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Altrichter Stepping in for Maestro Bělohlávek



Ladies and Gentlemen,


Because of ill health, Maestro Jiří Bělohlávek has been forced to propose to Prague Spring that the conductor Petr Altrichter take over his festival programme with the Czech Philharmonic planned for Monday, 22 May. Festival management and Jiří Bělohlávek wish to thank Petr Altrichter for having selflessly amended his own schedule, so that the programme for the concert can remain unchanged.


PETR ALTRICHTER is one of the Czech Republic’s most prominent conductors, acclaimed for his services to Czech music and for its promotion abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom. He began to make a name for himself in Czech music circles in the late 1970s, worked with the philharmonic orchestras in Zlín and Brno, and was engaged in long-term collaboration with the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonia. In 1987 he became the principal guest conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and three years later its principal conductor.


For eleven years (1993–2004) Altrichter was chief conductor of the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Constance. In 1997 he was appointed principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he took up the reins of his compatriot Libor Pešek who had held the same position there. In 2000 he appeared with this orchestra at the BBC Proms in London, and he made several highly acclaimed recordings for the orchestra’s own label RLPO Live. In 2002 he returned to the Brno Philharmonic as its principal conductor for seven seasons. Petr Altrichter has conducted many distinguished orchestras all over the world. In late 2015-early 2016 he took the Czech Philharmonic on tour to China.


Prague Spring also wishes to thank the conductor Robert Kružík for his assistance with rehearsing the programme.  


Thank you for your understanding.