CONCERTINO PRAGA 2022: Final Competition Round in Concert
Aram Khachaturian: Violin Concerto in D Minor (Richard Kollert, violin)
Jan Křtitel Jiří Neruda: Trumpet Concerto in E flat Major (Filippo Lombardi, trumpet)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 (Viktor Vichev, piano)
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 (Diana Chauseva, violin)
Outstanding concert artists are not just virtuoso technicians, able to master any score. They must also be resistant to the stress that accompanies every performance; they must keep their adrenaline and nerves under control, and they should certainly also radiate an indescribable charisma. The public finals of the Concertino Praga competition serve to let the contestants demonstrate not only their artistry and mastery of their instruments, but also how they withstand the rigours of concert performance. They will be accompanied by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Robert Jindra, in the presence of a live audience and a discriminating jury consisting of renowned figures from the world of music. The prizes for the winners – including an audience award – will be announced and presented on the spot. Under the joint organisation of Czech Radio and the Academy of Classical Music, the Concertino Praga will brighten the air, bringing youthful élan with a touch of sportsmanlike rivalry to the dignified Rudolfinum.
The jury of Concertino Praga:
The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the most important and oldest orchestras in the Czech Republic. For many decades, it has been a versatile orchestra with a broad repertoire of concert music and opera. Among the permanent and guest conductors to work with the orchestra have been Václav Talich, Karel Ančerl, Václav Neumann, Vladimír Válek, and Charles Mackerras. Its present chief conductor is Alexander Liebreich. A number of composers from around the world have performed their own works width the orchestra, including Sergei Prokofiev and Aram Khachaturian. The orchestra has always been heavily involved with recording activity, and it has to its credit the making of recordings of many Czech classics that are not a usual part of the repertoire. This is not its first appearance at the Dvořák Prague Festival: in 2014, for example, it took part in the world premiere complete concert performance of Dvořák’s first opera Alfred with its original German libretto, and in 2019 it gave a unique performance of Dvořák’s first musical setting of the libretto King and Collier in a modern-era premiere.
Robert Jindra was born in Prague in 1977. After his graduation from the Prague Conservatory in classical singing and conducting, he started permanent collaboration with the National Theatre in Prague in 2001. There he has conducted for example new productions of Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), The Two Widows (Smetana), The Cunning Little Vixen and From the House of the Dead (Janáček). During his years with National Theatre has also conducted numerous repertoire performances of such operas as Libuše and The Secret (Smetana), Rusalka (Dvořák), Katya Kabanova and Jenůfa (Janáček), Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Carmen (Bizet), Falstaff (Verdi), and Lohengrin (Wagner), and many special concerts (for example Mozart’s Birthday and Czech Opera Gala). During the 2013/14 season he was also the National Theater’s Musical Director.
From 2010 to 2014 Robert Jindra was Musical Director of National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, where he prepared for example The Devil’s Wall (Smetana), Armida (Dvořák), Jenůfa, The Makropulos Case, Katya Kabanova, and The Excursions of Mr. Brouček (Janáček), Lohengrin (Wagner), Falstaff and La traviata (Verdi), Werther (Massenet), La Wally (Catalani), La bohéme (Puccini), and Cardillac (Hindemith), as well as concerts such as the Verdi Gala, the Puccini Gala, and the Czech Opera Gala.
Robert Jindra has also conducted at the Deutche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf/Duisburg, the Oslo Opera House (Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss); the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava (La Juive by Halévy, The Bartered Bride by Smetana, and the opening concert of the 2020/21 season; the State Theatre in Košice (Jenůfa by Janáček and Die Feen by Wagner; the F.X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec (The Two Widows by Smetana), etc. He also collaborates regularly with eminent festivals such as Prague Spring (Recital of Adam Plachetka), the Litomyšl Smetana Festival, Viva musica (concert of Pavol Breslik and Adriana Kučerová, and West Side Story / Candide, the May Janáček Festival (gala concert of Adam Plachetka), the Ostrava Janáček Festival, and Musical Spring in Košice. He often works with the Prague Chamber Philharmonic, the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra, the Plzeň Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Janáček Philharmonic of Ostrava, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic of Olomouc, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic of Zlín, the Slovak Philharmonic, the State Philharmonic of Košice, the Essen Philharmonic, and the Anhaltische Filharmonie in Dessau. Since the 2018/19 season he has been the Erste Kapellmeister in the Aalto Musiktheater und Filharmonie of Essen, where he successfully prepared a contemporary piece, Medea (Reimann), Ring an einem Abend (Wagner), revivals of Tosca (Puccini) and Carmen (Bizet), and other performances and concerts.
During his career Robert Jindra has collaborated with such artists as Olga Peretyatko, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Elena Maximova, Nadine Secunde, Eva Urbanová, Maida Hundeling, Jana Kurucova, Adriana Kučerová, Gustavo Porta, Adam Plachetka, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Tomasz Konieczny, Frank van Aken, Peter Mikuláš, Roberto Saccà, Arnold Bezuyen, Pavol Breslik, Pavel Černoch, Štefan Margita, Štefan Kocán, Jiří Vodička, Marek Kozák, and Lukáš Vondráček.
During the present year Robert Jindra will prepare the program with the Janáček Philharmonic for the Janáček Festival. He is preparing a recording with the Czech Radio Symphony and Marek Kozák, a concert with Adam Plachetka for the Litomyšl Smetana Festival, a gala concert with Eva Urbanová in the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, concert performance of Dvořák’s Rusalka for the Jarmila Novotná Festival in Liteň, , and a new production of Schwanda, der Dudelsackpfeifer (Weinberger) in Graz. For the 2021/22 season he accepted the post of chief conductor of the State Philharmonic of Košice and starting with the 2022/23 season he will again be Musical Director of the National Theatre in Prague.
Richard Kollert started playing the violin at the age of five. Half a year later, he was already playing Vivaldi’s concerto with the PKF orchestra and he soon began performing at festivals around the world. Upon the occasion of his 10th birthday, he performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and he then performed Bruch’s concerto one year later. He achieved enormous success at the Louskáček International Competition for Young Musicians. Last year, he participated in the “Virtuosos Talent Show” organized by Hungarian television, where he received a number of prizes. Plácido Domingo introduced him as a rising star at the opening concert of the 30th annual Český Krumlov International Music Festival. He has recently performed in the Bartók Hall in Budapest, at EXPO 2020 in Dubai and the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto with the PKF-Prague Philharmonia.
Filippo Lombardi is studying the trumpet at the C. Monteverdi Conservatory in Bolzano. He has won prizes at a number of national and international competitions, including the International Competition for Young Instrumentalists in Povoletto or the Premio Crescendo competition, since the age of eleven. He has also received the National Prize for trumpet playing. In November 2019, he participated in the fourth year of the Prodigy competition, which is broadcast in prime time by Italian public television. He was selected as part of the 2021 summer program for young people at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has participated in master classes given by the most famous trumpeters, including Sergei Nakariakov, Stephen Burns, Friedemann Immer, Rex Richardson, Omar Tomasoni and Ruben Simeo.
Victor Vichev was born in Sophia in 2006. He is studying the piano at the National School of Music and Dance in Plovdiv. In 2014, he was awarded the first prize at the prestigious Svetoslav Obretenov National Competition, while he received a Special Diploma from the International Piano Competition in Smederevo, Serbia and the first prize at the Great Composers competition in London in 2019. He also received the first prize at the sixth National Academic Piano Competition of J. S. Bach and his Contemporaries in Plovdiv and a special prize from the Golden Talents 2021 international competition in the same year. As a soloist, he has performed, for example, Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major in Plovdiv (2018) and in Sophia (2019) or Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major with the Sophia Sinfonietta in Sophia and Shumen (2021).
Diana Chausheva was born in Sophia in 2007. At the age of six, she was accepted into the National Music School, where she quickly began to develop her performance abilities. She has been awarded a number of prizes from international competitions, including the 1st prize at the 7th International String Instrument Competition in Nis (Serbia, 2015), the exceptional absolute prize at the 8th international Ohrid te sakam competition (Macedonia, 2020), the 1st prize at the Opus Artis music competition in Paris, the 4th prize at the prestigious 2021 Piccolo Violino Magico international violin competition (Italy), the 1st prize at the International Violin Competition “Young Paganini” in Legnica (Poland, 2021) and others. She has successfully participated at several master classes under the leadership of Stefan Tarara, Leonid Kerbel, Dora Schwarzberg and others.
The Rudolfinum is one of the most important Neo-Renaissance edifices in the Czech Republic. In its conception as a multi-purpose cultural centre it was quite unique in Europe at the time of its construction. Based on a joint design by two outstanding Czech architects, Josef Zítek and Josef Schultz, a magnificent building was erected serving for concerts, as a gallery, and as a museum. The grand opening on 7 February 1885 was attended by Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria, in whose honour the structure was named. In 1896 the very first concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra took place in the Rudolfinum's main concert hall, under the baton of the composer Antonín Dvořák whose name was later bestowed on the hall.