Pavel Šporcl, Petr Popelka

22/6/2021 from 7:30 pm Dvořák’s Hall Rudolfinum

Pavel Šporcl, Petr Popelka


  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Symphony No. 4 in A major "Italian"
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fairy Tale of the Fair Melusine, Overture
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor

  • Pavel Šporcl, violin
  • Petr Popelka, conductor

Pavel Šporcl

Pavel Šporcl graduated from the Prague Conservatory and the Faculty of Music at the Academy of Performing Arts under Professor Václav Snítil. From 1991 to 1996, he studied in the United States at prestigious schools and universities under the guidance of excellent educators Dorothy De Lay, Itzhak Perlman, Masa Kawasaki, and Dr. Eduard Schmieder. Pavel Šporcl has been triumphantly received by audiences in major music venues throughout the world thanks to the combination of a rich classical background and unique unorthodox stage presence. He has appeared with major orchestras like National Orchestra de France, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra or New World Symphony Orchestra and also at prestigious venues such as Suntory Hall Tokyo, Disney Hall Los Angeles, Alte Oper Frankfurt am Main, Concertgebow Amsterdam. Pavel Šporcl has performed with leading conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Libor Pešek, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimir Fedosejev, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Andris Nelsons, Jiří Kout, Serge Baudo, Colin Davis. He is a frequent guest on television shows and radio programs.He teaches violin at the Faculty of Music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Petr Popelka

Czech conductor Petr Popelka will begin his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) at the beginning of the 2020/2021 season. The orchestra offered him this honourable position after a very successful joint tour of Norway in September 2019. In addition, he will become the Principal Guest Conductor of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava.

Currently Conductor Fellow of NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Petr Popelka is regularly invited by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and various Czech ensembles. So far, operatic performances have taken him to Den Norske OperaOslo, Semperoper Dresden and to Hungarian State Opera Budapest. Future engagements include Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra or Bergen Philharmonic.

Petr Popelka acquired his music education both in his hometown of Prague as well as in Freiburg. Between 2010 and 2019 he held the position of deputy principal double bass.

Petr Popelka was awarded the Gstaad Menuhin Festival Academy’s Neeme Järvi Prize 2017. His new career path was particularly encouraged and nurtured by Vladimir Kiradjiev, and master classes with Peter Eötvös, Alan Gilbert, Jaap van Zweden and Johannes Schlaefli also had a formative influence on his development as a conductor.

Next to conducting, his work as a composer plays another important role within Petr Popelka’s artistic range.