The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading ensembles in the country, has embarked on their 12th tour of Japan, where they are scheduled to play over a dozen concerts. Just a few days before they set off on their journey, I caught up with the orchestra’s head Jakub Čížek and asked him for more details about the tour:
Many people don’t know that the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest leading Czech orchestras. It was founded only three years after the creation of Czech Radio in 1923 and it is currently celebrating its 91st season. I talked to Jakub Čížek, the Director of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra about their ongoing season and began by asking him about the orchestra’s mission.
The renowned British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is set to make her debut with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague’s Rudolfinum on Saturday. The graduate of the Royal College of Art and this year’s recipient of the ECHO Rising Star Awards will be performing a world premiere of a piece by the award-winning British composer Richard Blackford.
Czech composer and former head of the Czech Philharmonic, Václav
Riedlbauch, has died. His wife confirmed he had fought against illness for
Throughout his career Mr Riedlbauch authored numerous chamber and orchestral works including a ballet adaptation of Macbeth, which ran for six seasons at the National Theatre from 1984. Riedlbauch was 70 years old.
The opening concert of the 122nd season of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
is set to take place at the ensemble’s traditional home, Prague’s
Rudolfinum, on Thursday evening. The concert will see the orchestra perform
works by Shostakovich and Mahler under the baton of conductor Jakub Hrůša
and will be repeated on Friday.
The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra performed for the first time in 1896, conducted by Antonín Dvořák.
Earlier this week Semyon Bychkov signed on to become principal conductor of the orchestra from the start of the 2018–2019 season.
The director of the Czech Philharmonic David Mareček presented a contract
to American conductor of Russian descent Semyon Bychkov on Monday, signing
him as chief conductor of the philharmonic for five years. The signing was
attended by Culture Minister Daniel Herman.
The contract will go into effect at the start of 2018. Bychkov takes over as chief conductor following the death of Jiří Bělohlávek in May.
The new chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic will be American
conductor of Russian descent Semyon Bychkov, the Czech News Agency reports,
citing two sources familiar with the decision-making process. The
Philharmonic is reportedly due to introduce the new chief conductor at a
press conference on Monday. On the day, a new contract with the conductor
will also be signed.
Bychkov was guest conductor with the philharmonic last season; the Czech Philharmonic was looking for a chief conductor following the death of Jiří Bělohlávek in May of this year.
Conductors Petr Altrichter, Jakub Hrůša, and Tomáš Netopil will fill in for the late Jiří Bělohlávek at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, both abroad and on the domestic scene, the philharmonic confirmed. The world-renowned chief conductor died on May 31 after a long illness. The orchestra is determining whether agreed programs will go ahead unchanged, the Czech News Agency said.