Concertino Praga 2021 - Final Competition Round in Concert, Chamber Music Category
In the realm of classical music, chamber music is a royal discipline that demands the virtuosity of a soloist from every player in combination with a collective mental approach. The performances of the chamber ensembles that advance to the finals of the Concertino Praga competition will be a presentation of great musical promise. Listeners will have the opportunity of witnessing how subtle the differences are that separate excellent performances from the very best ones. Everyone will also have a chance to make their own predictions about which contestants we will be seeing as stars of the festival in a few years.
Czech Radio and the Academy of Classical Music have announced the holding of the Concertino Praga – Antonín Dvořák International Radio Competition for young musicians in the category of chamber music. Duos, trios, quartets, quintets, and sextets with any combination of instruments may participate.
Among the jury members will be the conductor Jakub Hrůša, the former principal clarinettist of the London Symphony Orchestra Andrew Marriner, the violinist Václav Hudeček, the principal oboist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Alexei Ogrintchouk, and the pianist Milan Langer.
The Convent of St. Agnes in the 'Na Františku' neighbourhood of Prague's Old Town is considered the first Gothic structure not only in Prague but in all of Bohemia. It was founded by King Wenceslas I in 1233–34 at the instigation of his sister, the Přemyslid princess Agnes of Bohemia, for the Order of Saint Clare which Agnes introduced into Bohemia and of which she was the first abbess. The convent was preceded by a hospital. The 'Poor Clares' originated as an offshoot of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and the convent was at one time known as the Prague Assisi. Agnes was an outstanding figure in religious life of the thirteenth century. Besides this Clarist convent she also founded the only Czech religious order – the Hospital Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. She was canonized in 1989.