Concertino Praga 2021 Finale: Tension and emotion live
Excellent performances, drama and tension until the very last moment and an excellent atmosphere in the concert halls. That is how the two finales at the 55th year of the Concertino Praga competition, which recently took place as part of the Dvořák Prague Festival, could be summarised.
On Friday 17 September, the chamber ensembles performed in front of the international jury at the Convent of Saint Agnes of Bohemia, where the Mráček–Pěruška Duo consisting of Kristian Mráček (violin) and David Pěruška (violoncello) won with a work by Zoltán Kodály. Both young performers also received the audience prize and the EMCY prize.
On Saturday 18 September, the jury members had to choose from among the soloists in a packed Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum. “The competition was also exceptional this year and the final evaluations were extremely close, but in the end the jury was most impressed by the 14-year-old Slovak pianist, Ryan Martin Bradshaw, who performed Tchaikovsky’s B minor piano concerto. The audience prize went to the Czech pianist, Jan Schulmeister,” says Jan Simon, the intendant at the Academy of Classical Music.
“I am very happy to have been able to participate in the Concertino Praga competition and to have had the opportunity to play with a large orchestra and, of course, with an excellent conductor and to perform in the Rudolfinum for the very first time in my life. Thanks to the Concertino, I have made new friends and have also had the opportunity to perform more concerts in South Bohemia,” said Ryan Martin Bradshaw immediately after the announcement of the results and receiving the main prize.
Results of the 55th Concertino Praga
- prize + Czech Radio Przie: Ryan Martin Bradshaw, piano (Slovakia)
- prize: Jan Schulmeister, piano (Czech Republic)
- prize: Ildikó Rozsonits, piano (Hungary)
First Grade Honourable Mention: Mark Anthony Lewin, violin (Germany)
Second Grade Honourable Mention: Kristóf János Havasi (Hungary), Milena Piorunska (Poland)
Audition Prize: Jan Schulmeister (Czech Republic)
The Karel Komárek family Foundation award for the most successfull Czech participant: Jan Schulmeister (Czech Republic)
Chamber Music Category
- prize + Czech Radio Prize: Duo Mráček–Pěruška (Czech Republic)
- prize: Trio INNsolitus (Austria)
- prize: Trio Vyšehrad (Czech Republic)
First Grade Honourable Mention: Veloce String Quartet (Poland)
Second Grade Honourable Mention: Duo Markova−Najman (Bulgaria), Ensemble Symbolique (Czech Republic)
Audition Prize: Duo Mráček–Pěruška (Czech Republic)
Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Prize: Duo Markova–Najman (Bulgaria)
Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Růžičková Endovment Fudn Prize: Veloce String Quartet (Poland)
EMCY prize: Duo Mráček-Pěruška (Czech Republic)