This year, the 70-year-old conductor, who in 2018 became the head of the first Czech orchestra after Jiří Bělohlávek, who died prematurely, extended his originally five-year contract for another five years. Before the opening concert of the 127th season of the Czech Philharmonic on the stage of the Dvořák Hall Rudolfinum, the general director of the orchestra, David Mareček, announced.
Semyon Bychkov was born in Leningrad in 1952. In 1974 he emigrated to Vienna and in 1975 to the United States. He has been living in Europe since the mid-eighties, his wife is a pianist Marielle Labèque. First concerts with Czech Philharmonic Bychkov graduated in 2013, when the idea of a joint “Tchaikovsky Project” and more intensive cooperation was born. He has been the chief conductor and music director of the orchestra since the 2018/2019 season.
“For the Czech Philharmonic, extending the contract with Semjon Byčkov means prosperity, stability and growth. The past four seasons have already been marked by artistic growth and growth in prestige, which is why we are happy that thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture, this development can continue in the following period as well.” stated David Marečekaccording to which the achievements of Byčka’s era so far can be considered, among other things, the publication of a complete cycle of symphonic works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the start of recording symphonies by Gustav Mahler, as well as repeated guest appearances in prestigious world halls.
Yesterday, September 28, Byčkov started his fifth season at the Czech Philharmonic. Alpine symphony Richard Strauss and Violin concerto in D major Ludwig van Beethoven with soloist Lisa Batiashvili. To Beethoven and his Symphony No. 5 will return at the turn of November and December for concerts in his 70s, at which he will also perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. The Czech Philharmonic then releases a recording of Gustav Mahler’s fifth symphony under his baton October 14th at a renowned Dutch music publisher Pentaton.
“The Czech Philharmonic became the center of my life from the moment I started working with it. That’s why I’m happy that it will remain so for years to come. At the beginning of my work, we had many dreams, some of which have already been fulfilled. Instead of them, however, we have other dreams, which we will try to realize in the coming period,” said Semjon Byčkov after signing the contract. “The orchestra must continue to grow, it must continue to improve, I must respond to new challenges. However, this is not only my mission as the current chief conductor. It is a mission that I share with my predecessors and that those who come after me will have to fulfill as well,” emphasize the conductor, according to whom the mission of the Czech Philharmonic remains to present the most varied repertoire from the Baroque to the present day, with a focus on the classical-romantic period.
The new season of the Czech Philharmonic on Classic Praha radio was presented in more detail by its general manager David Mareček in the program “Music in the Millennium”.
Source: press release
Photo: Petra Hajská, ČF archive