Jiří Vodička

24/9/2019 from 7:30 pm Dvořák’s Hall Rudolfinum

Jiří Vodička


Program:

  • Pavel Haas Four songs on Chinese Poetry
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major "Pastoral"
  • Johannes Brahms Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major

  • Jiří Vodička, violin
  • Roman Janál, baritone
  • Zbyněk Müller, conductor

Jiří Vodička

Jiří Vodička, first violin with the Czech Philharmonic, soloist, and chamber musician, is one of the most prominent and most sought-after Czech violinists. Already as a child he made a name for himself by winning prizes in many Czech and Slovak competitions for young artist. In 2004 he carried off the prize as overall winner of the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists in Weimar in Germany. In 2008 he brought back first and second prizes from the world-famous Young Concert Artist competition, which took place in Leipzig and New York.

Exceptionally, Jiří Vodička was accepted at an institute of higher education in Ostrava at the age of only 14. He studied there under the renowned teacher, Prof. Zdeněk Gola, and graduated with a master’s degree in 2007. He regularly performs as a soloist with many leading orchestras both in the Czech Republic and abroad. In 2015 he became first violin with the Czech Philharmonic. He teaches at the Prague Conservatory and at Ostrava University.

In 2014 he recorded his debut solo album Violino Solo with the Supraphon company. It contains some of the most difficult compositions for solo violin. Many of his concerts have been broadcast by Czech Television, Czech Radio, and the German ARD broadcasting company.

As a chamber artist he performs together with the leading Czech pianists and since 2012 he has been a member of the Smetana Trio. In 2011 he was invited by the famous violinist Gidon Kremer to perform at his Kammermusikfest festival in Lockenhaus, Austria, together with many world-famous artists.

He plays an Italian instrument made by Joseph Gagliano in 1767.

Roman Janál

Baritone, Roman Janál, graduated in violin at the Pilsen Conservatory and later studied voice at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. After a successful debut at the Prague State Opera as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Figaro in The Barber of Seville, he was engaged as a soloist in 1995. In November 1995 he was the overall winner of the International Antonin Dvořák Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary. In that same year he also became a professor of singing at the Prague Conservatory.
Since 1997 he has been a soloist of the National Theatre Opera in Prague where he has performed many roles from the Czech and international repertoire such as Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Dottore Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Silvio (Pagliacci), Sonora (La fanciulla del West), Grégorio (Roméo et Juliette), Escamillo (Carmen), Lord Vok (The Devil’s Wall), Kalina (The Secret), Tomeš (The Kiss) and Pollux (Castor et Pollux) for whose portrayal he was awarded the prestigious 1999 Thalia Award.
In 1984 he began his long collaboration with the Czech Radio, where he has made many studio recordings and several CDs of operatic arias and lyrical cycles from composers of the Romantic period and the 20th century. Under the baton of conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, he performed the solo part from Martinů’s Field mass and The Opening of the Wells with the BBC Orchestra in London. He also performed these same compositions in Amsterdam under the direction of Christopher Hogwood. Since the 2008/2009 season, Janál has been a soloist with the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno.

Zbyněk Müller