Excellent Barry Douglas in Smetana’s Hall

Barry Douglas
Barry Douglas

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Under protection of the Finish ambassador in the Czech Republic Ms. H. Tuuri and the British ambassador Ms. J. Thompson is organised one of the first unconventional concerts this year. The vivacious pianist with his origins located in Ireland Barry Douglas visits again the Czech republic and is going to perform with Prague Symphonic Orchestra and the conductor Pietari Inkinen on tuesday February 24 and friday February 25, 2016. Their program is made of Beethoven’s Piano concert No. 1 C Major, op. 15.

Beethoven’s „first“ concert is typical, apart from the others, for its inspiration in Mozart’s and Haydn’s music. It was composed in the period of time, when Beethoven’s was very popular among the aristocracy and was very appreciated for his composition mastery. After a small break, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 d minor will be performed as another composition following the work of Beethoven.

Barry Douglas, who will perform during the first half, is one of the most famous Irish pianists, founding his eminence by winning the Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow. Douglas won also many other contests, performs in countries all around the world as a solo pianist or with orchestras. He recorded all of the piano pieces by J. Brahms and F. Schubert . He himself is a very skillful conductor and works also as a pedagogue at Royal College of Music in London.

In his interpretations, Douglas usually behaves bravely and lively, using the colouful spectre of keyboard and is known for his masterpiece of working with piano’s robust, but still beatiful tune. He’s famous for his use of personality and innovation when interpreting the piano masterpieces and also his piano technique is precise and brilliant, keeping his listeners in the unstoppable amazement.

Lenka Grešová

Lenka Grešová graduated at Prague Music Conservatory and attended further courses organised by Janáček's Music Academy in Brno, focusing on teaching piano technique and interpretation. Currently she teaches piano interpretation at Basic Art School in Poděbrady.

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