HANDBILL
Saturday, 13 August · 22.00 h
Cloister of Santo Domingo Convent
SOLOISTS OF THE CZECH PHILHARMONIC
JIŘÍ VODIČKA: Artistic director
JUDITH JÁUREGUI: Piano

We have always wanted this Festival to be a platform for Spain’s up-and-coming international stars. One of those world-renowned stars is the Basque pianist Judith Jauregui. At the Festival this year, she will be joining a group of soloists from one of the foremost European orchestras: the Czech Philharmonic. We hope this show will be a surprise and a remarkable discovery.

PROGRAMME


First Part

Waltzes 1 and 4, Op. 54, by Antonín Dvořák

Concerto for piano in A minor, MWV O 2, by Felix Mendelssohn

Allegro – Adagio – Finale. Allegro ma non troppo

Second Part

Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, by Antonín Dvořák

1 - Presto (in C major) - Furiant
2 - Allegretto scherzando (in E minor) – Dumka
3 - Poco allegro (in A flat major) - Polka
4 - Tempo di minuetto (in F major) - Sousedská
5 - Allegro vivace (in A major) - Skočná
6 - Allegretto scherzando (in D major) - Sousedská
7 - Allegro assai (in C minor) - Skočná
8 - Presto (in G minor) - Furiant

Approximate length: 1 hour, 50 minutes (including 15 minute intermission)



MUSICIANS


Violins:
Jiří Vodička, Otakar Bartoš, Milan Vavřínek, Helena Skopová,
Ondřej Skopový, Václav Prudil, Petra Brabcová

Violas:
Jaroslav Pondělíček, Jan Šimon

Cellos:
František Host, Josef Špaček

Double Bass:
Petr Ries

Photo Judith Jáuregui
Judith Jáuregui

Judith Jáuregui has been critically-acclaimed as a brilliant artist whose work is elegant and personal, and has become one of the most appreciated musicians in Spain.

She was born in San Sebastián, Spain in 1985 and while still very young began her studies in her hometown’s conservatory. Her talent was quickly obvious and she gave her first recital at the tender age of 11. She continued her studies under Claudio Martínez-Mehner and later under Vadim Suchanov. She has also studied under master musicians such as Elisso Virsaladze, Vitaly Margulis, Philippe Entremont, Boris Berman and Joaquín Achúcarro.

In recent years, she has played at Spain’s premiere venues. She has worked with the National Orchestra of Spain, the Madrid Community Orchestra, The Castile and León Symphony Orchestra, the Basque National Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Munich, Das Neue Orchester, the Aarhaus Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Sinfonietta and the Simón Bolívar de Venezuela Orchestra among others on the symphony circuit. She has had the opportunity of working with well-known conductors such as Andrey Boreyko, Günter Neuhold, Diego Matheuz, Marc Soustrot, Alexander Liebreich, Kaspar Zehnder, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Jaime Martín, Christoph Spering, Oliver Dohnányi and Lorenz Nasturica. She also recently did a tour of China where she played at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Guangzhou Opera House, and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Her latest recording, Aura, with pieces by Liszt, Debussy and Mompou, has met with fine success as did her first CD, which was dedicated to Schumann and received the Independent Music Prizes’ Best Classical Album Award. Her next disk will come out in the autumn of 2016 and will include pieces by Chopin, Szymanovski and Scriabin.

Her upcoming commitments include participation in the Murten Classics Festival in Switzerland and her debut tour in Japan with the Spain National Orchestra as well as her recital performance at the Musashino Foundation in Tokyo.

She also has various recital performances scheduled for the 2015-16 season, including Angulema (Piano Festival in Valois, France), Bayonne (Côte Basque Festival, France), Budapest (Franz Liszt Academy, Hungary) and Brussels (Cervantes Institute, Belgium) as well as other venues in Spain, such as the Philharmonic Society of Valencia, the Musika-Música in Bilbao and the Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla.
Photo Soloists of the Czech Philharmonic
Soloists of the Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic was founded in 1996 when the Czech Philharmonic Sextet expanded to include the most prestigious members of the Philharmonic. They are led by their extraordinary first chair violinist, Jiří Vodička. Other prominent members are the first chair cellist František Host and the first chair violist, Jaroslav Pondělíček. These are considered to be among the best musicians in the Czech Philharmonic.

The repertory of the Czech Philharmonic’s soloists spans the palette from Baroque to contemporary composition. The Czech Philharmonic focuses on Czech chamber orchestra music although they also perform famous classical pieces adapted for their ensemble.

The Czech Philharmonic has performed concerts in South America, Spain, Japan, Germany and Switzerland, and many other countries. They have gained the respect and praise of both critics and the greater public throughout the world.
Photo Jiří Vodička
Jiří Vodička

Jiří Vodička is one of the most distinguished Czech violinists. In his early youth he gained much attention by winning a number of competitions. In 2000 alone, he won the Kocian prize, the Prague Junior Note and the Cirenie Talentov. In 2002, he won the 1st prize at the International Violin Competition in Hradec Kralové and a special prize for the best participant in the Master classes of Václav Hudeček. In 2004, he won the 1st prize in the International Violin Competition Louis Spohr in Weimar.

At the age of 14, he was admitted at the Institute of Arts at the Ostrava University in the class of the renowned professor Zdeněk Gola. Since 2007, he has been playing as a soloist with major Czech pianists as his partners: Martin Kasík, Adam Skoumal and Lukáš Vondráček. Since 2010, he has been teaching violin at the Prague Conservatory.

Mr. Vodička is a permanent soloist at the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the Prague Philharmonia, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Chamber Orchestra, and the National Theatre Orchestra, among others. Many of his concerts have been recorded by the Czech Radio and Television.

In 2008, at the age of 20, Jiří Vodička —competing against several hundred instrumentalists from all over the world— won the first prize at the world renowned Young Concert Artist Competition in Leipzig, gaining admittance to the final round in New York in 2009, where he obtained the 2nd prize.

Mr. Vodička is a guest of prestigious music festivals, e.g. Prague Spring, Young Prague, Grand Festival of China, Hohenloher Kultursommer, Choriner Musiksommer, and he has been invited by Gidon Kremer to the Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus.

Jiří Vodička plays a fine, antique Italian violin crafted in 1779 by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in Turin, which was kindly loaned to him by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, London.