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Zsolt Hamar and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra

Bedřich Smetana: The Bartered Bride – Ouverture
Josef Suk: Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Olomouc

Ivan Ženatý – violin

Conducted by: Zsolt Hamar

Ticket prices: 7490 / 5490 / 3490 HUF
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Mr. Zenaty reaches a broad public without abandoning the world of classical music for even a moment. Besides the technical perfection one would expect, he is also appreciated for his taste, style and a captivatingly beautiful tone.

With his exceptional wealth of repertoire including more than 50 violin concertos, he is a favored guest artist with many international orchestras. Known for his versatility, his engagements also include solo recitals and chamber music collaborations.

The springboard to his international career came as a result of being a prize winner in the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition followed immediately by debut engagements with the Moscow and Czech Philharmonic. Other successes include First Prize at the Prague Spring Competition, as well as being a chosen laureate of the UNESCO International Rostrum of Young Performers. In the subsequent years following his victories, Mr. Zenaty made his orchestral and solo debuts in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, Tokyo, New York, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Jerusalem.

The musicianship of Ivan Zenaty has been influenced the most by his personal encounters with Nathan Milstein, Ruggiero Ricci and André Gertler. Studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow under the tutelage of Igor Bezrodny, had the greatest impact on his technical approach to the violin.

The great Czech musical tradition was passed on to Mr. Zenaty through his mentor Josef Suk, which resulted in many subsequent years of professional partnership and  culminated in a recording of the complete works of W. A. Mozart. Other collaborations include great artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Serge Baudo, Valery Gergiev and Neville Marriner.

Ivan Zenaty’s recordings have always aroused the enthusiastic acclaim of listeners and music critics. His prolific output of over 40 CD’s includes the complete works of Telemann, Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Schulhoff, Dvořák and Grieg. His new recording of the complete works of Dvořák has attracted extraordinary attention, as has his recording of both violin concertos by J. B. Foerster with the BBC Symphony Orchestra London and its music director Jiri Belohlavek.

A natural counterbalance to Ivan Zenaty’s concert and recording activities is his work as an acclaimed teacher. Mr. Zenaty has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and in the Fall of 2019 was invited to join the faculty of the Hochschule fur Musik in Dresden. Summer activities will include teaching at the Meadowmount School of Music.

Thanks to the Harmony Foundation of New York, Ivan Zenaty plays a rare Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu violin made in 1740.

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The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc is one of the leading and oldest symphony orchestras in the Czech Republic. Based in the historic capital of Moravia, it will open its 78th concert season in September 2023.  Throughout its existence, it has been an irreplaceable centre of musical activities in the region.

The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc was founded immediately after the end of the Second World War, on 26 May 1945. During its development important personalities of the Czech and international music scene participated in its artistic formation.  Let us mention, the conductors Otto Klemperer and Václav Neumann, the violinists Josef Suk and Gidon Kremer, and the cellist Pierre Fournier. Over the course of its existence, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc has developed an extremely extensive and varied repertoire. Focuses mainly on the great composers of world music of the 19th and 20th centuries, however, it also promotes contemporary Czech and world music,  as evidenced by the performance of more than 250 new compositions. The orchestra also ranks among the authentic interpreters of the classics of Czech national music culture: Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoše Janáček a Bohuslav Martinů.

The Moravian Philharmonic has a rich discography  and performs at major international music festivals at home and abroad.Above all, it is a cultural institution that contributes substantially to the organisation of artistic and concert life in Olomouc and its regions.  It organises the  Dvořák Olomouc festival and the International Organ Festival Olomouc. Its activities also include a range of educational activities for children and young people.

The Pécs-based audience knows Zsolt Hamar quite well, as he was formerly the chief conductor of the Pannon Philharmonic. Since 2022, he has been leading the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic. He will now join them on their visit to Pécs, and as it is a Czech ensemble, they have compiled their programme featuring Czech Romantic pieces. Smetana, Suk and Dvořak’s compositions are at least as popular worldwide as Czech beer. Although many think they are familiar with Czech beer, it may have surprises in store. The same applies to the works played at this concert: some will be familiar, while others will be less so.



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