Rudolf Firkušný Piano Festival
Rudolfinum, Alšovo nábřeží 79/12, Praha 1 - Staré Město, 110 00
- Thu 22. 11. 2018 – Sun 2. 12. 2018
In 2018, the piano festival bearing the name of Rudolf Firkušný is held for the sixth time. The opening concert, starring jazz piano legend Monty Alexander, takes the event to a different level. Also featured are Piotr Anderszewski, the KBS Symphony Orchestra and South Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, Grigory Sokolov, Miroslav Sekera and Paul Lewis.
Rudolf Firkušný (1912 – 1994) was one of the world’s most important 20th century pianists. His first musical steps were guided by Leoš Janáček, Vilém Kurz, and Josef Suk. He launched his brilliant career with a concert in New York in 1941, when he was publicly supported by the greatest pianists of his time: Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Rubinstein, and Vladimir Horowitz. In 1946 he graced the first annual Prague Spring festival with three concerts. After the Communist putsch in 1948, he chose to emigrate. The Czech public did not get another chance to hear him until 1990 when – after more than forty years – his symbolic first appearance in liberated Czechoslovakia took place again at Prague Spring, where he joined his old friend, the conductor Rafael Kubelík, on stage.