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24. INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL ČESKÝ KRUMLOV 2015

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Five weeks, from 17th July till 8th August 2015, the IMF will offer a total of 13 concerts. The festival will be opened by opera gala concert. The dominant feature of the IMF will be, as always, its opening gala concert, which will this time belong to soprano Sumi Jo, who is also the face of the 24th year, and her guest, Italian tenor Danilo Formaggia. They will be accompanied by the residential ensemble of the festival - the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Petr Vronský.



Escualo Quintet and Gabriela Vermelho - “Tango argentino”

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06.08.2015   (Th) 20:30

Escualo kvintet, MHF ČK Gabriela Vermelho, MHF ČK

The Tango Argentino program offers a perfect combination of temperament and passion with artistic music and dance mastery. Five excellent instrumentalists of the Escualo Quintet, charismatic singer Gabriela Vermelho, holder of the Alfréd Radok Award, and the dance formation Tangueros, will perform in the project.

The Escualo Quintet is a unique formation of professional musicians who dedicate themselves to Tango Argentino music styles. This young ensemble has a number of prestigious performances at international festivals to their credit. In terms of instruments the Escualo Quintet is identical to the quintet of Argentinean musician and composer Astor Piazzolla. In interpretation the Escualo Quintet focuses on a combination of music styles, dance style Tango típico and concert style Tango nuevo, which is a fascinating synthesis of temperamental Argentinean folklore, classical music and jazz. The quintet was named after Piazzolla’s composition “Escualo”, which translates as “shark”.

Charismatic singer and composer Gabriela Vermelho belongs to the most versatile and remarkable personalities of our music and theatre scene. In particular due to her unconventional approach to musical expression and the exceptional ability to master classical music, folklore as well as world music with clean style, she is rightfully considered an artist who cannot be categorized in one discipline. She received the Alfréd Radok Award for the role of enchantress Eva in the musical “Balada pro banditu” (English: Ballad for a Bandit) at the “Husa na provázku” theatre (English: “Goose on a String Theatre”) in Brno.

Tangueros is a continuously developing dance community of Argentinean Tango in Brno. The dance couple Markéta Růžičková and David Lang are its dancers and instructors. They have both attended seminars under the leadership of prestigious foreign instructors such as Ismael Ludman and Maria Mondino, Luciano Brigante and Alejandra Orozco, Sven Elze and Guggi Zuzakova and Luis Miguel S. Saavedra.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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11.) Escualo Quintet and Gabriela Vermelho - “Tango argentino” - 6.8.
Price in CZK: A=690, B=590, C=490
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Roger Isaacs /counter tenor/, Musica Florea

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07.08.2015   (Fr) 19:30

Musica Florea, MHF ČK

Counter tenor Roger O. Isaacs comes from Cape Town in South Africa. He has enjoyed a highly successful solo career both in his native country and in the USA. Isaacs has performed with world-renowned ensembles in venues ranging from the Kennedy Center to Washington National Cathedral. He was hailed by the Washington Post as a “countertenor quite extraordinary both for vocal quality and for his mastery of baroque style.” His repertoire is extremely wide – from early music works to pieces by composers of the 20th century and thanks to that he has established himself as one of the best American countertenors.

The Musica Florea ensemble was founded in 1992 by the cellist and conductor Marek Štryncl as one of the first serious initiatives in the field of stylistically-informed performance in the Czech Republic. Playing on original instruments or copies thereof, study of period sources and aesthetics, historical research, and creative revival of forgotten performing styles and methods have become indispensible and characteristic traits of the ensemble. The ensemble’s repertoire includes instrumental chamber music, secular and sacred vocal-instrumental music, orchestral concertos, and monumental works in the genres of symphonic music, opera, and oratorio from the early Baroque to the twentieth century.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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12.) Roger Isaacs /counter tenor/, Musica Florea
Price in CZK: A=590, B=490.
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Ji Man Wee /violin/, Jan Mráček /violin/, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Mario Košík /conductor/

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08.08.2015   (Sa) 19:30

Jan Mráček, MHF ČK


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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13.) Ji Man Wee /violin/, Jan Mráček /violin/, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Mario Košík /conductor/ - 8.8.
Pricein CZK: A=990, B=790, C=590.
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Sumi Jo /soprano/, Danilo Formaggia /tenor/ - Opening opera gala concert

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17.07.2015   (Fr) 20:30

Sumi Jo, MHF ČK Danilo Formaggia, MHF ČK Petr Vronský, MHF ČK

Praised for the remarkable agility, precision and warmth of her voice, and for her outstanding musicianship, Sumi Jo has established herself as one of her generation’s most sought-after sopranos. Sumi Jo regularly performs around the world – in opera, concert, solo recitals, and for special events such as the World Cup, Asia Olympic Games, and appearing in gala concerts with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Nelly Furtado.

Danilo Formaggia, born in Milano, he studied piano and singing and took advanced courses with Alfredo Kraus and Magda Olivero. In 1996 he made his operatic debut in Due Contesse by Paisiello and Due Baroni by Cimarosa at the Opera Buffa Festival. He has since then established an international career, performing regularly in some prestigious opera houses and festivals, including Teatro alla Scala of Milano, Teatro la Fenice of Venezia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro San Carlo of Napoli, Teatro dell’Opera of Roma, Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari, Teatro Carlo Felice of Genova, Opernhaus of Lipsia, Opera of Montecarlo, Sydney Opera House, Festspielhaus of Baden-Baden, Edinburgh Festival, Royal Danish Theatre, International Music Festival Český Krumlov, Festival de Radio France - Montpellier.

Petr Vronský is originally a successful violinist (winner of Beethoven’s Hradec Competition in 1964), he started his conductor’s career in 1971 at the opera in Pilsen from which he moved to Ústí nad Labem as the chief of the opera ensemble. A number of successes in conducting competitions in Olomouc (1970), Besancon (1971) and Berlin in the H. von Karajan Competition (1973) played an important role in his artistic development. Petr Vronský is originally a successful violinist (winner of Beethoven’s Hradec Competition in 1964), he started his conductor’s career in 1971 at the opera in Pilsen from which he moved to Ústí nad Labem as the chief of the opera ensemble. A number of successes in conducting competitions in Olomouc (1970), Besancon (1971) and Berlin in the H. von Karajan Competition (1973) played an important role in his artistic development.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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Sumi Jo /soprano/, Danilo Formaggia /tenor/ - Opening opera gala concert- 17.7.
Price in CZK: A=2990, B=2490, C=1990, D=1490, E=990.
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The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Manuel Hernández-Silva /conductor/

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18.07.2015   (Sa) 19:30

Manuel Hernandez Silva, MHF ČK

Manuel Hernández-Silva earned his degree from Vienna’s Superior Conservatory (Konservatorium der Stadt Wien) with honors, under Professors Reinhard Schwarz and Georg Mark. In his senior year he won the Forum Jünger Künstler Conducting Competition, convened by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, which he conducted in the Austrian capital’s Konzerthaus. He has conducted in several great international festivals, and he is a frequent guest of Spanish and foreign orchestras. He has been principal conductor of the Córdoba Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Caracas, with which he worked intensively for over five years. He is currently chief conductor and artist director of the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and musical director of the Youth Orchestra of Andalucía. Maestro Hernández Silva has undertaken an intense teaching activity, teaching internationally on conducting and performing, as well as numerous conferences. All this has earned him the recognition of the musicians with whom he has worked, as well as that of the audience and specialized critics.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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2.) The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Manuel Hernández-Silva /conductor/ - 18.7.
Price in CZK: A=790, B=590, C=390
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TRIO Thalia /piano trio / - Chamber Concert

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22.07.2015   (We) 19:30

TRIO Thalia, MHF ČK

Trio Thalia, one of the most recognized piano trios in Korea, was founded in 2002. Its name comes from the Three Graces in Greek mythology, representing the ensemble's aspiration towards the charm and beauty of music. Their performances have met with critical acclaim for their dynamic sound and dramatic interpretation, and enthusiastic reactions from the audience. Each year, Trio Thalia gives concerts both at major concert halls and at more intimate venues. The ensemble’s extensive repertoire includes not only Beethoven and Brahms, but also contemporary composers such as Dmitry Shostakovich, Aaron Copland, Frank Martin, Charles Ives, and Astor Piazzolla.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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3.) TRIO Thalia /piano trio / - Chamber Concert - 22.7.
Price in CZK: A=490, B=390.
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Barocco sempre giovane - „Concerti italiani“

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23.07.2015   (Th) 19:30

Barocco sempre giovane, MHF ČK

Barocco sempre giovane (Baroque forever young) is a chamber orchestra consisting of top-class young professional musicians. It specializes in the interpretation of compositions of the high baroque but is open to other styles as well. The ensemble has performed at hundreds of concerts at which it has cooperated with leading Czech as well as foreign soloists. It is the pride of important international music festivals such as the Prague Spring, The Ohrid Summer Festival, Smetana’s Litomyšl and Concentus Moraviae.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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4.) Barocco sempre giovane - „Concerti italiani“ - 23.7.
Price in CZK: A=590, B=490.
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Václav Hudeček /violin/, Jan Simon /piano/, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Vojtěch Spurný /conductor/

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24.07.2015   (Fr) 19:30

Václav Hudeček, MHF ČK Jan Simon, MHF ČK

An icon of the Czech violin school, Václav Hudeček commenced his sharp rise among the Czech and international elite of interpreters in the 1960s. In 1967 as a fifteen-year-old he performed at a concert in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The legendary David Oistrach heard him, predicted a great future for him and offered him pedagogical help. From 1970 until Oistrach’s death in 1974 he was a pupil of this great master. At the same time he completed his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of Professor Václav Snítil. After his debut in London he performed all around the world on the most prestigious stages (Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House), with the best orchestras in the world (Berliner Philharmoniker, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Moscow State Philharmonic) as well as at world-famous festivals (Salzburger Festspiele, Osaka). He still refers to David Ostrich and other big names of the Russian violin school. He purposefully cooperates with the bearers of the traditions of Oistrach, Kogan and Sitkovetsky which is proven by their common projects. His recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is the most successful title which originated in the Czech Republic after November 1989.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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5.) Václav Hudeček /violin/, Jan Simon /piano/, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Vojtěch Spurný /conductor/ - 24.7.
Pricein CZK: A=790, B=590, C=390.
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National evening CUBA (Gustav Brom Czech Radio Big Band)

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25.07.2015   (Sa) 20:30

Big Band Gustava Broma

Multi-genre musical evening this time with traditional Cuban music and gastronomy.

Gustav Brom Czech Radio Big Band spreads the fameandglory of Gustav Brom’s name under the leadership of conductor VladoValovič. In 2010 the orchestra marked seventy years since its founding. Its rich history witnessed the coming and going of many musicians, and today new musicians continue to join the band and gain invaluable experience. New modern arrangements appear on the programme and the repertoire is continually updated. Gustav BromCzach Radio Big Band has been orchestra-in-residence with the Czech Radio for 2013 and 2014.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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6.) National evening CUBA (Gustav Brom Czech Radio Big Band) - 25.7.
Price in CZK: A=990, B=790
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Lubomír Brabec /guitar/ - Chamber Concert

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29.07.2015   (We) 19:30

Lubomír Brabec, MHF ČK

Lubomír Brabec is one of the most important concert guitarists of the present day. He comes from Pilsen, first played the violin and started playing the guitar at the age of thirteen. As a fifteen-year-old he entered the conservatory in Pilsen and completed his studies at the conservatory in Prague. An important milestone in his artistic beginnings was the success which he achieved at the International Guitar Competition in Paris in 1974, where he received the title of laureate. In 1980 he received a scholarship of the British government and continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where he dedicated himself to the interpretation of period music of the previous centuries at the Early Music Centre with special focus on lute literature. A stylistically diverse repertoire spectrum, with which he fills his numerous rich recitals and performances with leading orchestras, is characteristic for Lubomír Brabec. He is a popular guest of television shows and radio studios. He cooperates with the most renowned singers and soloists. His recording activity is just as attractive.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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7.) Lubomír Brabec /guitar/ - Chamber Concert- 29.7.
Price in CZK: A=490, B= 390.
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Mucha Quartet and musical mime Vladimír Kulíšek - Chamber concert

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30.07.2015   (Th) 19:30

Muchovo kvarteto, MHF ČK Vladimír Kulíšek, MHF ČK

The Mucha Quartet was founded in 2003 at the Bratislava Conservatory and belongs to the most promising young chamber ensembles in Slovakia. The members of the Mucha Quartet are studying chamber music at the prestigious Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna under the leadership of Johannes Meissl. The ensemble has received important artistic impulses at international interpretation courses. It regularly gives concerts at a number of music festivals and cultural events both in the Czech Republic and abroad. They participated in the official visit of English Queen Elizabeth II. to Slovakia in 2008.

Vladimír Kulíšek is an important personality of Slovak pantomime. During his performances he actively cooperates with the audience. In this way comical situations arise and the audience is pulled into action naturally and directly helps create each specific performance. His performances are closely connected with music and contain a musical point.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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8.) Mucha Quartet and musical mime Vladimír Kulíšek - Chamber concert- 30.7.
Price in CZK: A=590, B=490.
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Pavel Šporcl /violin/, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Jan Talich /conductor/

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31.07.2015   (Fr) 19:30

Pavel Šporcl, MHF ČK

Pavel Šporcl – violin virtuoso and one of the most sought-after Czech artists. Thanks to his art, distinctive personality as well as unconventional performing he has achieved success with all generations of listeners. He studied at the conservatory in Prague and at the music faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Václav Snítil’s class and in 1991-1996 in the USA in Itzhak’s Perlman’s class. He continued his studies at the famous Juilliard School in New York under the leadership of pedagogical legend Dorothy DeLay. World renowned critic and historian Henry Roth included Pavel Šporcl ­­– as the only Czech violinist of the young generation – in his book “Violin virtuosos: from Paganini to the 21st Century”. Pavel Šporcl’s critics called him “a talent which is born perhaps once in a hundred years…” He is a holder of important awards, he gives concerts around the world, cooperates with important artists, orchestras from both the Czech Republic and abroad.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

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9.) Pavel Šporcl /violin/, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Jan Talich /conductor/ - 31.7.
Price in CZK: A=890, B=690, C=490.
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“James Bond Music” and world musicals (Debbie Gravitte, Capathia Jenkins a Hugh Panaro, Michael Krajewshi /conductor/)

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01.08.2015   (Sa) 20:30

Debbie Gravitte, MHF ČK Capathia Jenkins, MHF ČK Hugh Panaro, MHF ČK

The IMF Český Krumlov continues in the trend of presenting world musical repertoire with an original interpretation. The trio of famous American singers and Broadway soloists – Debbie Gravitte /soprano/, Capathia Jenkins /soprano/ and Hugh Panaro /tenor/ under the leadership of conductor Michael Krajewshi, a specialist in this genre, will take the audience to the Broadway theatre stages and the glittering world of American musicals during the concert.

Debbie Gravitte has had a varied career taking her from the Broadway Stage to the Symphony Hall and points between. She won the prestigious Tony Award for Best Featured Actress In A Musical for Jerome Robbin’s Broadway, along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination as well as the New York Showstopper Award.

Capathia Jenkins can definitely act but all those who know her also know that this diva can blow and blow and blow you right off this planet. This woman who grappling with two dueling passions each with a strong grip: acting and music, yet she refuses to pick one because they both represent her soul. Capathia approaches a song the same way she approaches a script, like an artist. She looks for the nuances, the secret hidden within the notes or text. She seeks the melody, harmony and rhythm.

Hugh Panaro has been described as "the leader of Broadway’s dwindling supply of great leading men." Critically lauded and adored by fans, he demonstrates versatility, charisma, tremendous vocal talent, and, in the words of one former costar, movie star good looks. His first role, Friedrich, in a regional production of The Sound of Music, came when he was twelve. In 1988, Hugh originated the role of Marius Pontmercy in the first national touring production of Les Misérables, moving up to the Broadway company several months later. He was then cast by Hal Prince as Raoul de Chagny, the romantic young hero in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical The Phantom of the Opera.


Valid price list: 01.06.2015 - 08.08.2015

Appropriation Unit price per unit
10.) “James Bond Music” and world musicals (Debbie Gravitte, Capathia Jenkins a Hugh Panaro, Michael Krajewshi /conductor/) - 1.8.
Price in CZK: A=1090, B=890, C=790, D=590, E=390, STANDING=290.
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