Violinist Josef Špaček, Concertmaster of the famous Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, made a huge impression at the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival. He returns to Reno to perform Max Bruch’s tuneful Scottish Fantasy with Maestro Kuchar and the RCO. Also on the program are two other works by composers that, like Bruch, were inspired by the music of a country other than their own. Dvořák’s “American” Suite was written during his stay in the United States, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 received the nickname “Polish” because of its finale in the rhythm of a Polonaise.

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

Theodore Kuchar, Music Director and Conductor
Josef Špaček, violin

Dvořák: Suite in A major, Op. 98b “American”
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major, Op. 46
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29 “Polish”


Ravel’s Tzigane, with violinist Josef Špaček and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiri Belohlavek.

Josef Spacek photo
Josef Špaček
Josef Špaček is fast emerging as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation. Since 2011 he has served as Concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. He studied with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School in New York, Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and with Jaroslav Foltýn at the Prague Conservatory. He was laureate of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and won top prizes at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. April 2015 saw the Supraphon CD release of his highly praised recording of the violin concertos of Dvořák and Janáček, and of the Fantasy of Suk, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek (among others “Recording of the week” of The Sunday Times, “Recording of the month and of the year” of MusicWeb International and 5* in Diapason). In 2013 Supraphon released his recording of works for violin and piano by Smetana, Janáček and Prokofiev with pianist Miroslav Sekera. In 2010 he recorded works by H.W. Ernst for Naxos. Read more at his website.

Theodore Kuchar
The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is the most recorded conductor of his generation, appearing on over 100 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. He has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) (2005-2013) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (1994-2004), and has held the position of Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, and Slovak Sinfonietta. An avid chamber musician, he served as the founding Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1990-2006). He presently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival.