Jakub Hrůša for the first time with Berliner Philharmoniker

Another great success for Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša was his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker on Thursday, October 11. He chose purely Czech programme for his first performance with the renowned orchestra: Dvořák's Golden Spinning Wheel, Janáček's Taras Bulba and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 by Bohuslav Martinů, in which soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann took part. Another performance is scheduled for October 12 and 13, the Saturday concert will be live-streamed within the Digital Concert Hall.

Jakub Hrůša Photo: Andreas Herzau

Bohuslav Martinů composed the Concerto in Paris between June 1932 and February 1933 for famous violinist Samuel Dushkin, but he has never performed it. The piece was forgotten and lost for a great deal of time, until it was found again in Washington music archive by musicologist Harry Halbreich. Its world premiere took place in Chicago, in October 1973, with Josef Suk playing the solo part and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Georg Solti. After decades of being lost again score was finally found in 2016 at Northwestern University Archives by Bohuslav Martinů Institute.

„It is a pure joy to play this piece,“ says Frank Peter Zimmermann in an interview (only in German)

The Czech audience will have the chance to hear Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 with Jakub Hruška and Peter Peter Zimmermann during the Bohuslav Martinů Days festival. Together with the Czech Philharmonic, they will perform compositions also by Antonín Dvořák, Arthur Honneger and the world premiere of the composition of Jiří Teml.

Frank Peter Zimmermann Photo: Irene Zande