Tag: Jan Šmydke

Wednesday, June 6, 2012: A 30th (or 50th) Jubilee

Quattro Corde’s 30th (or 50th) Year Jubilee Prague is rightfully known as a City of Music. Its roots run very deep. And that’s why Opus Osm tries to dig a little under its rich surface of popular venues, well-publicized performances, and top artists, to also bring to light some very well qualified, but lesser known, classical artists. Such is the case with the Quattro Corde orchestra which is celebrating a…

Monday, May 30, 2011: Mysterious Mr Zach

Meet the Mysterious Mr Zach When you were a child, your music teacher may have presented Beethoven, Bach, and other classical musicians as geniuses with regular, successful lives. But that’s not really the way life went for most musicians. Take Jan Zach, for example. Look at those troubled eyes. He’s credited with writing about 30 masses and just as many sinfonias, and he’s described as helping to provide a bridge…

Tuesday, May 10, 2011:Meet Mr Lukáš

Zdeněk Lukáš was a contemporary Czech composer you’ve probably never heard of. But you might want to change that. “He is a contemporary or modern composer,” explains Jan Šmydke, “but still, I would say, a somewhat ‘soft’ Czech musician — with a feeling of Czech music, but from the second half of the 20th century.” Mr Šmydke is just about to perform a solo from Lukáš’ Canti op. 175 as…