Join the Clerkenwell audience for another unusual Czech evening with Jitka Hosprova (viola) and Adam Skoumal (piano). This time two leading artists of the Czech scene engage in a programme focussed on masterpieces of the 20th century repertoire for viola. The voyage begins with the bleak, fascinating landscapes of Shostakovich’s viola sonata, conceived towards the end of the composer’s career with reminiscences of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. The twist: the second part of the concert, all dedicated to 20th century Czech composers, ends with a composition written by Skoumal himself, whose post-romantic language seems to draw from the core of his Czech ancestry.
Jitka Hosprová symbolizes the contemporary dynamic rendition of classical music. Her passion for the viola makes audiences take notice of this overlooked instrument, explores fascinating viola literature and inspires composers to write new works of music.
A founder member of the Bennewitz quartet, Jitka worked under the guidance of several world-famous quartets – Amadeus Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, Smetana Quartet, and others. The high qualities of her chamber music performance make her a frequent guest player in leading Czech quartets – Janáček Quartet, Wihan Quartet, Martinů quartet, Epoque Quartet, Apollon Quartet. Together with harpist Kateřina Englichová and Luxembourg flautist Carlo Jans, she founded the Bohemia Luxembourg Trio.
As a soloist, she has performed at various world-class music festivals – Présence, Rheingau Sommer, Kulturtage Dresden, Prague Spring, Prague Autumn, český Krumlov, Moravian Autumn, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Dvořák Prague, March Music Days in Ruse, Santander, and others. She has given solo concerts in London, Vienna, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Brazil, Hong Kong, Washington d.c., and New York. She as played in most European countries.
Jitka has performed on dozens of recordings and live concerts for Czech and French radio broadcasts. Jitka releases her cds on Supraphon, Arco Diva, Neos, and Multisonic labels.
- D. Shostakovich: Sonate Op.147 for viola and piano
- Bohuslav Martinů: Sonata No 1 for viola and piano
- Sylvie Bodorová: Dža more for solo viola
- Adam Skoumal: Variations on Gypsy song for viola and piano
Adam Skoumal is known to the audiences in Europe, USA, and Japan as one of the foremost Czech pianists and composers. He has appeared as soloist with leading Czech and Slovak orchestras (e.g., under the baton of Petr Altrichter, Serge Baudo, Lukasz Borowitz, Jiří Kout, Leoš Svárovský, Jakub Hrůša, Stanislav Vavřínek, Petr Vronský, Andreas Sebastian Weiser) and a number of European orchestras.
The first public recognition of Adam Skoumal as a composer occurred in the Prague Spring Competition 1998, when his playing of his own composition won a special prize for the best performance of a Czech contemporary piece. In 2006, he premiered his First Piano Concerto with the Prague Philharmonia and he also played his Second Piano Concerto with the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia in the same year.
In the spring 2008, Shlomo Mintz premiered Skoumal’s composition for violin and piano called “Djinnia” in Dubrovnik.
Adam Skoumal won 1st prize in the Czech Conservatoires Competition, and in 1998 he won 2nd prize in the Prague Spring International Competition. He was also a prize-winner in other international competitions: Portugal (Porto 1999), Italy (Pinerolo 1999), USA (T. Leschetizky Competition).
Beyond performing the traditional classical repertoire and seldom-heard concertos (Dvořák, Novák), Adam Skoumal often includes his own compositions.