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PhilHarmonia Octet Prague

Date of Event

Saturday, 25. 5. 2019 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 21.40


150 - 500 CZK Sold out


  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No. 13 in E flat major KV 375
  • Gideon Klein: Divertimento
  • Isang Yun: Octet
  • Antonín Dvořák: Serenade in D minor Op. 44


  • PhilHarmonia Octet Prague
  • Vilém Veverka - oboe
  • Monika Boušková - oboe
  • Karel Dohnal - clarinet
  • Irvin Venyš - clarinet
  • Ondřej Vrabec – French horn
  • Přemysl Vojta - French horn
  • Hana Šuková - French horn
  • Václav Vonášek - bassoon
  • Martin Petrák - bassoon
  • Jiří Bárta - violoncello
  • Petr Ries - double bass

The name of this ensemble stems from a pun suggesting its dual interpretation: in terms of the standard understanding of the term “philharmonia”, i.e. love of harmony; or with an emphasis on the segment “harmonia”, a term used to designate ensembles of this type during the Classical era and onward. To be sure, even the latter reading, set in a broader context, likewise relates to consonance, equilibrium, elegance, or unison. All of these are qualities requisite for an ensemble made up of top-notch soloists aspiring to perform in perfect concord.

The PhilHarmonia Octet Prague was formed in 2007, by Vilém Veverka and Václav Vonášek. Their ambition then was to bring together a formation comprised of some of the finest Czech players of their generation, with a view to confronting the domestic tradition of interpretation with modern European styles and trends. There, it is only right to note that the endeavour aimed at achieving interaction between the domestic music scene and the international context, has also been the perennial keynote of the Prague Spring Festival.

“If, when forming the ensemble, we had any specific goals in mind, then our concert at this festival is definitely marking the fulfilment of our expectations,” says oboist Vilém Veverka. “We feel privileged by having this chance to conceive a full-length concert programme based on referential repertory composed exclusively for wind instruments. Hence also our ambition to present an exceptional, truly unique offering. We would hope the result of our efforts to offer the audience at the Prague Crossroads hall an experience entailing the utmost enjoyment of music. After all, it is our firm belief that the interpreter´s primordial task is to serve their listeners,” he adds.