The Inaugural Tour: Bratislava, London, USA and Vienna

On Wednesday 3 October, the Czech Philharmonic will give the first in a series of concerts to mark the centenary of Czech and Slovak Independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  The all-Czech programme conducted by Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov will be performed at the Rudolfinum, the Hall where Dvořák conducted the Orchestra’s inaugural concert in January 1896 and its permanent home since 1946. Partner of the tour in the USA is the Karel Komárek Family Foundation.

Partner of the tour in the USA is the Karel Komárek Family Foundation


The Karel Komárek Family Foundation provides encouragement to those who want to make their bold visions and ideas become reality. It is a long-time sponsor of the Dvořák Prague Music Festival and of Nadace Proměny, a foundation dedicated to the enhancement of urban public spaces. As a major donor to Washington's John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, it promotes the presentation of Czech performing artists at this prestigious U.S. venue. In addition to these long-term commitments, the Karel Komárek Family Foundation also supports individuals and communities whose projects in the Czech Republic or abroad benefit the society and help change people's attitudes and ways of thinking. It was founded in 2017 by Karel Komárek and Štěpánka Komárková.