František Brikcius

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.

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What was the best advice a teacher ever gave you?

Slow down.

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 world?

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), the 115th 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 Sebastian Bach.

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.

For further information, visit Festival.Brikcius.com

On a rainy autumn day, you would take your cello and play...

Cello Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, plus the amazing cello concerto 7 Candles by composer Irena Kosíková .

Where do you go to for a great cup of coffee and some inspiration in Prague?

A great place to relax or to discuss further music plans with my colleagues is the Café Rudolfinum.

It's situated in the Rudolfinum, designed in the Neo-Renaissance style, together with the Dvořák Hall (one of the oldest concert halls in Europe) and the Gallery Rudolfinum.

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