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Rudolf Firkusny
Piano Festival 05.11.2022 - 12.11.2022

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.

The anniversary 10th edition of the Rudolf Firkušný Piano Festival will feature four distinctive piano personalities. Leif Ove Andsnes, Anna Vinnitskaya, Igor Ardašev and Grigory Sokolov will perform in Prague’s Rudolfinum between 5 and 12 November.


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 2022 can be found on-line here.

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


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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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