Friday, December 2, 2011: Trojan Voice

Pavel Trojan's own compositions can be heard Dec 5 at his alma mater -- where he's also the school's principal.

Trojan Voice

This has been a hectic year for Pavel Trojan.

Besides the day-to-day running of the Prague Conservatory, he has also overseen the construction and opening of its gorgeous concert hall, the first new Prague classical concert stage in the past 100 years.

Like herding cats: organizing students for the Prague Spring concert is only part of Mr Trojan's day job

And he’s organized and attended many of the school’s 200th anniversary festivities, which culminated in the Students’ Orchestra performing the traditional opening concert of the Prague Spring festival, under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek.

But Pavel Trojan bears many gifts; among other things, he is also an active composer.

The latest creations of his musical mind, including three world premieres, will be presented at a free concert Dec 5 at the New Concert Hall. The program includes both his orchestral as well as chamber music and attests to his prolific output.

Mr Trojan’s new works — Vaudeville for the Violin and the Piano, Compositions for the Oboe and the Piano, and Poetic Parts for the French Horn and the Piano — all spotlight “his” instrument, the piano, and an additional instrument.

And the performers?

The evening will feature a gathering of friends, teachers, and of course students of the school, the soft-spoken director-composer tells Opus Osm.

“The concert will be opened by the Conservatory’s brass orchestra with the composition Festive Music for Brass. This piece was composed for our students’ concert at the Kyoto International Music Students’ Expo in Japan in 2004,” Mr Trojan explains.

The students’ line-up will continue with Mr Trojan’s Cantabile and Presto for the Violin and the Piano, performed by the award-winning violinist Markéta Dominikusová.

“And last but not least, also, my daughter Anna Trojanová, a recent graduate of the Prague Conservatory, will sing Agnus Dei,” Mr Trojan adds modestly. The young soprano will be accompanied on piano.

Mr Trojan is himself a graduate of the Prague Conservatory and of the Academy of Music (HAMU). He returned to the Conservatory to teach composition, and after the Velvet Revolution assumed the position of deputy director. He was named director in 2004.

So how does a composer feel when “his babies” are performed in public? He says, “I enjoy the occasion when my compositions are executed at a certain level.

“In this case I fully trust the musicians.” — oo

— Zuzana Sklenková

An in-depth interview with Pavel Trojan was published on Opus Osm on April 7, 2011.

Photo Credits: Miroslav Setnička

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