25th anniversary season
orchestral series A

Smetana. Husa. Dvořák

Smetana. Husa. Dvořák

Concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic

BEDŘICH SMETANA Libuše, Overture
CARL NIELSEN Bøhmisk-Dansk Folketone CNW 40
KAREL HUSA Music for Prague 1968
JAN HANUŠ Doppio Concerto for Oboe and Harp
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances Op. 46 and Op. 72 (selection)

Kateřina Englichováharp  Vilém Veverkaoboe
Marián Lejava — conductor

CZK 1 300 | 900 | 700 | 500 (SL/E) | 200 (ST) | donor's ticket 3 000 CZK

the concert will finish at 9.45 pm

Hana Dostálová Roušarováviolin
Dear friends, for me, being part of the PKF—Prague Philharmonia is a dream come true. I, therefore, consider it an honour to invite you to a concert commemorating the foundation of the Czechoslovakia. 100 years of the republic and 25 years of the PKF! A wonderful connection! We hope you will enjoy an unforgettable evening with us, where you will hear some beautiful music in an unconventionally arranged programme.

The Soul of a Nation

Emmanuel Villaume: „The dramaturgy of the second orchestral concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic represents the unbelievable musical wealth of the Czech nation, whose music has always managed to remain distinctive without losing its ability to reach out to the world. Under the baton of the Slovak conductor, Marián Lejava, and with outstanding representatives of the Czech interpretive school, Kateřina Englichová and Vilém Veverka, there will be a celebration of the talent of the Czech and Slovak nations.“ 

Marián Lejava – conductor

The Slovak conductor and composer, Marián Lejava, is one of the great figures in Slovak music and is an important European promoter of modern music. He is the principal guest conductor of the Slovak and Košice philharmonics, the Slovak National Theatre and the State Theatre in Košice. He has worked with the Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), the Ensemble Rezonance (Freiburg), the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra lyrique et symphonique de Nancy, and others. He has been the principal conductor of the Prague Modern Ensemble since 2014 and has premiered more than one hundred contemporary works. He is one of the founders of the ensembles Melos-Ethos and VENI, and has twice been awarded the ‘Radio_Head Prize‘. He attended masterclasses under the conductors Zsolt Nagy, Gunter Herbig, Peter Eötvos and Ivan Fischer, and the composers Tristan Murail, Erich Urbanner, Klaus Huber and Christian Wolff. He has taught at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, the Academy in Aveiro (Portugal) and Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.


Kateřina Englichová – harp

A recent recipient of the 2018 ‘Classic Prague Award’, for many years now she has been one of the most distinctive harpists both in the Czech Republic and across the world. She regularly performs in Europe, North America, Japan, and has played in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. She has worked with some of the most famous figures in the Czech and international music scene, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Jiři Bělohlávek, Pietari Inkinen, Jakub Hrůša, the Haas and Bennewitz quartets, Cindy Phelps and Robert Davidovici. She played with the Philadelphia Orchestra for several years. She has also had the opportunity to work with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallish, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Seiji Ozawa. She has been a guest at several festivals including Tanglewood, the Tucson Music Festival in the USA, the Red Sea Festival in Israel, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Prague Spring and Dvořák’s Prague. She has won first prize at many international competitions: (USA, Italy, Austria), as well as the ‘Pro Musicis International Award’, thanks to which she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York in 1998 (Weill Recital Hall). She is the recipient of the Czech Philharmonic’s ‘Czech Chamber Music Association Award’ and the Luxembourg music magazine ‘Pizzicato Supersonic Award’ for a recording of French chamber music.


Vilém Veverka – oboe

Vilém Veverka is the recipient of the ‘Sony Music Foundation’ in Tokyo, one of the most prestigious international oboe competitions. His repertoire includes works from all genres — from Baroque to contemporary. One of the most important formative phases in his artistic career was his participation in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and his subsequent studies under the leading German oboist Dominik Wollenweber at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. His professional development was greatly enhanced by two years spent at the Berlin Philharmonic as a scholarship holder from the Karajan Foundation. Together with other members of the Berlin Philharmonic he formed the Ensemble Berlin-Prag in 2011, with whom he is currently recording a double album of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Trio Sonatas. Supervising the whole cycle is Reinhard Goebel, the founder of the legendary group Musica Antiqua Köln. He has also been very active in contemporary music and has recorded and performed Czech premieres of a number of demanding pieces from the second half of the 20th century (Berio, Britten, Carter, Feldman, Rihm, Yun, Zimmermann). In 2017, Supraphon released his highly regarded album Impressions with Kateřina Englichová, with whom he has formed a musical duo since 2005.




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