Eight tips for the winners
In recent days, the two international juries have reached their decisions on the finalists for the 57th year of the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians Concertino Praga, who will perform for the Prague public in September at the Convent of Saint Agnes and the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum.
The finalists flautist Fabian Johannes Egger (Germany), violinist Margaryta Pochebut (Ukraine) and pianists Denis Stefanov (Ukraine) and Adam Znamirovský (Czech Republic) will vie for victory in the Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for Young Musicians at a public concert held in the Rudolfinum on Saturday 16 September 2023 with accompaniment from the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the conductor Jan Kučera.
Detailed information regarding the first round of the Concertino Praga 2022 solo category is available in the score sheet for the solo category.
Jan Vobořil, a horn player at the Czech Philharmonic, wrote the following in his comments about one of the finalists: "An unbelievable performance. Unreal musicality and the ability to merge with the piano, understanding and coalescence with the unique nature of the instrument. Excellent rhythm, tone and interpretation of all the pieces.”
Duo Comenius (Czech Republic), Duo Jaklová-Mráček (Czech Republic), Duo Matejča-Schulmeister (Czech Republic) and Trio Florestan (Germany) received the most points in the chamber category to advance to the finals.
Martin Kubik, a violinist with the Wiener Philharmoniker, wrote the following on the performance of one of the ensembles: "In my opinion, the best of all the ensembles. A very difficult repertoire, almost flawless, absolutely the highest level. I had to listen to it twice, because it was so good!”
The jury has also awarded a number of special prizes in addition to the scholarships and the profile CD. The Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Prize went to the duo Matejča-Schlumeister for the best performance of one of the composer’s works. The Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Růžičková Endowment Fund Prize for the best performance of a work from the 20th or 21st centuries went to the duo Matejča-Schlumeister. The price for the most successful Czech participant, issued by the Karel Komárek Family Foundation, has been awarded to Adam Znamirovský.
The competition winner will receive the opportunity to make his or her own promotional recording at Czech Radio. The other prizes include scholarships at the amount of 5000, 2800, 1700 and 700 EUR provided by the Karel Komárek Family Foundation and other partners. The winners can use the financial prizes awarded by the Academy of Classical Music to continue their musical education or to purchase a new instrument. The audience at the finale will have the opportunity to vote for the winner of the audience prize.
All of the finalists will subsequently perform at the Concertino Praga South Bohemian Festival.