the twentieth century – the violinist and conductor Josef Vlach. The superb vocalists and instrumentalists of Ensemble Inégal will be performing Italian and Czech music of the Early Baroque. In collaboration with the ensemble Barocco sempre giovane, the pianist Ivo Kahánek will be the protagonist in three of Mozart’s piano concertos from his Viennese period. The first-class Janáček Trio will be offering a programme of French chamber music. Of course, string quartet fans will not be disappointed, either. There will be an appearance by the Martinů Quartet in collaboration with members of the Czech Philharmonic, the contrabass player Petr Ries, and the pianist Václav Mácha, and the Pavel Haas Quartet, which has enjoyed success around the world, will be presenting itself on two evenings of this chamber series on the stage of the Rudolfinum as this season’s ensemble-in-residence.

Musical Matinées
Musical Matinées

In the series of Musical Matinées, we have the opportunity of listening to three solo recitals by outstanding performers. Presenting themselves on these programmes will be the violinist Miroslav Vilímec, until recently the concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic for many years, the pianist Tomáš Víšek, and the cellist Michaela Fukačová. The internationally successful Graffe Quartet will be coming from Brno with an interesting programme including works by Mikis Theodorakis and Viktor Ullmann. On other programmes, we will be hearing the wonderful pianists Martin Kasík and Marián Lapšanský in the role of collaborators in chamber music. Among the young artists we have selected are the winners of the 2017 Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition and the excellent Kalliopé Trio Prague.

Morning Concerts
Morning Concerts

Our series of Matinee Concerts at the Martinů Hall of the Academy of Performing Arts in Liechtenstein Palace is very popular with our audiences, and it promises to offer lovely musical experiences. On Saturday mornings, we have the opportunity of listening to three string quartets that have received great recognition internationally: the elite Wihan Quartet, the M. Nostitz Quartet, and the Czech Philharmonic Quartet. For the first time on a programme of the Czech Chamber Music Society, we will be encountering the Dvořák Piano Quartet, and there will also be a solo recital by the twenty-one-year-old pianist Matyáš Novák, who is conquering the concert stages of Europe to ever growing acclaim. A concert of the winners of the 2018 Prague Spring International Music Competition has been prepared, and of special interest, certainly, will be a programme introducing the Czech Philharmonic contrabass player Jiří Valenta in collaboration with the violinist Miroslav Ambroš and the pianist Miroslav Sekera.