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Jan 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Feb 15, 2004 12:00 AM

Pianist Radoslav Kvapil Performs in the United States

Czech Pianist Performs in the United States

January 23 at 6 pm
Lecture: Dvořák and the American Landscape

January 24, 2–4:30 pm
Interplay: The American Dvořák

January 25
Antonín Dvořák Symposium at New
York University and Piano recital

February 15 at 4 pm
Dvořák Day Centennial Concert

In addition, Radoslav Kvapil will perform
at the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C. (Jan. 19),
in Glenn Falls, NY (Feb. 1 and 4),
at the Dvořák Festival in North Creek-Adirondack, NY (Feb. 6–8),
at Salon in Indianapolis (Feb. 10) and
at the International House in Philadelphia (Feb. 12).


Radoslav Kvapil is considered by many international critics to be one of the finest exponents of Czech piano music today. He achieved early recognition when he won the 1958 Janáček Competition, and since that time he has appeared as soloist with major orchestras and played recitals in more than 20 countries including Japan and America.

He has specialized in the worldwide performance of the Czech piano repertoire for over 20 years, and his knowledge and understanding of these works remain unrivaled. He is also well known for his interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.

In 1967–69, Kvapil recorded Antonín Dvořák’s complete piano works (on the Supraphon label) for the first time in history. During the same period, he recorded the complete piano works of Leoš Janáček, and in 1990 released the first two volumes of Bohuslav Martinů’s complete piano works. Between 1993 and 1996, Unicorn – Kanchana Records in London released eight volumes of Kvapil’s comprehensive Anthology of Czech Piano Musiccontaining works by Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Martinů, Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek, Zdeněk Fibich, Leoš Janáček, and Josef Suk.

In April 2002, he received a high distinction from the French Ministry of Culture when he was appointed “Knight of the Arts” (Chevalier des Arts et de la Litterature de la Republique Francaise). In the Czech Republic, he is chairman of the Dvořák Society and founder of the South Bohemia Music Festival. He is also chairman of the Vysočina Music Festival and the Society for Czech Terezín Composers. Kvapil is a member of the jury for the Schumann Piano Competition in Zwickau and for the G. Bachauer Piano Competition in Salt Lake City.

Kvapil has toured extensively throughout Europe, especially in the United Kingdom, for recitals, concerts, and master classes. He has performed there with the Medici Quartet, Brighton Philharmonic, RTE Symphony, BBC, Scottish, and the Ulster Orchestras, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He has given recitals in more than 25 countries, including Japan, Korea, Canada, and the United States. Performances in major concert halls throughout the world include the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Centre (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), and the Theatre des Champs Elysees (Paris).


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From: Jan 23, 2004 12:00 AM
To: Feb 15, 2004 12:00 AM


New York University, The New Jersey Symphonic Orchestra, Czech Centre New York

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