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

Petr Altrichter, Conductor
PETR ALTRICHTER is one of the Czech Republic’s most prominent conductors, acclaimed for his services to Czech music and for its promotion abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom. He began to make a name for himself in Czech music circles in the late 1970s, worked with the philharmonic orchestras in Zlín and Brno, and was engaged in long-term collaboration with the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonia. In 1987 he became the principal guest conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and three years later its principal conductor.
For eleven years (1993?2004) Altrichter was chief conductor of the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Constance. In 1997 he was appointed principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he took up the reins of his compatriot Libor Pešek who had held the same position there. In 2000 he appeared with this orchestra at the BBC Proms in London, and he made several highly acclaimed recordings for the orchestra’s own label RLPO Live. In 2002 he returned to the Brno Philharmonic as its principal conductor for seven seasons. Petr Altrichter has conducted many distinguished orchestras all over the world. In late 2015-early 2016 he took the Czech Philharmonic on tour to China.
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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