Jaroslav Svěcený, VIOLIN
He plays the violin Francesco Ruggieri Cremona 1690
The native of Hradec Králové is one of the most important and best-known contemporary Czech violinists. He studied at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts under professors František Pospíšil and Václav Snítil. He completed his education with master classes with world virtuosos Nathan Milstein and Gidon Kremer. He is considered a famous popularizer of the violin. His concert tours and festival performances have been admired by listeners in the USA, throughout Europe, Mexico, Chile, Russia, Morocco, Indonesia, India, Thailand and many other countries. He recorded 44 CDs and DVDs with works by world and Czech authors. Many of them have been awarded both gold and platinum. He was the first Czech violinist to record a CD for the world-famous Sony Classical record company.
Jaroslav Svěcený was responsible for the creation and dramaturgy of the now successful festivals: Smiřické svátky muzdy, Klášterecké húdebi prameny, Prague's Tony Chodovské tvrze, Kocianovo Ústí (Ústí nad Orlicí) and Jihočeské Nové Hrady. Jaroslav Svěcený is also a recognized connoisseur of the history and construction of the violins of important violinists of the 17th to 21st centuries, and thanks to his knowledge, he has become a sought-after court expert in the field of stringed musical instruments. Special emphasis is placed on the presentation and promotion of excellent Czech masters of the 18th-21st centuries. As the only violinist, in 2009 he organized a remarkable exhibition called FAMOUS EUROPEAN VIOLINS, which took place in Prague's Municipal House. At the same time, he also published a very erudite publication of the same name. He also does not neglect projects with performers of other genres: he created a Czech-Slovak project with the world-famous orchestra Cigánski diabli, also presents the music of Astor Piazzolla on the already platinum album Signed of Tango. For 14 years, he co-created the multi-genre performance Vivaldianno, etc. At his concerts, he uses his talent as a presenter, and thanks to this, listeners can often hear him on the radio. At the same time, viewers can also see him in TV shows. He is also very active in charity work. For many years, he has been the patron of Akce cihla, which helps mentally disabled fellow citizens. He cooperates with NF The Art of Accompanying, Let's Give Children a Chance, and supports UNICEF and Konto Bariéry.
Lucie Tóth, Piano
Lucie Tóth, a graduate of the Pilsen Conservatory (prof. V. Müllerová – piano), completed her studies at HAMU Praha in the class of prof. K. Bilinská. She has studied chamber music under the direction of prof. V. Snítil. She received valuable insights at the annual seminar (piano and piano improvisation) at the Coninklijk Conservatorium Brussel in the class of prof. Boyan Vodenitcharov.
During her studies she gained professional experience in piano competitions, for example:
– Award for the Best Performance of the Czech Song and the International Competition - Karlovy Vary International Piano Competition 1994
– 3rd prize Pardubice, Conservatory Competition 1995
– First Bohemia Competition, Tábor 1996 – Special award for the performance of Josef Suk
– Yamaha Competition Prague 1998 – Honorable Mention
– Maria Canals International Competition, Barcelona 1999 – Diploma
– 1st prize and Joseph Seidler Foundation Prize – International Competition of Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust, London 2002
– Z. Fibich International Competition in Melodrama, 2003 – 3rd Prize and Special Award for New Works
Antonín Dvořák: Sonatina G Major,Op.100 (4 movements)
Johannes Brahms: Scherzo, op.49
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
Jaroslav Svěcený: Strings for NY
Jules Massenet: Meditation ,,Thaïs“
Vittorio Monti: Csardas ( trascription J.Svěcený)
Nicolo Paganini: Cantabile
Jaroslav Svěcený: Church phantasy from Prague Castle
Sting: El Tango de Roxanne from Moulin Rouge
Bedřich Smetana: Z domoviny ( From My Homeland)
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