The 7th edition of the Rudolf Firkušný Piano Festival will offer five great concerts. The world virtuoso Evgeny Kissin will perform Beethoven’s pieces; Marc-André Hamelin's recital will include works by various composers. For the first time, Beatrice Dana will attend the event – playing Chopin, Albéniz and Stravinski; Jan Bartoš was selected to represent domestic artists. Jazz lovers can look forward to Aaron Diehl Trio.
Rudolf Firkušný (1912 – 1994) was one of the world’s most important 20th-century pianists. His first musical steps were guided by Leoš Janáček, Vilém Kurz, and Josef Suk. He launched his brilliant career with a concert in New York in 1941 when he was publicly supported by the greatest pianists of his time: Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Rubinstein, and Vladimir Horowitz. In 1946 he graced the first annual Prague Spring festival with three concerts. After the Communist putsch in 1948, he chose to emigrate. The Czech public did not get another chance to hear him until 1990 when – after more than forty years – his symbolic first appearance in liberated Czechoslovakia took place again at Prague Spring, where he joined his old friend, the conductor Rafael Kubelík, on stage.
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