Biography

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia, originally called the Prague Philharmonia, was founded in 1994 on the initiative of world-famous conductor, Jiří Bělohlávek. Shortly after its establishment, the PKF – Prague Philharmonia joined the ranks of the most respected Czech orchestras and it garnered great renown in Europe as well as around the world.

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is praised for its characteristic sound, created in large part by the key focus of its repertoire: Viennese Classicism. The repertoire also includes Romance compositions, as well as modern and contemporary music, performed within a Special Concert series unique among the range of Czech orchestras.

On the threshold of the 2015–2016 season, respected French conductor Emmanuel Villaume will take over the orchestra’s reins. His predecessor in the post of Chief Conductor and Music Director was Jakub Hrůša, a representative of the younger generation.
Second Chief Conductor was Swiss conductor and flautist, KasparZehnder. The ensemble’s founder and globally celebrated Czech conductor, Jiří Bělohlávek, was at its helm until 2005 when he was named the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate.

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is a regular guest at international music festivals, frequently performing at prestigious world concert halls and it is a regular partner to world-famous conductors and soloists. To date the orchestra has recorded more than 60 CDs for prominent Czech and foreign labels, with several receiving critical acclaim.

The orchestra nurtures the talent of young musicians through its Orchestral Academy project, special concerts for children and parents, and concerts for schools in both Czech and English. The programmes for children include the Notička Children’s Club, which strives to enhance children’s aesthetic faculties.

Discography

Dvořák - Overtures

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Dvořák & Lalo - Cello Concertos

Johannes Moser

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Dvořák - Slavonic Rhapsodies & Symphonic Variations

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