Representation: WORLD

"Glänzend realisiert wurde der anspruchsvolle Solopart (Suk Fantasie, Op. 24) von dem jungen Josef Špaček. Dafür gab es lang anhaltenden Beifall."  - Luxemburger Wort, 16 December 2014

"It was Špaček's energy that gave life to the already elegant composition and it was just mesmerising to watch his deft handling of the instrument. The composition’s nature allows the violinist to shine and Špaček utilises this chance to the fullest, bringing the instrument — in his case, a violin made in 1855 — to the fore, describing, with every note, the “quiet rapture and poetic beauty” of this 1845 work.
" - New Straits Times, 12 April 2014

"Though there will always be a special place for the recording by David Oistrakh, for whom it (Prokofiev Violin Sonata no. 1 - ed.) was written, Josef Špaček has the measure of this strange, dark work and all its technical demands. ... Špaček and Sekera are very much on home ground with Janáček's Sonata, taking it much less forcefully than some performers do and reaching into the music, past the typically abrupt gestures, to its lyrical centre. The melodic elegance is there for the finding, together with a distinct undertow of melancholy." - Gramophone, Awards Issue 2013

"Never mind the superb technical accomplishment of Špaček's playing, it's the musical and interpretative achievement that is so impressive here." - International Record Review, October 2013 

"But the clearest demonstration of new blood coursing through the CPO came in the playing of their recently appointed 25-year-old leader, Josef Špaček, taking the role of soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. With pure tone and a gutsy lower register, the coolly contained Špaček combined fluent technique with expressive finesse, sympathetically partnered by Bělohlávek." - the Guardian, 18 April 2013

“Un vrai musicien (A true musician)” - Le Soir

“He played with sweet tone, deliberate phrasing and vigor in the rollicking Hungarian-style third movement.” - New York Times

"... his high-charisma playing was fueled by priceless musical comprehension." - Philadelphia Inquirer

Josef Špaček

Violin

The young Czech violinist Josef Špaček is fast emerging as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation. He has been guided by highly regarded pedagogues, including Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music and Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School. In May 2012 he was finalist of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels; in 2009 Josef won the Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand) and both Third Prize and the Young People’s Jury Prize at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in 2008. He currently combines a flourishing solo career with the position of concert master of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Future and recent concert highlights include solo performances with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek and Jakub Hrůša (including concerts in Prague, his debut in the Musikverein in Vienna in March 2015, a 5 concert tour in the UK in April 2015, and in the USA and Australia), the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Alondra de la Parra, the Essener Philharmoniker and Tomáš Netopil in June 2015, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg and Jiří Bělohlávek in December 2014, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Giordano Bellincampi, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Janáček Philharmonic, the Martinu Philharmonic, the Erkel Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, and recital appearances in Europe (including at the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and at Schloß Elmau), Asia and the USA.

Josef has previously appeared with among others the Philadelphia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Czech Chamber Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic. So far he has worked with conductors including Jiří Bělohlávek, Jakub Hrůša, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, James DePreist, Asher Fisch, Roy Goodman, Eliahu Inbal and Rossen Milanov.

A regular at music festivals, Josef has performed at the Dvorák Prague Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Bohuslav Martinu Festival and the Moravian Autumn Music Festival. 

In April 2013 the Supraphon label released Josef’s first recital recording which has been garnering excellent reviews. Together with pianist Miroslav Sekera he performs works by Janáček, Smetana and Prokofiev. In October 2014 he will record his second CD for this label, this time together with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek. His 2010 recording of various works by H.W. Ernst was released on Naxos in March 2013. In 2006 he recorded his debut CD featuring the complete sonatas for solo violin by Eugène Ysaÿe.

The Forbes Magazine in the Czech Republic included Josef Špaček in their 2014 list of most influential “30 under 30” people.

Josef Špaček plays a violin made in 1855 in the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

2014

 

Click here to watch Josef Špaček's performance of the Tzigane by Ravel with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek during the New Year's Day Concert on 1 January 2014 at the Rudolfinum in Prague.

Click here to watch Josef Špaček's recital with pianist Miroslav Sekera, recorded live on 15 May 2013 at the Rudolfinum in Prague.

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