Eduard Kollert

The Year of Czech Music resonates (not only) in Madrid

Eduard Kollert

The year 2024 is a significant year for us Czechs, as it is the Year of Czech Music, as designated by the Czech Ministry of Culture. This naturally entails my devotion to promote Czech music not only in Madrid, all the more so this year.

In late January, I performed at two concerts with my trio at the Fundación Juan March, where the programme included a trio by Antonín Dvořák. Thereafter, in mid-March, I had a concert where I performed a piece by Josef Suk. Both were live-streamed, allowing more people from around the globe to enjoy them, and the recording of Suk’s piece was later posted on the school’s YouTube channel (see below).

In one of our academic assignments, I seized the opportunity to delve into the depths of Dvořák’s compositions, selecting his symphonic poem “The Dove” as the focal point of my written work. One of the best things about the Reina Sofía Music School is that the school and the faculty respect the different cultures of the students – coming from all over the world – and let them choose the music and themes/topics that suit them best.

This year, as the Czech Republic makes a national effort to promote its musical culture to the world, I am happy to present Czech music in this way and celebrate this special year with the people of my country – albeit far from home.

On this occasion, I would like to thank the Kellner Family Foundation for supporting me through my studies in such a wonderful environment, the Czech Ambassador and the Embassy for always attending my concerts and supporting me despite their busy schedules, and last but not least the Czech Centre Madrid for supporting concerts in Spain and its promotional efforts.

Suk - 4 Piezas para violín y piano op. 17 - Eduard Kollert & Vadim Gladkov

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