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Rudolf Firkusny
Piano Festival 22.11.2018 - 02.12.2018

Venue: Praha (Prague) Municipal House and Rudolfinum


About the Festival

The Rudolf Firkusny piano festival is the only festival of its kind in Prague. The programme is entirely devoted to piano music. The Prague autumn music season includes 4 world-renowned concert pianists. Previous participants include: Emanuel Ax, Lukas Vondracek, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Giovanni Bellucci, Lise de la Salle among others.


Rudolf Firkušný (1912 – 1994) was one of the most famous Czech pianists. He performed at prestigious international venues, collaborated with leading orchestras and conductors. He was a pupil of Leos Janacek, Willhelm Kurz and Josef Suk and a great friend of Bohuslav Martinů, who inspired a number of his compositions. As a child prodigy, in just ten years he appeared as a soloist of the Czech Philharmonic in Mozart’s piano concerto. Among his supporters and patrons was the first Czechoslovak president, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk. At the beginning of his artistic career he played a stellar concert in New York during December 1941. Many other famous pianists gave their support. These include Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Rubinstein and Vladimir Horowitz.

Rudolf Firkušný was present at the birth of the Prague Spring International Music Festival in 1946 and where he was recognised as a world renowned concert pianist. In 1948 he left his homeland to protest against the Communist regime. Together with conductor Rafael Kubelik and the soprano Jarmila Novotna, with whom he enjoyed a close friendship, he became a symbol of not only musicianship but also moral strength and fortitude. Czech audiences didn’t get the chance to hear him play again until 1990 with his triumphant return to the country. It symbolically took place at the Prague Spring. This reinforced the importance of the Prague Spring as a spectacular festival honouring artistic personalities of the 20th Century.


Programme 2018 can be found on-line here.

PDF programmes in other languages: 日本語, 简体中文, русский, Deutsch, français.


Choose from a programme of concerts and events in which you want to participate- we will provide the tickets. The ticket price is listed in the programme for each concert. To order tickets fill out the contact form below.

Concert tickets will be arranged only with an order of at least one of other travel services (flights, accommodation, transfer to hotel etc.)

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Flights, transfers, car hire

If you require any of these services, we can provide them. Flight tickets, airport transfers to and from hotels and car hire from reputable rental agencies.


Prague offers any number of different hotels according to size, location, design and star rating.

The following hotels are all located near major concert halls such as the Municipal House and Rudolfinum which are tried and tested by us to get you the best bargain price.

Art Deco Imperial Hotel Na Porici 15, 110 00 Praha 1

Imperial Hotel is situated in an Art Nouveau building in the heart of the Old Town in Prague (200 m from Namesti Republiky square and Municipal House). Its interier excels with ceramic tiles and mosaics.

  • Imperial_Cafe ImperialAll rooms are furnished with luxury fabrics and have laptop size deposit box, Sat-TV with flat screens, VoIP multi-line telephone, free high-speed internet access, marble bathrooms with heated floors.
  • Fitness & Wellness Centre with Roman-style historical mosaics. Access is included in the room rate.
  • The famous Café Imperial on the ground floor offers traditional Czech cuisine and international items.
Art Nouveau Palace Hotel Panska 12, 111 21 Praha 1

Hotel Palace in Prague is a luxury Art Nouveau hotel in the historical centre, within walking distance of Old Town Square, Municipal House, Wenceslas Square and State Opera.

  • Palace Hotel Prague-13Elegant spacious Deluxe and Executive Double Rooms furnished in traditional Art Nouveau style are equipped with Tea & coffee making facilities, safe deposit box, marble “Carrara” bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi in lobby and rooms.
  • The Gourmet Club Restaurant is listed within the “Top 10 International Restaurants in Prague”.
Designhotel Elephant **** Na Florenci 29, 110 00 Praha 1

Výstřižek4Modern hotel in the city centre near the bus station, offers non-smoking rooms with a unique design and atmosphere.

Grandior ***** Na Porici 42, 110 00 Praha 1

Výstřižek5Modern hotel in the city centre within walking distance of the Municipal House, Republic Square as well as Old Town Square. The hotel offers luxuriously furninished rooms, a restaurant, parking garage and a fitness room.

If you have any other ideas or requests concerning your accommodation needs, do not hesitate to let us know. We will do our best to find you a hotel that is perfectly suited for your needs.

Additional programmes/tourist attractions

We can assist you in putting together some tailor-made activities – don’t hesitate to let us know.

Grand city tour of Prague The best of Prague
  • praha_-_karluv_most_a_prazsky_hrad_[800x533]The best of Prague’s historical and architectural gems
  • Bus route around Old Town, New Town and the Lesser Quarter
  • Walking tour of the Prague Castle exteriors and interior of the St Vitus Cathedral
  • Total length of the tour is 3,5 hours with transportation by bus, boat and including some walking
In the footsteps of Antonin Dvorak, Bedrich Smetana and WA Mozart guided tour
    • praha_-_obecni_dum_a_prasna_brana_[500x335]Discover the places connected to the lives of 3 great classical musicians
    • Length of individual routes on foot is 3hrs
Must-see in Prague
  • praha_-_prazsky_hrad_[800x528]Grounds of the Prague Castle including St. Vitus Cathedral. Strahov monastery, look-out tower on Petrin hill,St Nicholas     Church, The Church of the Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus of Prague, The Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock, the Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas Square, The Dancing House and Vysehrad.
  • karlstejn_-_hrad_[800x565]If you are interested in exploring interesting landmarks outside of Prague, prepare for a trip to Karlstejn Castle, Konopiste, Nelahozeves and the infamous Terezin concentration camp, You may also wish to visit a glass factory with examples of Czech crystal production.


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