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Czech Composer Focus: Antonin Dvorak and Krystof Maratka

concert, discussion 20 April, 2018 - 7:00 PM

[Bohemian National Hall]


World premiere of the exciting new piano arrangement of Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony “From the New World,” created and performed by contemporary Czech composer/conductor/pianist Krystof Maratka. Originally composed and premiered in New York City by the New York Philharmonic in 1893, the “New World” Symphony is symbolic of Czech and American musical dialogue and cultural understanding. Musicologist Michael Beckerman, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music at NYU, will offer pre-concert remarks and have a discussion with the artist. 


Czech composer Krystof Maratka lives and works in Prague and Paris. The versatility which marks his artistic activities, carried out between several countries, is often considered as a strong link that he creates between the various cultural universes which he’s inspired by or which he interrogates, while discovering new ways of musical expression. As conductor, Krystof Maratka performs with symphonic and various other ensembles in programs often built around his own work, but also offering repertoire pieces and compositions by his contemporaries. Krystof Maratka has thus directed ensembles such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Nederlands Kamerorkest at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Prague Philharmonia Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Orchestra, the Lille National Orchestra, the Prague National Opera Orchestra and many others.


Krystof Maratka also performs as a pianist. The physical relationship to a musical instrument and the confrontation to the art of interpretation conditioned by the mastery of the playing is one of the keys to his composer’s thought. Coming from the piano class of the Prague Conservatoire (1986-1992), he stems from the Czech piano school tradition and continues to play solo or shares the stage with other chamber music performers. Apart from the works of the repertoire and his own compositions, he often puts forward his passion for the work of Leos Janacek or for improvisation. He thus tries to raise awareness of the beauty of musical creation through the experience of the birth of a work witnessed by the audience in real time.



Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Str., 4th Floor Historic Ballroom

New York, NY 10021


Pay at door general admission $20; seniors, students, Czech Center Club members $10.


This event is organized by Dvorak American Heritage Association (DAHA) with support of BBLA.


Photograph by Nemo Perier Stefanovitch.

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