The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society continues its 20th Anniversary season with chamber music concert featuring oboist Vilém Veverka and Martinů Quartet on Thursday 11th October 2018 at 8:00pm at the Convent Ballroom.
Families, young people and all those, who prefer less formal environment are welcome to enjoy an open air performance of the ensemble on Saturday 13 October 2018 at 2pm at the Commonwealth Park. The entry to the open air performance is free and all you need to do is to bring your blanket. In the event of rain the concert on 13 October 2018 will be held at the Kings Chapel.
These chamber music concerts are part of celebrations of 100th Anniversary of the Czechoslovak independence and are sponsored by Kusuma Trust.
Vilém Veverka is one of the most acclaimed Czech oboists. He studied at the Prague Conservatory (Prof. F.X.Thuri), the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Liběna Séquartová) and attended a number of master classes led by the distinguished French oboist Jean-Louis Capezzali. Yet the major impulse for his artistic development was his being a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester and the subsequent study with the leading German oboist Dominik Wollenweber at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
He has also been influenced by superlative foreign oboists such as Albrecht Mayer, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Maurice Bourgue and Heinz Holliger. The path on which he then embarked climaxed with work in the Berlin Philharmonic (Karajan Stiftung, 2003-2005, under Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Semyon Bychkov and others), and victory in one of the world´s most prestigious international oboe competitions, in Tokyo (2003, Sony Music Foundation).
As a soloist, Vilém Veverka has appeared with renowned Czech orchestras, including the Prague Philharmonie, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonic, as well as leading foreign orchestras (the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Bayerisches Kammerorchester, the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Krakow Philharmonic, the Slovak Philharmonic, Capella Istropolitana, Orchestra de Chile, etc.)
The beginnings of the Martinů Quartet date back to its members’ student days at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts. It has existed since 1976, when it was established under the name Havlák Quartet. Their first teachers were members of the legendary Quartets Smetana and Vlach. They also studied with members of Amadeus, Julliard, Guarneri and Alban Berg Quartet. Subsequently, pursuing the tradition of the Czech quartet “school”, the ensemble won a number of awards both at home and abroad including prizes at the ARD competition Munich, Evian (France), Yehudi Menuhin (Portsmouth, Britain) and The Prague Spring competitions.. In 1985 it named itself after Bohuslav Martinů.
The quartet has performed in the majority of European countries, in the USA, Canada and Japan, and has been invited to prestigious festivals and concert stages (Europamusicale, City of London Festival, Orlando Festival in the Netherlands, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, Prague Spring, Wigmor Hall, Opera de Bastille Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Basel, etc.). Its members have shared their experience as lecturers at international master classes.
At this moment the ensemble is preparing for a CD recording of String Quartets by American composer Richard Ratner. Collaboration with an American composer of younger generation Elliot McKinley resulted in three CD with his music.
The MQ has made recordings for Czech Radio, Radio France, the BBC, ARD and ORF, and for a number of Czech and foreign labels. The ensemble has received the Czech Chamber Music Society Award and a special prize from the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation.
The programme will feature compositions by: F. V. Krommer, A. Dvořák, B. Martinů, B. Britten and W.A. Mozart
Tickets priced at £20.00 are available from Sacarello’s coffee shop – restaurant in Irish Town and The Silver Shop at 222 Main Street or online at www.buytickets.gi A limited number of tickets at £10.00 are available to senior citizens and students via the John Mackintosh Hall at 308 Main Street.
Young people age 18 and under attend ALL Gibraltar Philharmonic concerts free of charge, making it easy for families to go to concerts together. Throughout the year, KIDS FREE tickets may be obtained in person at the Gibraltar Philharmonic Society Office, via email email@example.com or by phone at +350 20072134 .
*Please note, that the amount of KIDS FREE tickets for the concerts held at The Convent Ballroom is limited, but we always do our best to accommodate you all.