About the festival
Music Festival in Prague, Václav Hudeček and His Guests, represents one of the longest chamber music festivals held in the capital city of Prague. Its artistic guarantor and founder is an important Czech virtuoso, a legend of the Czech violin school, and a student of David Oistrach, Václav Hudeček, who has been inviting renowned musicians to his concerts for 30 years. He, furthermore, primarily supports young emerging talents. This factor underlines the uniqueness of this show in the Prague cultural context.
Personalities such as the renowned mezzo-soprano Dagmar Pecková, who works on leading European stages, cellist Jiří Bárta and horn player Radek Baborák, whose places of work include the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic had the opportunity to perform at the Festival with Mr. Hudeček the beginning of their musical careers. In the past years, Václav Hudeček also introduced, among others, talented pianists Jaroslava Pěchočová and Lukáš Klánský, first ladies of the Czech harp Kateřina Englichová and Jana Boušková, winners of prestigious foreign awards, or young violinists Josef Špaček, Jan Mráček, and Petr Matěják.
Since 2013, the festival has been developing cooperation with the Prague Conservatory, also with very positive responses from the audience. The most talented students get the opportunity to perform with renowned artists in front of sold-out halls.
As part of the opening of the 21st year, the successful Czech debut of the virtuoso Italian orchestra Interpreti Veneziani took place.
The Festival is traditionally held under the auspices of The President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, the Mayor of Prague 1, the Minister of Culture and the Mayor of the Prague.
Mission of the festival
Support of young artists at the beginning of their career is the linchpin of the festival's mission.
Young artists are offered chances to perform in a significant cultural center of the City of Prague alongside renowned characters
of the Czech music scene.
General goals of the festival
Enrichment ofthe city'scultural offerand increasein its attractiveness due to ahigh-qualitychamber music concert series.
Support of a young coming generation of artists in the field of classicalmusic.
High interpretation level withthe focushethe presentationof highly renowned Czech artists.
Preservation and development of Czech and international music history legacy.
Quality usage ofthe city'scultural potential, particularly of the Church of St. Simon and Juda spaces in Prague 1 and other suitable concert spaces.
Stimulation of home artistic activity andthe developmentof culturedialoguein the field of chamber music.
founder of the festival
Václav Hudeček started his exemplary rapid ascent among the Czech
and international interpretation lite in the 1960s. At the age of 15, he performed
in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on November 12, 1967. A day later the legendary David Oistrach heard him play, predicted great future for Hudeček
and offered his pedagogic help. Hudeček was the great Master’s student since 1970 until Oistrach’s death in 1974. At the same time, Hudeček studied at the Musical Arts Academy in Prague
in Prof. Václav Snítil’s class.
Since his London debut, Hudeček has played on the most prestigious stages
around the world (Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Sydney Opera), with the best orchestras of the world (Berliner Philharmoniker, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, NHK Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra and others),
as well as on the most respected festivals (Osaka, Salzburg, Istanbul, Perth, Helsinki).
He still professes to the legacy of David Oistrach and other greats from the Russian violin school. Hudeček purposefully collaborates with the carriers of Oistrach’s, Kogan’s and Sitkovetski’s traditions, as proven by their recordings made together. Hudeček’s nice demeanour and primarily his playing style, combining technical sovereignty with gustily created and emotionally rich tone and his inimitable joy transferred onto the public continue to charm audiences, regardless of their age.
His recording of Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni with conductor Pavel Kogan remains
the most successful production in the Czech Republic since 1992. Hudeček received a Gold Record for the album in 1997. He has received Gold Records also for other recordings.
Václav Hudeček does not devote himself just to composition by Old Masters but adds also works from the 20th century (Janáček, Prokofiev) and from contemporary Czech authors (Kymlička, Fišer, Mácha) to his repertoire. He is helping systematically the young generation of players by holding the annual summer violin courses in Luhačovice and by presenting the best of them as guests
in his concerts, his traditional Christmas tours or the Music Festival in Church of St Simon and St Jude in Prague. Czech President Václav Klaus gave Václav Hudeček the “Order of Merit for the State in Culture and Arts”. In 2015, the Italian President awarded him the prestigious State Awards The Knighthood Italian Star. In 2018 Hudeček received the Award of the Czech Music Council
of UNESCO for the long-term successful artistic and pedagogical support of the greatest generation of Czech artists.
Photo: Radovan Šubín