Ševčík Academy Orchestra

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The Ševčík Academy Orchestra was founded in 2019 as part of an academy. Its namesake is Otakar Ševčík (1852-1934), one of the most influential violin pedagogues of his time, who taught all over the world, but also authored a widely-used manual, the “School of Violin Technique”. The academy is located in Horažďovice, a small town in Southern Bohemia which is also the birthplace of Ševčík. Here, an international team of teachers gathers to work with young musicians, a team incorporating renowned soloists and orchestra musicians, including members of the Czech Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic. They work along the lines of Ševčík’s teaching method, which postulated technically perfect command of the instrument in order to develop freedom of interpretation. The conductor laureate of the Ševčík Academy Orchestra is Jakub Hrůša, chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and designated music director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.

Czechia
August 17, 2024 8 PM

Konzerthaus Berlin

Alena Hron

Michal Bares

The Czech conductor Alena Hron studied in Prague at the Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts, then moved on to Oslo and finally to Zurich, where she recently graduated with a master’s degree from the Academy of the Arts. The only current recipient of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship, the conductor receives two years of intense mentoring and coaching from the conductor Marin Alsop. In 2023, Alena Hron made her debut at the Prague Spring Festival and also conducted the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic and the Janáček Philharmonic, including in concerts in Berlin and Paris. Alena Hron gathered her first opera experiences at the Silesian Theatre in Opava, where she conducted Verdi’s Rigoletto and the musical Funny Girl. In parallel with Jakub Hrůša, the chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and future music director at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, she has led the summer concerts of the Ševčík Academy Orchestra during the past two years. Starting with the 2024/25 season, she will be the chief conductor of the Southern Czech Philharmonic in Ceske Budejovice.

www.alenahron.cz

Conductor

Tomáš Jamník

Marek Novotný

Born in Prague in 1985 and living in Berlin today, the Czech cellist Tomáš Jamník has established himself on the international classical music scene as a performer of classical and contemporary compositions. He studied with Josef Chuchro at the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts, then with Peter Bruns in Leipzig and with Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2006, he won the International Competition of the Prague Spring Music Festival. Since then, the musician has appeared with internationally renowned orchestras in Europe, the USA and Asia, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the baton of Robin Ticciati. His chamber music partners include the pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, the violinist Josef Špaček, the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená and the Pavel Haas Quartet. Championing contemporary music, he has given world premieres of works by the Czech composers Miroslav Srnka, Michal Nejtek, Slavomír Hořínka and Ondřej Kukal. Since 2015, he has been the artistic director of the Czech Chamber Music Academy, and since 2019 he has held the same position at the Ševčík Academy.

www.tomasjamnik.cz

Cello

Matteo Hager

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The Czech-American violinist Matteo Hager graduated from the Music High School in Prague and received a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he currently studies with Rodney Friend. The 21-year-old has won several international competitions, for example the Violin Competition Josef Micka, the France Musique Competition, the Augustin Aponte Music Competition and the “Note di Talento”. In 2023, Matteo Hager was declared a “Rising Star” by the BBC Music Magazine. He has performed with all the major orchestras in the Czech Republic, working with conductors such as Tomáš Netopil, Tomáš Brauner, Radek Baborák, Petr Vronský and Jan Kučera. In 2023, the violinist was entrusted with the honour of representing the Royal Academy of Music as a soloist in New York City. Apart from the violin, his main interest is composition; Hager has repeatedly performed his own works.

Violin

Jiří Teml

The Czech composer Jiří Teml, born in 1935, can look back upon a long and fruitful creative life; his compositions seems innumerable. Teml also achieved broad renown by working for the radio for decades, first in Pilsen, then at Radio 3 in Prague. Teml achieved his first great success as a composer in 1972 at the festival Prague Spring with his Fantasia appassionata for organ. While in his early years, especially under the influence of the Polish avant-garde, the contemporary idiom dominated his work, Teml later found a personal style with a greater affinity for melodic and rhythmic elements of Czech folk music. Apart from symphonic works, chamber music makes up the bulk of his oeuvre, within which Teml kept experimenting with new combinations ranging from duos to sextets. Furthermore, solo compositions for organ and harpsichord stand alongside vocal works and choral music. Teml also wrote the two children’s operas The Emperor’s New Clothes (2006) and Puss-in-Boots (2008) and several song cycles for children’s choruses.

Composer

BEDŘICH SMETANA

“The Vltava” from “My Fatherland” (1874)

JIŘÍ TEML

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (World Premiere) 🏆

BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ

Overture for Orchestra H 345 (1953)

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK

Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F-minor Op. 11 (1873-1877)

VÍTĚZSLAVA KAPRÁLOVÁ

“Suita Rustica” Op. 19 (1938)

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK

Slavic Dance No. 7 in C-Major Op. 72 (1886/87)

About the concert

A perfect programme for Young Euro Classic! The music stands of the young musicians of the Ševčík Academy Orchestra and their youthful conductor Alena Hron in Berlin will feature a combination of familiar melodies and true rarities – all from the infinite depths of the Czech musical landscape and imagination. The popular framework is constructed by The Vltava by Smetana and a Slavic Dance by Dvořák, but between these two bookends, not only will the often-underestimated Bohuslav Martinů be heard, but also the Suita Rustica by Vítězslava Kaprálová, a Czech composer who died in 1940, aged only 25. A world premiere was commissioned from Jiří Teml: a new cello concerto to be premiered by Tomáš Jamník, a cellist based in Berlin. The Czech orchestra also gives a platform to another promising soloist: the 21-year-old Matteo Hager, who performs the Violin Romance by Dvořák.

Broadcast

The concert will be recorded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and broadcast nationwide – on the radio, online and in the Dlf Audiothek app.

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