Czech Philharmonic in All-Dvorák Program at Copley Symphony Hall
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Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Leoš Svárovsky, conductor
Eric Bromberger, violinist and program annotator, will give a pre-concert talk at 7:00pm (free to ticket-holders).
The Czech Philharmonic’s first concert took place on January 4, 1896, at the Rudolfinum and was conducted by Antonín Dvorák. Chief Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy passed the baton to Zdeněk Mácal, who then held the position as the tenth Chief Conductor from the beginning of the 2003-04 season until September 2007.
The Czech Philharmonic regularly spends over two months each year touring the globe performing in Carnegie Hall, at the London Proms, and in Spanish cities and the Baltic States. The German critics are talking about the “rebirth of the orchestra’s Czech sound,” and the South American continent recently witnessed another successful comeback after the orchestra’s tour there in 2000. In addition, the overwhelming interest of audiences in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei led to two concert bookings in one day.
During the Orchestra’s 111th (2007-08) season, they are due to return to Japan, the United States, Great Britain and Ireland as well as an eight-day concert tour of Germany’s major musical centers from Nuremburg to Stuttgart. The latest in Czech music will be heard from the orchestra alongside modern European music at one of the concerts for the fifth annual Prague Premieres festival, which will be held at the Rudolfinum from March to April 2008. Programme of Prague Premieres 2008 will primarily focus on the southwest European music (Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland).
Leoš Svárovsky is the leading Czech conductor of the middle generation. Born in 1961, he studied conducting under the renowned professor Vaclav Neumann. During his studies, he worked as an assistant of Zdenek Kosler in the Opera of the Czech National Theatre for two years. In 1991 he was awarded the Endowment of Herbert von Karajan, which enabled him to study with Sir Georg Solti for one month during the Summer Festspiele in Salzburg.
Following this, he began his work as the Assistant Conductor of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, and was later appointed as Chief Conductor. He held this position for four years. From 1995-2002 he was the Chief Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta of Zilina, and from 2003-2005 he was the Chief Conductor of the State Opera Prague.
Currently, Maestro Svárovsky is the Music Director of the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice. He is also active as a teacher of conducting at the Academy of Music Prague. International tours with significant Czech and Slovak orchestras, mainly the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovak Philharmonic, have been extensive and have taken him to Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Great Britain, Japan, Korea and other countries. Maestro Svárovsky has also been a guest conductor of many orchestras abroad, including Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Bern, Radio Orchestra Munich, RTL Symphony Orchestra Luxemburg, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Metropolitana de Lisboa and more.