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Apr 8, 2011 7:00 PM

Frédéric Chopin a W.W.Würfel - Pupil and His Teacher

CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT. Martin Vojtíšek - piano, with Alice Fiedlerová in the piano duet


Václav Jan Tomášek: Eglogue op. 83 no. 2

W.W.Würfel: Grand Rondeau Brillant op. 30

W.W.Würfel: Fantasy for piano duet op. 14

Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka in A minor
                          Nocturne in F major op. 15 no. 1
                          Nocturne in B major op. 9 no. 3
                          Scherzo in B flat minor op. 31
                          Scherzo in C sharp minor op. 39

Chopin had only one universally acknowledged piano teacher: Vojtěch Živný. This Czech teacher had been teaching Chopin from the age of six to twelve. Should we believe that Chopin was not influenced by any other pianist? New discoveries made by Martin Votjíšek in European archives bring to light compositions of Czech piano virtuoso and composer Václav Würfel (1790-1832), pupil of the Prague piano school of Václav Jan Tomášek (1774-1850). Würfel was a close friend to the Chopin family and Chopin's teacher at the Warsaw Conservatoire. He also organized Chopin's first performance abroad, in Vienna in 1819, and is many times mentioned in Chopin's letters. The prominent Czech pianist Martin Vojtíšek will perform two compositions by Würfel (the second one for piano duet with Alice Fiedlerová) and demonstrate that Chopin was strongly influenced by this composer in the decisive years of his musical growth.

Pianist and composer Martin Vojtíšek has concertized widely in Europe, performing in France (Paris), Germany (Munchen), Spain, Italy, Holland, Greece and Poland. He appears on CD recordings of works by Chopin (Sonatas, 4 Ballades, 4 Scherzos, Waltzes and Nocturnes), Liszt (Sonata in B minor), Beethoven, Hummel, Weber, Satie (the complete works) and contemporary composers. A longtime pupil of the outstanding Czech pianist Ilona Štěpánová-Kurzová who premièred e.g. the Concertino by Leoš Janáček, he is an authority on Janáček, Suk and Novák and has recorded the first complete piano works of Vítězslav Novák, on four CDs (Supraphon and Kvinta). He is Professor of Music at the Prague Conservatoire and Artist Faculty for NYU Steinhardt's Study Abroad program. Martin Vojtíšek's compositions: Concerto for piano and orchestra, Concerto for alto saxophone and string orchestra, Trio for flute, cello and piano, Sonata for violin and piano, Preludium, Chorale and Toccata for piano etc.

Alice Fiedlerová studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Boris Krajný. Her activities have included mostly chamber music and she collaborated with a number of outstanding soloists including principal flutist from the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra Yossi Arnheim, cellist David Sella (Israel) and leader of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine Vadym Borysov. She has performed in Germany, France, Switzerland and Belgium, she has also recorded for the Czech Radio and the Czech Television. Since 2006, she has been taking part in the American Spring Festival and regularly performs with American artists (Andrew Schultze, Lynn Eustis, Brian Nedvin, Joan Metelli, Jay Gardner). Since 2006, she has been teaching at the New York University in Prague.


 Organized by DAHA, BBLA, Czech Center New York


Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Apr 8, 2011 7:00 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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