Adela Drozdova is a charming and most talented violinist who recently performed a final graduation concert to finish her studies at Prague's distinguished music academy HAMU, a repertoire that included Baroque works by Jean Philippe Rameau and Jean-Marie Leclair, as well as contemporary pieces by Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky. Discussed in this week's One on One: what it takes to become a professional musician, the London Symphony Orchestra, and just how aggravating it is when a cell phone goes off in the middle of a concert.
For most Czechs, Easter Sunday celebrates the coming of Spring and this year, the organisers of Dvorak's Nelahozeves music festival have chosen this day for the opening ceremony. Until September 28th, Prague, and the Central Bohemian villages of Zlonice and Nelahozeves, Dvorak's birthplace, will host eleven musical programmes, featuring works mainly from Antonin Dvorak but also other Czech, European and US composers. The opening ceremony will be held in Zlonice with a performance by a choir from Leeds.
It has been slated as the first outstanding cultural event of 2003 - the first public performance in Prague by Argentinean tenor José Cura. The so-called 'Fourth Tenor', who is often compared to Carerras, Domingo, and Pavarotti, will perform arias by great Italian composers at Prague's Municipal House this coming Friday - and Czechs are anticipating a wonderful concert.
The "Salvage of Cultural Heritage" is a project whose main objective is to seek and preserve significant works by our famous predecessors which are important for our time as well as for future generations. The project includes some of the original scores by great Czech composers from the 19th century, but also the renovation of other cultural sites, such as Charles Bridge in Prague, the Baroque theatre in Cesky Krumlov or the house where Gustav Mahler was born at Kaliste near Humpolec.
This Tuesday it's 120 years since Bedrich Smetana's cycle of symphonic poems, 'Ma vlast'- or 'My Country'- was premiered in Prague. It was a significant moment in the history of Czech music and My Country has been performed regularly ever since in concert halls the world over. Alena Skodova has more:
The classic image of the piano virtuoso is of a dishevelled eccentric, devoted only to his music and detached from the concerns of everyday life. But the 36-year-old Czech pianist, Jan Simon, is different. He is one of the Czech Republic's best-known contemporary performers, and is both pianist in residence and artistic director of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also a devoted family man. Here he looks back to the birth of his daughter nine years ago, a time when he realized that not even Tchaikovsky has quite the appeal of a newborn
It isn't often that we bring you a report from a small village church in the mountains. But Paseky nad Jizerou is special. The village is on the western edge of the Krkonose Mountains, about a hundred kilometers north-east of Prague, and every year, just for a few days in August, some of the Czech Republic's top classical musicians gather there.
The international Bregenz Festival on Austria's Lake Constance opened on Wednesday, with calls for understanding following a series of political disputes. The Czech Republic and its culture is a major theme at this year's festival, which opened with Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu's opera Julietta. And as Radio Austria International's Kerry Skyring reports now, the performance on Lake Constance was an attempt to smooth the troubled waters between the two countries.