Introduction

A historic castle in the hills of Prague, the longest river in the Czech Republic, the vengeful female warrior of a Bohemian legend, and the lovely meadows and groves of Bohemia. Czech composer Bedřich Smetana dressed his love for his homeland as musical poems, the coordinates for which can be found in the history of the country, folk legends and its natural beauty. The most beloved part of the collection is Moldau, named after the national river that the Czechs call the Vltava.

The path to the world’s concert stages for Palestinian-born pianist Saleem Ashkar, who studied in London and settled in Berlin, contained incredible twists and turns. Ashkar, who caught the attention of Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim in auditions, made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 22. Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto was on the programme when he debuted in front of the Israeli Philharmonic conducted by Mehta when he was just 17 years old.

Artists

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
conductor
Saleem Ashkar
piano

Programme

    19:00
    Pjotr Tšaikovski
    Piano Concerto No. 1
    21:00
    Bedřich Smetana
    Four movements from the suite Má vlast - My Fatherland ( I Vyšehrad II Vltava - Moldau III Šárka IV Z ceských luhu a háju)
Series III
Musiikkitalo Concert Hall
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
Saleem Ashkar
Pjotr Tšaikovski
Piano Concerto No. 1
Bedřich Smetana
Four movements from the suite Má vlast - My Fatherland ( I Vyšehrad II Vltava - Moldau III Šárka IV Z ceských luhu a háju)