Festival Janáček a Luhačovice
Leoš Janáček
The 30th year of the festival will take place from July 11th to 16th, 2023


Monday 16/7/2012

with significant guests attending
With a performance of the Fanfare Wind Orchestra Brno
A bust of Leoš Janáček by the Spa Theatre
Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra
Programme: L. Janáček: Sinfonietta, A. Dvořák: Symfony no. 9 e minor, op. 95 (From the New World)
Holy Family Church

Tuesday 17/7/2012

Václav Kunt - flute, Jurij Likin - oboe, Milan Polák - clarinet, Zuzana Rzounková - French horn, Roman Novozámský - bassoon, Vít Spilka - bass clarinet.
The Janáček Ensemble consists of leading Czech soloists and orchestra players, who are also professors of JAMU in Brno. Each player has numerous awards from international competitions and a number of phonograph and radio records. The ensemble promotes the production of Czech composers and focuses on classical music for wooden wind instruments.
Programme: Karel Stamic, Bohuslav Martinů, Antonín Rejcha, Leoš Janáček
Spa Theatre

Wednesday 18/7/2012

Gabriela Demeterová began to play the violin as early as in the age of three. In 1983 she started to study at the conservatory and the Academy of Musical Arts with prof. Nora Grumlíková. Since 1980 she has attended a number of competitions both at home and abroad and she has gained numerous awards, e.g. at the Kocian Violin Competition in the Czech Republic. She attended the International Competition of Yehudi Menuhin in Folkestone in England in 1987 for the first time and she was the first Czech to be awarded the title of a finalist. In 1993 she won all main awards including the title of the absolute winner and a special award for the best interpretation of the work of J.S. Bach, which was for the first time in the history of this prestigious competition. She is also a holder of the second award, the title of laureate and the award of the Capital of Prague in the violin competitions of the Prague Spring of 1992. Between 1992 - 1993, she twice gained a prestigious "Premier Prix" award of the Czech Music Fund for the achieved triumphs and for representation of the Czech culture at international competitions. In 1996 a magazine called Harmony nominated her to gain the "Talent of the Year" award.
At present she gives concerts not only in Europe, but also in the USA, South America and Japan. She collaborates with significant ensembles and conductors all over the world.
Programme: Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Ludwig van Beethoven
Spa Theatre

Thursday 19/7/2012

Schola Gregoriana Pragensis was founded in 1987. The first two years of their existence, they could sing only during liturgies, but since the end of 1989, they have intensively devoted themselves to recording, as well, and they often give concerts both at home and abroad (Italy, spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Israel). Schola has cooperated with a number of leading Czech and foreign interpreters within various projects (e.g. with Prof. Petr Eben, Jiří Bárta, Jaroslav Tůma, Iva Bittová, Choeur grégorien de Paris, Boni pueri, Musica Florea, a choir of Japanese Buddhist monks Óhara Gjosan šomjó kenkjú-kai, Jenaer Philharmonie, etc.) The ensemble belongs to the world leading interpreters of the Middle-Age church music.
Holy Family Church

Friday 20/7/2012

IVA BITTOVÁ studied a musical-dramatic field at the conservatory in Brno, singing and playing the violin. Besides this, she also cooperated as a singer with the Brno Radio Orchestra of Folk Instruments. Since 1978 she was a member of the theatre called Divadlo na provázku, where she excelled as Eržika in the play called Balada pro banditu. Since 1984 she performed as a singer and violin player with her own songs using folk texts, and also with a renowned Brno formation called Dunaj, and later with the Škampa Quartet. In cooperation with composer and drummer Pavel Fajt she has reached many achievements on European stages of progressive music. The range of her activities is remarkable - regarding music they range from her own interpretation of folk songs through experimental jazz, rock, to violin applications of classical music pieces and singing opera. In 2004 she performed in New York Carnegie Hall as Elvíra in opera Don Giovanni by Mozart. Later she followed this cooperation with several concerts with local formation Bang On A Can All Stars, which culminated with releasing an album called Elida.
ŠKAMPA QUARTET The Škampa Quartet is among the very finest of an outstanding group of current Czech string quartets that has represented their country in major Concert Halls around the world for twenty years. To this innate musicality they have added their own particular research to inform their understanding of the folk-song and poetry, rhythms and dance from which their native music grew - to the extent that their recordings of the quartets by Janacek and Smetana particularly are quoted as the bench-marks against which other performances are judged. This research resulted in, among other things, the production of an illustrated talk - 'Janacek and his Moravian Roots' - and led to collaboration with singer Iva Bittova which successfully crossed many musical boundaries.
Prizes at International Competitions, Awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and others - and appointment as the first-ever Resident Artists at Wigmore Hall - marked the solidity of their early years and provided recognition which led to invitations to perform at major Festivals world-wide including Prague Spring, Schwetzingen, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and Melbourne. These engagements included collaboration with many fine internationally recognised artists including Melvyn Tan, Itamar Golan, Josef Suk, Michael Collins, Kathryn Stott and Janine Jansen among many others.
Programme: Leoš Janáček, Iva Bittová, Pavel Fischer
Spa Theatre

Saturday 21/7/2012

7.30 pm CONCERT OF DAGMAR PECKOVÁ - mezzo-soprano
Dagmar Pecková, a reputable opera and concert songstress. She is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory. At the beginning of her starry career, she became the winner of the Singer Competition of Antonín Dvořák in Karlovy Vary. As early as during her studies, she was a soloist of the operetta house in Plzeň and in the Music Theatre in Karlín. After two years working in an opera studio in Dresden she was engaged as a soloist of the Dresden Semper Opera in 1987. She left one year later and became a soloist of the State Opera in Berlin. Since the beginning of her singing career she has been in close cooperation with prof. Antonie Denygrová, a long-time soloist of the National Theatre and State Opera. At present, Dagmar P ecková is a guest of leading European opera stages - Stuttgart, Berlin, Dresden, Basle, paris, Hamburg, London, and Lausanne, and i the near future, these cities will be joined by Prague, where she will perform as Carmen. She has performed in major roles of the world opera literature on all of these stages. Regarding her concert activities, Dagmar Pecková performs with a rich repertory ranging from classical music to works of current leading composers. As well as with her opera repertory, she has appeared on concert stages of international cities, such as London, Wien, Oslo, Madrid, Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, Munich, liverpool, Zurich, and many others. She is a frequent guest of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, which she accompanied during their tour in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong under the leadership of Jiří Bělohlávek, and also during their tour in England under the leadrship of Libor Pešek.
Programme: L. Janáček, Antonín Dvořák, Gustav Mahler, Klement Slavický
Spa Theatre
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