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.
One of the most exciting Czech conductors, Jiří Rožeň is very passionate about contemporary music and rediscovering seldom played pieces.
During the season 2017/2018 he will make his debuts with the Wiener Concert-Verien in the Musikverein Wien and Kölner Philharmonie. Further debuts including the Bruckner Orchester Linz, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice, State Philharmonic Košice. Jiří is re-invited to the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra and Brno Philharmonic. Furthermore, he is assisting to Jukka-Pekka Saraste at the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie.
He recently completed his two years appointment as the 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 assisted, for example, at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh Festival, both 2016 and 2017. During his time in Scotland he conducted the BBC SSO, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra of the Scottish Opera, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Symphony Orchestra and the Red Note Ensemble.
He was a finalist of two prestigious conducting competitions: the 2015 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, during which he led the London Symphony Orchestra in concert.
Past and future collaborations with acclaimed soloists include Olga Scheps, Kirill Gerstein, Lawrence Brownlee, Mahan Esfahani, Kateřina Kněžíková, Roman Patočka, Olga Šroubková, Marek Kozák, Vilém Veverka.
He conducted orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Bremer Philharmoniker, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra as an active participant of masterclasses with Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Peter Eötvös, Christopher Seaman, Edo de Waart, David Robertson.
In 2017 he made a succesful debuts at the International Janáček May Festival with Lawrence Brownlee and at the Festival Allegretto Žilina, recieving the Prize of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and an invitation to the Slovak Sinfonietta. In 2016 he made a highly acclaimed debut at the Prague Spring Festival with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, with whom he regularly works. In 2015, he debuted at the Salzburg Festival with the Camerata Salzburg and appeared at the Lucerne Festival within the Lucerne Festival Academy in 2013.
Jiří is also at home in the world of opera. In Glasgow he conducted and assisted Stravinskyʼs Mavra, The Bear by Walton, Straussʼs Fledermaus and Brittenʼs Owen Wingrave. He also conducted Ravelʼs L’enfant et les sortilegès with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in 2014. In 2012, he conducted the world premiere of the contemporary opera Eine Kluge Else by Sven Daigger at the Brücken Festival for the New Music in Rostock.
Jiří studied conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Zurich University of the Arts, Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, University Mozarteum Salzburg and at the Prague Conservatory. His mentors include Garry Walker, Dennis Russell Davies, Ulrich Windfuhr, Johannes Schlaefli and Hynek Farkač. Jiří was also a fellow of the German Music Council’s Conductors Forum.
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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