Backstage with the French Horn
This is a different kind of Rudolfinum than you know from its glittering concert hall. We’re passing through the employees’ entrance of the Czech Philharmonic orchestra …
Kateřina Javůrková guides me through the corridors, until we arrive at what seems to be an old-timers’ canteen, where the musicians line up to get their lunches of fried cheese and other Czech specials.
My tea companion, Kateřina Javůrková (22), opened the Mar 9 evening concert of the PKF-Prague Philharmonia in the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Concert Hall.
She was the soloist in Mozart’s Concert for the French Horn, Opus 4 and received warm applause from the audience.
The Two Philharmonias
This French horn player is no mere visitor to The Rudolfinum, as she’s recently also joined the Czech Philharmonic as its third-chair horn player. And it was also on the Rudolfinum stage where she won the prestigious Prague Spring International Music Festival competition last year.
Kateřina is still absorbing the size of this prestigious Czech ensemble. “It is so big that it took me two weeks to realize my cousin plays here,” she adds, laughing. … The article continues in the “Magazine” section.