Concert for the public

Friday, 11 November 2022 / 5pm / Former savings bank (Divadelní náměstí) / Admission free
Martin Petrák conducts an ensemble consisting of members of the Czech Philharmonic and the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra assembled especially for this occasion. The chamber brass ensemble will perform works by two Czech composers, František Kramář and Jiří Družecký.
František Kramář: Partita in E-flat major, op. 79, Jiří Družecký: Partita in E-flat major, no. 6, František Kramář: Partita in F major, op. 57
Performed by:
A brass ensemble composed of members of the Czech Philharmonic and the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra
Artistic director and conductor:
Martin Petrák
About the program
František Vincenc Kramář (1759–1831) was born in the town of Kamenice near Jihlava, but his professional achievements are mainly associated with Vienna, where he succeeded his countryman Leopold Koželuh as court composer and Kapellmeister of chamber music in 1818. Kramář’s oeuvre includes more than three hundred compositions, dominated by works for various chamber ensembles, including brass ensembles. Besides his work as a composer, Jiří Družecký (1745–1819) also played the oboe and timpani. His first musical engagement was with the Imperial Austrian Army. After leaving the army in 1777, his life journey brought him from Linz via Vienna and Bratislava to Budapest, where he was Kapellmeister of a brass ensemble for Archduke Joseph Anton Johann of Austria. Compositions for brass instruments form the backbone of Družecký’s oeuvre and in their time enjoyed great popularity throughout Europe.
Martin Petrák
Artistic director and conductor
Bassoonist, artistic director, and conductor Martin Petrák has a wide range of experience in the interpretation of historical and modern music. He began performing chamber and solo music at age nine, and later developed his skills at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts. After graduation, he joined the Czech Philharmonic in 2005. Petrák is active in several chamber ensembles with which he has performed at numerous Czech and foreign festivals, including Lípa Musica, the St. Wenceslas Music Festival, and Ars Antiqua Europae in Via Gothica. He has contributed to a number of projects dedicated to the interpretation of baroque and classical music and has also recorded works by Georg Philipp Telemann and František Xaver Thuri.