Any work for solo piano by one of the following composers
J.S. Bach, J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, F. Schubert
Those interested in active participation can apply by sending a CV (max. 900 characters) to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org no later than by 31 July 2021. The age limit for participants is 25.
Public masterclasses are yet another way that the Academy of Classical Music at the Dvořák Prague Festival is working to promote the education of musicians. As an ancillary programme in the series, For the Future, young musicians are given the chance to play before exceptional artists, performers who have invaluable experience on the world’s great stages, and to consult them about their views on the interpretation of a work. A masterclass is a unique opportunity for the public to witness the final phase of preparing an interpretation. Rather than a usual lesson, it is an exchange of artistic opinions. It provides exciting insight into the final phase of a young artist’s preparation, before the moment when that performer appears in the concert arena with a finished interpretive conception, in order to share an artistic opinion with the public.
The mentors at this year’s masterclasses will be important figures from the current festival. Their undoubted authority can influence the future course of musical thinking among the rising generation of performers.
Sir András Schiff, a great proponent of Dvořák’s music and one of today’s most important pianists, is an artist-in-residence at this year’s festival. On 21 Sept. 2021 at 10 a.m. he will be leading young pianists through the world of selected piano works in Martinů Hall at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts.
András Schiff has long been one of the most brilliantly shining stars among pianists. A native of Hungary, he lives mainly in Basel and Florence, and he is widely regarded as one of the great interpreters of the music of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, although his vast repertoire extends into the music of the 20th century as well. He is a great lover of Czech music: his recordings for the ECM label include most of Leoš Janáček’s piano music, he frequently performs the chamber works of Antonín Dvořák, and he also instigated and financially supported the publication of a facsimile edition of Dvořák’s Piano Concerto in G minor. Schiff appears regularly on all of the world’s important stages, and he has an enormous discography to his credit including complete sets of the Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert piano sonatas. He teaches masterclasses at prestigious music schools, and he has also enjoyed success as a conductor. For his artistic activities, he has won countless awards, including a Grammy, a Gramophone Award, and the Order of the British Empire.
The Bohuslav Martinů Concert Hall is part of the historic Liechtenstein Palace, which is located directly opposite St Nicholas’s Church at the upper end of Malostranské náměstí (Lesser Town Square). With capacity for an audience of 200, it is used primarily for more intimate cultural events and for graduation recitals. Since 1993, the Liechtenstein Palace has been the site of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.