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Feb 20, 2013 7:00 PM

Meeting of Violin Generations

Violin concert by Jaroslav Sveceny and Julie Svecena. World Premiere of a STRING PIECE FOR NEW YORK by Jaroslav Sveceny.


Father and daughter duo Jaroslav Sveceny and Julie Svecena join together to present rarely-heard works for two violins by Mozart, Vivaldi, Leclair and Bériot. They will also perform the world premiere for Jaroslav’s new piece Strings For New York, dedicated to the citizens of New York City.

Jaroslav Sveceny is an internationally-recognized string instrument expert as well as one of the most significant contemporary Czech violinists.  His daughter Julie Svecena studies at Prague Conservatory and has already distinguished herself as a significant force on the concert stage.


Jaroslav Sveceny
Having been born in Hradec Králové, he is one of the most significant contemporary Czech violinists and an outstanding personality of the Czech music stage. His career as a soloist began as soon as during his studies at the Prague Conservatory and Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied under Prof. František Pospíšil and Prof. Václav Snítil. He finished his education at master courses of the famous world virtuoso Mathan Milstein and Gidon Kremer.

Jaroslav Svěcený is a famous popularizer of violin playing, particularly his TV, radio and concert projects attract the audience from all age groups.

Numerous concert tours and festival performances of Jaroslav Svěcený have covered the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, the whole Europe, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, etc.

Jaroslav Svěcený has recorded 46 CDs so for, containing works of word and Czech authors, for which he obtained numerous gold or platinum records. He was the first Czech violin player to record a compact disc for SONY CLASSICAL. In 1996 he was awarded a prestigious prize of the Masaryk Academy of Arts for creative artistic activity; since then, he has obtained numerous additional awards – the most recent one he obtained on 9th December 2010 at the Prague Castle, where he took over the Gold Plaque of the President of the Czech Republic from the hands of Václav Klaus.

He is the co-founder of the Czech festivals – Smiřice Music Festival (Easter Festival in Smiřice near Hradec Králové), Klášterec Music Sources, the part of which are also international summer violin courses taking place in the lovely Castle of Klášterec nad Ohří, the Prague event called the Tone sof Chodov Fort, and Kocian‘s Ústí, a part of which is the internationally renowned Kocian‘s Violin Competition in Ústí nad Orlicí. At the opening concert of the Prague Autumn 2006 J. Svěcený performed the 2nd violin koncert of Bohuslav Martinů in Dvořák Hall of Rudolfinum with the word-famous symphonic orchestra BBC Philharmonic. As this concert was live broadcasted on radio waves, foreign festival invitations followed soon. Therefore, he could make use of his experience and creative ideas from these trips when pursuing his koncert and festival activities in the Czech Republic.

He is also an accomplished expert in violin history and construction. His koncert project under summary title „VIOLINO“ presents master violins made by signifiant violin maker of the 17th to the 20th century. He places special emphasis on presentation and promotion of the outstanding Czech masters of the 18th - 21th centuries; so far, he has recorded a set of six CDs and one DVD, on which he captures and introduces the best Czech violin makers in the European context. He does so in various compositions and at the same time in a richly equipped booklet.

In 2009 he organised in the Prague Municipal House a two-month exhibition called FAMOUS EUROPEAN VIOLINS, which met a great international response. The event included also the concerts in Smetana Hall and concert club of classical music VIOLINO in Prague. On this occasion, he Publisher an exclusive Czech-English publication FAMOUS EUROPEAN VIOLINS, covering the violin of four centuries in 140 detailed photographs. In 2008 Jaroslav Svěcený was appointed a court expert in the area of strings instruments.

Long-term charity activities have been an integral part of his artistic work. For nine years aleready he has been the benefactor of the Brick Action, which helps the mentaly handicapped fellow-citizens. He cooperates with the foundation fund of the Art of Accompanying, which supports hospices in the Czech Republic, with the foundation fund of Plaváček of Deana and Juraj Jakubisko, which helps children from children’s homes, with his performances he supports the prestigious UNICEF, he gave concerts for free at numerous benefit events that helped people affected by natural disasters, for the foundation of the spouses Václav and Livia Klaus, League Against Cancer, Vision’97 of Dagmar and Václav Havel, etc.

Over twenty years he has cooperated or cooperates with interpret of different genus (Marta Kubišová, Vašo Patejdl, Jalkoň band, Rudolf Rokl…) in common pojects, which he considers extremely important for promotion of classical music among the young generation.

In this area he currently devates himself fully to the Vivaldianno project, where he cooperates with the rock musician Michal Dvořák, legendary Radim Hladík and other performers of five genres. The multi-platinum CD Vivaldianno is currently one of the best-selling audio carriers in the Czech Republic.

Julie Svecena is the student of the Prague Conservatory, being in the class of the excellent violin player and chamber player Professor Dana Vlachová, member of the Czech Trio.

She completed master courses with Prof. Zakhar Bron in Interlaken, Switzerland, further she cooperated with Prof. Boris Kusnir (Austria), Prof. Rodney Friend (England) and Prof. Stephen Shipps (USA).

She has already made numerous competition achievements – she is a multiple Winner of Plzenecké housličky competition and the Josef Muzika Violin Competition at Nová Paka.

In 2001, 2005 and 2008 she won the national competition of the people’s schools of arts in Liberec in category of solo violin. Moreover, in 2008 she obtained one of the main prizes – Prize of Mayor of the city of Liberec for the best interpretation of a Czech composition. In 2004 and 2007 she won the same competition of the people’s schools of art in Jinřichův Hradec, but in the category of chamber music.

At the national competition Prague Junior Note 2008 she won her category, obtaining PhDr. J.Micka Prize for exceptional interpretation of a 20th century composer and Inter-Podium o.p.s. prize intended for winners in individual categories.
In February 2010 she won 1st Prize at the International Radio Competition for Young Musicians Concertino Praga, after forty years being another Czech violin player to win this competition in the category of violin solo. In March of the same year, she was awarded the 2nd prize at the Georg Philipp Telemann International Violin Competition in Poznan, Poland and also special award of the jury - the Great Personality of the Competition.

At the Jaroslav Kocian International Competition in Ústí nad Orlicí she won five second prize, two third prize and the first prize in May 2010.

On the 14th International Violin Competition – Kloster Schontal 2011 (Germany) she won thre global competition, the fifth prize.
She has had multiple performances abroad. Recently she had a performance at Opernhaus in Bayreuth (Germany), in Amman and in the amphitheatre of the mountain city of Petra (Jordan).

She has regular performances with domestic chamber orchestras - the Virtuosi Pragenses and the QUATTRO. She has also co-operated with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Zlín, Teplice and Plzeň Philharmonics. As a soloist she performed at the festivals such as the Radio Autumn, the Moravian Autumn, Smiřice Musis Festival, Klášterec Music Sources, the Kocian Ústí, Tones of Chodov Fort Prague.

Last year, her first independent CD titled „Julie“ was issued, on wich she recorded in September 2010, i.e. at the age of sixteen, the compositions of J. Brahms, P.de Sarasate, M. Ravel, O.Ševčík, F. Ondříček and E. Ysaye.



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Feb 20, 2013 7:00 PM


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