In August 2012 the Czech Philharmonic performed after more than 20 years inAustralia. With two sold-out concerts it took a part in the celebrations of the reopening of the Hamer Hall venue in Melbourne after its renovation. The first Czech orchestra was led by the current principal conductor of Prague Chamber Orchestra - Jakub Hrůša. The Australian audience enjoyed predominantly Czech repertoir and the performance of the leading Czech soloists - violinist Josef Špaček and bass singer Jan Martiník.

"With nearly all the music from the performers' homeland, the all-but-full houses were exposed to readings that could hardly be bettered (...) Josef Spacek, the orchestra's recently appointed young concertmaster, played an ardent solo in Suk's Fantasy in G minor, finding more than superficial virtuosity in its substance and making every note count in its episodic progress."

Clive O'Connell, The Age, 29 August 2012

Read the full review here.

26 August 2012 / MELBOURNE – Arts Centre / Hamer Hall

  • Bedřich Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride
  • Josef Suk: Fantasie in G minor for Violin and Orchestra op. 24
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major op. 55 “Eroica”

27 August 2012 / MELBOURNE – Arts Centre / Hamer Hall

  • Leoš Janáček: Overture to From the House of the Dead
  • Bohuslav Martinů: Memorial to Lidice
  • Antonín Dvořák: Biblical Songs op. 99
  • Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 in D major op. 60