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Czech Chamber Music Society • Ondřej Vrabec
The combination of suites from a 1927 jazz ballet and 1918 ballet music for seven instruments is not accidental; both date from about the same time and share chamber instrumentation requiring excellent performers. Such players were found in the Czech Philharmonic. They invited actor Martin Myšička and dancer Jade Clayton to collaborate with them.
La revue de cuisine, jazz ballet suite, H 161A
L’Histoire du soldat, ballet suite
Josef Špaček violin, artistic supervisor
Tomáš Kopáček clarinet
Ondřej Roskovec bassoon
Stanislav Masaryk trumpet
Lukáš Moťka trombone
Adam Honzírek double bass
Jan Keller cello
Miroslav Sekera piano
Pavel Polívka percussion
Martin Myšička narrator
Jade Clayton dance
Ondřej Vrabec conductor
Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall
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violin, artistic director of the project
Praised for his remarkable range of colours, his confident and concentrated stage presence, his virtuosity and technical poise as well as the beauty of his tone Josef Špaček has gradually emerged as one of the leading violinists of his generation. His performances of a wide range of repertoire demonstrate his “astonishing articulation and athleticism” (The Scotsman) and “a richness and piquancy of timbre.” (The Telegraph).
He appears with orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen and the Kammerakademie Potsdam.
Josef Špaček collaborates with eminent conductors such as Jakub Hrůša, Semyon Bychkov, Manfred Honeck, Valery Gergiev, Thomas Adès, Krzysztof Urbański, James Gaffigan, James Conlon, Maxim Emelyanchev, Jiří Bělohlávek, Thomas Søndergård, Cornelius Meister, Michael Sanderling, David Zinman, Eliahu Inbal, Tomáš Netopil, Paul Daniel, Marc Albrecht, Aziz Shokhakimov, Christian Vasquez, Jahja Ling and Lio Kuokman.
He equally enjoys giving recitals and playing chamber music and is a regular guest at festivals and in concert halls throughout Europe (among others at the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, the Kronberg Academy, the Evian Festival, the Kaposfest and at Schloß Elmau), Asia and the USA (among others at Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., 92Y in New York, La Jolla in San Diego, the ChamberFest Cleveland and the Nevada Chamber Music Festival).
His chamber music partners include Gil Shaham, Kian Soltani, James Ehnes, Clemens Hagen, Gerhard Oppitz, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Máté Szücs, Miroslav Sekera, Tomáš Jamník, Sharon Kam, Kristóf Baráti, Zoltan Fejervari and Suzana Bartal.
Supraphon released a highly praised recording of the violin concertos of Dvořák and Janáček, coupled with the Fantasy of Suk, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek. The Sunday Times wrote: “The violinist’s individual, deeply considered and virtuosic account of Dvorak’s solo part is the highlight of this keenly conceived programme”, adding that “in this repertoire, Špaček is second to none today.”
It was the “Recording of the week” of The Sunday Times, “Recording of the month & of the year” of MusicWeb International and it received 5* in Diapason. Other recordings to date are a recital disc with works for violin and piano by Smetana, Janáček and Prokofiev with pianist Miroslav Sekera (Supraphon), works for violin solo and violin and piano by H.W. Ernst (Naxos) and an early CD with the complete Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugène Ysaÿe.
Josef Špaček studied with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School in New York, Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and with Jaroslav Foltýn at the Prague Conservatory. He was laureate of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and won top prizes at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
He has served as concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the youngest in its history. The orchestra named him “Associate Artist” as of January 2016. He will leave this post by the end of the 2019/20 season in order to devote himself exclusively to his solo career. Josef Špaček performs on the ca. 1732 “LeBrun; Bouthillard” Guarneri del Gesù violin, generously on loan from Ingles & Hayday. He lives in Prague with his wife and their three children. In his spare time he enjoys cycling.
He studied with Professor Jiří Formáček at the Prague Conservatory and with professors Jiří Seidl and František Heman at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Before graduating, he had already won many competitions and was the laureate of the International Competition Prague Spring and the Prize of the Pro Harmonia Mundi Foundation (1996).
In 1995, he was one of the founding members of the Afflatus Quintet, which won the 1st prize at the prestigious ARD Music Competition in Munich in 1997. He has performed with the ensemble on many stages in Europe and in Japan and has recorded eight CDs, mainly for the Japanese label Octavia Records, for which he also records as a soloist (CD “Combination” in 2006 and recording of J. S. Bach’s Suites BWV 1007-9 in 2013). He performed in the Czech Nonet between 1989 and 1993.
He is the principal bassoonist of the Czech Philharmonic and has been teaching at the Prague Conservatory since 2002. Together with his colleagues, he founded the Summer Bassoon Academy in Rataje nad Sázavou (Czech Republic). In 2016, he co-founded the Czech Double-Reed Society. He gets invitations to teach abroad, such as the Royal Academy in London, Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and Theater und Medien in Hannover (Germany).
Born in Slovakia, Stanislav Masaryk (1993) has been playing the trumpet since the age of nine. As an exceptional student aged 13, he joined the class of JUDr. Michal Janoš at the Bratislava Conservatory and was enrolled there in the following year. He later continued at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava with Mgr. art. Rastislav Suchan ArtD. He finished 2nd in the Slovak Conservatories Competition in 2009 and took the 1st prize in 2012. In 2015, he won the Yamaha Scholarship Award. He was awarded the 1st prize and the title of the overall winner at the International Competition for Wind Instruments Brno 2017 among more than 60 trumpet players from the Visegrad Four countries.
He joined the hot-jazz orchestra Bratislava Hot Serenaders (led by trumpeter Jurej Bartoš) in 2009. In 2012–2015, he was a member of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 and 2018, he was the first trumpeter of the National Theatre Opera Orchestra in Prague. During that time, he started regularly collaborating with the Czech Philharmonic. He also occasionally plays as a guest in the Slovak Philharmonic and is currently the first trumpeter of the Slovak National Theatre Opera Orchestra.
As a soloist, he has performed with the Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Chamber Orchestra of Bohdan Warchal, Košice State Philharmonic, Cappella Istropolitana, State Chamber Orchestra Žilina, the chamber as well as the symphony orchestra of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and the Slovak Youth Orchestra.
He has joined the Czech Philharmonic as the first trumpeter in September 2020.
He is playing the piano since he was three years old when his talent found an excellent teacher Professor Zdena Janžurová. Along with the piano began studying violin. Thanks to the art of playing the piano while the violin was chosen to play a little Mozart in the Oscar-winning movie "Amadeus" director Milos Forman. Playing both instruments devoted to its adoption at the Prague Conservatory, where he decided only to study piano. He was accepted into the class of Eva Boguniová. Throughout the studies also attended the class of Martin Ballý. He continued at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague by Miroslav Langer. In 2002 he won the International Brahms Competition in Portschach, Austria. In 2006, he was released a solo CD by Multisonic the support of Czech Music Foundation parts J. Brahms, D. Scarlatti, M. Moszkowski. For contemporary Boston composer Joseph Summer in the USA recorded three CDs issued by Albany Records recording company and Navona Records. In 2013 he recorded with violinist Josef Špaček CD for Supraphon. He regularly cooperates with Czech Radio, he performed as a soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He regularly works with the mezzo-soprano Dagmar Pecková or hornist Radek Baborák.
In spite of his age, the conductor and horn player Ondřej Vrabec (born 1979) is one of the most seasoned Czech artists. Though the majority of his recent musical activities is represented by conducting, he benefits from his rich artistic experience derived from intensive concert career of a soloist, chamber and orchestra player dated long before the threshold of his adulthood. He joined the horn section of the Czech Philharmonic at the young age of seventeen to be definitely appointed its solo horn player two years later.
He is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory (horn – Bedřich Tylšar, conducting – Vladimír Válek, Hynek Farkač, Miriam Němcová, Miroslav Košler) and of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (conducting – Radomil Eliška, Jiří Bělohlávek, František Vajnar and others). He has complemented his studies with frequent master courses (such as the London Master Classes and HornClass); the most precious impulse for forming his artistic approach was the cooperation with the elite of the world wind instrument school (Sergio Azzolini, Maurice Bourgue) and the artistic support of several prominent contemporary conductors (Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jiří Bělohlávek, Benjamin Zander, among others).
Ondřej Vrabec was the absolute winner of the Competition of Conservatories in Ostrava and a finalist of several other chamber music competitions (Concertino Praga, Mozart Society Competition, etc.) In 2007, he ranked fourth in the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition and won an honorable mention from the jury as well as two other special awards for the most successful Czech participant. In 2015, he was a finalist of the Tokyo International Conducting Competition and earned an honorable mention. As a soloist he has performed with many Czech and foreign orchestras (such as the Czech Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Chamber Orchestra, Solistes Européens Luxembourg, NCPA Orchestra Beijing, Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Košice Philharmonic Orchestra, Rzeszow Philharmonic and Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra) under the direction of world-famous conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ian Volkov and Lü Jia. He also often gives solo recitals.
He is an active chamber musician (especially with the Brahms Trio Prague and the PhilHarmonia Octet and formerly with the Maurice Bourgue Ensemble, the Juventus Quintet and the Czech Philharmonic Horn Club). He has made many recordings for Czech Radio and released a number of gramophone titles. The profile compact disc of the Brahms Trio Prague, realized in a unique manner under the music and sound direction of Ondřej Vrabec himself, has met with many positive responses of critics both at home and abroad. A reviewer of the prestigious American Fanfare Magazine called this recording of Trio in E flat major, Op. 40 by Johannes Brahms “the best I know...”
As a conductor, Ondřej Vrabec regularly collaborates with leading Czech orchestras including the Czech Philharmonic, where he is the Assistant to the Chief Conductor. As such, he was actually the most frequently performing conductor of the Czech Philharmonic after Jiří Bělohlávek. He also conducted some foreign orchestras (such as the Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Košice, Galeria Wind Orchestra Tokyo, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, State Philharmonic Oradea, Uzhgorod Philharmonic and Lviv Virtuosos Academic Chamber Orchestra) and has appeared at international festivals such as the Prague Spring, Mitte Europa, and Český Krumlov. He is a permanent member of the team of conductors of the Ostrava Days International New Music Festival, one of the biggest contemporary music events around the globe. His opera performances include world premieres of operas Lists of Infinity by Martin Smolka and Encounter by Mojiao Wang and also two complete productions ofLe nozze di Figaro at the Opera in Ústí nad Labem and at the Prague Comedy Theater. Together with the legendary choreographer Yuri Vámos he prepared a ballet version of The Midsummer Night Dream for the National Moravian-Silesian Theater. He led the Prague Philharmonia’s historic first tour to South Korea (2011) and China (2012–2013).
In association with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra he has recorded three CDs, namely the complete symphonic works by British composer Andrew Downes (Artesmon / Czech Philharmonic), Planets by Gustav Holst and Symphony No. 2 by Arthur Honegger (Octavia Records, Japan). He has recorded a DVD Metamorphoses from his tour with the Czech Philharmonic Collegium and the popular group Čechomor (Album of the Year 2002 – Universal Music) and a CD with concertos for violin and viola by Karl Stamitz with Gabriela Demeterová (Supraphon). He also leads rehearsals of the Czech Philharmonic on behalf of world-famous maestros (Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Jiří Bělohlávek).