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Chamber Orchestra of the CP
When the name Jaroslav Krček is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the ensemble Musica Bohemica, which he founded forty-four years ago. On top of that, Jaroslav Krček is celebrating his eightieth birthday this year! Sometimes, someone is called a “Renaissance man” who is not truly deserving. In the case of Jaroslav Krček, the opposite
- Sun 22 Dec 2019 / 3.00pm
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Aramaic Lord's Prayer
Little Suite for Flute, Oboe, French Horn, Harp and String Orchestra (world premiere)
Legend of Our Lord's Birth
Three Dances in an Ancient Style (Allegro, Andante, Tempo di Polacca)
Adam Michna of Otradovice (arr. J. Krček):
Christmas songs from Music for the Virgin Mary and Music for the Holy Year
Three Christmas songs from baroque hymn books
Chamber Orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic
- Kateřina Javůrková / French horn
Started to play the french horn at age of nine with Tomáš Krejbich. She graduated at the Prague Conservatory in the class of prof. Bedřich Tylšar in 2012. At present time she is a student at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with professors Zdeněk Divoký and Radek Baborák.
Kateřina has already earned reputation and prizes on prestigious international competitions. On the International Brass Competition in Brno she won the 1st prize repeatedly in 2005, 2009 and 2011. She was awarded the 1st prize on the international competition “Federico II di Svevia” in 2009. On the international french horn competition held as a part of the Festival “Moravian Autumn” she earned the title of “absolute winner”.
She appeared as soloist with the Prague Philharmonia and the Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra. She cooperates with leading Czech orchestras and ensembles, as the Czech Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra or the Baborák Ensemble. From 2009 she is a regular member of the Prague Philharmonia. Kateřina Javůrková has been recently awarded 1st prize and the title of laureate of the prestigious Prague Spring International Music Competition 2013.
- Anna Hlavenková / soprano
- Jaroslav Březina / tenor
Jaroslav Březina studied at the Prague Conservatory under the tutelage of Zdeněk Jankovský and after graduating further honed his technique with Václav Zítek. His concert activity is extensive, primarily as regards projects pertaining to the Baroque and Classical repertoire. He has appeared on concert stages in Japan, Austria, Norway, Italy, Germany, France and Spain. He has collaborated with a number of conductors, including Jiří Bělohlávek, Sir Charles Mackerras, Oliver Dohnányi, Gerd Albrecht and Tomáš Netopil. Since 1993 he has been a soloist of Prague’s National Theatre Opera, where he has created a host of roles from both the Czech and world repertoire. He featured on CD recordings of Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass (Deutsche Grammophon), Zelenka’s coronation opera Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis, which won a Cannes Classical Award for the year 2002. In 2016, he performed as Schoolmaster in Jan Latham-Koenig and Robert Carsen’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen in Teatro Reggio in Torino and as Števa Buryja in a concert performance of Jenůfa in Prague and London with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic. He also works with Czech Television. He was awarded the Thálie Award 2015.
- Martinů Voices / -
Martinů Voices chamber choir was founded in 2010. While its main artistic focus has been on top-quality interpretation of chamber choral works encompassing the time span from the 19th–21st centuries, the choirʼs repertoire also includes compositions from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods. The ensemble is made up of professional singers working under the direction of conductor Lukáš Vasilek.
The choir appear regularly at the Czech Republicʼs major music festivals. Apart from its own concert programmes, the choir has likewise been involved in a number of joint projects. In 2014 it joined the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek, in a production of Bohuslav Martinůʼs opera What Men Live By. This particular collaboration earned them a nomination for the prestigious International Opera Award (2015). Another major achievement for the choir was their concert appearance alongside the prominent British ensemble, the Tallis Scholars, at the Dvořák Prague Festival in 2016.
The art of the choir has been documented by several CD albums. In 2016 the choir made a recording of Jakub Jan Rybaʼs cantata Stabat Mater (Nibiru Publishers) which earned it the “Diapason dʼOr choice” (April 2017).
- Jana Brožková / oboe
Jana Brožková achieved remarkable success while still a student of the Prague Conservatory as the winner of the international competition Concertino Praga 1983. In 1989 she was the absolute winner and recipient of a special prize at the Europäischen Musikpreis Zürich. Between 1988 and1993 she studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and in 1991 she won the third prize at the performance contest of the Prague Spring Music Festival. In 1997 she won the first prize at the international IDRS Gilllet Competition in Evaston, USA. At that time she has already performed as a renowned soloist both at home and abroad and played chamber music in ensembles In modo camerale and Afflatus Quintet, which won the first prize in the prestigious contest of ARD in Munich in 1997. Since 1987 she has been the first oboist and soloist of the Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and her recordings of oboe concertos and other compositions for oboe are part of the valuable material of the radio archive. Since 2002 she has been the first solo oboist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and she also teaches at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts since 1998.
- Lukáš Vasilek / choirmaster
Lukáš Vasilek, principal conductor of the Prague Philharmonic Choir (PPC), studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and musicology at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. For eleven seasons from 1998 he was conductor of the Foerster Female Chamber Choir, and between 2005 and 2007 was also second choirmaster of the Prague National Theatre´s opera chorus.
He took up his post at the helm of the PPC in 2007. Apart from preparing and conducting the choir´s a cappella concert productions, he has been building up the PPC´s repertoire set for participation in large-scale cantata, oratorio and opera projects, working with leading international conductors (Barenboim, Bělohlávek, Eschenbach, Honeck, Hrůša, Jordan, Luisi, Mehta, Noseda or Rattle, among others) and orchestras (including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Czech Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden or Wiener Symphoniker). Since 2010 the PPC under Vasilek´s direction has guest appeared regularly at the opera festival in Bregenz, Austria.
Lukáš Vasilek is signed under numerous recordings made by the PPC for various major labels, including Decca Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical and Supraphon. In 2016 the last mentioned of these issued an album of Bohuslav Martinů´s cantatas which was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine´s annual award in the choral category, among other plaudits.
In 2010 Lukáš Vasilek formed the Martinů Voices vocal ensemble whose repertoire he has focused primarily on 20th- and 21st-century choral music. He is likewise occasionally active as an orchestra conductor.
- Andrea Rysová / flute
Born in 1976 in Olomouc, Andrea Rysová garnered success while she was still a student at the Conservatory in Kroměříž – in 1992 she received third prize at the Concertino Praga, the following year she came first at the London Chamber Music Competition and in 1994 she won third prize at the Czech Conservatories Competition. In 1995 she was named solo flautist of the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olomouc. From 1996 to 2006 she studied at the Faculty of Music of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (in the class of Jiří Válek).
During her studies, she performed with numerous ensembles (Virtuosi di Praga, Musica Bohemica, Czech Nonet, etc.), giving concerts both at home and abroad. In 2002 she joined the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, which she left in 2006 to become first flautist of the Czech Philharmonic, where she has been ever since.
Andrea Rysová is a superlative instrumentalist much in demand by leading Czech orchestras and chamber ensembles. She has regularly recorded for Czech Radio and films, and her artistry has also been captured on many CDs. She has performed in a number of European countries, as well as in the USA and Asia.
- Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra / Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
“It is the fulfilment of a dream we shared with Jiří Bělohlávek: after two years of preparations, we are ushering in regular concerts of the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. This name does not stand for one particular ensemble; instead it represents a project in which the orchestra members will be performing in various chamber groups,”said David Mareček, Chief Executive Officer of the Czech Philharmonic, in the spring of 2018. Jiří Bělohlávek was convinced that it was healthy for the Czech Philharmonic to play in a smaller ensemble. In a smaller orchestra, with a repertoire spanning the Baroque to the present, the musicians can hone the intonation, phrasing and collaboration of individuals within the whole. The Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, consisting exclusively of the members of the Czech Philharmonic put together for a specific occasion, has been officially established in the 123rd season. For its debut performances this season in front of the Prague public, it has chosen Reinhard Goebel, Jiří Rožeň, Ondřej Vrabec, Jana Brožková, Simona Šaturová, Josef Špaček and Uxía Martínez Botana. We can look forward to the bold plans for this new project in the following seasons of the Czech Philharmonic.
- Jana Boušková / harp
Jana Boušková belongs to the elite category of the world renowned harpists, who are thanks to their distinct artistic qualities invited to the most prestigious world scenes. She regularly performs as a soloist as well as in chamber ensembles at important Czech and world concert venues and festivals. The following performances rank undoubtedly among her most prestigious ones: the solo recitals in Alice Tully Hall – Lincoln Centre (New York), in the Théâtre Châtelet in Paris, in the Wiener Musikverein, Berliner Festtage etc. Jana Boušková performed at the Gala concert to the 50th birthday anniversary of Jurij Bashmet in Moscow, she participated in the Grand Tour in Israel and Europe together with the violinist Maxim Vengerov. In the field of chamber music she cooperates with a number of outstanding interprets in the frame of the Spannungen Festspiele in Germany, Parry Sound in Ontario, Festival des Laureats Juventus Cambrai, Elba Isola Musical in Europe or Théâtre de la Ville together with flautists Emmanuel Pahud and Mathieu Defour, harpist Marie Pierre Langlamet, or grand tours with flautist Patrick Gallois. As a soloist in the symphony repertoire she cooperates with such orchestras as the Prague Philharmonia, Chicago Simfonietta, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, MDR Symphonieorchester Leipzig, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra etc.
Jana Boušková graduated from the Prague Conservatory and Ostrava University where she studied in the class of Libuše Váchalová. She continued studying at the prestigious Indiana University with Susann McDonald. She is the only Czech harpist who won the world’s most important and acknowledged international harp competition – in 1992 in the USA. In the same year she was awarded the 2nd prize in the competition with the oldest tradition in the world in Israel. Among other numerous successes let us name victories in Concours International de Musique de Chambre in Paris and in Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Italy. Jana Boušková was honored for outstanding concert successes and contribution to the harp field in Switzerland and is also the laureate of the Juventus Festival in France. In the Czech Republic she was awarded the Prize Talent of the year 1996.
Besides the solo career Jana Boušková devotes herself to pedagogical activity and teaches simultaneously on the Royal Academy in Brussels and on Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Since 2005 Jana Boušková is a solo harpist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. She is being regularly invited to participate in world renowned harp congresses and symposiums and leads masterclasses all over the world. She teaches at prestigious schools including Indiana University in the USA or Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneve. In 1999 she was the Artistic Director of the 7th World Harp Congress in Prague.
Jana Boušková has recorded more than twenty CDs for Czech and international labels, radios and television companies. In 2004 EMI published a recording of her concert in the frame of the German festival Spannungen.
The vast repertoire of Jana Boušková includes compositions of all eras. Numerous Czech and foreign contemporary composers have composed pieces for her.
Jana Boušková is the official player of the prestigious Lyon & Healy harp producer and plays the instrument by this US company.
- Jaroslav Krček / conductor