Prague Spring regrets to announce that the pianist Lukáš Vondráček will be unable to participate at the Festival Prologue on 11 May because of an unexpected conflict with his professional duties. His concert on 18 May with the Czech Philharmonic and the conductor Kristjan Järvi remains unchanged.
Standing in for Lukáš Vondráček at the concert on 11 May will be the Indian-American pianist Pallavi Mahidhara. The organizers are also pleased to reveal that accompanying the festival’s informal concert prologue will words from the actress, blogger, and writer Marie Doležalová.
The pianist Pallavi Mahidhara and the main protagonist of the concert, the violinist Josef Špaček, have shared many years of friendship dating back to their studies together at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia (USA), where she was a pupil of Ignat Solzhenitsyn. She has been a prizewinner at a number of prestigious competitions, including second prize at the famed Geneva International Music Competition in 2014 and the Most Promising Young Pianist award at the Verbier Academy festival competition. She has made successful appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Her recitals have been heard by audiences in distinguished concert halls including – just to name a few – the Kennedy Center in Washington, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and Shostakovich Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic.
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