Seasonal speech CEO


Dear visitors and Slovak Philharmonic supporters,

The Slovak Philharmonic concert season we are entering after the summer months deserves special attention for a number of reasons: the position of Chief Conductor of our orchestra will be taken up by a new but renowned and internationally recognised artist, British maestro James Judd. In him the Slovak Philharmonic gains an experienced, highly accomplished performer with proven pedagogical skills and a qualifi ed expert of music literature spanning all style periods, whose upcoming appointment will guarantee the further artistic growth of our ensemble. We believe that the quality of creative performance of the new Chief Conductor will also win your, our concert public’s, favor. It is pleasing to know that from the outset maestro Judd expressed interest in presenting original symphonic works, therefore valuable Slovak compositions will appear more regularly in this season’s concert program than in the past. Here the highlight of maestro Judd’s activities will be the two closing concerts of the season’s subscription cycle with a Czech-Slovak program which our orchestra and choir will present at the beginning of June 2018 also to the Prague public as part of the gala concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic at the close of the Prague Spring International Music Festival. Bratislava will, however, also welcome other unique music personalities: after three years Israeli maestro Pinchas Steinberg will once again stand on the rostrum of the Slovak Philharmonic; one of his two concert programs in which our legendary actor Juraj Kukura will also participate, is dedicated to the memory of Holocaust victims. The charismatic Slovak conductor, Juraj Valčuha, an increasingly sought-after guest with prestigious European and American orchestras, will delight his supporters in January 2018 with an exceptional Three Kings concert. Fans of our previous Chief Conductor, Emmanuel Villaume, will be able to welcome him in February at the performance of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony. For the very fi rst time Wayne Marshall, Chief Conductor of the Cologne Radio Orchestra will be introduced to our public in a mainly Gershwin program, which is his undisputed domain. In April 2018 we have made an exception and will hand over the baton to German guest conductor Adrian Prabava for the trio of fi lm music concerts. Our permanent guest conductors, Leoš Svárovský and Rastislav Štúr will also have their turn on the stage. In the chamber cycles we continue to develop cooperation with the company International Holland Music Session; we are expanding our off er of independent piano recitals and are carrying on with the popular Music and Words format. We will not be neglecting our successful educational activities, which, apart from the traditional Music Academy for primary schools has been enlarged to include a Philharmonic Kindegarten. Our concert off er is varied and will without a doubt satisfy all layers of our spectrum of listeners. We look forward to seeing you.

Prof. Marian Lapšanský,
General Manager of the Slovak Philharmonic