the concert will finish at 10 pm
Mozart. Schubert. Berio: Enchanted by Mozart
“We cannot despair about mankind knowing that Mozart was a man”. This quote by Albert Einstein proves how important a role the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart plays not only in the history of music, but in history in general. To this composer, and to other artists inspired by him, is dedicated the programme of the fifth concert in the series. The legendary pianist from Slovakia, Marián Lapšanský will be the interpreter of Mozart’s Concerto for Piano in D minor, one of the most important pieces (and one of the few in a minor key), that the composer wrote for his main instrument. The Suite No. 4 Mozartiana by Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky is in some parts a direct orchestration of Mozart’s piano pieces. The Suite was composed on the one hundredth anniversary of the premiere of Don Giovanni as Tchaikovsky’s tribute to a composer who had been his life-long model, despite the fact that, in general, the 19th century paid much more attention to Beethoven than to Mozart. The imaginary circle of reminiscences on the perfection of Mozart’s music will close in a composition Nostalgia for Mozart by the outstanding figure of the Prague avant-garde Jan Klusák. The piece Rendering by Luciano Berio will provide contrast within the Mozart inspired concert; Berio either directly quotes, re-works or is loosely inspired by the sketches for Schubert’s unfinished 10th Symphony to create an authentic original piece.
Marián Lapšanský plays Mozart
Marian Lapšanský — piano
A pupil of František Maxián and Jan Panenka, Marian Lapšanský, alongside Ivan Moravec, Ivan Klánský and Emil Leichner, is one of the most important pianists from the postwar Czechoslovak generation. He has played across the world — Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Kuwait, Egypt, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Holland, Denmark and many other countries, at the Salzburg Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the Berliner Festtage and Prague Spring. His career has been associated with legendary conductors such as Václav Neumann, Jiří Bělohlávek, Roberto Benzi, Ken Ichiro Kobayashi, Zdeněk Košler and Libor Pešek. As a chamber musician he has been greatly sought after by opera singers, including the world-famous Peter Schreier, Peter Dvorský, Sergej Kopčák, Jelena Obrazcovová, Magdaléna Hajóssyová and Dagmar Pecková. He has worked with Josef Suk, Jiří Bárta, Angelika May and Shizuka Ishikawa. He is a regular jury member at international piano competitions, such as the Franz Liszt in Budapest, the Ludwig van Beethoven in Bonn, the Alexander Scriabin in Grosseto, and the Prague Spring competition. He himself has won numerous awards, the most important being the 2002 Gustav Mahler European Prize for creative musical activity, and an unconventional and progressive contribution to culture and the support of music. His recordings have been awarded the Golden Harmony prize (1995) the Classic Award (1997) and Best Czech Recording of 1999. His interpretations of Mozart are amongst the most appreciated and admired. On the podium of the Dvořák Hall, Marian Lapšanský will present the magic of the masters of the generation of Maurizio Pollini and Andras Schiff.
Jan Souček — oboe
Oboist Jan Souček is the recipient of several international awards — Prague Spring (3rd prize) and Lodz 2005 (1st prize), the semi-finalist at the international competition in Geneva (2010) and the Japanese Karuizawa (2006). He was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in 2001. He has been an oboist for the PKF — Prague Philharmonia since 2006 and is also presently in the State Opera. He is also a member of the Trio Arundo, which won a prize at the 2011 Czech Chamber Music Society Award, and in the Belfiato Quintet, which won 3rd prize at the Henri Thomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition in Marseille. He regularly works with the Ensemble Prague Modern and with the Ostravská Banda, which focus on contemporary music. Jan Souček studied at the Prague Conservatory under F. X. Thuri and at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Jana Brožková. He also studied at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Lyon under Jean-Louis Capezzali and Jérôme Guichard.
Emmanuel Villaume — conductor
Emmanuel Villaume has been the principal conductor and music director of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia since the 2015-2016 season, and is in his seventh year as musical director of Dallas Opera. The 2019-2020 season sees his return to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (with Puccini’s La Bohème in both cases), a gala concert with Plácido Domingo, and the very first classical music concert at the o2 universum in Prague, a newly established congress and cultural centre in Central Europe, with an international line-up for Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Together with the soprano Diana Damrau he was awarded the prestigious ECHO Klassik award in the category Opera Album of the Year, for their recording of Meyerbeer’s arias in 2017. In December 2017 he conducted the much-anticipated Metropolitan Opera’s production of Puccini’s Tosca, broadcast as part of the MET: Live in HD to more than 2000 cinemas in 73 countries. He regularly works with prestigious opera houses around the world: the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London; Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Metropolitan Opera New York, Lyric Opera in Chicago and San Francisco Opera. He has led productions in Washington National Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Teatro Real in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Bavarian State Opera and Teatro La Fenice. Maestro Villaume has conducted leading world orchestras: Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Philharmonic in London; Chicago, San Francisco and Boston Symphonic Orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He is a sought-after partner of leading opera stars: Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau, Bryan Hymel and Angela Gheorghiu. Born in Strasbourg in 1964, Emmanuel Villaume studied music at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, followed by studies at École normale supérieure at the Sorbonne in Paris where he received degrees in literature, philosophy and musicology. As an author of noted articles on musicology, Emmanuel Villaume was appointed Dramaturge of the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg at the age of 21. In the years 2001—2010 he was Music Director of Spoleto Festival. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Indianapolis University.