NEWS

The Greek Passion received the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik!



An opera by Bohuslav Martinů The Greek Passion, H 372 received the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik ("German Record Critics' Award") for the recording of last season’s production in Oper Graz. 158 jury members in 32 categories chose award winning recordings from 288 nominationated albums of the last quarter. → More

The Greek Passion for the first time in Sweden



The Wermland Opera in Karlstad, Sweden, presents a new production of Bohuslav Martinů's Greek Passion, H 372 I. This opera will be seen in its first version, reconstructed by the director of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute Aleš Březina in 1999 for the festival in Bregenz. It had its Swedish premiere on September 14 (in English with Swedish surtitles), another 9 performances will take plance in Karlstad during September and October. → More

Martinů at BBC Proms: Reviews



The Czech program, which was introduced at BBC Proms on August 26 by Jakub Hrůša together with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, caused a wave of positive feedback and reviews not only in the Czech Republic, but also abroad. Here's an overview. → More

Jakub Hrůša with Martinů at BBC Proms: Recording from the concert



On Saturday, August 26, conductor Jakub Hrůša debuted at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, where he presented a program related to the theme of the Bohemian Reformation. In featured compositions of all Czech greats: Smetana, Dvořák, Suk and Janáček. One of the highlights of the evening was the Field Mass, H 279, a cantata of Bohuslav Martinů composed as a reaction to the beginning of the Second World War. The recording of the entire concert with an interview with Aleš Březina is available on BBC3 until September 25, 2017. → More

Jakub Hrůša will make his BBC Proms debut with Martinů



Conductor Jakub Hrůša will make his BBC Proms debut this year at Royal Albert Hall on 26th August with all-Czech programme, including Bohuslav Martinů's cantata Field Mass, H 279. → More

Ariane in Konstanz



The courtyard of the Renaissance Town Hall in Konstanz changes annualy in August into the chamber stage of the musical theater. The artistic director of this chamber opera, Peter Bauer, chose the theme of Greek mythology for this year's productions: the story of Ariadne, daughter of Cretan king Minos. In collaboration with the Municipal Theater in Konstanz, it‘ll present two operas of composers from the same generation: one-act operas Ariane, H 370 by Bohuslav Martinů and L'Abandon d'Ariane by Darius Milhaud. → More

Czech opera singer Eva Děpoltová sadly passed away



Great Czech opera singer Eva Děpoltová sadly passed away on July 16th at the age of 71. Eva Děpoltová participated in several complete opera recordings of Bohuslav Martinů, such as the Greek Passion and the Plays of Mary. → More

Exhibition: Zdeněk Zouhar. Composer, Musicologist, Librarian



Moravian Library in Brno prepared exhibition about its former worker, prof. PhDr. Zdeněk Zouhar (1927-2011), who would turn 90 this year. His anniversary will be reminded at the exhibition opening: Zdeněk Zouhar. Composer, Musicologist, Librarian on June 8, 2017. Zouhar was heavily linked with Bohuslav Martinů, in January 1956 he conducted the world premiere of the Opening of the Wells in Polička and later he co-founded the Bohuslav Martinů Society. A lecture called Zdeněk Zouhar. Music composer and promoter of the work of Bohuslav Martinů (21 June at 6 pm) will take place as part of the accompanying program. It will be lectured by Zouhar’s son, music composer and musicologist prof. Vít Zouhar who is the editor of the latest volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition (four cantatas on texts of Miloslav Bureš). → More

Jakub Hrůša on Jiří Bělohlávek



In connection with today's sad news about the death of the great Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, we publish the text of the President of International Martinů Circle Jakub Hrůša from the previous issues of the Martinů Revue magazine. → More

Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek has passed away



This morning brought a very sad news not only for Czech but also for the world culture. During the night after a long illness, the well-known conductor Jiří Bělohlávek has passed away in his 71 years. → More

This year's first issue of Martinů Revue is out!



This year‘s first issue of magazine focused on Czech composer is out. What's in it? → More

Czech Philharmonic is not afraid of Martinů



Czech Philharmonic’s program for the next season 2017/2018 is out and we can find the name of composer Bohuslav Martinů in it quite often. The prominent Czech orchestra will perform in its 122nd season four symphonies by Martinů and two short orchestral pieces. → More

Album with works of Vítězslava Kaprálová received Diapason d'Or



New album with complete piano music of Bohuslav Martinů’s pupil Vítězslava Kaprálová has received the prestigious Diapason d'Or. This CD released by Naxos contains world premiere recordings performed by Czech pianist, harpsichordist and Martinů specialist Giorgio Koukl who also recorded his complete solo piano works and now records Martinů’s Complete Songs for Naxos with mezzosopranist Jana Hrochová. → More

Doc. Zora Zichová sadly passed away



Czech pianist doc. Zora Zichová sadly passed away on 28th April at the age of 96. → More

Another volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition is out!



Another volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition (BMCE) with four cantatas on texts of Miloslav Bureš has been released. BMCE is a project realized in collaboration with the publishing house Bärenreiter, Bohuslav Martinů Institute and with the financial support of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation, The Czech Science Foundation and the State Fund for Culture of the Czech Republic. The new volume is edited by Vít Zouhar. → More

Ballet Sinfonietta Giocosa in New York



Scottish Ballet makes its debut in Joyce Theatre, New York with three ballets. Besides Motion of Displacement by Bryan Arias and Ten Poems by Christopher Bruce Scottish Ballet will perform ballet by its CEO and Artistic Director Christopher Hampson Sinfonietta Giocosa with Bohuslav Martinů’s music, whose piece was premiered in Carnegie Hall 75 years ago. → More

Best Edition Award goes to new member of the Editorial Board of the BMCE



French musicologist Denis Herlin who recently became a member of the Editorial Board of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition was awarded the German Music Edition Prize for "Best Edition” for first volume of François Couperin’s “Pièces de clavecin. Premier livre (1713)" published by Bärenreiter-Verlag. Congratulations! → More

Jakub Hrůša has been announced as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra



Jakub Hrůša, president of the International Martinů Circle was appointed as one of the Principal Guest Conductors of the Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition to his new role, Jakub Hrůša is also Chief Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. → More

Czech premiere in Polička of the 1967 BBC film Music of Exile



On 25 May 2017, at 7 pm at the Tyl House in Polička, Music of Exile will be shown for the very first time in our country. → More

Gramophone praises Cantatas from the Czech Highlands



Prague Philharmonic Choir with Lukáš Vasilek are enjoying another appreciation of their album released by Supraphon with the support of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation. → More

Bohuslav Martinů Days 2014 CD



​The new annual CD from the Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival 2014 has been released. What this CD has to offer? → More

Interview with Jakub Hrůša



David Nice interviewed president of the International Martinů Circle Jakub Hrůša about Bohuslav Martinů's symphonies, the Czech sound of the Bamberger Symphoniker or Hrůša's relationship with Jiří Bělohlávek. → More

A concerto twice lost finally found



A story of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1, H 226 twice lost and finally found has already appeared in the Martinů Revue 2.2016. Read on… → More

New issue of Martinů Revue 3.2016 is out!



What’s in the current issue of the Martinů Revue? → More

The Epic of Gilgamesh in Prague



The Epic of Gilgamesh, H 351 will appear in three upcoming evenings in Prague’s Rudolfinum. Last year first fully-scenic production had a premiere in Janáček opera NtB and first volume of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition published by Bärenreiter with the oratorio was awarded the German Music Edition Prize for "Best Edition" of 2015. → More

Memorial to Lidice with London Philharmonic Orchestra



Today in Royal Festival Hall London Philharmonic Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski will perform “20th-century discoveries”. That is a name of a program featuring Symphony No.9 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mourned by the wind by Giya Kancheli and Bohuslav Martinů's Memorial to Lidice, H 296. → More

Dr Hideo Sekine sadly passed away on 18 January



Former president of the Japanese Bohuslav Martinů Society Dr Hideo Sekine sadly passed away on 18 January in Tokyo. → More

Smetana Trio nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards



Smetana Trio’s album published by Supraphon in 2016 is nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards! This album featuring the complete piano trios by Bohuslav Martinů will compete with the Escher String Quartet (Mendelssohn‘s String Quartets Nos 5 & 6) and Danish String Quartet (Adès‘s Arcadiana, Nørgård‘s Quartetto Breve and Abrahamsen‘s 10 Preludes). → More

Bohuslav Martinů and the Prague Spring Music Festival



The programme for the 72nd edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival will offer around 45 concerts with chamber and orchestral music. Of course those who are fond of Bohuslav Martinů’s music will not come short. → More

Easy Piano Pieces and Dances has been published



New album with music for piano „Easy Piano Pieces and Dances” has been published by Bärenreiter and it includes original Martinů works from 1919 to 1937. Some of these charming didactic pieces are released for the first time. → More

Bohuslav Martinů Days 2016



22nd festival Bohuslav Martinů Days 2016 will take place in Prague on 5 - 22 December and again it will present significant composer of the 20th century. → More

The Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Interpretation Competition 2016: winners



For the first time in its history young artists who play harpsichord, flute, clarinet or trumpet could win the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Interpretation Competition 2016. → More

22nd Martinů Festtage 2016: How was the festival?



22nd festival with Martinů’s music has come to an end in Basel, Switzerland. How was it? → More

Second Benefit Concert 2016



Concert in Prague's Kaiserstein Palace with Martina Janková, Tomáš Král and Ivo Kahánek. → More

Benefit concert: An interview with Martina Janková and Ivo Kahánek



In less than a week the 2nd benefit concert for the Bohuslav Martinů Institute will take place in Prague, that is why we had an opportunity to talk with Martina Janková and Ivo Kahánek who will perform at this concert together with Tomáš Král. → More

Award winning The Epic of Gilgamesh / Dido and Aeneas in Janáček opera NtB



The Epic of Gilgamesh for the last time this year in Brno. → More

Symphony No.4 in Bachtrack's review



Review from Bachtrack by David Truslove notes October’s performance of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and conductor Aleksandar Marković in Poole. → More

Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition: Review in NOTES



The two volumes of the Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition has been reviewed by musicologist Nigel Simeone for the September edition of the prestigious magazine Notes. → More

New issue of Martinů Revue 2.2016 is out!



This year’s second issue and special summer edition of the Martinů Revue is finally out. → More

Bohuslav Martinů Critical Edition: Chamber music for 6-9 instruments is out!



The new-launched publication presents Martinů‘s chamber music for 6 - 9 instruments: Les Rondes, H 200, Serenade No. 1, H 217, Serenade No. 3, H 218, Stowe Pastorals, H 335 and Nonet No. 2, H 374. → More

Release of Early Orchestral Works, Volume Two



Yet another unknown pieces by Bohuslav Martinů will get to the public in recording which presents works of Martinů’s youth. It’s a second part of Early Orchestral Works series published by Toccata Classics. → More

The Epic of Gilgamesh / Dido and Aeneas in Janáček Theatre



On 13 May 2016, the Janáček Theatre in Brno will host a premiere of a project directed by Jiří Heřman, presenting two works based on ancient myths - Bohuslav Martinů's The Epic of Gilgamesh and Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell. → More

Jiří Bělohlávek among the Winds and Strings on 24 April



Today on 24 April at 7.30pm you will have a chance to hear in Dvořák’s hall of Prague’s Rudolfinum PKF - Prague Philharmonia with orchestra’s Conductor Laureate Jiří Bělohlávek. → More

NEW MARTINŮ REVUE: The Epic of Gilgamesh - first review



First review of the first volume of Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition The Epic of Gilgamesh in Martinů Revue. → More

This year´s first issue of Martinů Revue is out!



This year´s first issue of magazine focused on Czech composer is out → More

NEW MARTINŮ REVUE: Bohuslav Martinů Days 2015



The Bohuslav Martinů Days 2015 featured 18 concerts and many of the festival’s events were reviewed on the Harmonie magazine. We have selected a few of these reviews for a new Martinů Revue. → More

Juliette in the National Theatre in Prague on March 24 and March 25



After 16 years, Juliette (The Key to Dreams), H 253 will appear in the National Theatre in Prague on March 24 and March 25. → More

The Plays of Mary once again in Brno on 23 March



Janáček Theatre in Brno will host once again the succesful production of Bohuslav Martinů´s opera The Plays of Mary which had its premiere last year. → More

Russian premiere of Bohuslav Martinů´s opera Ariadne in Moscow on March 13



On March 18, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre will give the Russian premiere of Bohuslav Martinů´s lyric opera Ariadne. → More

Evenings with the music of Karol Szymanowski and Bohuslav Martinů in Katowice



Festival „Evenings with the music of Karol Szymanowski and Bohuslav Martinů“ begins on March 14 in Katowice. → More

New book on Bohuslav Martinů by Patrick Lambert is out!



New book MARTINŮ IN HIS TIME - THE RECORDED LEGACY: A Biographical Survey of the Early Recordings by Patrick Lambert has been published. → More

Happy birthday! Jiří Bělohlávek turns 70 today



Our warmest wishes go to the world famous Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek who turns 70 today on 24 February 2016. → More

Festival Bohuslav Martinů Journeys 2016 starts on 27 February



MusikWerk in Lucerne reanimates pieces of great composers that are not played so frequently as they would deserve. Last year, Arnold Schoenberg was in spotlight, but now it´s time for Bohuslav Martinů! → More

Petr Nouzovský with Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 on 11 February 2016



The Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Petr Altrichter and soloist Petr Nouzovský. → More

Harry Halbreich celebrates his 85th birthday!



Musicologist and scholar Harry Halbreich celebrates his 85th birthday on 9 February 2016. → More

Double Concerto in Munich with Juraj Valčuha



Czech programme with Münchner Philharmoniker. → More

NEW MARTINŮ REVUE: Three Wishes in Ostrava



Reviews in the current issue of the Martinů Revue. → More

NEW MARTINŮ REVUE: Bohuslav Martinů´s refugees



Three reviews on a premiere of The Greek Passion in Essen. → More

Jiří Bělohlávek as a guest in a radio interview on 14 January 2016



Listen to the live broadcast interview. You can ask questions by e-mail. → More

New issue of Martinů Revue is out!



Find out what´s inside... → More

Martinů in Paris performed by Jakub Hrůša on January 2016



Two concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France → More

AUDIO: Aleš Březina was talking about Martinů in a radio interview



As we celebrate 20 years of existence, director Aleš Březina spoke to Radio Prague on the history and exciting developments of the Martinů Institute. IN ENGLISH! → More

Operas with Martinu music in 2016



Graz, Prague, Berlin or Ostrava? → More

Three Wishes in Prague on 15 December 2015



Bohuslav Martinů Days 2015 → More

Seven times Martinů at Czech television broadcasting



A special programme for the 125th anniversary of the composer's birth → More

VIDEO: Julia Fischer plays Martinů



Look at the concert of Julia Fischer with the Czech Philharmonic on Czech TV website (available only in Czech Republic) → More

Jakub Hrůša became the first recipient of the Sir Charles Mackerras Award



President of the International Martinů Circle received the award from Leoš Janáček Foundation on 7 November 2015 → More

Martinů Fest 2017



20th Martinů Fest → More

Jiří Bělohlávek and Christian Poltéra in Berlin on 30 April



Christian Poltéra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under conductor Jiří Bělohlávek will perform Martinů's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra. → More

Memorial to Lidice in Prague with Czech Philharmonic



For upcoming three evenings guests of Prague’s Rudolfinum can look forward to Czech Philharmonic’s concerts conducted by Manfred Honeck with Bohuslav Martinů´s Memorial to Lidice. → More

Jaroslav Mihule as a guest in a radio interview on 8 January 2016



Listen to the live broadcast interview. You can ask questions by e-mail. → More

Czech Philharmonic in January



The concerts will be recorded by the Czech Television. → More

AUDIO: Listen to the radio broadcasting of Martinů's violin concerto on 28 December 2015



Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1. Soloist: Pavel Šporcl → More

21. Martinů Festtage in Basel on 15 - 29 November 2015



For the composer's 125th anniversary → More

REVIEW: Three Wishes in Ostrava



The premiere of the opera Three Wishes took place in Ostrava on 15 October 2015. → More

Inspired by Martinů in London on 21 October 2015



Challenging the boundaries between contemporary and classical music, Inspired by Martinu unfolds on Wednesday 21 October 2015 at The Forge venue in London. → More

Three Wishes in Ostrava on 15 October 2015, PREMIERE



20th century opera hits, magic of new worlds which will captivate your ears and minds… → More

Review: Soňa Červená at the festival Golden Prague on 2. October 2015



A meeting with the festival’s honorary guest and legend of the Czech and international opera world. → More

Fantaisies Symphoniques on a new CD of Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra



New CD for the 70th anniversary of Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic → More

Chamber concerts in the UK on 19 to 28 September 2015



Lovers of Martinů's music in the UK have the opportunity to visit several chamber concerts on September. → More

Interview with the pianist Emil Leichner



We bring you an interesting interview with Czech pianist Emil Leichner in the August issue of the magazine Harmonie! Emil Leichner was awarded a medal of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation on 15 June 2015. You can read about his relationship to Martinů, his long-term promotion of Martinů’s music as well as many others. → More

Ivan Moravec (1930 - 2015)



"Ivan Moravec strived to devote every spare second of his life to his piano, and his music love affairs - Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, and particularly Chopin. That is why I hold him in high esteem ever more for having sacrified, twice, a part of his closely guarded time to the name and work of Bohuslav Martinů...... (Aleš Březina) → More



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Oregon Music Festival - Hommage to Martinů 20. 6. - 1. 7. 2015



Oregon Music Festival celebrates the creative power of Bohuslav Martinů on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of his birth. → More

Concerts for Children "Bohouš travels around the world!" 4. - 17. 6. 2015



Bohouš travels, knows his way. In one place he’ll hardly stay. Cooking jazzy tunes he likes, His Serenade doesn’t need mikes. → More

Martinů at the festival Prague Spring 30. 5. 2015



Morning Concert III - Olga Šroubková & Miroslav Sekera → More

Conductor Jakub Hrůša, President of IMC, has been appointed Permanent Guest Conductor of Czech Philharmonic!



Big congratulations to our president Jakub Hrůša Conductor who has been appointed Permanent Guest Conductor of Czech Philharmonic, starting next (Czech Phil's jubilee 120th) season! → More