The debut of the Prague Spring was introduced by Marek Prášil, led by PKF – Prague Philharmonia


Updates: 24.05.2022 22:29

Prague – Today, the debut of the Prague Spring presented the 35-year-old conductor Marek Prášil in a packed Rudolfinum. A graduate of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno (JAMU), he led the PKF – Prague Philharmonia Orchestra. The concert, which is not an opportunity for beginners, but a debut at the festival, featured works by Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leoš Janáček and György Ligeti.

“It is an immense honor and challenge for me to have the opportunity to make my debut at the Prague Spring Festival. All the more so because the artistic council of the festival nominated me as the first JAMU graduate to receive this beautiful opportunity to make his debut,” said a native of Ostrava and patriot Prášil. .

The concert opened with Debussy’s Children’s Corner in the instrumentation of the author’s friend André Caplet. A popular cycle of originally piano compositions, the French composer dedicated his daughter, who was called Chouchou. The conductor Prášil also led to the inclusion of the composition of his fatherhood.

The first half of the evening culminated in the performance of Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A major. The work was created in the vicinity of the opera The Marriage of Figaro, and its second movement in the unusual key of F minor is, according to music experts, one of the most interesting music composed by a native of Salzburg. The soloist was the winner of the Prague Spring competition, the Korean pianist I Tong-ha, who earned a standing ovation.

He described the second half of the program as “a celebration of nature and folklorism in the purest sense of the word”. The less mentioned Suite Op. 3 by Janáček and in the evening the four-movement composition ended with a Romanian concert by 20th century classics György Ligeti, which is a celebration of the composer’s relationship to Transylvanian folklore.

According to the Prague Spring playwright Josef Třeštík, Prášil is one of the best Czech conductors of his generation. Prášil studied clarinet at the University of Ostrava and, in parallel with his first engagement in the orchestra of the National Theater of Moravia-Silesia, he began conducting studies at the conservatory. He continued them under the guidance of Tomáš Hanus at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, where he is now a student of the doctoral study program. Based on the previous successful cooperation, he became the main guest conductor of the South Bohemian Philharmonic in České Budějovice from the 2020/21 season.

The Debuts project, in which the festival introduces young personalities from the conducting scene, took place for the first time in 2014. Its purpose is to support young conductors and give them a chance to perform at an international forum. “The opportunity created in this way can become a decisive springboard for their next career,” said conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, who, as chairman of the Prague Spring Art Council, came up with the idea of ​​supporting young talents.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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