MUSCAT: One of Europe’s most renowned orchestras, the PKF-Prague Philharmonia will visit the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) for a concert featuring Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša and German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser on February 11.
The PKF-Prague Philharmonia recently delighted audiences at ROHM’s Gala Celebration concerts at the end of December.
This time the Prague-based orchestra returns for a concert celebrating the music of two Czech composers, Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana. They will play Dvořák’s Violoncello Concerto, op.104, B.191, B minor, featuring Moser on cello in the first half of the concert.
Following the intermission they will play the patriotic Má vlast (My Country) by Smetana, which is a musical tribute to the Czech Republic’s towns, rivers, mountains and legends.
“The PKF-Prague Philharmonia is an excellent orchestra and to hear them play music by Czech composers is very special. No doubt they will play it straight from their hearts.
“We are also very lucky to have Johannes Moser as he is an exceptionally talented cellist who plays with a wonderful combination of energy and elegance,” said Umberto Fanni, artistic director of ROHM.
The PFK-Prague Philharmonia was founded in 1994 by renowned Czech maestro Jiří Bělohlávek.
The maestro wanted to give new life to the Czech and world music scenes with an orchestra that would focus on vigour, energy and perfectionism in each of its performances.
Over the past 20 years it has become one of the most respected Czech orchestras and become well-known internationally.
Maestro Hrůša was born in Brno, Czech Republic and he studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has been described by Gramophone Magazine as ‘on the verge of greatness’.
He has served as the music director and chief conductor of PKF-Prague Philharmonia since 2009 and he is also the principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO), with whom he recently extended his commitment through the 2017/18 season.
Cellist Moser has been described by Gramophone as ‘one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists’.
Born in 1979, he began playing the cello when he was just eight years old. He won the top prize at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, and he was awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Rococo Variations.
He has performed with many of the top orchestras in the world including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, and Bavarian Radio Symphony.
He works regularly with leading conductors including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, and Valery Gergiev.
The PKF-Prague Philharmonia will perform for one night only on Wednesday, February 11 at 7.30pm.
SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY