Jiří Bělohlávek Chief Conductor

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Program

7:00p.m., Tuesday, October 3 at Suntory Hall
Dvořák: Carnival Op.92, B.169

Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor Op.104, B.191 (Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello)

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Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor Op.98


7:00p.m., Wednesday, October 4 at Suntory Hall
Smetana:"The Bartered Bride"Overture

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major Op.73 "Emperor" (Alice-Sara Ott, Piano)

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Dvořák: Symphony No.8 in G major Op.88, B.163

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Profiles

Jiří Bělohlávek,Conductor
Jiří Bělohlávek was born in Prague in 1946. His love of music became apparent at an early age, encouraged by his father, a judge, who introduced his son to an array of classical music. At the age of four, Jiří joined a children’s choir, and was soon taking piano lessons. Jiří Bělohlávek went on to learn the cello with Professor KarelPravoslavSádlo before continuing his studies at the Prague Conservatory and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. It was during these years that Jiří Bělohlávek began conducting in earnest, receiving instruction from Robert Brock,AloisKlíma, BohumírLiška and Josef Veselka.
In 1968, the legendary Rumanian conductor SergiuCelibidache invited Jiří Bělohlávek to become his assistant, a collaboration which culminated in Bělohlávek winning the Czech Young Conductors’ Competition in 1970, as well as reaching the final of the prestigious Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition in 1971.
It was in 1970 that Bělohlávek began conducting the Czech Philharmonic to great acclaim; the start of his long relationship with the orchestra.
In 1990, Jiří Bělohlávek succeeded Václav Neumann as Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. He built upon the orchestra’s already established reputation for excellence, particularly in its interpretations of Czech music, and became part of a long line of esteemed Czech conductors to direct the orchestra: VáclavTalich, Rafael Kubelík, KarelAnčerl, and his immediate predecessor Václav Neumann.
In 1994, Jiří Bělohlávek founded the Prague Philharmonia, whom he directed until 2005, when he became its Conductor Laureate. Alongside his work with this ensemble, Jiří Bělohlávek has conducted the world’s major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Philadephia Orchestra, SächsischeStaatskapelle Dresden and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, appearing at festivals including Berlin, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Montreaux, Perth, Prague, Salzburg and Tanglewood.
In 1994 Jiří Bělohlávek was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Prague National Theatre; then in 1995 he became the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Guest Conductor, later becoming its Chief Conductor in 2006. Alongside these positions, Jiří Bělohlávek has continued his prestigious work in the world of opera, with acclaimed productions at Berlin, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and many more.
In parallel with these roles, Jiří Bělohlávek has become a respected teacher of conducting. He was appointed Professor at the Prague Academy in 1997, and until 2009 was Director of the Department of Conducting. His protégés include the young Czech conductors Tomáš Hanus, Jakub Hrůša and Tomáš Netopil.
Jiří Bělohlávek has an extensive discography, and, as the Naxos label noted:
‘His most outstanding recordings are those in which he leads the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, where the high calibre of orchestral execution and Bělohlávek’s deep musicianship result in performances of exceptional quality.’
In May 2012 Jiří Bělohlávek was awarded the title CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) ‘for services to music’ by the Queen Elizabeth II. In the Czech Republic he was awarded the First Grade Medal of Merit for service to the Republic.
In a much-anticipated reunion, Jiří Bělohlávek returned as Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic in 2012. The outstanding musicianship of the Czech Philharmonic under Bělohlávek’s inspiring direction makes this a truly exciting collaboration. As an internationally-acclaimed conductor, Jiří Bělohlávekdirects the Czech Philharmonic on the international stage, taking the orchestra forwards in music-making which has already won great acclaim, and which is sure to do so in the future.
Jean-Guihen Queyras , Cello
Alice-Sara Ott , Piano
Alice Sara Ott is truly a modern artist of our time. Every season she reaches out to her audience with different and exciting projects. Following the very successful collaboration with Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds (The Chopin Project reached No.1 in the official UK classical chart and the iTunes chart in 25 countries), in the 2016/17 season she will release her eighth Deutsche Grammophon album, Wonderland. The album includes Grieg’s Piano Concerto, recorded with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Grieg’s Lyric Pieces. In autumn 2016 she will tour the Wonderland project to Japan with nine performances across the country, including at Tokyo Opera City, and continuing to Taiwan and China in winter 2017. Then in the following spring she will bring the programme to Europe for performances in Berlin, Munich, Oslo, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.
Alice has worked with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras, including Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Pablo Heras-Casado, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Ginandrea Noseda, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Sakari Oramo, Osmo Vänskä, Vasily Petrenko, Myung-Whun Chung, Hannu Lintu and Robin Ticciati and orchestras such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras and Wiener Symphoniker. This season she will perform with St Petersburg Philharmonic (Yuri Temirkanov), Washington’s National Symphony (Edo de Waart) and Royal Scottish National orchestras, and tours with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy) and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (Krzystof Urbański).

Aside from her performances, Alice has established strong relationships with a number of leading brands worldwide. As well as being the Brand Ambassador for Technics, the hi-fi audio brand of Panasonic Corporation, Alice has personally designed a signature line of high-end leather bags for JOST Bags, one of Germany’s most stylish, contemporary and premium brands. Her designs include origami elements, reflecting her Japanese heritage, and the inside of the bags will also feature Alice’s hand drawn designs. Her passion for origami can also be seen in her new album, she has created the entire video clip from her origami designs. Alice’s creative talent reaches to smartphones too, she has created her own stickers for one of the most popular communication apps, LINE, available for worldwide download.
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra
Biography
For over a century, the Czech Philharmonic has represented the pinnacle of Czech cultural achievement, delighting audiences across the globe with its warm, vibrant sound. AntonínDvořák conducted the Czech Philharmonic in its debut performance on 4 January 1896 at the Rudolfinum in Prague, which is still home to the orchestra’s Prague concerts, and is now the centre for its new Orchestral Academy.

Gustav Mahler conducted the Czech Philharmonic for the world premiere of his Symphony No. 7 in Prague, in 1908. The orchestra’s international reputation grew under the direction of Václav Talich (Chief Conductor, 1919-1931/1933-1941), with whom it made its first phonograph recording in 1929, of Smetana’s MáVlast, for His Master’s Voice.

Talich was followed by other outstanding Czech conductors, including Rafael Kubelík (1942-1948) and KarelAnčerl (1950-1968).
It was under Ančerl’s leadership that the Czech Philharmonic embarked on its busy and varied touring schedule.
The orchestra performs in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Philharmonie in Berlin, Royal Festival Hall in London and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Notable festival appearances include the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Berliner Festspiele, Lucerne Festival and SalzburgerFestspiele.
The Czech Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor between 1968 and 1990 was the great Václav Neumann. In a review of 2011, Classic FM Magazine described a vintage recording of the Czech Philharmonic performing with Neumann as ‘unforgettable music-making.’ Neumann worked closely with Jiří Bělohlávek who, in the role of guest conductor, forged a dynamic relationship with the Czech Philharmonic.
Jiří Bělohlávek was appointed Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic in 1990. In the wake of Bělohlávek’s outstanding achievements with the orchestra, Gerd Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, ZdeněkMácal and EliahuInbal have taken the role of Chief Conductor. As of 2013, this journey has come full circle: in a much-anticipated reunion, Jiří Bělohlávekhas made a welcome return as Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.
Of this reunion, Jiří Bělohlávek has stated:
‘The Czech Philharmonic is a first-rate brand and is recognised in the world as a prestigious orchestra. I would like to return it back to its traditions of hard work and high artistic aspirations, to achieve the level that our best orchestra merits. Most of all I would like to give the Czech Philharmonic once again the joy of music.’
The partnership between Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic is among the most celebrated in the orchestra’s history. Together they have given significant world-premieres, including works by Jan Klusák and Milan Slavický, as well as critically-acclaimed performances of famous Czech works and the mainstream orchestral repertoire. The Naxos label wrote of Bělohlávek’s discography:
‘His most outstanding recordings are those in which he leads the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, where the high calibre of orchestral execution and Bělohlávek’s deep musicianship result in performances of exceptional quality.’
The Czech Philharmonic has received numerous awards and nominations, including ten Grands Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles-Cros, five Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académiefrançaise, several Cannes Classical Awards, a position in Gramophone’s Top 20 Best Orchestras in the World (2008), as well as nominations for Grammy and Gramophone Awards.
The Czech Philharmonic is an orchestra returning to the high standards of its golden age, in exceptional performances which are attracting international recognition. Under the baton of the inimitable Jiří Bělohlávek from 2012, the Czech Philharmonic is entering a new era, combining tradition with innovation as an orchestra at the height of its powers.

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