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Prague Brass Ensemble
Concert for the 40th anniversary of the ensemble’s founding
Claude Le Jeune
Revoici Venir du Printemps
Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer
Suite in D Major
The Earle of Oxford’s March
Sonata Pian’e Forte
Canzon duodecimi toni
Johann Sebastian Bach
Jesus bleibet meine Freude
Charles Theodore Pachelbel
Gustav Mahler / arr. Břetislav Kotrba
Urlicht – 4th movement from the Symphony No. 2
Antonín Dvořák/ arr. Břetislav Kotrba
Slavonic Dance No. 4 – Sousedská
Bedřich Smetana/ arr. Břetislav Kotrba
March of the Prague Student Legion
Carl Orff / arr. Jan Votava
Theodore Oesten / arr. J. Votava
Dolly´s Dreaming and Awakening
Prague Brass Ensemble
František Bílek trumpet
Arnold Kinkal trumpet
Jiří Lisý French horn
Jan Votava tenor trombone
Karel Kučera bass trombone
Czech Philharmonic Low Brass Ensemble
Robert Kozánek, Lukáš Moťka, Jan Perný, Lukáš Besuch, Bohumil Tůma trombones
Karel Malimánek tuba
Jan Hasenöhrl trumpet
Jiří Houdek trumpet
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The Prague Brass Ensemble was founded by trombone player Jan Votava and french horn player Jiří Lisý during their studies at the Prague Conservatory. They continued the tradition of their fathers who had played in the Prague Brass Quintet. The founding pair was joined by the trumpet players František Bílek and Jan Hasenöhrl and the bass trombone player Jiří Sušický. In the first year of its existence (1979), the ensemble won the 1st prize in the national competition Dušek’s Bertramka. In 1980 and 1981, at the World Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, the musicians already performed under their current name the Prague Brass Ensemble. In 1982 the ensemble won the 3rd prize and was awarded the best foreign participant at the international competition of brass ensembles in Hungary. In 1987 the ensemble was joined by Arnold Kinkal, who replaced Jan Hasenöhrl. In 1990 the Prague Brass Ensemble won the 2nd prize at the Preis der Europa – Stadt Passau World Competition in Germany. In 1993 Karel Kučera became a new member of the ensemble and replaced Jiří Sušický.
The Prague Brass Ensemble performs at prestigious festivals in the Czech Republic (Prague Proms, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Czech Brass Festival, etc.) as well as abroad (Festival Internazionale di Ottoni in Italy, Festival Mitte Europa in Germany, Musikfesttage an der Oder in Poland, etc.) Since 2000 the ensemble has regularly performed at the Summer Band Festival in the South Korean island Jeju and has given concerts in many other cities of South Korea (Seoul, Busan, Suwon, Jinju, Daejeon, etc.). In 2005, the Prague Brass Ensemble represented the Czech Republic at the World EXPO in Aichi, Japan.
Besides that, the quintet performs in many European countries, most often in Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium and Poland. The ensemble has recorded 7 CDs. Alongside its profile projects, there have been joint recordings with organist Aleš Bárta, with the orchestra Virtuosi di Praga and with the Korean Halla Boys’ Choir, as well as two Christmas recordings produced in collaboration with German artists. The ensemble members, whose repertoire includes music ranging from the Renaissance compositions, through jazz to the famous film and musical melodies, are the graduates of the Prague Academy of Performing Arts and, at the same time, leading players of various significant Czech orchestras.
Born in Prague, Jan Hasenöhrl graduated from the State Conservatory and the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he studied with Prof. Václav Junek. He has been awarded at several international competitions (e.g. Concertino Praga, Prague Spring).
In course of his artistic career, Jan Hasenöhrl has been engaged in a large number of ensembles and orchestras (National Theatre Opera Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Universal Brass, or Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra). Since 1993, he has occupied the post of a chief trumpeter in the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist or a member of music ensembles, he has performed throughout Europe as well as in Japan, Korea, Mexico, USA, and in five South American countries.
The highlights of Jan Hasenöhrl’s career as a soloist include collaboration with English Chamber Orchestra in 1998, his appearance in Chicago Symphony Hall in the same year, and in London’s Cadogan Hall with the CNSO in 2010. He has also premiered Lalo Schifrin’s “Delta Concerto” for trumpet and orchestra which was dedicated to him by the composer in 2011. Recent appearances include his solo performance at the International Trumpet Guild, and the world premiere of “New York Stories”, concertino for trumpet and orchestra composed by Vince Mendoza. Jan Hasenöhrl has recorded several soloist projects for the Czech Radio and TV2, and recorded profile CDs of Telemann‘s and Vivaldi‘s concertos, and dozens of chamber and symphony music recordings.
As a truly versatile artist, Jan Hasenöhrl also devotes to a bit lighter genres, especially to swing and jazz (CDs Brassspy, Swing Party, La Parada, White Mulet, Waiting for Art and Trumpet Summit).
Jan Hasenöhrl is the founder of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.