Date of EventThursday, 21. 5. 2020 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 21.30
Event placeSt Agnes’ Convent
- Jean-Philippe Rameau: Piecès de clavecin en concert: Concert V.
- Thomas Adès: Sonata da caccia
- François Couperin: Les Goûts-réunis, ou Nouveaux concerts: Concert XIV.
- Henri Dutilleux: Les Citations
- Kateřina Javůrková - French horn
- Monika Knoblochová - cembalo
- Oleg Sokolov - percussion
- Martin Daněk - oboe
- Melusine de Pas - viola da gamba
- Todor Marković - double bass
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The young Czech oboist Martin Daněk (*1989) is the laureate of the 2019 Prague Spring International Music Competition. Besides the prize money, perhaps the most valuable part of the award is the invitation to perform at the subsequent edition of the Prague Spring. “These past few days have been a real challenge to me, augmented by the fact that it is such an important contest in my homeland,” said Daněk after the awards ceremony. “I studied abroad for nine years, so all the greater was my desire to win in front of a home audience, to show them what I had learned.”
Daněk is a graduate of the prestigious Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin, where he studied under Dominik Wollenweber and Jonathan Kelly (both members of the Berliner Philharmoniker). He also received tuition from the renowned Jean-Louis Capezzali in Lausanne, Switzerland. This deepened the solid music education that he had received at Jan Neruda Grammar School, where he was taught the oboe by Markéta Tichá, Pavel Tylšar, and Jana Brožková.
As a student, he undertook several tours as the first oboist of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, performing at some of the greatest venues of the world (BBC Proms London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salzburger Festspiele, Carnegie Hall in New York). In 2014–16 he was part of the Orchestral Academy of the Zurich Opera, subsequently functioning as an oboe soloist in a number of orchestras, including the Bergen Philharmonic or the Finnish Radio Symphony.
After spending a year in the Basel Symphony Orchestra, he joined the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in August 2019. He has worked with eminent conductors the likes of Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt, or Christoph Eschenbach.
He has prepared a truly exquisite programme for his Prague Spring recital by combining the music of French Baroque masters with the works of modern composers who reflect early music. Thomas Adès´s affinity for Francois Couperin is evidenced both by a number of immensely original arrangements and by Sonata da caccia, for which he chose a combination of oboe, French horn, and harpsichord – the same performing forces that Debussy intended to use for one of his final sonatas. “The work can be understood as a tribute to Debussy and Couperin, similarly to how the latter of the two wrote the Apotheosis of Corelli or the Apotheosis of Lully,” Adès declared. In a similar vein, Henri Dutilleux’s retrospect of the Renaissance master Clément Janequin traverses through the works of the prematurely deceased organist and composer Jehan Alain.