the concert will finish at 9.45 p.m.
The sixth concert in the orchestral series will open with the work Study for Strings by Pavel Haas. The pupil of Leoš Janáček, Haas belongs to the group of the so-called ‘Terezín composers’, i.e. artists who were deported to the Terezín concentration camp, where a number of their compositions were created. However, Haas was sent from Terezín to Auschwitz, where he was murdered. The greater part of the programme will then belong to music by Antonín Dvořák, and two absolutely essential works within his output will be performed. The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor is one of the composer's greatest works and a key piece of violin literature. The interpretation by the world-famous Japanese violinist Midori will certainly be a spectacular event. The Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ is one of the most frequently performed symphonic works all over the world. Dvořák, at the time of writing the symphony was already an internationally recognized composer and had been invited to contribute to the emerging American musical tradition. He therefore turned for inspiration to both the music of the indigenous people as well as the African American music.
Midor — violin
The legendary Japanese violinist Midori has been giving concerts since age eleven when the conductor Zubin Mehta introduced her at the traditional New Year Concert Gala by the New York Philharmonic. When she was twelve, Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zuckermann invited her to record Vivaldi’s Concerto for Three Violins, and as a fourteen-year-old she had Leonard Bernstein kneeling before her in awe. A child prodigy and these days one of the best violinists in the world, Midori has been enchanting audiences on all continents. She has given concerts in London, Vienna, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, St. Petersburg, and many others, often alongside the most prominent world musicians (Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi). Her vast discography includes among other a complete set of Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas, recordings of violin sonatas by Ernest Bloch, Leoš Janáček and Dmitri Shostakovich and Hindemith’s Violin Concerto with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, which was awarded a Grammy in 2014. She is the founder of Midori & Friends foundation, bringing music to children in socially disadvantaged areas as well as a well-known and sought after educator (USC Thornton School of Music, Soai University Osaka, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music). She plays the Guarneri del Gesù “ex-Huberman” from 1734.
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 eighth year as musical director of Dallas Opera. In the 2020–2021 season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Roméo et Juliette), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Samson and Delilah) and the Dallas Opera, where he is music director (Nozze di Figaro, Lohengrin, and a world premiere “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"). 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.