the concert will finish at 9.45 pm
Mikuláš Koska — horn
We certainly won’t be holding back in this concert! One of the pieces to listen out for is for four horns and orchestra. You’ll also hear this wonderful music played by the most talented musicians — Kateřina Javůrková, Radek Baborák, Benjamin Goldscheider and… little old me… :)
The Lightness of Being
Emmanuel Villaume: "We often talk about the great composers, about Strauss, Beethoven, Mozart… Sometimes, though, you walk into a room and are gripped by a miniature picture. This is how I would characterize the fifth concert in our series, which brings in a lightness, simplicity and freshness, subtly reminding us that somewhere beneath those heaps of compositions by geniuses, there exists an equally large amount of high-quality music which is performed less frequently on the concert stage. This concert is devoted to the French horn and features an all-star cast, as Bohemia has given the world some of its best horn players. I am particularly pleased that this group includes one of the best horn players in the world and former member of the PKF — Radek Baborák."
The horn player and conductor Radek Baborák is one of the world’s leading figures in classical music. His successful career spanning more than twenty-five years has led him to concert halls across the world, where he has appeared alongside famous conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Neeme Jarvi and Seiji Ozawa, with whom he recorded Mozart’s complete horn concertos for Sony. Radek Baborák is also currently Ozawa’s assistant in the Mito Chamber Orchestra, which he has appeared with at many festivals including the Martha Argerich Festival. Radek Baborák can look forward to many attractive engagements in the 2018—2019 season including conducting the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra at a gala concert to commemorate the anniversary of the republic and the reopening of the National Theatre, and his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic, where he will perform under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Radek Baborák has been solo horn for the PKF — Prague Philharmonia, the Czech Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic. He formed and is the artistic director of the Baborak Ensemble, he is a member of the Afflatus Quintet and collaborates with the Berlin Baroque Soloists. He has received numerous awards including ‘the Grammy Classic Award‘ (1995).
Kateřina Javůrkova has won numerous prestigious international competitions. Among her greatest successes were 2nd place at the ARD International Competition in Munich and 1st place at the Prague Spring International Music Competition (2013). Since 2014 she has been a member of the horn section of the Czech Philharmonic, before which she was a member of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia. She has appeared as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic, the PKF — Prague Philharmonia, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the NOSPR Katowice, with whom she premiered Krysztof Penderecki’s Horn Concerto ‘Winter Journey’. As a chamber musician she regularly collaborates with Radek Baborák, the Panocha Quartet and the Altenberg Trio. She is a member of the Belfiato Quintet, which was awarded 3rd place at the ‘Henri Tomasi’ International Woodwind Quintet Competition in Marseille. Kateřina Javůrková began playing the French horn when she was nine. She studied at the Prague Conservatory (Bedřich Tylšar) and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Zdeněk Divoký, Radek Baborák).
Benjamin Goldscheider first came to the public’s attention thanks to his participation in the final of the prestigious BBC Young Musician competition in 2016. Since then he has appeared in the concert halls of the Berlin Philharmonic, the KKL Lucerne and the Royal Albert Hall, where he performed as a soloist with the BBC Symphony, the Luzern Symphony and the Aurora Orchestras. He regularly gives recitals across Great Britain with the music of Telleman, Mozart, Weber, Pauer, Penderecki and others. Amongst his greatest achievements in chamber music have been his appearance at the famous Wigmore Hall alongside Julian Pregardien and Christoph Schnackertz, and a concert at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, where his musical partners were Daniel and Michael Barenboim. His other musical colleagues include Richard Uttley, Callum Smart, Denis Kozhukhin and Giuseppe Guarrera. As a sought-after orchestral musician, he has guested with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the English Chamber Orchestra and West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Benjamin Goldscheider studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department (Susan Dent), and he is currently the sole student of Radek Baborák at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin.
At present Mikulaš Koska is the solo horn player for the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Moravia Brass Band. He is a member of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia and the Czech Sinfonietta, and is a guest member of the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. From 2011—2017 he was first horn of the Brno Philharmonic. He often performs with chamber groups including the Baborak Ensemble, Orquestrina and Heterofon. He also performs as a solo artist. He has won numerous international competitions and took part in the competitions Prague Spring, ARD Munich and Internationaler Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen. Mikuláš Koska studied at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and at the Music Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.