Arete Quartet Wins Prague Competition

The Arete Quartet from South Korea Wins the 2021 Prague Spring Festival Competition“Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Ruzickova Prize” awarded for first place in the Competition for String Quartets. The Foundation's annual Prize is US$1,500 plus a substantial grant to support future public performances, including compositions by Viktor Kalabis, by the winner. The final round of the Prague Spring Festival Competition for String Quartets took place in May 2021. The winners performed compositions by Leoš Janáček’s and Ludwig van Beethoven. Arete Quartet: Seonghyeon Park, Chaeann Jeon, Donghwi Kim, Yoonsun Jang.   The Arete Quartet perform at the Rudolfinum concert hall. The…

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Arete Quartet Wins Prague Competition
2021 Ruzickova Composition Competition – Deadline June 30, 2021

2021 Ruzickova Composition Competition – Deadline June 30, 2021

  ADAWITCZYK.COM --is delighted to announce our new partnership with the Victor Kalabis & Zuzana Ruzickova Foundation and we're honoured to name our competition in her memory. Celebrating the life and career of one of the world's leading harpsichordists Zuzana Ruzickova and her invaluable role in promoting pieces by modern composers on period instruments. Competition plan/rules/dates ---Three winning compositions will be selected by the jury and announced on 1st August 2021. Viktor Kalabis Prize - 2 successful works will be recorded in video performances by director Simon Helbling and his crew in late September 2021. This alligns with our continuing focus to present…

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Recording of the Month: WashingtonMusicAviva

Washingtonmusicaviva produced the Viktor Kalabis Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 29 (1968). Performed by Emma Hays Johnson, cello, and Carl Banner, piano, live at BannerArts, March 20, 2021  

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Recording of the Month: WashingtonMusicAviva
The New York Times reviews Zuzana’s remarkable memoir.

The New York Times reviews Zuzana’s remarkable memoir.

In his article, Bach Was a Musician’s Companion to Tragedy, The New York Times' Michael Beckerman reviews the memoir retelling Zuzana Růžičková's life story - “Zuzana: Music Is Life”. Read the complete article here.

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BBC Radio 3 Programme Music Matters on One Hundred Miracles

BBC discusses 'One Hundred Miracles: A Memoir of Music and Survival', a new book about Holocaust survivor and the world’s greatest harpsichordist, Zuzana Ruzickova. Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and author Wendy Holden pay tribute to her. https://kalabismusic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/MusicMatters-20190420-TransgenderOperaSingersHarpsichordsAndBillyBudd.mp3DOWNLOAD Visit the Music Matters website for more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0004dnp.

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BBC Radio 3 Programme Music Matters on One Hundred Miracles
Documentary: “Zuzana: Music Is Life”

Documentary: “Zuzana: Music Is Life”

An award-winning documentary produced and directed by Harriet and Peter Getzels, Executive Producers, Emily Vogl, Frank Vogl and William R. Rhodes in loving memory of Louise Tilzer Rhodes. The sponsor of the film is The Viktor Kalabis & Zuzana Ruzickova Foundation with generous support from good friends. The Foundation aims to secure as wide public screening of this award-winning film as possible, in the United States and across the world. If you would like more information about screening the film at a conference, a school, a university or music conservatory, in an arts or other cultural institution, a historical society or…

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MUSICWEB Recording of the Month: SUPRAPHON SU4210-2

SUPRAPHON SU4210-2 [65:51] Both Viktor Kalabis’ Cello and Clarinet sonatas were written in the shadow of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Both are marked by it and display a brooding, sometimes almost obsessive quality wholly understandable given Kalabis’ own feelings of helplessness and protest. The Cello Sonata was finished the month after the August 1968 invasion and reveals a strenuous intensity occasionally leavened by refined, elegant paragraphs; moments of reprieve amidst the shadows. The slow movement most intensely bears the obsessive elements noted above, a product of rhythmic insistence not unlike Prokofiev’s, allied to an intensely introspective tolling motif. As with…

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MUSICWEB Recording of the Month: SUPRAPHON SU4210-2
Recital at the Centro Cultural Las Clarisas de Elche, Valencia, Spain

Recital at the Centro Cultural Las Clarisas de Elche, Valencia, Spain

Spain. June 7, 2018 --- 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.

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Viktor Kalabis – Clarinet Sonata Performed by Nozomi Ueda

PREMIERE IN JAPAN Viktor Kalabis - Clarinet Sonata Performed by Nozomi Ueda - In Osaka, Japan - May 18, 2017 at the Noix Accordées Music andArt Salon.

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Viktor Kalabis – Clarinet Sonata Performed by Nozomi Ueda
Mission Harpsichord

Mission Harpsichord

Sunday Feature  March 15, 2015:  From the "skeletons copulating on a tin roof" jibes of conductor Sir Thomas Beecham to its unfavourable characterisation as the ideal instrument of the Addams Family, the harpsichord is an often misunderstood instrument - sometimes dividing audiences. Harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani heads off on a personal journey to uncover the instrument's chequered history, why the people who play it are not always its best advocates, and how this ancient instrument has a very modern face too. He heads to Prague to meet his mentor, 88 year old Czech harpsichord maestro Zuzana Ružicková and visits the workshop of…

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TRIO DOMANČIĆ EPHSTEIN MINKIN PLAY CROATIA CONCERT

December 2014 - Kalabis's Four Images op. 73 for flute and harpsichord, and the Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord, Op. 28 were performed by flautist Ane Domančić, violinist Evgenije Ephstein and on the harpsichord Marine Minkin. The Kalabis Piano Trio - Ondřej Lébr - violin, Lukáš Polák - violoncello, Miroslav Sekera - piano Viktor Kalabis: Piano Trio, Op.39 - I. Vivo Viktor Kalabis: Piano Trio, Op.39 - II. Adagio Viktor Kalabis: Piano Trio, Op.39 -III. Allegro vivo. Andante

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TRIO DOMANČIĆ EPHSTEIN MINKIN PLAY CROATIA CONCERT
Supraphon Releases of Kalabis, and “Homage” to Růžičková

Supraphon Releases of Kalabis, and “Homage” to Růžičková

Supraphon releases a box set of Viktor Kalabis's (1923-2006) symphonies and concertos that now join multi-disc sets from MSR Classics and Praha Digitals. Supraphon also releases two sets of double CDs of performances by Zuzana Růžičková - a wide-ranging "Homage" to the "First Lade of the Harpsichord" and works from England, Spain and Portugal. Viktor Kalabis's symphonies and concertos - the legacy of a distinct composer and a fraught era! SU 4109-2. Symphony No. 2 "Sinfonia pacis", Op 18; Symphony No. 3, Op. 33; Symphonic Variations, Op. 24; Concerto for Large Orchestra, Op. 25. Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 17;…

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Featured Recording: 3 CD Box Set

Czech composer Viktor Kalabis (1923-2006) was an unknown name to me when this 3-CD jewel box arrived in the mail. As I began scanning the Internet for basic research in writing this review, I was astonished to find that only two Kalabis works were listed on Arkivmusic.com, both buried in recordings of works by other composers. My wonder increased as I actually began listening to the composer’s music. Here was a distinctive, major voice of the 20th century, one who by rights should have a place in modern music near to Bartók or Kodály, two older contemporaries whom he admired,…

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Featured Recording: 3 CD Box Set
Zuzana Růžičková 85th Birthday Celebration at HAMU

Zuzana Růžičková 85th Birthday Celebration at HAMU

From the Dvorak Society: Zuzana Růžičková is world famous as a harpsichordist, with many prizes, honours and hundreds of recordings to her credit – not least the complete works of Bach on disc which she values most.  She is well-known to and loved by many of our members.  An important jubilee – her remarkable 85th.birthday – fell on 14th.January this year.  Last year, on 27th.July, she received the Charles IV Cultural Prize in Aachen, Germany, an honour which is only bestowed on the most important personalities.  At the ceremony she made a memorable speech in which she spoke of her…

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Viktor Kalabis, Czech Master

By Martin Anderson - “Only a small part of the capacious output of the Czech composer Viktor Kalabis – some 92 works, including five symphonies and nine concertos – ever made it onto LP and less yet made the transition to CD. But 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 (see Recordings), we seem to have gone from famine to feast.”

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Viktor Kalabis, Czech Master