Opening ConcertFederico Colli, piano
Fatra House of Arts, Žilina
Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava
Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava - the orchestra’s predecessor had existed since 1929 as an important part of the Czechoslovak musical scene. For major period scores (Bartók, Schönberg) it was joined by the opera orchestra, often also in case of guest appearances of significant conductors and composers, such as Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and also Paul Hindemith, who grew fond of Ostrava and made repeated visits. It was in 1954, however, when the current ensemble was really founded, when Ostrava Symphony Orchestra was established and led by Otakar Pařík. Since 1962, it performed as State Philharmonic Ostrava (led by Václav Jiráček), and in 1971, led by the long-time chief conductor Otakar Trhlík, its name was finally changed to the current form Janáčkova filharmonie Ostrava (Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava). During its existence, JPO was often invited to tours abroad, besides most of the European countries mainly to the USA, Japan, China, Australia or South Korea. JPO has given a number of guest performances at various international music festivals. Current performances of the orchestra are strongly inﬂuenced by two recent significant chief conductors, Christian Arming and Theodore Kuchar; also the inﬂuence of Petr Vronský should not be omitted. The result is an overall plasticity and colourfulness of the sound with clear elements of the Slavonic mentality audible mainly in the softness of the strings. In the following years, the artistic growth will be secured by the new Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Heiko Mathias Förster. JPO is the first among Czech orchestras in the number of performances of contemporary works, often as Czech premières, mainly thanks to the conductor and composer Petr Kotík. For example, the guest appearance of JPO at the 1999 Prague Spring in Stockhausen’s Gruppen for three orchestras became legendary; the performance in the Spanish Hall of the Prague Castle was so successful that the demanding, almost thirty-minute long composition had to be played again. Among other regularly played authors are John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Iannis Xenakis. Apart from rich concert activity, JPO organizes many educational and entertaining concerts. In his 25-years-long career, Heiko Mathias Förster has been an artistic director of three important German orchestras in Brandenburg, Munich and Recklinghausen (Neue Philharmonie Westfalen) and he’s been a guest to orchestras, such as Moscow Philharmonic, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian State Orchestra, Orchestre de Colonnes Paris or Berlin Radio Orchestra, to name just a few. Mr. Förster has been regularly invited to Prague for both opera and symphony performances. “Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava has an enormous music potential and I believe that together we can achieve the highest levels.” (Heiko Mathias Förster)
Case Scaglione (1982) studied under David Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he won the James Conlon Prize. He was awarded the Aspen Conducting Prize in 2010 and in 2011 received the Conductor's Prize from the Solti Foundation US. He was one of three Conducting Fellows at Tanglewood in 2011. Scaglione received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his postgraduate studies were spent at the Peabody Institute where he studied with Gustav Meier. In 2014/15, Scaglione made subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic in his final season as the orchestra’s Assistant then Associate Conductor – a position that was revived especially for him by Music Director Alan Gilbert. He also received high critical acclaim for his concerts with Dallas Symphony in subscription series. Elsewhere, Scaglione has recently conducted the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Kristiansand Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras. Since his professional conducting debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2010, he has also appeared as a guest conductor with the St. Louis Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's. A regular visitor to Asia, Scaglione has conducted concerts with the Shanghai Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony and China Philharmonic orchestras, and later this season he returns to the Hong Kong Philharmonic for a third consecutive year. The 2015/16 season sees Case Scaglione make concert debuts with Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, as well as with the Juilliard Orchestra at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. He returns to South America to work with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia and makes his French debut with Orchestre National d’Île de France on a six-concert tour. Other European dates include the Bilkent Symphony, Brno Philharmonic and Janáček Philharmonic orchestras. As Music Director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles (2008-11), Scaglione was the driving force behind the artistic growth and diversification of the organisation, and founded their educational outreach program ‘360° Music’. His eclectic programming included music by Ligeti, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde – the orchestra's first staged opera in nearly 60 years – and the Los Angeles premiere of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony. Passionate about music education, he has a regular teaching relationship with the Juilliard School.
Born in Brescia in 1988, he studied at the Milan Conservatory, at the Imola International Piano Academy and at the Salzburg Mozarteum under the guidance of S. Marengoni, K. Bogino, B. Petrushansky and P. Gililov. To coincide with his debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London for the International Piano Series 2014, a solo CD produced by Champs Hill Records has been submitted, featuring works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Mussorgsky. After the First Prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition 2011 and the winning with Gold Medal at The Leeds International Piano Competition 2012, he embarked on a series of prestigious concerts all over the world, achieving a great success of audience and critics. Highly acclaimed have been his performances held in Germany with the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn under H. Beissel, at the Musikverein in Vienna, at the Nikkei Hall in Tokyo, at the Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City with the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM under P. C. Orizio, at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford with the Oxford Philomusica under M. Papadopoulos, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra under D. Botinis and at the Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by J. Kaspszyk.
"Entirely individual, Federico Colli nonetheless takes you back to the far-off days of Lupu and Perahia. I can celebrate a crystalline brilliance and translucence that takes you to the heart of everything he plays. If his special stamp is everywhere, it is always in the service of the composer." (B. Morrison, Gramophone)
He has also performed at the Konzerthaus in Vienna with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra conducted by J. Hattori, at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under V. Petrenko, at the Salle Cortot in Paris, at the Teatro Manzoni in Bologna, in Kiev with the National Philharmonic of Ukraine under R. Kofman, in Florence with the Orchestra della Toscana under S. Kochanovsky and at the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw with the South Netherlands Philharmonic under E. Spanjaard.
"Federico Colli's captivating ability to illuminate even the most densely packed musical terrain emerges as a structure of supreme logic.“ (J. Haylock , BBC Music Magazine)
(1932 – 2007)
ILJA ZELJENKA (1932, Bratislava) studied composition with Ján Cikker at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (graduated in 1956). Later he worked in Czechoslovak Radio Bratislava as artistic adviser and in Slovak Philharmonic as musical advisor. Since 1968 he has been living as a free-lance composer. Between 1985 – 1995 he taught at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava. After a period of responding to classical masterworks of 20th century music, he turned in the sixties to post-Webern and sonoristic composition, experimented with electronic music, musique concre`te, aleatorics, etc. and became the leading figure of Slovak avantgarde music. In the 1970s his style matured into its characteristic shape, incorporating folk influences and a general synthesis of all sources.
Works (selection): 7 symphonies (1954, 1961, 1972, 1978, 1985, 1998), 12 string quartets (1963 – 2003), 15 piano sonatas (1957 – 2003), Oswiecim, cantata for two speakers, two choruss and orchestra to poems by Kováč (1960), Polymetrical Quartet for 4 piano parts (1965), Metamorphoses XV for chamber ensemble and speaker to texts by Ovide (1966), Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1966), Variations for Orchestra (1971), Elegy for string orchestra and violin (1973), Concertino per violino ed archi (1974), Galgenlieder for soprano, string quartet, clarinet, flute and piano to poems by Morgenstern (1975), Wind Quintet With Percussion (1977), Word, cantata for speaker, mixed chorus and orchestra to the text by Válek (1980), 2nd Piano Concerto (1981), Monologues for cello (1982), Dialogues for cello and chamber string orchestra (1984), Aztec Songs for soprano, piano and percussion (1986), Music for Warchal for chamber orchestra (1987), Concerto for Violin and Large Orchestra (1989), Enchanted Movement for large orchestra (1989), Capriccio for flute and double bass (1989), 2nd Concerto For Violin and Orchestra (1989), Gentle Children of November for children chorus (1990), Song Ritual for mixed chorus (1992), Toccata for organ (1992), Games for piano and 4 bongos (1992), Marekánia for flute and percussion (1992), The Son of Man, Slovak Passion (1993), Polymetrics II for computer-controlled orchestra (1993), Preludes and fugues for Organ (1993), 2nd Wind Quintet (1993), 31 Piano Miniatures for Children (1993), Concerto per due violoncelli e orchestra (1994), Concertino for double bass and chamber string orchestra (1994), Cantate Domino, Psalm 98 for mixed chorus and 4 harps (1994), Toccata for 2 pianos (1994), Bátoryčka, opera in 2 acts after Jonáš Záborský (1994), Concerto For Orchestra (1994), Symfonietta giocosa for chamber string orchestra (1995), Polymetrics III for computer and synthetizer (1995), Monodrama for solo violin – in memoriam Tadeáš Salva (1995), Missa serena for mixed chorus, chamber orchestra and bass (1995), Souvenir for Požoň sentimentál (1996), The last Days of Great Moravia, opera after Jonáš Záborský (1996), Concertino for piano and string orchestra (1997), Games for Jordanka for piano and 4 bongos – one performer (1997), Contrasts for solo violin (1997), Aztec Songs II for bass, flute, cello and bongos (1997), 30 Inventions for piano (1997), Concerto Grosso for organ and string orchestra (1997), Toccata for dulcimer (1999), Octet for wind instruments (1999), ), Concertino for percussion and string orchestra (1999), Symfonietta for chamber orchestra (2000), Little Chamber Music for harpsichord and dulcimer (2001), Divertimento for horn and chamber string orchestra (2001), Sonata per violino solo (2002).Overtura giocosa
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
(1873 - 1943)
Concert for piano and orchestra No. 3 d minor, Op. 30
(1810 - 1856)
Symphony No. 3 E-flat major, Op. 97 (Rhenish)