Remaining true to oneself takes the greatest courage

30. 11. 2022 • Adéla Dražanová

Let me begin with a brief comment. It is very, very difficult to do an interview with Semyon Bychkov. Semyon is a truly fantastic storyteller. Whether you have an hour, two hours, or (just theoretically) a whole day, it is never enough. You want more. By the second or third question, you find that the world around you has vanished, and all that exists is Semyon’s world. And it does not matter whether the maestro is telling you about his childhood in Leningrad or about conducting in Vienna.

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The Conductor Semyon Bychkov, A Globetrotter with a Baton

The Conductor Semyon Bychkov, A Globetrotter with a Baton

26. 4. 2021 • Adéla Dražanová

He says music is his life, and his life is music. And that is natural, because he is one of the world’s best conductors and a phenomenon that hardly bears comparison. Nonetheless, in the text that follows, there is not much to read about music as such. The life story of Semyon Bychkov, chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, is so fascinating, and he is so wonderful at telling it, that in the course of a two-and-a-half hour interview, we (almost) did not get around to talking about music.

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Semyon Bychkov: Nothing is worse than listening to music which crawls under the carpet

Semyon Bychkov: Nothing is worse than listening to music which crawls under the carpet

21. 1. 2021 • Michaela Vostřelová

Semyon Bychkov is half way through his five-year term as the Artistic Director of the Czech Philharmonic. He says that he has never experienced such hard times with any of his previous orchestras. Besides cancelled concerts, postponed recording plans and cautious outlook for the future, there are still composers who write new music for the Czech Philharmonic. And this was the main focus of our interview.

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Semyon Bychkov

Semyon Bychkov: Looking for Má vlast

18. 10. 2019 • Alena Sojková

The chief conductor and artistic director of the Czech Philharmonic Semyon Bychkov has thrown himself energetically into his second season in Prague. After the opening programme including Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony, in October there will be three performances of Smetana’s Má vlast (My Homeland) as part of Subscription Series B. Performing this iconic work in the course of a season is unusual, but Semyon Bychkov has reasons for doing so. The interview that follows will cover this and other questions.

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein: And ever since the letter h always stood for Havel

30. 9. 2019 • Ondřej Čížek

You enter the time machine and let it take you to the distant as well as recent past. You find yourself in the musical heart of Prague and meet the fabulous conductor Leonard Bernstein. You experience his excellent rise in the years 1946 and 1947 and his magnificent return in June 1990. This all in the presence of the Czech Philharmonic. It is a fascinating story full of healthy nostalgia, musical brilliance, diverse emotions, and details and moments which will (perhaps) never occur again. Enjoy it.

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Classical music performed by members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

New series of chamber concerts – pearls of classical music performed by members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

2. 3. 2018 • Jana Orlová

They play music all day, and when they want to relax in their spare time, they... play music. This is a common feature of chamber ensembles of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, which since the summer of 2017 have been presented to the general public in Suk Hall of the Rudolfinum.

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Semyon Bychkov

Semyon Bychkov: Czech Philharmonic Announcement Speech

27. 10. 2017 •

"But you know, ladies and gentlemen, after this kind of appeal, after this kind of introduction, after everything that I lived with these people on stage where there were moments of such indescribable beauty on that stage that you say to yourself how beautiful it is to be alive and to receive it. And when that appeal comes to you, there is no other choice but to accept gratefully and try to imagine how you can make sure that the world always recognises this Orchestra as a treasure."From the speech of Semyon Bychkov

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Semyon Bychkov | Photo Petra Hajska

There is Much More to Tchaikovsky’s Music than Meets the Eye

24. 5. 2017 • Dina Šnejdarová

When the conductor Semyon Bychkov was asked to record the complete symphonic works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with the Czech Philharmonic for the Decca label, he did not take too long to think it over. The orchestra’s unique sound and the modesty of its players sparked a desire for collaboration in this great expert on Tchaikovsky’s music.

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The conductor Manfred Honeck

Manfred Honeck: Music has something in common with a feeling for language

27. 3. 2017 • Dina Šnejdarová

Manfred Honeck brings light to the Lenten season with the optimism of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 and of W. A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 33, complementing the colorful lyricism of Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs sung by the great German soprano Christiane Karg. The concerts have become, among other things, an opportunity for Maestro Honeck’s personal retrospection on his tenure so far as Principal Guest Conductor, which reached its apex last season.

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