Prague, 16 August 2017. One of the key figures in this year’s Dvořák Prague Festival is hornist Radek Baborák, serving in a triple role. He is curator of the chamber series, will of course perform as hornist, and not least will take up the conductor’s baton in the first concert of the newly-formed Dvořák Prague Festival Orchestra. Playing in chamber concerts and the Festival Orchestra will be elite artists from leading orchestras of the world like the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and the Berlin Staatskapelle, as well as numerous interesting guests from abroad. From 15 through 21 September the chamber series will offer extraordinary encounters with interesting performers and exceptional musical experiences both in the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall and in the St. Agnes Convent, with inventive programming including world premieres.
‘I have applied my experience in the field of chamber music, and thanks to being offered the position of curator I can present many ensembles in which I perform as well as projects I’ve launched into the world with colleagues, while utilizing contacts I have with other festivals of this kind.’ These the words of world-renowned hornist, conductor, tireless promoter of music, and organizer of musical happenings both in Czechia and abroad Radek Baborák. And he adds: ‘A certain binding element will be the sound of the French horn, which I’ll present in various forms.’ Thus he confirms that the imaginative conception of the Dvořák Prague Festival chamber series, always shaped by one curator contributing a distinctive personal point of view, experience, and contacts, will for the fourth year now guarantee constant interest and variability while preserving high quality in both programming and performance.
Radek Baborák ranks among the best hornists in the world. For seven years he was first hornist and soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic. He has worked with such luminaries as Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Neeme Järvi, and James Levine, performs in chamber music, leads the Baborak Ensemble, and works with many ensembles and artists both in Czechia and abroad.
According to tradition, the main festival centre will be the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall, but some of the concerts in the chamber series will take place in the St. Agnes Convent. The complete schedule may be found at www.dvorakovapraha.cz.
Also performing in the chamber series will be for example violinist Daishin Kashimoto, pianist Denis Kozhukhin, violist Amihai Grosz, clarinetist Shirley Brill, bassoonist Bence Bogányi, cellist Michaela Fukačová, oboists Clara Dent and Jana Brožková, hornists Kateřina Javůrková, Mikuláš Koska, and Jan Vobořil, and bassoonists Tomáš Františ and Ondřej Roskovec. We can look forward to the premiere of a remarkable modern instrumental arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations by composer Tomáš Ille featuring Radek Baborák with violinist Dalibor Karvay, guitarist Pavel Steidl, and bassoonist Bence Bogányi. In another programme musicians will explore the influence and contributions of composers and performers with Jewish roots, the soloists bolstered by soprano Kateřina Kněžíková, charismatic German cellist with roots in Peru and Uruguay Claudio Bohórquez, hornist Jan Musil, violist Ondřej Martinovský, pianist Miroslav Sekera, and percussionist Svatopluk Čech.
The chamber series will culminate with the premiere appearance of the newly-formed Dvořák Prague Festival Orchestra under the baton of Radek Baborák, presenting the Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphony No. 3 in E flat (‘Eroica’) by Beethoven, and by Mozart the Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, and Orchestra. Soloists of the evening will be hornist Radek Baborák, flautist of the Vienna Philharmonic Walter Auer, German oboist Clara Dent, and Hungarian bassoonist Bence Bogányi.
The Dvořák Prague Festival will take place from 7 through 23 September.