Czech Philharmonic
Czech Philharmonic © Vadav JirasekOn Tour 31.01.19-08.02.19

  • Semyon Bychkov,
  • Jan Lisiecki

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Since its founding, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra has collaborated with distinguished artists and conductors. Antonín Dvořák conducted the orchestra in its inaugural performance at Prague’s Rudolfinum in 1896, thus setting the course for the ensemble’s international career. The Czech Philharmonic has appeared at the world’s most prestigious concert halls, among them the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall in New York and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

The musicians of the Czech Philharmonic regard themselves as ambassadors for the music of their country. Their core repertoire ranges from Antonín Dvořák to Leoš Janáček to Bohuslav Martinů. The orchestra’s Chief Conductor was Jiří Bělohlávek from Autumn 2012 until his death in Spring 2017, who enjoyed an international reputation and knew and interpreted Czech repertoire like no one else.

Programme

Sergej Rachmaninoff: Klavierkonzert Nr. 2 c-Moll op. 18
Interval
Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Symphonie Nr. 1 g-Moll op. 13 (Winterträume)
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Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Symphonie Nr. 2 c-Moll op. 17 ("Kleinrussische")
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Antonin Dvorák: Symphonie Nr. 9 e-Moll op. 95 "Aus der Neuen Welt" (1893)

Orchestra

Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic, which celebrated its 120th anniversary last season, continues to delight audiences around the globe with its unique qualities, and to take its place amongst the world’s finest orchestras. At the helm of this great Czech cultural...

The Czech Philharmonic, which celebrated its 120th anniversary last season, continues to delight audiences around the globe with its unique qualities, and to take its place amongst the world’s finest orchestras. At the helm of this great Czech cultural institution is Chief Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, who has led the orchestra on highly successful tours of the USA, China, Japan, Europe and the UK. The orchestra has received great acclaim for its recent Dvořák recordings for Decca.

 


 

The Czech Philharmonic has an illustrious heritage. Dvořák conducted the orchestra in its inaugural performance on 4 January 1896 at the Rudolfinum, the stunning venue on the banks of the Vltava which is still home to its Prague concerts, and now also the centre for its Orchestral Academy. The Academy is just one of numerous successful outreach projects, including competitions for soloists and composers, through which the Czech Philharmonic shares its passion and artistry with people of all ages and backgrounds, preparing the way for the next generation of both performers and audience alike.

 

Great conductors are a theme in the orchestra’s history. Gustav Mahler conducted the Czech Philharmonic for the world premiere of his Symphony No. 7 in Prague in 1908. The orchestra’s international reputation grew under the direction of Václav Talich, the energetic leadership of Rafael Kubelík helped steer the Czech Philharmonic through the difficult wartime years, and in the post-war era of Karel Ančerl it embarked on a busy touring schedule. Following a period of varied fortunes after the Velvet Revolution, today a rejuvenated Czech Philharmonic orchestra is heard at the most prestigious concert halls and festivals, including the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London, concerts at the Philharmonie in Berlin, a residency at the Musikverein in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Carnegie Hall in New York and the NCPA in Beijing.

 

International appearances in the 2016/17 season include the Grafenegg and Rheingau festivals, opening the Beethovenfest Bonn, touring to China and Taiwan, further tours to the Benelux countries, to Germany and France, to Scandinavia and to South America.

 

The orchestra is privileged to work with the world’s finest soloists including Joshua Bell, Hélène Grimaud, Janine Jansen and Anne-Sophie Mutter. It also welcomes distinguished guest conductors, including recent and forthcoming collaborations with, among others, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski, Fabio Luisi and Jaap van Zweden.

 

The Czech Philharmonic has an ongoing relationship with Decca and was recently joined by soloists Garrick Ohlsson, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Alisa Weilerstein to record Dvořák’s three concertos, under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek, which were released in June 2014, together with the orchestra’s recent audio recordings of the composer’s nine symphonies. For release in autumn 2016 will be Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances with Jiří Bělohlávek, and future releases include key works of the Czech repertoire such as Smetana’s Má vlast, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and Suk’s Asrael. A recording of complete symphonies of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with Semyon Bychkov alongside his ‘Beloved Friend’ project will also be released.

 

The orchestra’s reputation for performing the music of its homeland is peerless, and under Bělohlávek the Czech Philharmonic remains committed to its heritage and to bringing lesser-known Czech repertoire to international audiences. At the same time, the orchestra’s range is ever-expanding and the musicians bring their unique national sound and musicianship to repertoire encompassing the early Classical period through the Romantic period to contemporary composers.

 

The Czech Philharmonic has received numerous awards and nominations, including ten Grands Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles-Cros, five Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie française, several Cannes Classical Awards, a position in Gramophone’s Top 20 Best Orchestras in the World (2008), as well as nominations for Grammy and Gramophone Awards. A concert performance of Martinů’s What men live by was nominated for a 2015 International Opera Award.

 

The Czech Philharmonic has an ongoing co-collaboration with Unitel and Czech Television.  Nine programmes, each featuring a full performance of one of Dvořák’s symphonies, were shown by the national broadcaster in 2014, a new programme will feature Smetana’s Má vlast and all are available on DVD through Euroarts. The orchestra has also produced a documentary for Czech Television – in association with Rhombus Media – about Dvořák, Jiří Bělohlávek, and the current work of the Czech Philharmonic, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete.

 

SEASON 2016/2017

More about the Orchestra

Conductor

© Chris Christodoulou

Semyon Bychkov

Currently we cannot provide an English biography.

Currently we cannot provide an English biography.

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Soloist

© Mathias Bothor / DG

Jan Lisiecki, Piano

Just 22, pianist Jan Lisiecki is recognized as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility, he is “a pianist who makes every note count.” (The New York Times)....

Just 22, pianist Jan Lisiecki is recognized as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Acclaimed for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound and poetic sensibility, he is “a pianist who makes every note count.” (The New York Times). Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age.


 

Lisiecki performs with the world’s most prestigious orchestras on major stages, and has cultivated relationships with prominent conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Pinchas Zukerman. His fourth album for Deutsche Grammophon presents Chopin’s seldom performed works for piano and orchestra with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański. For this recording, Jan received the ECHO Klassik in August 2017, Germany’s most significant classical music award.

 

An example of recent highlights include his BBC Proms debut with Sir Antonio Pappano at Royal Albert Hall, his debut in the main auditorium at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra, performances with the New York Philharmonic and Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, subscription debuts with Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony and a performance in the opening festival of the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. He just recently made his debut with Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017/18, Jan will open the season with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, return to DSO Berlin and Santa Cecilia and perform with Boston Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.

In 2013 he became the youngest ever recipient of Gramophone’s Young Artist award, and also received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. Jan Lisiecki is an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon.

 

“Jan Lisiecki. Remember the name.” - The Financial Times.

 

SEASON 2017/2018

 

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