The Viktor Kalabis & Zuzana Růžičková Foundation
The Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Růžičková Foundation, based in the United States, is dedicated to two remarkable people whose partnership played central roles at the heart of Czech music for more than 50 years. Living in Prague, Zuzana and Viktor refused to join the Communist Party and faced endless adversities, yet they achieved enormous international success.
Viktor’s music, inspired in particular by such composers as Martinu, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Honegger and Bartok, has been widely performed and recorded. Zuzana’s virtuoso skills on the harpsichord – most notably her interpretations of Bach – brought her honors and acclaim. Her more than 65 recorded albums and thousands of public performances thrilled audiences across the world.
The Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Růžičková Foundation’s mission is to promote and enhance the recognition and appreciation of the extraordinary legacy of Viktor and Zuzana, as musicians and citizens of the world. They married in 1952 and overcame many obstacles imposed by the communist regime, which governed Czechoslovakia until late 1989. Thereafter, they both played key roles in making Prague what it is today – a leading international center of music. Viktor, who died in 2006, produced many compositions that are detailed on this website, as are many of his recordings and recent international performances. Zuzana, who died in 2017, is, for example, the only harpsichordist to have recorded the entire J.S. Bach keyboard works.
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New recording dedicated to the memory of Zuzana & Viktor.
This CD includes Watch Kalabis Concerto for Harpsicord and Strings, Op. 42.
June 7, 2018 — Spain
Recital at the Centro Cultural Las Clarisas de Elche, Valencia, Spain. Svetlana Tovstukha, cello and Eduard V. Agullo guitar, performed a program that included Viktor Kalabis’s Reminiszenzen Op. 46 for guitar
February 9, 2018 — London
Following a concert at the Wigmore Hall by Mahan, he and Julia Vogl receive a special lifetime award to Zuzana from the UK Critics Circle
” … with the recent appearance of Kalabis’s seven string quartets on the Praga Digital label and now a three-CD set of orchestral and instrumental works on MSR Classics, we seem to have gone from famine to feast … “
— Martin Anderson, Fanfare
” … Růžičková was the first to record the complete keyboard works of JS Bach, whose music helped her transcend the adversity she’s faced, and here are those records, made for Erato for over a decade from … “
— Andrew McGregor, BBC Music Magazine
“She’s a musical pioneer, a grande dame of her country’s music scene, the first person in the world to record the complete harpsichord music of Bach. As a teenager, she survived both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, where she contracted the bubonic plague. As an adult, she lived through the height of the cold war in a communist country, under suspicion as a party nonmember and a Jew. Zuzana Růžičková, the Czech harpsichord player, is 90 years old. Her story sounds like a movie. Now, it is one.”
— Anne Midgette, Washington Post
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