Jan Špidlen is the fourth generation of his family to work as a master violin maker. What are some of the secrets to crafting top class violins? And how has the industry changed in the last few decades? I discussed those questions with Špidlen surrounded by an array of traditional tools at his Prague centre workshop. But I began by asking him about the first violin he ever produced?
The popular violinist Vanessa Mae will return to the Czech Republic after
three years to perform her most famous pieces of music this October,
concert organiser Roman Helcl told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday.
Accompanying her will be Ms May’s band, the Czech String Orchestra and
eight vocalists. The first concert is set to take place in Ostrava on
October 15. Two days later the Ms. Mae will perform in Prague’s O2 Arena
The renowned violinist said that she looks forward to working with Czech musicians and that apart from her most popular pieces she will also play some rare compositions.
The 40-year-old Britton, who was born in Singapore is known for her pop interpretations of classical music and has millions of fans across the world.
Václav Hudeček got his first violin at the age of five and at 15 he performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The exceptionally talented young man studied at the Prague Music Conservatory and was one of David Oistrakh’s last students. In a career spanning more than half a century Hudeček has performed the world over, playing in the most prestigious venues and appearing at festivals in Europe, Japan, and Australia. Hudeček has also presented master classes in Canada, Germany, and Japan, and runs an annual academy for promising young Czech
Renowned Czech musician Iva Bittová turns 60 on July 22nd. An excellent singer, violinist and composer, Bittová has never focused on one particular genre. She plays and sings folk music, jazz, rock as well as opera. She has also starred in several Czech films and appeared on stage at home and abroad.
Iva Bittová is a phenomenal Czech avant-garde violinist, singer and composer who has developed a music style of her own. She moved to upstate New York over ten years ago where she continues performing and teaching both children and adults. We talked after one of her workshops in Prague about her career, her future projects and her passion for helping underprivileged youth to realize their full musical potential.
The renowned British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is set to make her debut with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague’s Rudolfinum on Saturday. The graduate of the Royal College of Art and this year’s recipient of the ECHO Rising Star Awards will be performing a world premiere of a piece by the award-winning British composer Richard Blackford.
The renowned Czech violinist Václav Hudeček has received the prestigious Italian award Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia presented to artists for propagating the country’s good name abroad. Hudeček is one of the world’s leading interpreters of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Niccolò Paganini. The award was presented to Hudeček at a special ceremony at the Italian embassy in Prague on Thursday.
Renowned Czech violinist and university pedagogue Václav Snítil had died aged 87. The dedicated musician, who ranked among the very top violinists in Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic in the 20th century, passed away on Sunday after a brief illness, his son confirmed. As a young man, Snítil studied violin under Jaroslav Kocian and composition with Vítězslav Novák.
Today in Mailbox: Response to Radio Prague programmes dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, Radio Prague's monthly quiz. Listeners/readers quoted: Gregory Lagat, Rabisankar Bosu, Lynda-Marie Hauptman, Jeff Tomecek, Hans Verner Lollike, Valery Lugovskiy, Dean Bonanno, Abhirikshma Nandi, Deblina Biswas, Colin Law, Jayanta Chakrabarty.