Pavel Šporcl: On Czech Music
“In the area of music the Czech Republic, as the country holding the EU Presidency, has a lot to offer. The Czechs are a cultured nation, and not only in the field of music. Fine art, literature and architecture have a long tradition in our country, giving rise to such names as Alfons Mucha, Mikoláš Aleš, Jindřich Štýrský, Jan Zrzavý, Karel Čapek, Milan Kundera, Josef Škvorecký, Ludvík Vaculík etc. We should not forget to mention Prague or Český Krumlov as jewels of world architecture.
In the field of classical music we have offered Europe names such as Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček and Bohuslav Martinů. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ belongs to the most performed works of music in the world. Smetana’s ‘The Bartered Bride’ as well as Janáček’s operas are constantly performed in major opera houses. The whole world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the death of Bohuslav Martinů. Nevertheless, these are not the only composers Europe should know about. Let us remember e.g. Josef Mysliveček, who captivated Mozart, or Antonín Rejcha, the founder of the wind quintet genre. But we needn’t go too far back into the past. Even in the last decades, composers and artists have arisen from this country and their art brought them far beyond the borders of their native land. Let me name Josef Suk, Zdeněk Fibich, Zdeněk Lukáš, Luboš Fišer, Sylvie Bodorová, Petr Eben, Ilja and Lukáš Hurník; artists such as Jan Kubelík, Josef Suk, Rudolf Firkušný, Ivan Moravec, Magdaléna Kožená, the Czech Smetana, Škampa or Haas Quartets, music conductors such as Rafael Kubelík, Libor Pešek, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jiří Kout, world-famous orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, as well as other outstanding ensembles such as the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice…
I mustn’t forget genres other than classical music. Hradišťan, a music group which I am sure has become known to people around the world, plays and sings Moravian folk songs. Or Iva Bittová, an interpreter with no genre borders. Josef Vejvoda, author of the best known Czech song in the world Roll Out the Barrel (Beer Barrel Polka), should be included in this short list as well. I must also mention our pop star Karel Gott, well known in Europe, and our best female singer Lucie Bílá.
I did not attempt to enumerate all names and musical genres in the Czech Republic. I only tried to show that music is one of the greatest assets of the Czech Republic, and that we have a lot to offer to the world in this area. And although one can no longer regard the Czech Republic as the conservatoire of Europe, as it was known in the 18th century, music has not died out in the Czech nation. Quite on the contrary. And I hope that we will be able to show this to Europe during our EU Presidency.”
born on 25 April 1973 in České Budějovice
Pavel Šporcl is undoubtedly one of the most significant Czech classical musicians attracting much interest from the media. He often performs on prestigious stages in Europe, the United States of America, Canada and Japan, and has been awarded prizes at a number of prominent violin competitions. He is the only Czech violinist of the young generation to be included in the book entitled ‘Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to the 21st Century’ by the world-renowned critic and historian Henry Roth. Pavel Šporcl started playing the violin at the age of five. Later he studied at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and, between 1991 and 1996, continued his studies in the United States of America. He is known for his informal way of expression and dressing. In this way he wants to get closer to the audience.
Last update: 16.8.2011 16:02