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Czech Chamber Music Society • Jiří Vodička

Nicolò Paganini is one of the composers celebrating a major anniversary this season (the year 2022 is 240 years since his birth). We will pay tribute to him with a programme of his music for guitar and violin played by masters of their instruments, the guitarist Pavel Steidl and the violinist Jiří Vodička.

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Niccolò Paganini
Centone di Sonate, op. 64, MS 112, Vol. 1
Sonata No. 1 in A minor (8')

Centone di Sonate, op. 64, MS 112, Vol. 3
Sonata No. 13 in E major (9')
Sonata No 14 in G major (10')

Sonáty pro kytaru sólo, MS 84
Sonáta č. 12 A dur (5')
Sonáta č. 33 c moll (4')
Sonáta č. 24 G dur (3')

— Intermission —

Minuetto dedicato alla Signora Dida from Sonata in A major for solo guitar, MS 104 (2')

Theme with variations on the song "Nel cor più non mi sento" for solo violin (11')

Tercet for Violin, Cello and Guitar in D major, Op. 66, MS 69


Pavel Steidl guitar
Jiří Vodička violin
Jonáš Krejčí cello

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Liechtenstein Palace — Martinů Hall

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Jiří Vodička  violin

Jiří Vodička

Jiří Vodička, a concertmaster, soloist, and chamber player, is one of the most important and sought-after Czech violinists, but it would not have taken much for him to have devoted himself to Latin-American dance instead of the violin. At age 12 he finally decided to devote himself fully to playing the highest-pitched string instrument. About his dancing, he comments coyly: “I got something from doing that, possibly in the area of feel for rhythm.” At the unusually early age of 14, he was admitted to the Institute for Artistic Studies at the University of Ostrava, where he studied under the renowned pedagogue Zdeněk Gola. He graduated in 2007 with a master’s degree. Even earlier, he had attracted attention by winning many competitions including the Kocian International Violin Competition and Prague Junior Note. In 2002 he also won the prize for the best participant at violin classes led by Václav Hudeček, with whom he later gave dozens of concerts all around the Czech Republic. His success continued as an adult, for example winning first and second prizes at the world-famous competition Young Concert Artists (2008) held in Leipzig and New York.

A father of five, he is the owner of the Wassermann Media production company, which he founded during the Coronavirus pandemic. In the 2023/2024 season, he has entered his ninth season as the concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. He has made solo appearances not only with Czech orchestras like the Prague Philharmonia or the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, but also with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia, and the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra.

His professional activities are of greater breadth, however. In 2014, he recorded his debut solo album “Violino Solo” on the Supraphon label, and crossover fans can hear him on his worldwide Vivaldianno tour. He recently appeared at Prague Castle with Tomáš Kačo on the occasion of the state award presentation ceremony, he was formerly a member of the Smetana Trio (two more Supraphon CDs). He has performed chamber music with the outstanding Czech pianists Martin Kasík, Ivo Kahánek, Ivan Klánský, David Mareček, and Miroslav Sekera. Many of the concerts of the “Czech Paganini”, as Vodička is sometimes called because of his extraordinary technical skill, have been recorded by Czech Television, Czech Radio, or the German broadcasting company ARD. Besides all of that he teaches at the University of Ostrava.

The instrument he plays, a 1767 Italian violin made by Joseph Gagliano, came into his possession by what he calls “good old-fashioned patronage”. He received the violin for long-term use from the Czech Philharmonic’s former chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek.

Pavel Steidl  guitar

Jonáš Krejčí  cello

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