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Many composers from the Baroque era to the present have been attracted by the combination of oboe and strings in chamber music. The first Advent concert offers a survey of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edward Elgar, and Benjamin Britten along with a carol arrangement by Gerald Finzi.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quartet for oboe, violin, viola, and cello in F major, K 370 (368b)
Andante and Allegro for oboe and string trio
Phantasy Quartet for oboe, violin, viola, and cello, Op. 2
Interlude for Oboe and String Quartet
“Koledníček” – a medley of Christmas carols
Luboš Dudek violin I
Libor Vilímec violin II
Ondřej Kameš viola
Jan Keller cello
Vladislav Borovka oboe
Born in Netolice (South Bohemia) in 1976, Vladislav Borovka began to play oboe under the direction of Jan Nováček there. 1990–1996 he was studying at Prague Conservatoire under the guidance of Bedřich Vobořil. During this period, he was awarded with several prizes such as Concertino Praga – National Award Second Prize and Competition of Conservatoires in Kroměříž Second Prize. 1996–2002 he was studying at Music Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of Jiří Mihule. In 1998, he went through three-month scholarship at The Toho Gakuen Orchestra Academy in Toyama (Japan). In 2001, he became the Laureate of the Prague Spring International Music Competition winning the Third Prize and went to Paris to study on school year at Conservatoire of Paul Dukas in the class of Jean-Louis Capezzali. He attended numerous master classes with top musicians and professors.
In the Czech Republic, he has been the member of the Prague Philharmonia since its foundation in 1994, teaches on the Prague Conservatory and cooperates with The Czech Nonet and Prague Wind Ensemble. As a soloist, he has been playing with many orchestras: Prague Philharmonia, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Košice State Philharmonic Orchestra etc.
Since january 2011 he has been the member of the Czech Philharmonic.