Concertino Praga 2023: the young pianist Adam Znamirovský won the solo final

22. leden 2024

On Saturday 16 September, the solo category of 57th year of Concertino Praga – the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians culminated at the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the conductor and composer Jan Kučera. Both the Concertino Praga 2023 categories were won by Czech musicians: the pianist Adam Znamirovský and the duo of Daniel Matejča (violin) & Jan Schulmeister (piano). 

1st prize Adam Znamirovský

Adam Znamirovský was born in 2010 and he began spontaneously playing the piano at the age of four. He has been studying in Markéta Cibulová’s class at the Jižní Město Arts Primary School since he was five. He has won various national and international competitions since he was seven, for example he came in first at the international Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte competition and won the first prize at the international Broumov Piano competition, first prize and the absolute winner at the Città di Minerbio competition in Italy and first prize at the Béla Bartók International Piano Competition Graz in Austria. He was a MenART scholarship holder in Ivo Kahánek’s class, with whom he has also studied at the Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž. He has performed at the Prague Spring and Smetana’s Litomyšl festivals a number of times. Adam is supported by the Millennium Fund for Young Czech Artists.

The competition’s final evening mainly played out in minor keys: the German flautist Fabian Johannes Egger performed Jacques Ibert’s neoclassical concerto, where the main key is F minor.

The young Ukrainian virtuoso Margaryta Pochebut gambled on May Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 2 in D minor. Denis Stefanov, another native of Ukraine, albeit having lived in Czechia since he was little, chose Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in G minor. The Czech pianist Adam Znamirovský went for the popular A minor Concerto of the Norwegian romantic, Edvard Hagerup Grieg.

Fabian Johannes Egger (flute), Margaryta Pochebut (violin), Denis Stefanov (piano) a Adam Znamirovský (piano).

The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Jan Kučera.

Programme: Jacques Ibert: Concerto for flute and orchestra. - Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor. - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor. - Edvard Grieg: Kpiano concerto in A minor.

Hosted by František Šedivý. During the break, Zdeněk Havlíček speaks with pianist and juror of Concertino Praga 2023, Martin Kasík.