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.

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Alexander Glazunov
String Quintet in A major, Op. 39

Franz Schubert
String Quintet in C major, D 956


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.


Josef Špaček  viola, violin, guest artist

Josef Špaček

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. He appears with prestigious orchestras and collaborating with eminent conductors. He equally enjoys giving recitals and playing chamber music and is a regular guest at festivals and in concert halls throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. 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. By the end of the 2019/2020 season he served as concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the youngest in its history. Josef Špaček performs on the ca. 1732 “LeBrun; Bouthillard” Guarneri del Gesù violin, generously on loan from Ingles & Hayday.