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Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet Jan Brabec Jan Musil Jiří Ševčík Vladislav Borovka Václav Fürbach

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Wind quintet

Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet was founded in 2007 as an initiative of the soloist of the wood wind section of PKF – Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The members of ensemble are laureates of national and international interpreting competitions. They also perform as leading players in many other chamber and symphonic orchestras (ie. Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague FOK Symphony Orchestra, National Theater, Baborak Ensemble, Czech Sinfonietta, etc.)

Quintet entered into the musical awareness not only with regular concerts on czech concert stages but also with recorded compositions of czech composers of the 20th century for Czech Radio and cooperation with Czech Television. In 2011 and 2013, the Quintet received an invitation to the International Music Festival “Festival dell Arte” in Wojanow, Poland where it represented the Czech music scene with a great applause.

In the very beginning the ensemble established close cooperation with an outstanding pianist prof. Ivan Klánský. Together they have performed at many concerts for czech and foreign agencies.

In the autumn 2015, the ensemble went through a successful tour around Spain (Burgos, Mellila, Miranda de Ebro).

Combined project of French poetry and music in 2016 was brilliant.

In 2016/17 concert season the Quintet will be introduced to the audience in addition to a regular performance in the chamber serie of the Prague Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as to a concert at the Prague Spring International Music Festival or the Treasures Festival Broumovsko, etc.

In the concert season 2018/19, besides regular performances in the chamber cycle of the PKF - Prague Philharmonia, the quintet will be presented to the audience also in Atrium Žižkov and Karolinum.

In the Spring 2019, there will be a concert at Břevnov Music Festivals while outside of Prague you can listen to the quintet in Poděbrady, Řevnice, Kolín, Písek, Strakonice, Netolice, Jablonec and Brandýs nad Labem.

In the Summer 2019, the quintet is looking forward to performing at the International Music Festival in Český Krumlov, where they were invited to perform with Jan Čenský.


At a piano with prof. Klánský French poetry

members

Jan Brabec

Jan Brabec

clarinet

His natural respect and unceasing interest in music predetermined him to difficult position of an artistic leader of our ensemble. He started his music studies in Ledeč nad Sázavou at Miroslav Hradecký, graduated from the Conservatoire in Teplice at Miroslav Maleček and from HAMU in Prague under the leadership of prof. Vlastimil Mareš. His deep desire to go ahead and experience new things lead him through interpretative courses of personalities such as M. Arrignon, M. Lethiec, M. Raison, M. Borgue and brought him a number of prizes such as 1st prize at the Clarinet Competition in Chomutov, the prize at Prague Spring Competition in 1996, etc.

Since 1997 he has been working as a member of the clarinet section of the PKF. From 2008 to 2014 we could hear his clarinet solos at the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he became a member of the Czech Philharmonic. He also regularly performs with other chamber ensembles as an Actaeon trio, Aloe trio, Prague Modern. Baborak Ensemble, Czech Synfonietta. His preciseness and sense of detail is reflected not only in his approach to music but also in his interest of audio technique and collecting vinyl records and old films. For the best pieces he would travel the world, with the great respect of his beautiful wife…

Jiří Ševčík

Jiří Ševčík

flute

This flautist gentleman was born in Prague to a musical family.His mom and dad, a flautist and an oboist stood by him when he faced the life dilemma – whether to choose the career of a footballer or a flautist. He solved this jumble situation and chose the flute …and he shot the goal! He graduated from the Conservatory in Teplice under the strict supervision of his mother and HAMU in Prague as one of the last students of legendary flautist František Čech. Later he gained more experience in international competitions and chamber music courses, and soon applied them all at his first engagement at the vocal ensemble Linha.

Since 1994 we can see him regularly on the post of the first flautist of PKF, where with his golden hair and tone he is a real garnish of the brass harmony.Even as a footballer he does not really hang around and he likes to join famous celebrities at the AMFORA footbal club. Friendship with Jan Čenský, a friend from the FC inspired him to to create a programme featuring french music and poetry. None of our ensemble has such a sense of order as Jiří. That is why he was unanimously appointed as an archivist.In addition to music he is keen on his family and gardening.

Vladislav Borovka

Vladislav Borovka

oboe

He is constantly connected with the town of Netolice in South Bohemia where he gained the basics of playing clarinet and oboe at Jan Nováček, Tamara, his wife and also love for music. He used to perform not only as a flautist in the local wood wind band but also as a solo soprano singer of the Choir of Sparrows of Netolice. Despite his natural laziness he graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of prof. Bedřich Vobořil and HAMU with prof. Jiří Mihule. He expanded his studies and horizons in his interships in Toyama and especially in Paris at the Conservatoire de Paul Ducas with prof. J. L. Capezalli. The great experience of his life was definetely his participating in the Prague Spring 2001, International Competition, where he won the third prize and the laureate award as the best Czech participant.

He was really lucky to be a member of the PKF since it was established in 1994. He lived played for this Orchestra until 2011 when he moved to the Czech Philharmonic. Currently he is an oboe player in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and he enjoys the English Octet… He teaches at the Prague Conservatoire where he loves discussions with younger generations about playing the oboe, of course. Because he was very happy to participate in interpreting courses in his youth, he tries to co-create such meetings as one of the members of the team of LFA courses and the Czech Association of Double-reed Instruments. He loves his family, sports in nature, lounging, wandering and gardening.

Václav Fürbach

Václav Fürbach

bassoon

A native of Strakonice, started learn music at the Art School in Vodňany in the accordion courses at Zdeněk Choutka and the clarinet at Jiří Šimoník. He started playing the bassoon at the Military Conservatory in Roudnice nad Labem at Miloslav Loučka and he became so excited that he decided to spend years of studies at the Prague Conservatoire at Michael Verner. At HAMU he sampled his tooling technique under the supervision of renowned professors František Herman and Jiří Seidel.

After his short performance at Garrison Music of Prague he became the first bassoonist in Philharmonic Orchestra of Brno and currently holds the post of the first bassoonist at PKF, Prague Philharmonia and at the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK. He collaborates with chamber ensembles such as Prague Bassoon Band, Juventus Collegium FOK. He also occupies the position of a choirmaster of the mixed choir Třebasbor, for which he also composes. One of Václav’s most recent compositions, “The depressed Bee” has become no. 1 of the entire Beroun region.

He lives with his family in Zadní Třebáň, in his free time he works on his family house, plays harmonica or enjoys gardening.

Jan Musil

Jan Musil

French horn

Due to his figur he is sometimes forced to play the role of a kind of evil man in our photographs – Don Corleone of the Highlands. But in real life and work he is not really dangerous,he is harmless, we can even say very sensitive. This Jan’s sensitivity flashes the glow of the desire for his greatest life’s love of the opera.

He was born in Havlíčkův Brod where he also attended the Art School and learned to play the French horn at Josef Brožek. His studies at prof. Alois Čoček at the Prague Conservatoire were so successful that he won an audition for the orchestra of the National Theater Opera in Prague. He spent basic military service on the post of the first horn player in the Central Military Music. Then he returned to the National Theatre Orchestra where he has been a soloist since 1998. Since 2010 he has held the same post in PKF Prague Philharmonia. He has participated in many projects of contemporary and alternative music with Agon Orchestra along with The Plastic People of the Universe and Pražský Výběr music rock band. He reguraly performs with Baborak Ensemble and Czech Synfoniette.

He really enjoys his hobbies as opera, paragliding, mountains and he loves to spend time with his family (beautiful wife and two cute daughters), friends and our “golden drink” Together with his father they look after the family fields.

repertoire

Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet & prof. Ivan Klánský, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Kvintet Es Dur for piano and brass KV 452
Ludwig van Beethoven Kvintet Es Dur for piano and brass op.16
Francis Poulenc Sextet for piano and brass
Jean Francaix L’Heure du Berger for piano and brass
Bohuslav Martinů Sextet for piano and brass

Brass Quintets

J. Haydn Divertimento B Dur
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Divertimento F Dur
Antonín Rejcha Brass Quintet Es Dur op.88
Brass Quintet D Dur
Brass Quintet E moll
Václav Trojan Brass Quintet
Antonín Dvořák American Quartet no. 12 F Dur (arrangement for brass quintet)
Jacques Ibert Trois pièces brèves
Darius Milhaud La cheminée du roi René (The Stroll of King René)
Maurice Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin (The Couperin’s Tomb)
Claude Debussy Petite Suite for brass quintet
Samuel Barber Summer Music
Paul Hindemith Kleine Kammermusic, op.24

Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet & Jan Čenský, poetry recitation

Concert project based on fusing music of the French composers (M. Ravel, J. Ibert, D. Milhaud and C. Debussy) with poetry of french poets (P. Verlain, P. Fort, P. de Ronsard and G. Apollinaire).

Maurice Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin (The Couperin’s Tomb), M. 68 – Suite in an arrangement for brass quintet
Darius Milhaud La cheminée du roi René (The Stroll of King René)
Jacques Ibert Trois Pièces Brèves for brass quintet
Claude Debussy Petite Suite for brass quintet (arr. Gordon Davies)

contact

Jan Brabec
brabec@windquintet.cz
+420 605 262 004

Jiří Ševčík
sevcik@windquintet.cz
+420 608 757 360

Vladislav Borovka
borovka@windquintet.cz
+420 603 359 248

Václav Fürbach
furbach@windquintet.cz
+420 774 860 480

Jan Musil
musil@windquintet.cz
+420 777 654 707