expected end of the concert at 9.45 pm
Veronika Panochová – violin
Max Bruch’s beautiful Violin Concerto in G minor has very special meaning for me. This was the first piece that I played as a member of the PKF—Prague Philharmonia orchestra sixteen years ago. I am very pleased to be starting our anniversary season with this work and I am looking forward to Sarah Chang’s masterful performance!
Remembering Jiří Bělohlávek
Much has happened since I was approached by Maestro Jiří Bělohlávek asking me if I would mind if Ravel’s My Mother Goose was part of his concert programme for the 2017—2018 season. He knew how much this composition meant to me. At the time I said it would be an honour, without for a moment thinking that we would never hear his interpretation of this beautiful work. It was with this memory that I humbly included it in the programme for the first concert of the new season. It is a composition which touches each human soul, it is full of innocence, tenderness, portraying the fairy-tale world of childhood as well as the suffering of adolescence and the inevitability of putting away childish things. At the end of this work I always have the feeling that I have been embraced by all of the beauty and vastness of the universe.
Newsweek magazine included her in the top twenty most influential women in the world. She first held a violin when she was four. At the age of six she was accepted into the class of the legendary Dorothy DeLay at the Julliard School in New York. At the age of eight she made her debut with the New York Philharmonic led by Yehudi Menuhin. Sarah Chang’s life is one success after the next. She is the recipient of the ‘Artist of the Year‘ from the prestigious British music magazine Gramophone, the German ‘ECHO Klassik Award’, the title of ‘ICMA Newcomer of the Year‘ and the Korean award ‘Nan Pa’. She became the youngest artist to be given the ‘Hollywood Bowl´s Hall of Fame Award’. In 2012 she was recognized by Harvard University for her contribution to culture, Yale University named one of its seats in its Sprague Hall after her. In 2004 she carried the Olympic torch in New York. In 2008 the World Economic Forum named her ‘Young Global Leader‘ for her contributions towards the development of society. Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor is one of those compositions where the American-Korean musician has no competition in terms of her interpretation. At the age of only nine she played it so superbly that even Yehudi Menuhin gave it an ecstatic bravo, proclaiming her to be, ’The most wonderful, perfect, ideal violinist I have ever heard‘.