Solo | Chamber | Symphonic
ENSEMBLE BERLIN PRAG
ENSEMBLE BERLIN PRAG
Ensemble Berlin Prag
Vilém Veverka oboe
Dominik Wollenweber oboe
Mor Biron bassoon
Barbara Maria Willi harpsichord
Ulrich Wolff violone
MILAN PALA | solist
Milan Paľa is a wonderfully musical, infectiously spontaneous virtuoso whose extraordinary ability beautifully radiates the expressive music of the 20th and 21st century, giving fellow performers and audiences a unique and thrilling experience. His sense of musical detail and general commitment are exemplary. Working with him was a veritable treat – true enthusiasts of his kind are extremely rare in our time.
Chief Conductor, Bamberg Symphony
VILEM VEVERKA | solist
Winner of the 7th Oboe competition of Tokyo (Sony music foundation, 2003)
is one of the Czech Republic’s most respected artists. His involvement in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra was a key spur to his artistic development, as were his subsequent studies under leading German oboist Dominik Wollenweber at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. A two-year stint with the Berlin Philharmonic (on a Karajan Foundation grant) greatly benefitted his professional development, while the preeminent foreign oboists Albrecht Mayer, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Maurice Bourgue and Heinz Holliger provided him with more than mere inspiration. His journey culminated with triumph in one of the most prestigious oboe competitions, the Sony Music Foundation (Tokyo, 2003).
Veverka’s repertoire includes pieces in all styles, from Baroque to contemporary. He works with outstanding Czech and foreign orchestras (Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bayerisches Kammerorchester, Münchener Kammerorchester, Slovak Philharmonic, Krakow Philharmonic, etc.). He is an ambassador of the French company Buffet-Crampon. In 2014 he was artist in residence at the top German festival Mitte Europa.
ENSEMBLE BERLIN PRAG
The PhilHarmonia Octet was formed in 2007 by Vilém Veverka and Václav Vonášek with the aim to get together the best Czech instrumentalists of their generation and correlate the domestic performance tradition with modern European styles and trends.
The title combines two words: “philharmonic”, from the Greek and meaning “love of harmony”; and “Harmonie”, a German word designating an ensemble of wind instruments employed by aristocratic patrons, particularly during the Classical era.
The PhilHarmonia Octet is made up of superlative musicians, laureates of major international competitions, graduates of prestigious foreign schools, and members of renowned Czech and international orchestras (the Berliner Philharmoniker, WDR Köln, Czech Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, etc.).
All of them have pursued careers as soloists. The PhilHarmonia Octet repertoire encompasses music of various epochs and styles, ranging from the second half of the 18th century to the beginning of the new millennium.
The ensemble has given performances at significant international festivals (De klenge Maarnicher Festival in Luxembourg, Mitte Europa, Lípa Musica, the Saint Wenceslas Music Festival in Ostrava, etc.).
VILÉM VEVERKA – oboe
MONIKA BOUŠKOVÁ – oboe
IRVIN VENYŠ – clarinet
KAREL DOHNAL – clarinet
ONDŘEJ VRABEC – horn
PŘEMYSL VOJTA – horn
VÁCLAV VONÁŠEK – bassoon
MARTIN PETRÁK- bassoon
LADISLAV FANZOWITZ | solist
Ladislav Fančovič (1980) is a Slovak pianist, an old-jazz lover and an enthusiastic saxophonist who is today rightly considered a top representative of the European performing arts and among the most all-round musicians in Czechia and Slovakia.
As a pianist of extraordinary abilities, he became the prize-winner on many domestic and international competitions, e.g. the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Mariánské Lázně (CZ), the International E. Nyiregyhazi Piano Competition (Kraków, PL), the International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition in Bratislava and others. His debut CD from 2006, with Liszt’s Sonata in B minor and virtuosic transcriptions of Horowitz and Cziffra as well, caught attention of the professional public with his limitless potential and a wide variety of musical expression.
As a renowned soloist with repertoire containing over 20 important piano concerts of 18th to 20th century, he regularly performs with many Czech, Slovak and European orchestras among others with Prague Philharmonia, Slovak Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, The Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, Slovak Sinfonietta, Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Zielona Góra Philharmonic, Solistes Européens Luxembourg, Bruno Walter Festival Orchestra, Pressburger Philharmoniker and conductors such as Ondrej Lenárd, Vladimír Válek, Friedrich Haider, František Vajnar, Jerzy Swoboda, Leoš Svárovský, Martin Leginus, Kirk Trevor, Justus Franz, Mário Košík, Zbyněk Müller, Jack Martin Händler and others.
MARIÁN LEJAVA | conductor, componist
Slovak conductor, composer and teacher studied both conducting and composition at Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Bratislava with Ondrej Lenárd and Vladimír Bokes. Subsequently he took master classes by numerous master conductors such as Zsolt Nagy, Günter Herbig, Peter Eötvos, Iván Fischer and by composers such as Tristan Murail, Erich Urbanner, Klaus Huber, Christian Wolff and many others.
As conductor within last 15 years Lejava has premiered more than 100 works of chamber, orchestral and stage music of both domestic and foreign composers, many of them with close and personal collaborations (E.Sharp, D.Dramm, I.Matsushita, V.Cordero, numerous Slovak composers and many others).
Guest conductor in Slovak national theatre since 2006, Slovak Philharmony since 2007, State philharmony Košice since 2011 and State opera Košice since 2014. Since 2014 he is principal conductor of Prague Modern ensemble. He was former principal conductor of Melos Etos ensemble (2005-7) and VENI ensemble (1999-2009). Inventor, founder and conductor of VENI ACADEMY (2010-2015) – platform for education of young generation of musicians in contemporary music. He has won RADIO_HEAD AWARDS 2013 for Best album of the year in Classical Music category for double album VENI ACADEMY “Rolling Tones/In Zarter Bewegung” and recently and RADIO_HEAD AWARDS 2016 for Best album of the year in Classical Music category for album „Szymanowski/Berg violin concertos“ with violinist Milan Pala and Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.
K. ENGLICHOVÁ, V. VEVERKA
KATARÍNA ENGLICHOVÁ | VILÉM VEVERKA
“The playing is exceptional – there is strong evidence of interpretative sympathy between the two instrumentalists. The recording quality is very clear and uncluttered.”
MusicWeb International, August 2017
On their previous Supraphon recordings (SU 4185 – Musica per arpa, SU 4188 – Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach, SU 4121 – Telemann, Britten ad.), harpist Kateřina Englichová and oboist Vilém Veverka sufficiently proved their outstanding performance qualities as well as informed interest in such mutually remote music worlds as the Baroque and the 20th century modernism. Their recordings and performances reflect more than twelve years of their performing together in concerts. The not-so-common combination of oboe and harp provides an endless scale of timbres and the resulting impression is marked both by frailness and confident virtuosity.