Jan Špidlen is the fourth generation of his family to work as a master violin maker. What are some of the secrets to crafting top class violins? And how has the industry changed in the last few decades? I discussed those questions with Špidlen surrounded by an array of traditional tools at his Prague centre workshop. But I began by asking him about the first violin he ever produced?
The popular violinist Vanessa Mae will return to the Czech Republic after
three years to perform her most famous pieces of music this October,
concert organiser Roman Helcl told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday.
Accompanying her will be Ms May’s band, the Czech String Orchestra and
eight vocalists. The first concert is set to take place in Ostrava on
October 15. Two days later the Ms. Mae will perform in Prague’s O2 Arena
The renowned violinist said that she looks forward to working with Czech musicians and that apart from her most popular pieces she will also play some rare compositions.
The 40-year-old Britton, who was born in Singapore is known for her pop interpretations of classical music and has millions of fans across the world.
Václav Hudeček got his first violin at the age of five and at 15 he performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The exceptionally talented young man studied at the Prague Music Conservatory and was one of David Oistrakh’s last students. In a career spanning more than half a century Hudeček has performed the world over, playing in the most prestigious venues and appearing at festivals in Europe, Japan, and Australia. Hudeček has also presented master classes in Canada, Germany, and Japan, and runs an annual academy for promising young Czech
Renowned Czech musician Iva Bittová turns 60 on July 22nd. An excellent singer, violinist and composer, Bittová has never focused on one particular genre. She plays and sings folk music, jazz, rock as well as opera. She has also starred in several Czech films and appeared on stage at home and abroad.
The prestigious British magazine Songlines, which is distributed in 65 countries, has issued a free CD bonus, featuring Czech world music. The 16-track album, titled At the Heart of the Bonfire was released in the October edition of Songlines and features many of the country’s top artists including Iva Bittová & Čikori, Jiří Pavlica & Hradišťan and Clarinet Factory.
Hello and welcome to Radio Prague with me Ruth Fraňková. In today’s Sunday Music Show we look at a famous Czech musical film called Balada pro Banditu or Ballad for a Bandit. Shot in 1978, the “folk musical” about the famous Carpathian outlaw features Miroslav Donutil, who has since become one of the most popular Czech actors, and the world-renowned musician Iva Bittová.