Czech Philharmonic Receives Antonín Dvořák Prize at October 29 Kennedy Center Concert Introducing Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov and Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Czechoslovakia
The Prestigious Annual Award Recognizes Extraordinary Artists and Organizations who Promote Czech Culture Worldwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. October 30, 2018 – Last night at a performance of the Czech Philharmonic at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Prague’s Academy of Classical Music awarded its coveted Antonín Dvořák Prize to the orchestra in recognition of its enduring contribution to Czech cultural heritage. The concert, presented by Washington Performing Arts, was the second stop on the orchestra’s 9-city, 11-U.S. tour, their first with their newly installed Chief Conductor and Music Director, Semyon Bychkov. The all-Czech program featured works by Lubos Fišer and Antonín Dvořák.
The prize was presented by Czech businessman and philanthropist Karel Komárek and Czech Minister of Culture Antonín Staněk to Semyon Bychkov and the orchestra’s CEO, David Mareček, in a special ceremony at the beginning of the concert.
"Since its very first concert, the Czech Philharmonic has been closely tied to Antonín Dvořák, and an integral part of the orchestra’s mission has been to perform music written by Czech composers,” said Komárek. “We are proud to award the Antonín Dvořák Prize to the Czech Philharmonic, who promote international exchange and serve as our country’s most prominent cultural ambassador. Because of this, it is symbolic that we presented the award in Washington D.C. on this day, as part of the worldwide celebrations honoring Czechoslovakia’s centennial.”
“Through its concerts in Prague, international touring, and hundreds of definitive recordings, the Czech Philharmonic has preserved and championed Czech culture through the universal language of music, said Czech Philharmonic director, David Mareček. “We are proud to represent our country as global citizens of music, and we are proud to receive this distinguished prize.”
“The Czech Philharmonic is among the very few orchestras that have managed to preserve a unique identity. In a music world that is increasingly globalized and uniform, the orchestra’s noble tradition has retained authenticity of expression and sound, making it one of the world’s artistic treasures,” said Semyon Bychkov. “There is no greater privilege for an artist than to become part of and lead an institution that shares the same values, the same commitment and the same devotion to the art of music.”