5 CONCERTS. 4 FEMALE SINGERS ACCOMPANIED BY ARTISTS FROM 5 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.
The Krumlov Autumn Recitals will in its 5th year introduce – apart from other artists – three world renown opera divas. These will be accompanied for example by a string quartett, piano or a classical guitar. You can however also look forward to a more alternative type of music. Four of the performances will take place in the jewish Synagogue, one recital will také place in a renassaince hall of Vlašský Dvůr in Dlouhá street. All concerts start at 7 p.m. every Saturday from October 31st to November 28th 2015. You can find detailed information on www.krumlovskerecitaly.cz and buy tickets in advance in the Infocentre on the Main Square of Český Krumlov.
First - opening – concert, October 31st, The Synagogue Jiří Levíček (CZ) – piano, Chaasi Levíček (USA) – mezzosoprano. Jiri Levicek, originally from Brno, is both a pianist and a composer. After studying at the Janacek Academy of Performing Arts, he moved to the USA to pursue further studies. He attended the University of North Texas (UNT), known for its long tradition of jazz education. For two years he studied with Stefan Karlsson and played with the renowned One O’Clock Big Band, and orchestra whose recordings were nominated for a Grammy on many occasions. In 2009, Jiri won the first prize at the prestigious Phillips International Jazz Competition, where he sat in a jury a year later. In 2010, he participated in the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition (Florida), winning the 3rd prize. Jiri currently devotes his efforts primarily to playing in a trio and other small ensembles. Chaazi Levicek is a mezzo soprano born in New York. She recently performed with the Prague Summer Night’s Festival during the month of June 2015. Some of her highlights with the festival included the role of La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and the alto solo “Pie Jesu” in Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem in Smetana Hall. In July 2015 she premiered her solo recital with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Libor Pešek at the Prague Proms Festival. Since her recent move to the Czech Republic she has received 2nd place at the Antonin Dvořák Singing Competition in the Women’s Under 25 category for 2014, and 3rd place in the Song category. In May 2016, she will premiere her recital at the Prague Spring Festival with pianist Jiří Levíček. Programme: Felix Mendelssohn, Hector Berlioz, Henri Duparc, Vítězslava Kaprálová, old North-American folk songs.
Second concert, November 7th, The Synagogue - Zeiher Quartett and soprano. Alexander Zeiher (DE) – 1st violin, Tomáš Hájek (CZ) – 2nd violin, Makoto Sudo (JAP) – viola, Lukáš Pospíšil (CZ) – violoncello, Anke Hájková – Endres (DE) – soprano. By founding a chamber ensemble Zeiher Quartett, these members of the Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg and PKF-Prague Philharmonia created an opportunity, beside their love for symphonic and opera production, to give space to the performance of chamber music. Quartet members gained experience in solo concerts with major international orchestras and victories in international competitions. These form the basis for successful co-creation of the young string quartet. Besides their rich repertoire, the ensemble focuses on collaboration with different artists from around the world. Programme: Joseph Haydn, Claude Debussy, F. M. Bartholdy.
Third concert, November 14th, Vlašský Dvůr - Duo Teres, Lucia Kopsová (SK) – violin, Tomáš Honěk (CZ) – guitar. Duo Teres was founded in 2007 at JAMU under the leadership of Milos Vacek, Janacek Quartet primarius, in which both players have studied chamber music. The repertoire of the duo consists of works from the Baroque period to the 20th century music. Its aim is to interpret only original works for violin and guitar with an emphasis on works by contemporary Czech and foreign artists. This follows the rich tradition of violinists and guitarists of the 19th century, when the connection was often sought. In 2008 was Duo Teres selected by the Board of musical societies of Czech Music Fund to the Charter of young artists, in 2009 won first prize at the international competition Concorso di chitarra classica Enrico Mercatale in Gorizia (Italy) and 1st prize and a diploma of Absolute Winner at the International Competition Karl Ditters in Vidnava (Czech Republic). In 2012, the duo won the third prize at the International Competition of Chamber Ensembles in Germany in Aschaffenburg. The duo perfected their skills in master classes of renowned teachers and performers such as Pavel Šporcl, Alexis Muzourakis, Marco Socías, Thomas Offermann, Paolo Pegoraro and others. In December 2010 Duo Teres released a debut CD on the prestigious Czech publishing ArcoDiva with works by N. Paganini, J. Truhlář, J. Novák and A. Tučapský, which was very well received by music critics. The Duo is currently intensively engaged in contemporary music and successfully premiered new pieces by John Freidlin, Lukáš Hurník, Martin Brunner or Karel Růžička. Teres Duo performs regularly in the Czech Republic but also abroad and thanks traditional instrument connection and interesting repertoire enjoys the patronage of a wide audience.Programme: pieces composed for Duo Teres by Lukáš Hurník, Jan Freidlin, Ondřej Kukal, Karel Růžička, Martin Brunner a Beata Hlavenková.
Fourth concert, November 21st, The Synagogue - Iva Bittová and Čikori quartett. Iva Bittová - violin, vocals, Vladimír Václavek – acoustic guitar, Jaromír Honzák – double bass, Oskar Török – trumpet. Iva Bittová is the original queen of Czech avant-garde, breaking down the boundaries between genres and is successfull on the international scene. She is singer, violinist and composer, who originally studied drama college. She is a personality, for which there are no boundaries in music, one of the boldest and most original of contemporary Czech music scene. Her music moves in many musical genres, these include alternative (band Vltava cooperation with Pavel Fajt and performing with Vladimir Václavek), experimental jazz, rock or classical music (with Škampa Quartet). She appeared as a guest in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni. In addition to singing, her heart belongs to violin. She played all around the world, from Catherine Cave in Moravia to Carnegie Hall. She has received numerous prestigious awards of the Academy of Popular Music. In 1996, in the category Singer of the Year and in 1997 in the category of alternative music scene. In 2001, then he won the award for a project with a group Čikori in the categories of traditional and ethnic music. She is most often compared to Laurie Anderson and Björk. In 2015, she completed the Academy of Ancient Music / musicology at the Masaryk University in Brno and received a bachelor's degree. Acoustic band Čikori was founded in 1999. Occasionally, people mistakenly believe that Čikori is a Romany word. In fact, it is a phonetic transcription of the English word chicory. The founders Iva Bittová and Vladimir Václavek based the music on original songs from the hit album "White Hell" (1997). CD called "Čikori" was released in 2001 and received the Angel award. Čikori music is totally original, jazz and world music mingle with alternative elements. Rhythm and sound is very colorful; it is able to evoke a sense of peace, love, joy and excitement, depending on the openness of emotions and experiences of a keen listener. Programme: Programme: original pieces by performing artists.
Fifth – closing – concert, November 28th, The Synagogue - Gabriela Beňačková – soprano, Lubomír Brabec – guitare. Gabriela Beňačková is a world renown Slovak lyric soprano. She specializes in the music of her compatriots, particularly Eugen Suchoň, as well as Czech composers, notably Bedřich Smetana and Leoš Janáček. She is considered to be one of the greatest 'Jenufa's' in Janáček's opera of the same name. Her Carnegie Hall performance (and subsequent Metropolitan Opera run with Leonie Rysanek) is considered to be legendary.In 1981 Czech television starred Mrs Benackova in a definitive version of Prodana Nevesta (The Bartered Bride), which has since become a popular DVD recording available in an all-regions format (2006). That recording teamed her with the heroic tenor (fellow Slovak) Peter Dvorsky, and with bass Richard Novak and other popular singers. She completed her farewell recital tour in 2008. She has made a number of recordings, and has appeared in several filmed operas on DVD, as well as the feature film The Divine Emma, where she supplied the singing voice of the famous Czech soprano Emma Destinnová. Her voice can also be heard in the movie Driving Miss Daisy singing title role "Rusalka" by Dvořák, and in Copycat singing Puccini's aria Vissi d'arte from the opera Tosca. Lubomír Brabec. Guitarist Lubomír Brabec is undoubtedly one of today’s top Czech performers. After decades of concerts he has conquered the most important stages at home and abroad with his classical guitar. He is famous for his obsession for searching out unusual settings to stage his uncommon shows. His audiences are always captivated by his high artistic level. His approach to listeners of classical music has always been ahead of normal customs. His concerts expand borders, merge divergent types of music, and systematically embrace experimentation. He regularly performs on prestigious stages with the world’s top soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. The quality of his shows attracts a broad musical audience. He has adapted hundreds of works by other authors for the guitar and in the process has expanded the possibilities of the guitar as a solo and accompanied instrument. He is no less active in his recording activities. His discography contains over 30 titles, including interpretations of Sor, Bach, Tárrega, Paganini, Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos, Trojan, and Granados. Lubomír Brabec has also captivated a wide listening audience with his departures into the world of popular and jazz music, where, for the purpose of promoting classical music, he has again expanded the possibilities of the interpretation and opportunities of his own instrument. He has received numerous prestigious awards and honours as a top-selling and accomplished artist. The critics regard Brabec as a musician of refined taste, tone, and technique and rank him as one of the top guitarists in the world. In 1997 he became the first musician in the world to perform a concert in Antarctica. Programme is to be a surprise, howver, as the followinf day is a First Sunday of the Christmas advent time, you can look forward to singing along to some Christmas carrols with this diva.