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Czech Chamber Music Society • Josef Špaček


The first Czech curator for the CCMS is now one of the most prominent young Czech violinists, Josef Špaček. The concert, where he will be joined by elite young European performers, promises to be a truly special experience. All of them are at the pinnacle of their fields, and they have eagerly accepted the invitation to Prague.

Subscription series I | Czech Chamber Music Society

Programme

Alexander Glazunov
String Quintet in A major, Op. 39

Franz Schubert
String Quintet in C major, D 956

Performers

Josef Špaček violin
Júlia Pusker violin
Sarah McElravy viola
Julian Steckel cello
István Várdai cello

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Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall

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One of Schubert’s loveliest and most frequently played chamber works is his String Quintet in C major. He wrote it just two months before his death, and it is his last chamber work. When he gave it to his publisher Probst, he said: “I have finally written a quintet for two violins, viola, and two cellos…” Glazunov’s String Quintet in A Major is strongly influenced by Schubert’s earlier work. It dates from his early period – Glazunov was just 26 years old when he finished it. It will surely be interesting to compare the two works, one very famous and the other almost never played.

Performers

Josef Špaček  violin, guest artist

Josef Špaček

“Working with Josef Špaček is amazing. He is a wonderful person with good heart. You can feel this in his playing, which is gracious, teeming with emotion. And his technique is marvellous. He is one of the greatest solo violinists of the present time,” says the conductor Manfred Honeck, under whom the young virtuoso has regularly given concerts, in the Czech Television documentary Devět sezón (Nine Seasons) The 2023 film provides an interesting account of Špaček’s life, also shedding light on his nine-year tenure as the Czech Philharmonic’s concert master.  

Although not having been a member for four years, Josef Špaček has not ceased to collaborate with the Czech Philharmonic, pursuing numerous joint projects. And even though appearing as a soloist with celebrated orchestras worldwide and as a chamber player at the most prestigious concert venues, he continues to perform in Czech towns and remote villages. 

Josef Špaček is a member of the exciting international Trio Zimbalist, giving performances all over the globe. He has regularly appeared in the Czech Republic with the cellist Tomáš Jamník and the pianist Miroslav Sekera, with whom he has created critically acclaimed albums. He has also made recordings with the Czech Philharmonic (featuring Janáček’s and Dvořák’s violin concertos, and Suk’s Fantasy), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Petr Popelka (Bohuslav Martinů’s music).

Born in 1986 in Třebíč, Bohemia, Josef Špaček showed his exceptional talent at an early age. Music was a natural part of his childhood (his father has been a cellist of the Czech Philharmonic for over three decades, and his siblings played instruments too), as described by his mother in the book Špačci ve fraku. After graduating from the Prague Conservatory 
(under the tutelage of Jaroslav Foltýn), Josef went on to study in the USA, where he attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (his teachers included Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo) and The Julliard School in New York (tutored by Itzak Perlman). 

After completing his formal education, he returned to his homeland, where he was named the youngest ever concert master of the Czech Philharmonic. At the same time, he performed as a soloist and chamber player, garnering international recognition. A watershed in his career was victory at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, whereupon he began receiving invitations from the world’s most renowned institutions. Due to his having an ever more challenging and busy schedule as a musician – and to his family situation, especially following the birth of three children – he resigned from the post of concert master of the Czech Philharmonic so as to focus solely on being a soloist. Owing to his immense talent and great diligence, his childhood dream to become a famous violinist has come to pass.  

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