Czech Philharmonic with Jiří Bělohlávek / Petr Altrichter / Josef Špaček
- Concerts took place at Qingdao, Beijing, Changsha, Wuhan, Shanghai, Nanjing and Shenzhen from 22nd to 30th October, 2016 with Jiri Belohlavek as condutor, celebrating the 120th anniversary of the orchestra.
- Concerts took place at Nanjing, Wuhan, Fuzhou, Yuhang, Beijing, Zhengzhou and Zhuhai from 11th to 23rd May, 2019 with Petr Altrichter as Conductor and Josef Spacek as soloist.
The Czech Philharmonic has an illustrious heritage. Dvořák conducted the orchestra in its inaugural performance on 4 January 1896 at the Rudolfinum, the stunning venue on the banks of the Vltava which is still home to its Prague concerts, and now also the centre for its Orchestral Academy. The Academy is just one of numerous successful outreach projects, including competitions for soloists and composers, through which the Czech Philharmonic shares its passion and artistry with people of all ages and backgrounds, preparing the way for the next generation of both performers and audience alike.
Great conductors are a theme in the orchestra’s history. Gustav Mahler conducted the Czech Philharmonic for the world premiere of his Symphony No. 7 in Prague in 1908. The orchestra’s international reputation grew under the direction of Václav Talich, the energetic leadership of Rafael Kubelík helped steer the Czech Philharmonic through the difficult wartime years, and in the post-war era of Karel Ančerl it embarked on a busy touring schedule. Following a period of varied fortunes after the Velvet Revolution, today a rejuvenated Czech Philharmonic orchestra is heard at the most prestigious concert halls and festivals, including the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London, concerts at the Philharmonie in Berlin, a residency at the Musikverein in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Carnegie Hall in New York and the NCPA in Beijing.
The Czech Philharmonic has received numerous awards and nominations, including ten Grands Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles-Cros, five Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie française, several Cannes Classical Awards, a position in Gramophone’s Top 20 Best Orchestras in the World (2008), as well as nominations for Grammy and Gramophone Awards. A concert performance of Martinů’s What men live by was nominated for a 2015 International Opera Award.
In co-production with Unitel, the Czech Philharmonic has made nine new television programmes each of which features a full performance of one of Dvořák’s symphonies. The shows, broadcast by Czech Television in 2014, are distributed internationally by C Major. The orchestra has also produced a documentary for Czech Television (in association with Rhombus Media) about Dvořák, Jiří Bělohlávek, and the current work of the Czech Philharmonic, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete.