Tag: Josef Špaček

Yankee Doodle, Špaček & Sekera

Henri Vieuxtemps’ Souvenirs d’Amérique Op 17 (Variations on Yankee Doodle) seems appropriate for today, the American Independence Day. The original Yankee Doodle is a traditional folk song, with origins probably around the time of the American Revolution. It was performed in all of Vieuxtemps’ incredibly challenging variations and tempos by young Czech violinist Josef Špaček, accompanied on piano by the talented Miroslav Sekera. This opus and several others were part…

Thursday, April 19, 2012: Harmonic Inspiration

Harmonic Inspiration on Dušní Street The publishing of Vivaldi’s concertos numbered Opus 3 caused a sensation in the Amsterdam of 1711. The first set was dubbed “harmonic inspiration,” and that’s just what you could hear and see at the concert of this work at St Simon and St Jude April 11. The performance, which also caused a sensation there on Dušní Street, was dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the…

Monday, March 5, 2012:Seeing Doubles

Seeing Doubles Czech violinist Josef Špaček, the youngest concertmaster the Czech Philharmonic has ever had, is regarded as one of the most promising players on the international music scene. A student of the famous Itzhak Perlman, Mr Špaček studied in America for seven years, first at the Curtis Institute of Music and then at the Julliard School in New York. Prize winner at multiple international competitions, Mr Špaček stepped into…

Thursday, January 26,2011:All that Glitters

All that Glitters Is Not Goldscheider The goal of most new international businesses is to go for the gold: big profits. That’s not the reason Samuel Goldscheider has started a business in Prague. So “Why on earth are you here?” That’s the question that a lot of Czech musicians ask him. A recent graduate of Cambridge University, he has established his own Goldscheider Artists agency, representing musicians in Prague and…

Monday, September 19, 2011:Young and Happy

A Young Festival Hosts a Young Talent Last Tuesday the Rudolfinum’s Suk Hall was host to the young and talented Czech violinist Josef Špaček. The 24-year-old was accompanied on piano by the somewhat unjustly overshadowed Jan Bartoš as part of the Dvořák Prague Festival (Dvořákova Praha). Talent and youth were a recurrent theme that evening; the Dvořák Prague Festival, in only its fourth year, is still relatively young and, oddly…