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Memorial to Lidice | Filharmonic Orchestra Brno in Salzburg

Wednesday & Thursday 28 - 29 September 2022. Filharmonic Orchestra Brno on tour at the Salzburg Culture Days.
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Nikolay Biryukov won the Martinů Prize at Concertino Praga

Young russian pianist Nikolay Biryukov won the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Prize at the Concertino Praga competition. The prize is awarded for best rendition of composer's piece. The jury appreciated Biryukov's interpretation of Dupák from Three Czech Dances, H 154.
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BBC Proms | Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

Friday 5 August 2022. The chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Semyon Bychkov and the Labèque Sisters will perform a double piano concerto by Martinů at the famous BBC Proms festival.
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Bohuslav Martinů Institute at the IAML Congress

The employees of Bohuslav Martinů Institute are taking part in the Congress organized by International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) that takes place in Prague 24-29 July. The Institute will also welcome the congress participants and present its library and way of work.
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Violin concerto No. 2 | Kissinger Sommer | Videolivestream 8 July 7.30 pm

Friday 8 July. The Czech Philharmonic will perform at the Kissinger Sommer music festival together with the holder of many international awards, violinist Isabelle Faust. We invite all fans of beautiful music to follow a livestream of the Czech Philharmonic concert on BR-KLASSIK.
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New issue of Martinů Revue about newly found correspondence and photos

First issue of Martinů Revue in 2022 documents the relationship between Bohuslav Martinů and the diplomat Vladimír Vaněk. Their newly available correspondence and photos of the composer from Vaněk’s archive shed a new light and the late Italian period of Martinů’s life. The eminent Czech diplomat and the composer met as young men already in Paris where they even shared an apartment. They met again and the end of their lives in Rome. Around fifty newly discovered photos of the working composer were shot there. The new issue of the magazine reflects their relationship in an article by Martin Ledvinka. It contains a text from the Vaněk himself, “I went to Vieux-Moulin for a penknife”, in which he remembers meeting with Charlotte after the composer’s death.
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Martinů pieces performed at a unique concert celebrating the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU

Musicians from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and the Belgian Luca School of Arts performed together a unique concert celebrating the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU on 3rd July 2022. The concert was held simultaneously in the Martinů Hall in Prague and Kamermuziekzaal in Leuven. They were interconnected by the unique technology of the CESNET association, which transmits sound and high-definition video with minimal delay.
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Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Medal was awarded to Ludvík Kašpárek

The Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Medal was awarded to the musicologist, publicist, and dramaturge PhDr. Ludvík Kašpárek at the occasion of his jubilee. The Board of Directors has given the award and diploma on 14th June 2022.
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Aleš Březina speaks about Martinů recordings on German Radio

The director of Bohuslav Martinů Institute, Mgr. Aleš Březina, Ph.D, spoke about recordings of pieces by Bohuslav Martinů on the program Interpretationen of the German radio Deutschlandfunk Kultur. He spoke with the host Elisabeth Hahn about the composition and recordings comparison of three compositions related to the war period, Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani, H 271, Field Mass, H 279, and Memorial to Lidice, H 296.
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The Martinů Award at the Prague Spring Competition goes to the clarinetist Anna Sysová

The Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Award for the best rendition of B. Martinů piece was won by the clarinetist Anna Sysová at the Prague Spring Competition. The price was handed over by doc. Irvin Venyš, the director of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation.
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Martinů fest Polička 2022

The 25th year of the traditional Martinů fest Polička festival will take place from 12 to 19 May 2022. The composer's work, but not only his, will be commemorated by a lot of concerts and the accompanying program.
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Czech soprano Kateřina Kněžíková wins BBC Music Magazine Award

Czech soprano Kateřina Kněžíková wins BBC Music Magazine Award, also with Martinů music!!!
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Josef Špaček | The Voice of Rare Violin

Thursday 28 April 2022. Martinů's first violin concerto is said by its Ostrava performer Josef Špaček to be technically demanding, even "borderline written". The orchestra will be conducted by the chief conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Vasily Sinai.
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Serenades and Harpsichord Concerto | NeoKlasik orchestra

Monday, 25 April 2022, 8 p.m. NeoKlasik orchestr plays Serenades No. 1 and 3 and Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra
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Martinů's Duos for violin and cello on new CD by Jamník and Špaček

Paths – crossing and diverging, those we choose ourselves and those that are predestined and inevitable: through this prism the violinist Josef Špaček and the cellist Tomáš Jamník view the music by Leoš Janáček, Gideon Klein, Bohuslav Martinů and Ervín Schulhoff written within a mere 35 years of the 20th century. Supraphon will release their album Paths on 22 April 2022 on CD and in digital formats within international distribution.
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La revue de cuisine | Czech Chamber Music Society

4 April 2022 The combination of suites from a 1927 jazz ballet and 1918 ballet music for seven instruments is not accidental; both date from about the same time and share chamber instrumentation requiring excellent performers.
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To the Paris episode of Adolf Loos and Jan Zrzavý

23 March 2022 Online lecture by PhDr. Dagmar Černoušková on Adolf Loose's contacts with Jan Zrzavý, Bohuslav Martinů and other artists in interwar Paris.
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Current exhibitions

These days, it is possible to visit two music exhibitions, which also present the work of Bohuslav Martinů.
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Songs on One Page recorded in orchestral version by Jiří Teml

Sopranist Karolína Janů recorded Songs on One Page, H 294 by Bohuslav Martinů in orchestral version created by Jiří Teml. The soloist sings with Pilsen Philharmonic under the baton of Chuhei Iwasaki. The new CD was released by German publishing house Ars Produktion. The composer Jiří Teml is former member of Supervisiory board of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation. The orchestral arrange of Songs was written in 1997, Teml instrumented also Antonín Dvořák’s Gypsy Melodies, op. 55, that is on the new CD too.
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Reviews: Symphony No. 1 in New York

Jakub Hrůša and New York Philharmonic performed the Symphony No. 1, H 289 by Bohuslav Martinů. For three evenings in February 10-12, 2022, it was to be heard with pieces by Zoltán Kodály and Franz Liszt in Alice Tully Hall. The American media are referring positively about the concert and the first performance of the symphony by New York Philharmonic.
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