The 40th anniversary of International broadcasting competition for young musicians Concertino Praga
The Czech broadcasting service celebrated the 40th anniversary of Concertino Praga with a festive jubilee concert. Concertino Praga is a traditional music competition for young musicians, which takes place yearly and in triennial cycles there are changing different instrumental groups.
Therefore the Czech broadcasting service invites the public broadcasting organizations of Europe to participate in the form of CD recordings of their most talented young musicians. As representatives for hundreds of musicians, who took part in the competition through the years, four former "Concertino Praga" - laureates performed together with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under Stanislav Bogunia, at the Dvorak hall of the Rudolfinum of Prague on November 11th.
The clarinetist Kateřina Váchová, who passionately played the concert op. 36 by Frantisek V. Kramár, was laureate of the year 1992 in Prague, the recipient of the European Music Prize for Youth of the EMCY-competition in 1994 in Lissabon, as well as laureate of several other clarinet competitions such as the one in Hermanas and at the "Prague Spring". Now she is a member of the orchestra of the State Opera House Prague. The Oistrach-student Václav Hudeček and the laureate of multiple competitions Shizuka Ishikawa performed Bach's double concert d-moll. Ivo Kahánek, also awarded many international prizes, was the soloist of Tschaikowsky's piano concert op. 23, which he demonstrated brilliantly. In his presentation Jirí Vejvoda summed up the four centuries of the history of Concertino Praga. Thereby he also honoured the collaboration with the EMCY, (this collaboration exists almost just as long as Concertino Praga itself!) where Concertino Praga is one of the oldest members. The concert was broadcasted by several broadcasting services in Europe through the involvement of the European Broadcasting Union as well as in the United States.