This week's Orange Twist with the Czech cellist and Artistic Director of the Festival Brikcius, František Brikcius, makes you want to visit the beautiful city of Prague and enjoy the #classicalbuzz...photo credit: Marek Malůšek.
We all know HELLO STAGE’s favourite colour! What’s yours?
What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?
How has your practice changed with time?
Surely, but it's still based on lots of scales and plenty of Bach.
What do you think is the most important trait of a successful artist in today’s modern
To be open to new ideas and suggestions,
but always keep your artistic integrity.
How much time do you spend every day on Facebook, twitter, and which other ways do you
use to promote yourself?
With emails it's daily, with
social networks…every now and then…it seems better to spend
time with my cello.
Frantisek, tell us more about your Festival, Festival Brikcius!
If you happen to be in Prague this autumn,
visit our Festival Brikcius - the 4th chamber music
concert series at the Stone Bell House &
#Bach330 (1st - 26th November 2015).
It's held annually under the auspices of the Mayor of Prague 1,
Daniel Pearl World Music Days and organized in
partnership with the City Gallery Prague.
This year festival commemorates
the 330th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach
(charity concert J.S. Bach The Art of Fugue for the Charta 77 Foundation, the complete
performance of Cello Suites and Sonatas for Cello and Cembalo),
anniversary of the birth of Jewish writer Jiří Weil (film MAKANNA), the 17th Festival Poetry Day
with the 205th anniversary of the birth of poet Karel Hynek Mácha (poetry reading; Kolibří úsměv)
and presents virtuos compositions by Italian and French composers (Italian Baroque Music by the Duo Brikcius,Barque in Blood).
Our main concerts take place in the exclusive location of the Stone Bell House in Prague's Old
Town Square, the representative concert hall from the 13th century. Charles IV, Holy Roman
Emperor and King of Bohemia, was probably born there.
Another festival venue is the rarely accessible Baroque Chapel at the Italian Cultural Institute with
splendid fresco paintings.
The Vaclav Havel Library will host the premiere of a new music documentary.
It's not exactly a concert hall, but since it's the location of the festival's premiere of a brand new composition
Vertigo, I simply have to mention
Petřín Lookout Tower. It's steel-framework tower in Prague, over
sixty metres tall, erected in 1891.
Perhaps the most expected event is the
charity organ concert, where organist
Irena Kosíková (France) will
play the famous composition, the
Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080), the
last work by Johann
There is a
brand new programme coming up for the
Duo Brikcius - Baroque in Blood. Together with my sister Anna
Brikciusová, we will play virtuosic
compositions by French and Italian baroque masters, including
three double cello concertos.