At the Prague Proms, when putting together the festival we not only think about fans of jazz and cross-over but also lovers of unadulterated classical music. For this year we decided on the master of the romantic era, Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky. His Variations on a Rococo Theme will be performed by the outstanding Czech cellist Václav Petr – one of the leading soloists participating in the Kalkant project. Launched two years ago by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Kalkant aims to present the recordings of a new Czech generation of musicians.
The life story of the conductor Ilya Mashkevich and his experience are a clear reflection of the concept of Tchaikovsky’s wonderful work. A native of Bishkek (formerly Frunze) in Kyrgyzstan, he tenaciously pursued his dream of becoming a conductor – something which paid off after completing his studies in Saint Petersburg. He also longed to live in the West, and after initially making Israel his home, he eventually moved to Belgium.
The Pathétique Symphony performed by the CNSO and under his baton most certainly will not leave you with a sense of calm, just as has been the case for audiences in many different locations around the world.