Czech and American interpretations to the music of Leoš Janáček at the piano with Katelyn Bouska. Streamed live from Philadelphia on ZOOM, followed by a Q&A.
April 13, 7PM
Online via ZOOM
Composer Leoš Janáček has become an important musical figure outside of his country, but unfortunately his vivid and often idiosyncratic idioms can easily be lost in translation. These idioms, derived from a life dedicated to Moravian folk lore and speech, are steeped in the sounds and images of his native country side. For those unfamiliar, there is a missing layer to the unique rhythms derived from Czech speech.
For Katelyn Bouska, an American pianist of Czech ancestry, it was exactly this cultural understanding that was missing as she studied his works during her student years in the United States. She wanted to know what Janáček really meant by his often unusual way of writing from the people who had been directly connected to him in the first person. In search of that missing key Katelyn embarked on a immersive research trip; collaborating with a variety of musicians and historians and collecting invaluable stories along the way.
During this event, Katelyn will share some of these stories, how they inspired her imagination of who Janáček really was and how the historical events surrounding his life inspired these innovative and evocative works. Interspersed between playing Janáček’s music, she will talk about balancing different approaches to his music as well as the way her concept of these pieces have unfolded over the past decade of study. Q&A to follow.
About Katelyn Bouska
With interpretations described as “full of life, flexibility, gripping rhythms and a richness of dynamic shadings” (Milan Bátor, Czech Radio) and a skill at engaging audiences in the musical dialogue, Katelyn Bouska (*1985) is a frequent solo and collaborative musician. Her unique programming combining rarely-heard Czech and American music with music being written specifically for her by rising composers has found an audience throughout America and on the international concert stage. Katelyn received a DMA from Temple University in Philadelphia, where her research centered on the piano music of 20thCentury Brno composer Miloslav Ištvan. She recently published a recording of his complete works for solo piano on the Radioservis label. In addition to her doctorate, she also holds graduate degrees in historical keyboard performance and collaborative piano.
Katelyn is currently based in Philadelphia where she serves on the Music Studies Faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her commitment for informed and personal musical expression extends beyond her piano studio into seminars on performance practice, continuo and period repertoire, and classes exploring theory and harmony as a tool to unlock the grammar of music.
Photo Credit: Semih Kumas