Eduard Kollert & Jiří Kollert
Date of EventSaturday, 23. 5. 2020 from 11.00
Expected end of the concert 12.15
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- Franz Waxman: Carmen Fantasy
- Henryk Wieniawski: Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l’Opéra “Faust” Op. 20
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30/2
- Henri Vieuxtemps: Souvenirs d’Amérique. Variations burlesques sur “Yankee Doodle” op. 17
- Lukáš Hurník: Martirium (world premiere)
- Jiří Kollert - piano
- Eduard Kollert - violin
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Like in the case of Ladislav Bilan, who will perform a week earlier in the series of Prague Spring matinées, family roots played a key role in Eduard Kollert’s choice of profession. He was born into a family of musicians – his grandfather is a composer, his father a pianist. His own point of initiation came when he heard his father accompany the violinist Josef Suk.
He began learning the violin at the Music School of the Capital City of Prague when he was a mere 6 years old, while also being taught the piano by his parents. After just two years he enjoyed considerable success with the Prague Philharmonia at a concert in which he performed a violin concerto by J. S. Bach and a piano concerto by L. van Beethoven. This led to an invitation by the Spanish royal family to perform at El Pardo Palace in Madrid, where he excelled with a solo programme for violin and piano.
Kollert is the laureate of a number of prestigious international contests, such as the “Young Virtuosos” International Competition in Bulgaria, the “Nutcracker” television contest for young musicians in Russia in 2017, or the Wieniawski and Lipinski International Competition for Young Violinists in Poland in 2018.
The violinist Vladimir Spivakov repeatedly invited him to perform at the grand closing concert of the “Moscow Meets Friends” Festival, which was followed by a tour of Russia with the “Seasons” Moscow Chamber Orchestra. He has also taken to the stage at festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Kazakhstan, Jordan, and Japan.
Recently he gave the opening performance at Young Prague in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum. Last year he played Bohuslav Martinů’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra at the Bohuslav Martinů Days in Prague and then again in the subscription series of the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice.
Courage and energy
He will usher in the concert with Violin Sonata No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven. “I admire his profound music, his masculinity, courage, energy, and the heroism in his works,” Kollert confides.
This will be followed by Wieniawski’s Fantasie brilliante sur Faust. “I love operas and also like reading books. I found Goethe’s Faust very intriguing. I also learnt the Mephisto Waltz by Franz Liszt, to help deepen my understanding of the Faustian world. I think that one of the wonders of music is how it expresses fantasy, the diversity of the world, the lives of people, human emotions like sorrow or joy,” says the 17-year-old Kollert.
For his third piece, he chose Souvenir d’Amerique by Henri Vieuxtemps, the Belgian violinist whom Schumann called “the little Paganini”. Upon returning from a trip to America, he wrote variations on the highly popular American song Yankee Doodle, which was a symbol of the American war of independence.
“The next one is my own idea,” Kollert explains. “As many people know, 2020 will be the 130th anniversary of the birth of Bohuslav Martinů. I like his compositions, and I want to celebrate him together with one contemporary Czech composer, whom I respect – Lukáš Hurník. Mr Hurník is writing a fantasy on Martinů for this anniversary. I am extremely grateful and am looking forward to the resulting work, which is still a secret even to me.”
The concert will be concluded with Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy. “I have played it many years and many times because I love it and the audience adores it as well.”