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25. 3. 2021 | Chapel of the Czech Brethren Evangelical Church

RECORDED CONCERT

A recording from the neo-gothic space of the Prague chapel of the Czech Brethren Evangelical Church from 13 March 2021 can be found HERE

Jiří Vodička - violin 

Irvin Venyš - clarinet  

Martin Kasík - piano 

Jiří Bárta - cello 

Program:

Gideon Klein: Lullaby

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite in C minor No. 5 for cello

Olivier Messiaen : Quattuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)

Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time premiered in 1941 in a prison camp in Görlitz, Germany. The atypical nature of the cast is due to the instrumental diversity of the author's fellow prisoners. The quartet is one of the pinnacles of chamber music of all time. In conjunction with Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite in C minor, it will be an evening full of polyphony, emotions, eternity and hope.

Jiří Vodička, concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic, soloist and chamber musician, is one of the most important and sought-after Czech violinists. As a child, he made a name for himself with victories in many competitions - especially in the J. Kocian International Violin Competition, the Prague Junior Note and Čírenie talentov (Slovakia). In 2002 he won the first prize at the international violin competition Beethoven's Hradec and in the same year also the prize for the best participant in violin courses by Václav Hudeček, with whom he subsequently attended dozens of concerts throughout the Czech Republic. In 2004, he also won the title of absolute winner at the prestigious Louise Spohr International Violin Competition held in Weimar, Germany. In 2008, he won first and second prizes at the world-famous Young Concert Artist competition, which took place in Leipzig and New York.

At the age of 14, Jiří Vodička was extraordinarily accepted to a university - the Institute for Art Studies in Ostrava, in the class of renowned teacher prof. Zdeněk Gola. In 2007, he completed his master's degree here.

Jiří Vodička regularly performs as a soloist with many prominent Czech and foreign orchestras, such as the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Philharmonic, the FOK Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and others. He also performed with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the Neue Westfalen Philharmonie. He is a long-time soloist of the leading Chinese orchestra Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra. He also collaborates with important conductors like Jiří Bělohlávek, Jakub Hrůša, Tomáš Netopil and others.

In 2014, he recorded his debut solo album "Violino Solo" for Supraphon, which contains some of the most difficult compositions for solo violin and which was positively received by critics at home and abroad. Many of his concerts were recorded by Czech Television, Czech Radio or the German ARD.

As a chamber player, he performs with excellent Czech pianists Martin Kasík, Ivo Kahánek, Ivan Klánský and Miroslav Sekera. In 2011 he was invited by the famous violinist Gidon Kremer and together with many world artists he performed at his festival Kammermusikfest in Lockenhaus, Austria . He is regularly invited to important festivals - for example, Prague Spring, Janáček's May, Hohenloher Kultursommer , Choriner Musiksommer and others. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Smetana Trio, with which he recorded two CDs for Supraphon.

In 2015 he became the concert master of the Czech Philharmonic. He is a teacher at the Prague Conservatory and the University of Ostrava.

He plays the Italian instrument Joseph Gagliano 1774.

Irvin Venyš is one of the most prominent artists of the young Czech generation. He holds many awards from world-renowned competitions (Prague Spring, Pacem in Terris Bayreuth, EBU New Talent, Paris, Zurich, Madeira). He has repeatedly defended these awards at prestigious festivals such as the Mitte Europa Festival, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades , and on the stages of a number of countries (Japan, Germany, France, Spain, etc.). His musical activities range from the classical clarinet repertoire to extremely demanding compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries (he premiered works by Osvald Golijov, Betty Oliveiro, Isang Yun, Jan Dušek, etc.), but he does not avoid folklore either. He collaborates with leading international soloists and conductors - Heinz- Jörg Schellenberger , Radovan Vlatković, Zakhar Bron, Peter Czaba, Igor Ardašev, Libor Pesek, Ralph Gothoni, Elina Vahala, Michel Lethiec, Hagai Shaham, Andre Cazalet and Jean-Louis Capezzali etc.  

Irvin graduated from the Conservatory in Brno, at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague he completed a master's and subsequently a doctoral cycle in the class of professors Jiří Hlaváč and Vlastimil Mareš. He now works here as an educator. He completed his education with a one-year internship at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris in the prestigious class of Michel Arrignon. Recently he has recorded for Czech Radio, Czech Television, Mitteldeutsch Rundfunk, ORF and Arco Diva. 

Jiří Bárta is the most prominent cellist of his generation in our country. The initiator, artistic director and co-founder of the International Chamber Music Festival in Kutná Hora has been one of the top cellists of his generation since the 1990s. As part of his extensive concert activities, he performs in collaboration with leading performers and orchestras in major concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, America, Japan and Australia. He is an enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music: he has collaborated with Petr Eben, Marek Kopelent , Peter Graham, Pavel Zemek, Martin Smolka and Ondřej Kukal among others. He performed many compositions, often written for him, in the Czech or world premiere. He does not hesitate to rediscover the compositions of lesser-known composers of the 19th century, he is interested in the authentic interpretation of early music and he is passionate about chamber music. 

He has won a number of important awards, including the Hammer Rostropovich Award (Los Angeles 1991), the Europäische Förderpreis für Musik (Dresden 1991), the Harmonie awards for the best Czech classical music recording (1995, 1999), the Klassik Heute Empfehlung , and the Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Grammy Award London (for joint recording of the song repertoire with Magdalena Kožená) and many others. In addition to Supraphon, Jiří Bárta also shot for Lotos, Deutsche Gramophon and most recently for London's Hyperion. His discography includes, among others, Bach's suites, Shostakovich's concerts, as well as Foerster's concert and Rubinstein's sonatas. He works in the Eben Trio.  

Martin Kasík, winner of one of the world's most prestigious Young Concert Artists Competitions in New York in 1999, has been playing the piano since he was four years old. He graduated from the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under the guidance of prof. Ivan Klánský. He has won many domestic and international competitions, including the Prague Spring 1998 competition. He holds the Davidoff Prix 2000 for the best Czech performer under the age of 28 in the field of classical music.

Winning the Prague Spring 1998 and Young Concert Artists competitions in New York in 1999 paved the way for him to world stages. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo or the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the halls in Rotterdam, Helsinki, Barcelona, Washington, etc.    

Under the baton of conductors (Pinchas Zukerman, Yakov Kreizberg, Ingo Metzmacher, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, Libor Pešek, Jakub Hrůša, Thomas Netopil) appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Helsinki Philharmonic or Singapore Philharmonic. He regularly collaborates with the Czech Philharmonic and the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, with which he made a concert tour of Japan and the USA.

In addition to his concert activities, Martin Kasík teaches at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and the Prague Conservatory. He is the artistic director of the Chopin Festival in Mariánské Lázně. His recordings for Supraphon and Arco Diva have won top awards in Gramophone, Repertoire and Harmonie magazines.

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