Described as one of the foremost cellists of his generation, Jiří Bárta returns to AFCM after more than a decade since his last visit to Townsville. Amongst many discs, he released the Dvorak Cello concerto with the Czech Philharmonic to commemorate Dvorak’s 100th anniversary. Jiří is looking forward to returning to North Queensland soon.
Q. What were the highlights from your last AFCM and what are you most looking forward to in 2017? It was the final Mendelssohn Octet Op.20. This was one of those moments, when everything fits and it was music making at its finest with those of us who were on stage that night. From the point of view of a Central European tourist, it was a leisurely day spent on Magnetic Island which I am very much looking forward to returning to.
Q. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally? There are a few, some of Janáček piano pieces never fail to move me or it can be Radiohead or Thom York's voice in some of their full of despair songs as well.
Q. What is one of your fondest musical memories? Boris Pergamenschikow rehearsing Janacek (see, again him) Pohadka with Pavel Gililov back in 1987. There were more, but this was very special.
Q. In the movie of your life, who plays you? I identify with the main character from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in The Rye (as most young boys did). If that’s the right answer?
Jiří will be performing in Beethoven's Septet at the Currajong House Garden Party on Saturday 29 July as well as Prelude to the Afternoon... at Mary MacKillop Church, Opening Night, Festival Farewell, Evening Series - German Romantics, Evening Series - From Russia with Love and the Ray Golding Sunset Series - Oh là là.
Tickets still available!