Atrium in Žižkov
Daniel Matejča – violin
Jan Schulmeister – piano
Eugene Ysaye - Violin Sonata No. 2
Sergei Rachmaninoff - Moments Musiciaux Op. 16 for Piano Nos. 1, 4, 3 and 6
Arvo Pärt - Fratres for violin and piano
Bohuslav Martinů – Czech Rhapsody for violin and piano
Béla Bartók - Romanian Dances for violin and piano
Opportunity is important for starting a successful career. As part of the Young Hope cycle, we will introduce you to young and promising classical music stars. Daniel Matejča is the winner of one of the most watched television competitions today, Virtuosos V4, where Plácido Domingo himself presented him with the first prize. Jan Schulmeister has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, for example the laureate of the Concertino Praga Radio Competition, or the title of absolute winner of the International Piano Competition in Milan, Italy.
The dramaturgy of the evening will be carried on the waves of hope and opportunities for interpretation, but also for composition. The seeming ease of life accompanying Eugène Ysaÿe in his respectable career as a violinist and pedagogue will be heard in confrontation with the work Moments Musiciaux of the enormously talented Sergei Rachmaninoff, whose career has won worldwide recognition. One of the main representatives of new music, the Estonian Arvo Pärt lets us see into his chamber of minimalism. He will be followed by one of the most important representatives of Czech music, Bohuslav Martinů, whose journeys in search of opportunity and hope took him literally all over the world thanks to the war. His story also finds a parallel in the life of Béla Bartók. He too was forced to leave his homeland due to the atrocities of World War II. However, in his Romanian dances we will hear a celebration of joy, folklore and never-ending hope.
Daniel Matejča, born in Liberec on 30th April 2005, started playing violin at the age of 4 under the guidance of his mum Olesie Volickova. After one year he joined prof. Ivan Straus’s class and has been studying with him up to now.
His significant achievements include 1st prizes at Josef Muzika International Violin Competition between 2013 – 2017 (2014 - the special prize - the master instrument of Tomas Pilar) and the absolute winner of School of Art Competition in 2017. As the winner of the Kocian Violin Competition between 2016 and 2018 he appeared as the guest of a well known violin virtuoso Pavel Sporcl. In 2019 he became a laureate of the Kocian Violin Competition. He is also a holder of the prize “Zlaty orisek” 2017. He took part in masterclasses organised by Czech Philharmonic under the guidance of Jiri Vodicka and Christian Tetzlaff.
In 2019 he took the first place at Jugend Musiziert Competition in Halle. He also played Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto backed by Liberec Symphonic Orchestra with the conductor Josef Kurfirt at the F. X. Salda theatre in Liberec.
In 2020 he won the first prize at the International Georg Philipp Telemann Violin Competition in Poznan. In the same year he took second place at the international competition Concertino Praga when he performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. He recorded the same concerto with Pardubická Filharmonie in may 2021. In 2021 he was accepted to study at The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He also studied at Imola music Academy with Maurizio Scirarretta, he had lessons with Boris Belkin there as well. In 2021 he also won a TV competition Virtuosos V4+. In year 2022 he won the Eurovision Young Talents. In the same year he recorded 6 Ysaye sonatas with the label Supraphon, the CD will be released in the beginning of the year 2023. He takes part in concerts all over the world – France, Italy, Austria, Germany, UAE, Turkey, Poland etc.
Daniel presents himself at different violin classes including music classes in Litomysl, Liberec International Violin Academy, Imola summer festival in Italy or International Music Academy Orpheus in Vienna. At these international classes he collaborates with foreign professors such as Stephen Schipps, Simon James or Michael Frischenschlager.
Jan Schulmeister (2006) has been playing the piano since the age of five. He began his artistic journey at the ZUŠ Kroměříž under the guidance of Eva Zonová, and is now a 1st-year student at the P.J. Vejvanovský Conservatory in Kroměříž in the class of Martina Schulmeisterová.
In addition, he also gains experience at master interpretation courses under the guidance of prominent Czech and foreign pedagogues.
Since the age of seven, he has been regularly participating in national and international piano competitions, in which he has achieved remarkable results - he has so far won first prizes or absolute victories in almost thirty prestigious competitions across Europe. Just to name a few: César Franck Piano Competition (Switzerland), Piano Talents (Italy), Manhattan International Competition (USA), Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte, Amadeus, Broumovská keyboard, Beethoven's Teplice and other competitions in Estonia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg , Italy or North Macedonia. At many of these competitions, he also won a number of other special prizes.
However, Jan considers his double participation in the finals of the Concertino Praga International Radio Competition in 2020 to be one of his greatest achievements, where he won the Honorable Mention of the 1st degree in 2020 together with the 1st prize of the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY) and in 2021 , when he demonstrated his artistic growth by winning the 2nd prize, the Audience Award and the Award for the best Czech participant.
Thanks to his competition successes, Jan has the opportunity to work with orchestras and important conductors. As the absolute winner of the international competition, Amadeus got the opportunity to perform with the Brno Philharmonic under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies. He also played under the baton of Tomáš Netopil with the Bohuslav Martinů Zlín Philharmonic in the "Little Big Philharmonic" project. He performed with the Symphony Orchestra of the Czech Radio (SOČR) under the direction of Jiří Rožná and Vahan Mardirossian as part of the already mentioned final evenings in the Concertino Praga competition in 2020 and 2021 in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum. He also performed with the North Bohemian Philharmonic in Teplice under the direction of Petr Vronský. He also cooperates with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra "Barocco semper giovane".
In the field of chamber music, he regularly performs with the Wihan Quartet.
In addition to these activities, he performs solo concerts not only on Czech, but also on foreign stages (Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, North Macedonia). He also accepted invitations to perform at important international and national music festivals - Dvořák's Prague, Prague Spring, Smetanova Litomyšl, Music in the Gardens and Castle Kroměříž, the Chopin Festival in Mariánské Lázně.
In 2018, he became the youngest member of the PETROF Art Family association.
Despite his young age, he already has extensive recording experience. He already has 3 CDs for PETROF and ArcoDiva, which chart his artistic development.
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