Czech Philharmonic - Hong Kong Cultural Centre

2014-06-03 20:00 - 2014-06-04 22:00

Czech Philharmonic - Hong Kong Cultural Centre

When: 3-4 Jan 2014 Tue-Wed 20:00
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Concert by Czech Philharmonic Poster


Performing group: Czech Philharmonic
Chief Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek
Piano Soloist: Paul Lewis



3 Jan 2014 Tue
Smetana: Vltava from Má vlast (My Country)
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 in D, Op. 60

4 Jan 2014 Wed
Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
Martinů: Symphony No. 4, H. 305


Czech Philharmonic
For over a century, the Czech Philharmonic has represented the pinnacle of Czech cultural achievement, delighting audiences across the globe with its warm, vibrant sound. Today, the orchestra is enjoying a renewed reputation as one of the most exciting ensembles on the world stage, performing with artists including Hélène Grimaud, Lang Lang, Janine Jansen, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Frank Peter Zimmermann, to name but a few. The Czech Philharmonic has also been joined by soloists Garrick Ohlsson, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Alisa Weilerstein in recording Antonín Dvořák's complete symphonies and his three concertos, under the baton of Chief Conductor, Jiří Bělohlávek, to be released in 2014 by the Decca label.

The Czech Philharmonic has a history of working with outstanding musicians. Dvořák himself conducted the orchestra in its debut performance on 4 January 1896 at the Rudolfinum in Prague, which is still home to its Prague concerts, and is now the centre for its Orchestral Academy. The Academy is just one of numerous successful education projects through which the Czech Philharmonic engages with new audiences, from young children, to university students and adults seeking to learn more about classical music.


Jiří Bělohlávek
Jiří Bělohlávek was born in Prague in 1946. His love of music became apparent at an early age, encouraged by his father, a judge, who introduced his son to an array of classical music. At the age of four, Bělohlávek joined a children's choir, and was soon taking piano lessons. Bělohlávek went on to learn the cello with Professor Karel Pravoslav Sádlo before continuing his studies at the Prague Conservatory and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. It was during these years that Bělohlávek began conducting in earnest, receiving instruction from Robert Brock, Alois Klíma, Bohumír Liška and Josef Veselka.

In 1968, the legendary Rumanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache invited Bělohlávek to become his assistant, a collaboration which culminated in Bělohlávek winning the Czech Young Conductors' Competition in 1970, as well as reaching the final of the prestigious Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition in 1971. It was in 1970 that Bělohlávek began conducting the Czech Philharmonic to great acclaim; the start of his long relationship with the orchestra.


Paul Lewis
Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation with a busy international schedule of engagements at the world's most prestigious venues and festivals. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist of the Year, the South Bank Show Classical Music Award, the Diapason d'or de l'annee, two successive Edison awards, the 25th Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, the "Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik", a Limelight Award in Australia, and three Gramophone awards, including Record of the Year in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Southampton.


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