Bohuslav Martinů and Ludwig van Beethoven as performed by laureates from the Concertino Praga competition
On 6 September, we were able to admire the performances of the laureates of the Concertino Praga 2020 competition. The 16-year-old violinist Daniel Matejča performed works by Eugène Ysaÿe and Bohuslav Martinů, while the 15-year-old pianist Vsevolod Zavidov played Ludwig van Beethoven’s Second Concerto. The conductor was Robert Kružík. The live feed from the Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia was broadcast by Czech Radio’s Vltava station.
Eugène Ysaÿe: Caprice d'après l'Etude en forme de Valse de Saint-Saëns
Bohuslav Martinů: Czech Rhapsody, H 307
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2, Op.19
Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra
Robert Kružík – conductor
Daniel Matejča – violin
Vsevolod Zavidov – piano
A native of Liberec, he started playing the violin at the age of four under the guidance of his mother Olesia Voličková. After a year he entered the class of Prof. Ivan Štraus, with whom he still studies today. He scored significantly in a number of international competitions. After he was awarded the 2nd prize at the Dvořák Radio International Competition for Young Musicians Concertino Praga last year, in the final of which he performed Prokofiev's 1st Violin Concerto in the Rudolfinum accompanied by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, he received an invitation to today's concert. Daniel performed Eugène Ysaÿe's spectacular and rewarding Caprice, based on the sixth of Saint-Saëns's Etudes for piano, Op. 52, and Bohuslav Martinů's Rhapsody of Bohemia, originally a chamber work from the summer of 1945, orchestrated for violin with orchestral accompaniment by Jiří Teml.
Vsevolod Zavidov from Moscow began his musical education at the Central School of Music at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory at the age of four. Since 2018, he has continued his studies at the Russian Academy of Music of the Gnysins. He too has participated in many competitions and concert projects with tremendous success. He won the 2020 Concertino Praga competition with his stirring performance of Ferenc Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. This time, again accompanied by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, he was treated to Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto, first performed in Vienna in 1795.
The performances of the young performers were enhanced and underlined by the cooperation with the radio orchestra and a representative of our youngest conducting generation, Robert Kružík, chief conductor of the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Zlín, permanent conductor of the Janáček Opera at the National Theatre Brno and permanent guest conductor of the Brno Philharmonic. He returned to SOČR after his successful debut at the Prague Spring Festival in 2020.
Anežský klášter, 6. září 2021 v 19.30 hodin.