Best Solo Performance
JANA BOUŠKOVÁ – harph
Kdo v zlaté struny zahrát zná
(The One Who Knows How to Play on Golden Strings) Smetana‘s Litomyšl International Festival
June 24, 2017
IVO KAHÁNEK – piano
Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto for piano & orchestra No. 4
Monte Carlo International Festival
March 25, 2017
JAN MRÁČEK – violin
Erich Wolfgang Korngold:
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.
Opening concert of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
October 2, 2017
Best Chamber Music Performance
A programme comprising the works of various Czech composers
Leoš Janáček: Youth, Wind sextet
Josef Bohuslav Foerster: Wind quintet, Op. 95
Pavel Haas: Wind quintet, Op. 10
and KATEŘINA ENGLICHOVÁ
Kouzelné spojení harfy a zpěvu
Leoš Janáček, Jan. H. Trneček, Bohuslav Martinů,
Benjamin Britten, Jan F. Fischer, Sylvie Bodorová.
November 28, 2018, City of Zlin Congress Center
Compsitions by Alexander Glazunov, Alexander Zemlinsky, Jiří Gemrot (a Czech premiere)
A closing concert by the Czech Society for Chamber Music
Best Vocal Performance
CZECH CHILDREN’S CHOIR JITRO, City of Hradec Králové
choirmaster Jiří Skopal
Parallel Worlds Project comprising of the following parts:
Missa propria, Si, vis amari, ama, Mondi paralleli
PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek
Sergei Rachmaninov – O Mother of God Vigilantly Praying
Igor Stravinsky: Mass
II. concert of the chorus season
NATIONAL THEATRE CHORUS,
STATE OPERA CHORUS,
THE KUHN CHILDREN’S CHOIR
choirmasters Pavel Vaněk, Adolf Melichar, Jiří Chvála
Hector Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust
Staged in the National Theatre in the form of a concert
Best Orchestral Performance
Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No. 5
May 3, 2017, Rudolfinum, Prague
SUK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
artistic director Martin Kos
A Tribute to Zdeňek Lukáš
Double Concerto for Violin, Double bass, and a String Orchesrtra
May 3, 2017, Bohuslav Martinů Hall of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
artistic director Adam Viktora
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Psalmi Vespertini III
March 23, 2017, Church of St. Salvator
Recording of the Year
Wanted / Songs of Kurt Weill, Supraphon
PAVEL HAAS QUARTET
Antonín Dvořák: String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97
(+ Pavel Nikl – viola
Antonín DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet No. 2 A dur, Opip.81
(+ Boris Gildburg – piano)
and PLZEŇSKÁ FILHARMONIE
conductor Tomáš Brauner
Bohuslav Martinů: Complete Works for Violoncello and Orchestra,
Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm
Meadows Project The Meadows project is an amalgamation of classical music with jazz, ethnic music, electronica, folk and other genres. This time, Clarinet Factory zero in extensively on traditional folk music, as well as found sounds of nature and humans.
To My Roots project Drawing from many different musical genres, Janatková’s CD and the accompanying live perfomances consist of new renditions of the original compositions by Vera P. Kistler, as well as Janatková’s own acapella songs inspired by folk and classical music. To My Roots earned a Tais Awards nomination even before its CD release.
On Broadway with Adam Plachetka / Impossible Dream
A selection of musical theatre compositions, performed by bass-baritone Adam Plachetka alongside the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tomáš Netopil
None of the applicants were nominated.
The Czech Television Award
The laureate will be chosen from among the winners of the six competition categories.
Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees
Soňa Červená is a Czech opera singer and an actress. In 1948, she became a member of the Czech Voskovec & Werich Theatre ensemble; she worked with the Janáček Opera in Brno, performed at the Prague Spring festival, and subsequently performed with the State Opera in Berlin. After emigrating in 1962, she performed as a visiting member at some of the world’s leading opera stages, such as the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Palermo, or the San Francisco Opera, where she worked for eleven seasons. She is the holder of the Alfréd Radok Award, a special award as part of the The Czech Actors’ Association Thalia Awards, presented to her from the hands of then President Václav Havel. She was awarded the Artis Bohemiae Amicis Prize for representing Czech art both home and abroad.
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Josef Pančík is a choirmaster, and ranks among the most influential Czech conductors. He has enjoyed an extraordinary artistic career, from the more than 50 years serving as a choirmaster in the Janáček Opera in Brno, through his work with the Brno madrigalists, to his more recent work with the Prague Chamber Choir. He has raised a number of young artists at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, and his unmistakable choirmaster technique has been captured in countless recordings, released by some of the world’s top-tier record labels.
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Libor Pešek is a prominent Czech conductor who studied under the tutelage of Karel Ančerl, Václav Smetáček and Václav Neumann. Between 1987-1997, he served as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. As a guest conductor at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) and other ensebles both in Czechoslovakia and abroad, he was instrumental in showcasing the works of Josef Suk and Bohuslav Martinů. In 1996, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire, and in 1997, he received the Medal of Merit of the 1st Grade from the hands of the then President Václav Havel. Since 2007, he has been head of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
Talent of the Year Award Nominees
Petr NEKORANEC (25. 3. 1992)
Petr Nekoranec is a tenorist, and one of the rising stars of the upcoming generation of Czech singers. Since September 2016, he has been on the roster of New York Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. In the years 2014-2016, he was a member of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, cast in a number of roles, including title roles in Rossini’s opera Count Ory and Britten’s Albert Herring. His Albert Herring performance earned him the Bavarian Art Award, presented on November 28, 2016 in Munich. In 2015, he advanced to the semi-finals of The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Norway, and he took the main prize in January 2017 at the Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest in Barcelona, Spain.
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Jiří ROŽEŇ (16. 6. 1991)
Jiří Rožeň is a prominent young Czech conductor. He served as an assistant at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A finalist of the Nestlé Young Conductors Award 2015 and Donatella Flick 2014, Rožeň conducted, among other orchestras, the Royal Concertgebow, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tonhalle Zürich, Orchester Philharmonic of Radio France or WDR Köln. He attended various prestigious masterclasses. In the 2017/2018 season, he is set to conduct several performances of the Czech Philharmonic, Wiener Concert-Verein, and Bruckner Orchester Linz.
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Olga ŠROUBKOVÁ (10. 3. 1993)
Olga Šroubková is a talented violinist. She first picked up playing violin at age four, and after graduating from the Jan Neruda Grammar School’s music programme, she followed her studies at the Prague Conservatory. Her recent competitive achievements include the 1st prize from the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation competition (2013), the 1st prize from the Chengdu International Violin Competition in China (2015), and most notably the 1st prize at the prestigious Rodolfo Lipizer Prize in Italy (2016) and this year’s victory at the Prague Spring International Music Competition. Since October 2014, she has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany, under the direction of professor Adam Kostecky.
Foto: Mona Martinů