The sale of tickets started as early as on 12th December last year and at the end of March, thirteen concerts had already been sold out. These concerts include the opening and the closing concerts, Vienna Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Magdalena Kožená and others. Nevertheless, there are tickets still available for some other concerts. For more information, click here .
Remembrance of an outstanding personality
On Monday 14th May, the organizers will pay tribute to John Cage at the National Technical Museum, as this September marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of this musical innovator and distinctive thinker. The task is undertaken by the Agon Orchestra under the baton of Petr Kofroň. The programme includes other interesting concerts.
Many new artists
Prague Spring also presents a number of new faces. These are top musicians, who have not yet performed in Prague, such as the pianist Mitsuko Uchida, accompanying Magdalena Kožená’s recital and the Slovakian organist Ján Vladimír Michalko, with a concert in St. Jacob’s Basilica. The Italian harpsichordist, organist and conductor Ottavio Dantone will present his old music ensemble Accademia Bizantina. Others include a young Ukrainian conductor Andrej Jurkevič, the winner of Chopin’s competition in Warsaw 2005 Rafał Blechacz, tenor Ian Bostridge and his colleague Mark Padmore.
Prague Spring Competition
Prague Spring festival also organizes interpretation competitions, which have discovered a number of world virtuosos. This year’s 64th edition focuses on cello and harpsichord. 134 cellists from 32 countries registered for the first round. An interesting thing is that 26 of them were from Korea. Harpsichord has not been as popular as the cello, nevertheless, the first round numbers some 30 participants.