Štěpánka and Karel Komárek
“Antonín Dvořák knew how to change people’s minds. He was able to convince them to embrace his melodic inventions. He became the role model and inspiration for an entire generation of younger composers, as well as for ordinary citizens. His work beguiles listeners to this day. Out of respect for these achievements, we uphold his legacy.”
A celebration of MUSIC
and its genius
It is a curious fact to note that Antonín Dvořák, who enjoys the greatest worldwide renown among all Czech composers, did not have a large festival of his own before 2008. The undeniable, time-tested qualities of the work of this musical titan have given rise to an event that celebrates the phenomenon of Dvořák within the context of other composers.
In this way, the festival has filled one of the last remaining blank spots on the map of today’s world of culture and has become a true feast day of classical music. We are proud of the fact that we helped make it happen.
“The Dvořák Prague Festival is certainly the most ambitious project in the field of classical music that has been endeavored in this country. It is proof of how mutually beneficial it is for the business elites to team up with the brightest stars in the world of classical music. Entrepreneur Karel Komárek, who decided ‘to go for it’ a couple of years ago, deserves our respect.”
Ailyn Pérez, operatic soprano
“Dvořák’s music is rich in colors but at the same time of a Mozartian transparency. Listening to musical works in the country in whose tradition they are rooted is always a special experience. I can’t wait to hear Dvořák in Czech hands.”
Yo-Yo Ma, cellist
“It’s as if I died and entered Heaven. We all have our dreams, and in music, they sometimes come true. To play Dvořák with the Czech Philharmonic was one of the most profound experiences I was privileged to have in the realm of classical music.”
Petr Nekoranec, tenor
“Music, to me, is something like a perennially encrypted vault for emotions, for stories. This is how Ubi caritas in the Latin text and Ave Maria came into existence. Where else to present a new work by a composer of the young generation, but at the opening evening of this festival?”
Antonín DVOŔÁK PRIZE
This project seeks to give recognition to a personality who, through a lifetime of work or an exceptional artistic achievement, has contributed significantly to the promotion and popularization of Czech classical music at home and abroad.
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The Dvořák Prague Festival is a showcase of top-notch soloists and conductors, and orchestras and chamber ensembles of global renown. They come to Prague to present an international audience with the music of Dvořák and the works of other world-class composers.
At the same time, the festival makes room for young talented artists. For many of them, appearing on the illustrious stage of the Rudolfinum in Prague marks their premiere as concert performers in front of a large audience.
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Jiří Bělohlavek & David Garret | Dvořákova Praha
Yo-Yo Ma | Dvořákova Praha
Ivan Klánský | Dvořákova Praha
Jakub Hrůša | Dvořákova Praha
Ailyn Pérez | Dvořákova Praha
Kateřina Javůrková | Dvořákova Praha
Fabio Luisi | Dvořákova Praha
Dvořákova Praha | Rudolfinum
Dvořákova Praha | Rudolfinum
Česká filharmonie & Jiří Bělohlávek | Dvořákova Praha
Dvořákova Praha | Rudolfinum
Christoph von Dohnányi & Carolin Widmann | Dvořákova Praha
Dvořákova Praha | Rudolfinum
Jana has been involved in the education of young artists. As an active violinist herself, she strongly perceives the need to eliminate the risk of burnout in young talent. Her project “Integrating Psychosomatic Compensation into the Study of Young Musicians” helps to prevent these situations. These processes are missing in the Czech educational system. Thanks to her research trips to the Meadowmount School of Music, Jana has gained new knowledge that will help her introduce the project’s principles to the education of artists in the Czech Republic.
The Karel Komárek Family Foundation supported Jana in her trip to the Meadowmount School of Music.
Kristýna is a promising talented soprano who has succeeded in being admitted to the prestigious Mannes School of Music in New York. She is the first Czech student to be successfully admitted to the school. The aim of her studies is to not only artistically grow and extend her singing practice, but also to improve her language skills and broaden her musical horizons thanks to the school’s international group of students. As part of the program, Kristýna will be involved in opera productions and has become acquainted with important musical personalities within the Master’s classes.
The foundation is supporting Kristýna with a contribution to cover the costs of her stay during her studies.
Daniela Šteruská – MEDA
Daniela Šteruská is the author of the screenplay and producer of the theater performance MEDA. The play is a cross-section of the life of the arts patron and philanthropist Meda Mládková and was written based on the theme of Ondřej Kundry’s book “My Amazing Life”. The theatre play pays tribute to Ms. Meda’s art achievements and is a dignified celebration of her 100th birthday.
The Foundation supported the realization of the theater play by a foundation contribution to cover production costs.
Art & Jardins – Hauts-de-France
The Foundation supported the French organization Art & Jardins – Hauts-de-France in order to support the opening of the architectural competition and the subsequent construction of the Czech and Slovak Peace Garden project. The “Jardins de la Paix” project pays tribute to soldiers who died during the World War I in France. The authors of the Czech and Slovak Garden are Lenka Dřevjaná, Zuzana Němečková and Miroslava Staneková.
The Czech Philharmonic under the leadership of its new chief conductor Semyon Bychkov will be performing abroad on its so far most extensive international tour in the autumn of 2018. The first Czech orchestra will perform from October to November 2018 in London, in the United States and in Vienna. The repertoire includes works by Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Gustav Mahler or Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
The Foundation supported the tour of the Czech Philharmonic by contributing to the promotion of Czech art and the work of Czech masters abroad.
Pianist Tomáš Kačo, born the fourth in a family of twelve children, has come a long way from very humble beginnings in Nový Jičín: he now holds a diploma from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. A milestone in his career, and a dream come true, was his solo concert at Carnegie Hall in New York in February 2018, entitled “Gypsy Soul”.
The Foundation supported Tomáš with a financial donation towards rent of the concert hall and a live recording of his soirée.
Opři se (We Got Your Back) – Tadeáš Žak
Tadeáš Žak is enrolled in academic high school in Kladno. He is also a talented singer, honing his craft with Linda Finková. In 2018, Tadeáš decided to study English at the Education First language school in San Diego, seeking to perfect his English as well as to find the right environment for song-writing, hoping to create a few songs that one day will be heard by people around the world.
The Foundation made a donation to Tadeáš towards the expenses of his language course and stay in the United States.
At some point during their studies at academic high school in Kadaň, Jakub Jan Fiala and Ondřej Kočan decided that their standard-issue course material did not fit their needs. They decided to change the sad state of affairs by authoring their own English-language textbook – Improve Yourself. In other words, they embarked on a long journey that would take them to the limits of what your average high school student might hope to accomplish. And they prevailed.
The Foundation awarded a grant to Jakub and Ondřej in 2018 that made it possible for them to further develop their project. In June 2018, they published their very own English textbook for autodidacts.
The Zip Zap Circus
The Zip Zap Circus is a “social circus” project founded in Cape Town (South Africa) in 1992. It seeks to inspire children and young people and help establish a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. The founders, Brent van Rensburg and Laurence Estève, have been working with a great diversity of child communities from every corner of the country and instilled in them a desire to dream, and the courage to fulfill those dreams.
In the spring of 2018, the Zip Zap Circus received a donation from the Foundation.
Prague Junior Note
This one-of-a-kind music competition for children looks back on more than twenty years of existence, during which more than 4,000 young musicians aged 5 to 15 have signed up to show their prowess. Since 2008, Prague Junior Note has been strictly a piano playing competition.
The high level of competition is guaranteed by an international jury headed by professor Ivan Klánský, a leading Czech pianist and pedagogue, a seasoned organizational team, and the inspiring premises of the Martinů concert hall at the Liechtenstein Palace in Prague. The competition brings great joy to listeners and teachers and above all is a huge source of inspiration for budding artists, boosting their motivation to continue with their daily practice and rehearsal.