Festival Janáček a Luhačovice
Leoš Janáček
The 29th Janáček and Luhačovice Festival will take place from 13 to 18 July 2020

PROGRAMME OF JANÁČEK AND LUHAČOVICE FESTIVAL

Monday, 13 July 2020

4:30 p.m. at Leoš Janáček bust

GALA OPENING
attended by guests of honour. Featuring Brass Harmony Orchestra from Zlín.

7:30 p.m. Community Centre Elektra

SLOVAK SINFONIETTA (State Chamber Orchestra Žilina)
Chorus of LÚČNICA artistic ensemble


Conducted by LEOŠ SVÁROVSKÝ

Slovak Sinfonietta orchestra was established in 1974 as the one and only orchestra of "Mozart Type" in Slovakia. Since then the orchestra has acquired an important position not only in Slovakia and Czech Republic, but in a short time it has achieved an excellent reputation also abroad. In 1977 the orchestra attained international recognition when it became the festival orchestra of Salzburger Festspiele. Soon it received an invitation to the Prague Spring festival, which was followed by successful performances at many festivals throughout Europe. The orchestra performed in many renowned concert halls, such as Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, Comic Opera and Konzerthaus in Berlin, Saint Francis Cathedral in Assisi, Palace of Music in Barcelona, Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Symphony Hall in Osaca, Metropolitan Art Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Abadia in Madrid, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and others. The orchestra has performed more than 2,800 concerts in almost every country of Europe, in Tunis, Turkey, Armenia, China, Japan, USA and Canada, and as a first Slovak orchestra, also in South American continent in Brazil.

LÚČNICA CHORUS has been a part of Lúčnica Artistic Ensemble since its establishment in 1948. It offers a mature singing technique, voice culture and typical sound. Its performances are highly valued by the expert critics and hugely successful with a wide audience. Some of the opera stars started their artistic career here – Edita Gruberová, Lucia Popp, Magdaléna Blahušiaková, Ľubica Orgonášová, Marta Beňačková, Štefan Babjak, Ondrej Malachovský and many others who later enjoyed a great successes on the world opera stages.

Lúčnica Chorus has acquired the highest awards at the international singing contests. It became the “audience favourite” at international choral festivals as well as on concert tours in China, USA, South Korea, Argentina, Jordan, Israel, Venezuela, Taiwan, Mexico, as well as in most of the European states.

Elena Matušová is the artistic leader and choirmaster.

Leoš Svárovský (1961) studied flute at the Prague Conservatoire and conducting at the Academy of Music in Prague, with the renowned professor Václav Neumann, whose was the last student. His brief history: Chief Conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, artistic director at the State Opera Prague, tour with the Czech Philharmonic in the USA and with Slovak Philharmonic to Japan. He performed throughout the Europe, USA, Japan and Korea, cooperated with many excellent orchestras and was guest of many important music festivals in the Czech Republic (Smetana´s Litomyšl, Prague Spring, Moravian Autumn, Easter Festival of Sacred Music, Janáček May, Prague Autumn, Emma Destinn Music Festival) as well as abroad (Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, George Enescu Festival Bucharest, Colorado Music Festival, Settimane Musicali di Ascona, Musica Sacra Nürberg, Dias da Musica in Belém).

Nowadays is Leoš Svárovský a Chief Conductor of the Aichi Central Symphony Orchestra Nagoya and Principal Guest Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic. He is also frequent guest conductor at many Czech orchestras - Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia etc. To name just a few orchestras he cooperated with: Orchestre de Pays de la Lorraine Metz, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Bach Collegium München, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Residentie Orkest den Haag, RTL Symphony Orchestra Luxembourg, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Shanghai Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphonie Orkest Utrecht, The Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra Ankara, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and many others.

He also cooperated with many outstanding soloists, including R. Firkušný, J. Suk, V. Hudeček, I. Ardašev, P. Šporcl, V. Pikajzen, D. Geringas, A. Noras, M. Fedotov, C. Ortiz, G. Opitz, H. Hardenberger, D. Damrau, I. Oistrach, S. Vladar, M. Gauci, K. Ricciarelli, K. Rydl, S. Larin, N. Martinucci, E. Randová, D. Pecková, L. Orgonášová, P. Dvorsky, R. Buchbinder, S. Kovatschewitch, A. Kontarski, Ch. Poltera, L. Josephowitsch, X. de Maestre, F. Say, U. Ughi, A. Korobeinikov, G. Bellucci, S. Jaffé, Andrej Baranov and many others. Leoš Svárovský appears often at Rheingau Music Festival - with Brno Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno - in projects such as Dvorak´s Requiem (2008), Liszt´s Christus, Massenet´s Maria Magdalene (2010), Verdi´s Requiem (2013), Berlioz´s Romeo and Juliet (2014) , Dvorak´s Stabat Mater (2015) and Orff Carmina Burana, Dvořák Te Deum und Slavonic Dances (2016).

Leoš Svárovský conducted the world premiere of Czech composer Slavomír Hořínka´s Violin Concerto with Sophia Jaffé and the Czech Philharmonic at the Brno Moravian Autumn festival. He was re-invited to the Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau (with Sophia Jaffé and Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague) and to Settimane musicali di Ascona Festival in Merano. In October 2011 he made his debut with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in Moscow. The cooperation with Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra continued in spring 2015 by concert in Prague, in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle. In the season 2016/17 Leoš Svárovský is re-invited to conduct the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra at the Big Hall of Conservatorium in Moscow with program Suk and Dvořák.

Leoš Svárovský is regularly invited to Japan and Korea. He performs regularly in Japan with Brno Philharmonic (2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017) and Slovak Philharmonic (2012, 2014, 2015,2018). He gave few subscription concerts with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. His engagements has led him to perform at Prague, Brno, Salzburg, Wuppertal, Spain, Portugal, to music festivals in Český Krumlov, České Budějovice, Bratislava, to subscription concerts with Slovak Philharmonic, with Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague to Innsbruck, with Massenet´s Maria Magdalena to Brucknerhaus Linz, to New Year´s concert with Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, to German tour with Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague (January 2015) etc. The next German Tour follows in April 2017 - Frankfurt am Main, Essen Philharmonie, Erlangen, München Gasteig und Zürich Tonhalle.

Since 2000 he has been teaching conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Leoš Svárovský develops also his teaching career, being Docent (Associate Professor) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague since October 2012.


Programme:
Leoš Janáček Rákos Rákoczy
Ludwig van Beethoven    Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92


Tuesday, 14 July 2020

7:30 p.m. Spa Theatre

MOYZES QUARTET & MUCHA QUARTET

MAROŠ KLÁTIK
– piano

Moyzes Quartet
Jozef Horváth – First violin
František Török – Second violin
Alexander Lakatoš – Viola
Ján Slávik – Cello

Since its establishment in 1975, Moyzes Quartet has been one of the most famous chamber ensembles in Slovakia. During its existence, the quartet performed at the most renowned world and domestic festivals. They successfully represented Slovak music culture in almost all European countries, Japan, India, Morocco, USA, Canada, Faroe Islands and Cuba. In 2016 the quartet was awarded the Prize of the Slovak Minister of Culture. The Quartet repertoire includes all style periods including works of the contemporary Slovak composers.


Mucha Quartet
Juraj Tomka - First violin
Jozef Ostrolucký - Second violin
Veronika Kubešová - Viola
Pavol Mucha - Cello

Mucha Quartet was established in 2003 at the Conservatory in Bratislava and it belongs among the prominent chamber ensembles in Slovakia. The ensemble was awarded 2nd prize at the International Bohuslav Martinů Competition in Prague (2010), and is the winner of the Josef Windisch Prize 2013 (Vienna). At the international competition Premio Paolo Borciani 2014 they were awarded the 2nd prize and the Prize of the Audience. The quartet won the 1st prize at the Antonín Dvořák International Chamber Music Competition 2014 (Prague), as well as the 1st prize at Leoš Janáček International Competition 2015 (Brno).

Maroš Klátik is a searched after solo and chamber performer in Slovakia and abroad. His fist contest successes include the Honourable Mention at the competition of Slovak music academies in the years 2000 and 2002. Foreign achievements include 1st place and the title of a laureate of Kaukko Sorjonen Foundation 2008 (Finland), and 1st place in Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe YMFE 2008.

Maroš Klátik completed master lessons focused on interpretation of German and French songs in Lübeck led by Rudolf Jansen and Christy Pfeifer. He also took part in master lessons in Meissen, where he won Rotary Club Prize. In 2007, he was a scholarship holder at Hochschule für Musik in Desden. In the years 2007-2018, Maroš Klátik performed as a soloist of the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olomouc, Janáček Academic Orchestra in Brno, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, West Bohemia Symphonic Orchestra in Marienbad, Slovak Chamber Orchestra Bohdan Warchal, State Philharmonic Košice and State Chamber Orchestra Žilina.

As a soloist and chamber performer, Maroš Klátik performed at the renowned music festivals. He held concerts in many countries of Europe, USA and Asia. He worked as a pedagogue at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Presently Maroš Klátik works as an assistant professor at the Department of Keyboard Instruments at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica and Academy of Music in Bratislava.


Programme:
Leoš Janáček String quartet No. 1
Antonín Dvořák Piano quintet in A major, Op. 81
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy    Octet for strings in E-flat major, Op. 20


Wednesday, 15 July 2020

7:30 p.m. Spa Theatre

PETR NOUZOVSKÝ & JANÁČEK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Petr Nouzovský who ranks among the best European cello players can be heard at many prestigious stages (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Festival Hall in Bad Kissingen or Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and others). His performance is appraised in superlatives for supreme technical nobleness combined with the original musical tectonic structure of the compositions he performs.

Petr Nouzovský studied at the Prague Academy of Music, Faculty of Music of the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Prague, Dresden College of Music and at the Madrid Royal Conservatory. In addition to repeated invitation to Piatigorsky seminar in Los Angeles he completed master lessons taught by Mstislav Rostropovitch, Boris Pergamenschikov and Lynn Harrell. Petr Nouzovský is a regular guest of Prague Spring Festival, Leoš Janáček International Music Festival and Dvořák Prague Festival. In the previous seasons he played in Germany, China, Japan, New York, Estonia or Poland. Petr Nouzovský has performed 1,700 concerts in 40 countries. Petr Nouzovský cooperates with prominent conductors and orchestras, presents concert music of the classic cello literature, but also concerts less frequently performed due to their difficulty. In 2019, his recording of Sonatas for cello and piano by Bohuslav Martinů, made with the legendary Swiss pianist Gérard Wyss, has been appreciated with very positive reviews both in our country and abroad.

In the years 2014-2016, Petr Nouzovský was a resident soloist of the Pilsen Philharmonic. Presently he is a pedagogue at the Prague Academy of Music, a member of New York University faculty in Prague, and regularly gives lessons in master workshops in Třeboň and Modra in Slovakia. He co-founded the “Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition” in Jihlava.

Janáček Chamber Orchestra with its fifty-year history belongs among the leading Czech chamber orchestras. Janáček Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1964 by prominent musicians of Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava. Shortly after, Zdeněk Dejmek took over the artistic guidance, and thanks to his impressive musicality, sense of style and systematic precise work, he brought the orchestra up to an excellent level and gave it a distinctive interpretation character.


Programme:
Renzo Bossi    Ricreazioni di antiche musiche italiane
J. Haydn Concerto for cello and orchestra in D major
J. Ch. Bach Concerto in C minor for cello and orchestra
E. Grieg String quartet No. 1 G minor



Thursday, 16 July 2020

7:30 p.m. Spa Theatre

PHILHARMONIA OCTET PRAGUE

PhilHarmonia Octet Prague, currently the most remarkable representative of the so-called Czech school of wind instruments – in the European context – is PhilHarmonia Octet ensemble established in 2007 based on initiative of Vilém Veverka and Václav Vonášek. Their aim was to create an ensemble of the best Czech musicians, who influenced each other already during their studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and to compare Czech musical mastery tradition to modern European musical styles and trends.

The aim of the ensemble is to enrich the Czech musical scene, expanding the repertoire and particularly improving the Czech interpretative standard. The characteristic element of the ensemble is the fact that the performers are winners of prestigious international contests or graduates of international schools, who later become excellent solo players. This is indeed typical for the best world-renowned ensembles of this kind. Engagement of the individual members in the prominent European orchestras e.g. Berlin Philharmonic, WDR Köln or Czech Philharmonic is also interesting. The repertoire of the ensemble includes very unique performances of transformation of the music language during the changing music epochs and styles from the second part of the 18th century till the beginning of the new millennium. The important repertoire pillar is introducing compositions in increased number of musicians and seeking more inspiration in well-chosen adaptations.

The name of the ensemble could be explained in two ways: by the original meaning of the word “philharmonic” – a fondness for harmony, and by the term “harmony”, used for this kind of ensembles since the time of classicism. PhilHarmonia Octet is a sought after ensemble not only at the Czech concert stages, but has also achieved success abroad. The profile recording of the ensemble “Music for Wind Instruments” with compositions of L. van Beethoven, G. Klein and W. A. Mozart is being considered by professional critics as the best Czech recording of the kind.


Programme:
F. Kramář Partita Es-dur La chasse“ (PadK IV: 15) 
W. A. Mozart Serenade for winds in C minor KV 388
A. Dvořák Serenade for winds and cello in D Minor, op. 44



Friday, 17 July 2020

7:30 p.m. Holy Family church

CZECH ENSEMBLE BAROQUE
Chamber orchestra, choir, conducted by ROMAN VÁLEK

Czech Ensemble Baroque is a professional ensemble staging stylish performances of older style eras in an authentic interpretation using period instruments, established by the conductor Roman Válek in 1998. The ensemble consists of three sections: orchestra, vocal ensemble and soloists. Members are professional instrumentalists and singers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Germany.

Roman Válek has been the principal conductor of the ensemble from the beginning. Concert masters are Peter Zajíček and Elen Machová, the head of vocal ensemble is Tereza Válková. Cooperating artists include for example: A. Plachetka, Jean-Francois Lombard, M. Cukrová, R. Janál, Joel Frederiksen, M. Koudelková, L. Peterková, Barbara Maria Willi, M. Knoblochová, László Borsódy, M. Štryncl and others.


Programme:
J. S. Bach Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140
J. S. Bach Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!, BWV 214






ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMME



Wednesday, 15 July 2020

4:00 p.m. VARMUŽA DULCIMER BAND, SVATOBOŘICE-MISTŘÍN MALE CHOIR AND REZEDKA FEMALE CHOIR

Spa Square
Lazne Luhacovice, a.s., Lazenske namesti 436, 763 26 Luhacovice, Czech Republic, Phone: +420 724 585 773, E-mail: hrbacova@lazneluhacovice.cz