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Advent Concert VI
Afflatus Quintet, R. Baborák
Divertimento B Flat Major Hob. II:46
Ludwig van Beethoven
Adagio and Allegro for musical clock WoO 33
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento B Flat Major K 270
Jean-Philippe Rameau / arr. Fernand Oubradous
Symphonies et Danses
Old Hungarian Dances of the 17th Century
The horn player and conductor Radek Baborák is one of the most outstanding figures on the classical music scene. Since beginning his solo career over twenty-five years ago, his extraordinary musical performances have enthralled audiences in the most important cultural venues around the world. He has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Neeme Järvi, James Levine, Vladimir Askhenazy, James de Priest and Marek Janowski.
Baborák is a regular guest at prestigious festivals such as the Salzburger Osterfestspiele; Maggio musicale, Fiorentino; the White Nights Festival, St. Petersburg; International Music Festival, Utrecht; Julian Rachlin and Friends, Dubrovník; Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival and Prague Spring.
His concerts have been broadcast by television and radio stations including Euro Arts, BR, ARD, NHK, ČT, RTVE and he has made recordings for EMI, Supraphon, Exton, Arte Nova, Artesmon and Animal Music.
Radek Baborák has performed as a soloist with the following orchestras: the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Bach Akademie Stuttgart, Radio France Lyon, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Geneva, Philharmonique de Strassbourg, Finnish Radio Orchestra Helsinki, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philhramonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Mito Chamber Orchestra, Saito Kinen Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, RTVE Orchestra Madrid and Arthur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic.
Baborák is especially popular in Japan; since 1994 he has been on regular tours in the country. Over a period of ten years, Baborák has recorded more than twenty CDs for the Japanese label Octavia Records (Exton, Cryston).
An essential part of Radek Baborák’s musical life is chamber music. He founded and has been the leader of several ensembles: the Baborák Ensemble; the Czech Horn Chorus, which continues the 300 year-old tradition of horn playing in the Czech lands; and the Prague Chamber Soloists. He is a member of the Afflatus Quintet. Baborák plays in recitals with the pianist Yoko Kukuchi, with the organist Aleš Bárta and the harpist Jana Boušková. He is a member of Berlin-Munich-Vienna Octet and collaborates with the Berlin Baroque Soloists. As a chamber musician he is regularly invited to perform with outstanding musicians and personalities.
Radek Baborák had been a senior lecturer at the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini in Parma and holds the position of a guest professor at TOHO University Tokyo, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia and teaches at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Prague. He has led horn courses in Germany and Switzerland.
Radek Baborák was born in Pardubice in 1976. During his studies at the Prague Conservatory (1990–1994) he won competitions in Geneva in 1993, Markneukirchen in 1994 and ARD in Munich in 1994. In 1995 he was awarded the Grammy Award Classic and the Dawidov Prize.
At the age of eighteen Baborák was appointed principal horn with the Czech Philharmonic, and he remained in this position for two years. In 1996–2000 he was principal horn with the Munich Philharmonic. In 2001 he signed an exclusive contract with the Bamberg Symphony. Baborák’s position with the Berlin Philharmonic in the years 2003–2010 represents the last chapter of his career as an orchestra player.