Said about the festival


2015

Artists

  • Sumi Jo, coloratura soprano
  • Danilo Formaggia, tenor
  • Petr Vronský, conductor
  • Manuel Hernández-Silva, conductor
  • Josef Krečmer, artistic director of Barocco sempre giovane ensemble
  • Jan Simon, pianist
  • Trio Thalia, South Korea
Sumi Jo, coloratura soprano

Today’s concert was full of warm reactions of the audience which I am very pleased about. The program of the concert in Český Krumlov consisted solely of opera arias and the audience accepted it without reservation. The beauties of the Czech Republic, your cities and picturesque scenery are generally well known. But I would like to mention another kind of beauty – the kindness and heartiness of people whom I have encountered. You love music and I always have a feeling here that you enjoy life to the fullest and that is very nice. I will be very happy to come back.

Danilo Formaggia, tenor

I have to say that I was totally enchanted by the town of Český Krumlov. Until now I had known only Prague and I had no idea about the beauty of Český Krumlov. Český Krumlov took my breath away thanks to its picturesqueness and atmosphere. I chose two arias for my performance at the opening concert of the IMF. And it is appropriate that I chose the aria from the opera L’Africaine which bears the name “Pays merveilleux… Ô paradis“, which means “Marvellous country… Paradise”, as the first one. And according to my impressions which I am taking away with me these words are suitable for the Czech Republic and Český Krumlov. Today is perhaps the fifth time I have sung in the Czech Republic and the audience has always been very warm here. That is why I wanted to say with my second aria, “from my heart to your heart”. I wanted to share what I like so I chose Puccini’s “E lucevan le stelle” (“And the stars were shining”) for this beautiful warm evening under the open skies. Even tonight I could feel how the audience enjoyed the whole evening with us. It was beautiful.

Petr Vronský, conductor

During Sumi Jo’s performance today we witnessed artistically perfect blending of two cultures – Asian equilibristics with the European school. Sumi Jo demonstrated her vocal technical mastery but also emotional interpretation and a strong experience. After all she studied music in Europe, cooperated with great European artists, such as Herbert von Karajan, performed at prestigious festivals, for example at the one in Salzburg, and in the end she also settled here. I love to come back to Český Krumlov as an artist. I believe that everyone who gets the feel of this town will always be happy to come back not only as an artist to your festival but also as a tourist. Český Krumlov is an amazing town.

Manuel Hernández-Silva, conductor

It is a pleasure for me to conduct a program as the one tonight. The reaction of the audience was fantastic. Today is the third time I have performed in Český Krumlov and it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. And the fact that I can bring this beautiful music here makes me a happy man!

Josef Krečmer, artistic director of Barocco sempre giovane ensemble

In the Baroque period perfect instruments, which are still played today, were created. The focus of our repertoire is still on Baroque music but we do not stick solely to it. We like to play, for example, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, who is a follower of Baroque composers in his works. We also premiered several contemporary compositions which were written for us. But for tonight’s concert we chose a Baroque repertoire which is perfect for this amazing hall from the middle of the eighteenth century.

Jan Simon, pianist

Václav Hudeček has an incredibly positive drive and I always enjoy the concerts with him. Besides that Český Krumlov is really close to my heart; it is impossible to have a bad feeling from playing here. 

Trio Thalia, South Korea

This week we have another concert in the Czech Republic, we are playing with the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra in the Smetana Hall in Prague. But tomorrow morning we want to make a tour of Český Krumlov, we are here for the first time and we are absolutely enchanted by it, it is an amazing town. It was our violinist’s husband who actually came up with the name of our trio – we are three women and musicians, so it is very suitable. We play Dvořák quite often, it is a popular author in Korea. This composition is beautiful, though very demanding. We also play Dvořák’s Dumky. Tonight we decided to include one more Czech composition in the program to please the Czech audience – Josef Suk’s Elegy.


Politicians

  • Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic
  • Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic
  • Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic
  • Milan Štěch, chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
  • Jiří Zlatuška, deputy of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and chairman of the Committee for Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Physical Education
  • Moon Hayong, ambassador of the Korean Republic in the Czech Republic
  • Jiří Zimola, Governor of the South Bohemian Region
  • Dalibor Carda, Mayor of Český Krumlov
  • Jaroslava Jermanová, deputy chairperson of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic
  • Karla Šlechtová, Minister for Regional Development of the Czech Republic
  • Eva Syková, senator
Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic

This is the second time that I have had the opportunity to greet you as the President of the Czech Republic on the occasion of the International Music Festival Český Krumlov. This salutation was written in the Czech Moravian Highlands which is not only my real home but above all a beautiful region. The Highlands with its diversity represent a kind of natural symphony. And there is nothing nicer than listening to the tones of quality music in a pleasant environment. Český Krumlov, infused with history, certainly is such a place. Just like the countryside in the Highlands, also the program of this cultural event, which I had the opportunity to get acquainted with, is not unicolour and every real music lover will find what is close to his or her heart in it. In the end let me wish the 24th year of the International Music Festival Český Krumlov as many satisfied visitors as possible. I would also like to thank the performers for sharing their art at this festival. Yours faithfully

Miloš Zeman

Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

Dear fans of the International Music Festival Český Krumlov,

Summer months are usually connected with leisure time, travelling and getting to know new things, having time for our loved ones and for those we haven’t seen for some time. The International Music Festival, which will once again bring irreproducible dynamics into the historic streets of Český Krumlov, has such a property that it is able to fulfil these expectations. Thanks to the variety of genres and excellent international representation, it presents a traditionally sought-after experience for music lovers from around the world. The festival attracts both local and international guests with its live art and its locations in the gardens and halls in the centre, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List for 24 years, that is the same number of years that the festival has been held in Český Krumlov. This, I believe, is the biggest proof that the festival is an inseparable part of the cultural happening not only in this beautiful town but also in the whole of the Czech Republic, to which it gives an exceptionally graceful cultural face in the world. I would like to wish the 24thyear of the International Music Festival a smooth course and the visitors a great cultural experience.

Bohuslav Sobotka

Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic

The International Music Festival Český Krumlov belongs to the most prestigious cultural events of this country. I am glad that the Ministry of Culture was able to contribute to the mosaic of festival partners. The IMF is a symbiosis of beautiful music, historic architecture and summer weather. During its concerts we feel a touch of positive energy in our hearts. My impressions from the opening concert of the 24th year of the International Music Festival Český Krumlov are exceptional. I believe that the concert was spectacular. After all, even the reaction of the audience showed that the people really appreciated both performers. The choice of repertoire was great, a very nice atmosphere with the Český Krumlov Chateau and its tower in the background, beautiful weather, so I believe we have made successful steps to complete the quarter century. I would like to wish the 25th year lots of energy and may the second quarter century be just as successful and may it develop even further. If something is able to put down roots in such a way to invite more and more visitors for more than two decades, it is clear that the roots are put down well and they may only spread. I hope that this festival will be such a blessing, a sort of dew for the whole region of South Bohemia-Upper Austria and perhaps even further because culture must be alive especially in the regions. And I strongly believe that the IMF will continue to be a blessing for this region.

Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic

I am glad that I can once again be present at the opening of this festival. And I am pleased that in spite of the fears whether there will be enough money for this year’s festival, the festival director Jaromír Boháč must keep sponsors away. I thank all those who made another year of this festival possible.

Milan Štěch, chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

Five years ago I had the opportunity to visit South Korea. I had and I still have a very good relationship with the ambassadors of this country, and therefore I know that Koreans love classical music and adore Prague (I remember, for example, their series Lovers from Prague) not only because of the historic beauty of Prague but also because of Czech music. So the fact that Korea has such talents, such superb artists like Sumi Jo, does not surprise me. They appreciate art there, it is a part of their lifestyle. And Sumi Jo’s visit to the IMF Český Krumlov only confirms that our relationships with Korea are excellent. The atmosphere of the concert under the open skies, such as this one, cannot be replaced by anything. You know, I am not a connoisseur of music but this concert with famous melodies is a relaxing evening in a pleasant relaxed atmosphere. I wish everyone had the same experience at least once. It makes everyday life more interesting. We should take advantage of the fact that such concerts are here. I am from South Bohemia and therefore I strongly support two towns (may the others forgive me), Třeboň (near which I live) and Český Krumlov. Both these towns took their chances after the revolution. The festival in Český Krumlov is organized excellently. We must of course also thank the sponsors, without whom it would not be possible. The overall climate in our country is changing. We prosper economically and this should also be visible in culture. I hope that it will happen. Culture in different genres belongs to our life and enriches it. Sometimes we are too focused on things which are connected with the economy but we should not neglect the spiritual side of life. Nowadays music is a global thing. I have seen performances of almost all the biggest stars of the opera and music world in our country, so this only confirms that Prague as well as the whole Czech Republic is nowadays the European centre of culture, including Český Krumlov, which nowadays has its own music festival history and I offer my congratulations for that and hope that it will continue in it in the coming years.

Jiří Zlatuška, deputy of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and chairman of the Committee for Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Physical Education

I am a fan of contemporary American composer John Adams so before the concert I knew Sumi Jo’s performance in the role of Mao Tse-tung’s wife in Adams’s contemporary opera Nixon in China. Tonight I had the opportunity to savour her vocal and interpretative art in classical Italian and French arias and she was fantastic. Such a program belongs to the atmosphere in Český Krumlov. I am very glad that I could be here. Sumi Jo was in such great shape that I was actually astonished how it was possible that she cooperated with legendary Herbert von Karajan. I am a fan of classical music – from the classics, old Händel to modern times – Boulez and Messiaen. I look forward to the organizers presenting something new again next time and perhaps one of the abovementioned names. After all their choice of the festival program is great every time I come here.

Moon Hayong, ambassador of the Korean Republic in the Czech Republic

It is well known that South Koreans have chosen the Czech Republic as their business base for the whole of Europe. Sumi Jo’s performance in Český Krumlov as the main star of the IMF proves that besides the great popularity of Korean industry in your country it is also music which has its supporters. I believe that Sumi Jo excelled here with a romantic opera repertoire. In Korea Sumi Jo is the number one musical personality and in the world she belongs to the most famous sopranos. In South Korea Czech music is really sought-after. For example, your Czech Philharmonic performs regularly in our country, Koreans love Smetana, Dvořák, his Symphony No. 9 is extremely popular, from writers it is Kafka and Kundera. I am really glad that the 24th year of the IMF also invited other Korean artists to perform, including the Trio Thalia and young violinist Ji Man Wee. It is clear that our countries cooperate well and enrich each other in different ways and I believe that this cooperation will continue to develop. 

Jiří Zimola, Governor of the South Bohemian Region

Tonight’s concert titled “James Bond and World Musicals” was an experience not only for me but for all those present. This is proven also by the final standing ovation which is not always the rule. The people had a good time also because of the fact that the program was composed of well-known film and musical melodies. I am glad that more relaxed themes, such as musicals, have become part of the program of the IMF. I am also glad that other ensembles such as the South Czech Philharmonic and North Czech Philharmonic Teplice got the opportunity to perform here. In this way they make themselves known, for which the organizers deserve a big acknowledgement. For the next semi-milestone anniversary I would like to wish the festival to continue working, the organizers not to get discouraged by the current financial disfavour of different sponsors, to continue in their efforts and to be able to successfully organize also the next 25th jubilee year. You can see that the festival is attended to capacity, concerts are visited by lots of people, people like this festival perhaps due to the genius loci of Český Krumlov so it would be a great pity for such a festival to stop existing.

Dalibor Carda, Mayor of Český Krumlov

I am really proud of the IMF and of the town of Český Krumlov. I believe that Český Krumlov has been uplifted and the praise which this town gets always provokes me to come with more new ideas. Already now I can say that the coming 25th anniversary of the festival will also bring the opening of other historical spaces in the town, which the IMF will be able to use. In autumn we will open perhaps the biggest restored historical part of the town centre, in size it is between one fourth and one fifth of the historic core. It is a unique complex of three monasteries, which will be opened in November for all visitors. A visitors’ centre with an art-history-craft exhibition, which should attract many other people, is also planned. What can be seen of the construction so far seems to be a fantastic place. The atmosphere of the IMF concerts and concerts under the open skies in Český Krumlov in general has a long tradition. When it gets dark, the town gets an unbelievable atmosphere and when the illuminated chateau tower appears, it cannot be repeated anywhere, only here. For me Sumi Jo has that character of artists from the east, who have that characteristic gentle expression. She sang beautifully and clearly and perhaps I had never heard such perfectly pure and clear voice before.  

Jaroslava Jermanová, deputy chairperson of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic

Dear lovers of the musical muse and Český Krumlov,

Every time something beautiful finishes you are sorry about it just like me. I have experienced similar feelings today on the day of the closing of the 24thyear of the International Music Festival Český Krumlov. A festival in a town which is unique thanks to its beauty, rich cultural history and a sensitive and responsive audience is destined to host the most important artistic events. There are many festivals but only a few of them have such prerequisites to belong to the best as the one in Český Krumlov. It owes its popularity also to the town itself. With its soul Český Krumlov is a truly musical town. It combines the rare harmony of old architecture with the meanders of the river Vltava, a harmony of esteem for the values of the past with the lively and dynamic present day, gracefulness of the town and the surrounding nature. This is what the festival was like as its program attracted our attention with works from classical music to musicals and other varied genres. The harmony of masterful performances by leading artists was enhanced by the inimitable atmosphere of Český Krumlov palaces and gardens. We have experienced a beautiful summer in Český Krumlov. May the memories of unforgettable experiences enhanced by the uniqueness of the beauty of the organizing town be with you, besides the thanks of the organizers and performers. You have been a fantastic audience and this is the main muse of every festival. Without a fantastic audience there are no fantastic festivals. See you next year at the jubilee 25th year.

Karla Šlechtová, Minister for Regional Development of the Czech Republic

Music is a word which connects the whole world. And that’s why we are all here. And next year we will surely be here too. Whether it will be our government, me or somebody else, but in any case constitutional authorities will always be here. I would like to share three of my thoughts with you. Next year we will celebrate the quarter century of this International Music Festival. A quarter of a century is a very long time, but very short for music. I am not standing here in front of you only on behalf of our government but of course also on behalf of the program of the Ministry for Regional Development or the CzechTourism agency, which is responsible for the promotion of tourism in our country but also abroad. And considering the fact that every year we make a financial contribution I would also like to guarantee here I will make sure the CzechTourism agency promotes and at the same time makes the International Music Festival more visible in the world every year. The agency has 21 branches abroad and I believe that this festival deserves it fully. As I have found out today, every year around 8 % of festival visitors are foreign tourists. Eight percent is not much and so we will try to increase this number next year to roughly 20 % for which the celebrations of the 25 years of the IMF could be of help.

Eva Syková, senator

The closing concert of the IMF was fantastic for me. Both artists were superb, their performance was great. For the next jubilee year I would like to wish the festival to be held for another 25 years and to live to see its 50th anniversary. I wish the festival the attendance of other leading Czech and foreign artists and may it have more and more viewers.


Managers

  • Martin Diviš, managing director of Kooperativa insurance company
  • Luděk Sekyra, owner of property development company Sekyra Group
  • Petr Pavelec, director of Regional Heritage Board in České Budějovice
  • Hana Machačová, member of the board of Kooperativa insurance company
Martin Diviš, managing director of Kooperativa insurance company

I have had the honour to visit this festival for more than twenty years and although I have visited many other events, the atmosphere in Český Krumlov is very specific and irreproducible. The beauty of music is connected with the beauty of South Bohemia and especially Český Krumlov and this event simply makes sense. I believe that not only sponsors but also other state entities will continue to stand by the festival and support it. For social and personal reasons I really look forward to the opening concert of Sumi Jo with Danilo Formaggia and privately I will choose another one from the rich offer of the festival concerts. 

Luděk Sekyra, owner of property development company Sekyra Group

I have a close relationship to the festival in Český Krumlov not only because I come from Český Krumlov but also because it offers me unique musical experiences every year. I have experienced almost all its years and I really look forward to the festival every year. I perceive the festival as an heir to the artistic traditions of the town of Český Krumlov and nowadays it is a part of the emotional side of my soul. It enriches not only me but all visitors and the town itself. I have a feeling that the festival is inseparably linked to the town; it is a part of its genius loci. It contributes to its atmosphere and nowadays it is impossible to imagine one without the other. The opening concert was exceptional, I was delighted by Sumi Jo’s performance. A strong response of the audience could be perceived. I am convinced that the next 25 years will be even more successful, although it won’t be easy as the standard is already very high. However, the organizers have always proven their qualities so I am convinced that the festival will continue to grow and we will all be proud of it.  

Petr Pavelec, director of Regional Heritage Board in České Budějovice

My impressions from the closing concert of the IMF, which was held in the beautiful environment of the Český Krumlov Castle Riding Hall are very nice. For me personally the second half of the concert was more interesting. In general, it is always interesting to watch what young interpreters put into their performances, what energy they have. Often such concerts surprise you more than the concerts of established artists. From this point of view I liked Beethoven’s violin concerto better. Whenever I listen to classical music, I always think about what Beethoven would have said if he had imagined that in 200 years a violinist from Korea would interpret his concert so masterfully. For the next 25th year I would like to wish the festival to keep its high level because one thing is to reach a certain level but the most difficult thing is to keep that level in the long term. And further I hope that the National Heritage Institute, which is a co-organizer of the IMF Český Krumlov, will finally manage to install air-conditioning in the Castle Riding Hall, which would be a technical improvement that would bring more comfort for concerts held there.

Hana Machačová, member of the board of Kooperativa insurance company

This unique festival has gained great prestige in the 24 years of its existence, both the guests and the viewers like to come back here. It is thanks to the great choice of genres which we have the opportunity to watch during the festival. I believe that almost everyone can choose a concert here. And Český Krumlov is unique and adds incredible and unique charm to this festival. On behalf of the general partner of the festival let me thank especially the organizer – the company Auviex. We experience the preparations for the festival together and we know what effort and great enthusiasm are needed to keep the quality of all the festival evenings. I am very happy that Kooperativa insurance company was present together with the company Auviex when this festival was born. And because Kooperativa will also celebrate its 25th anniversary next year I expect that we will connect the celebrations and that they will be successful. I wish all of us to meet here in Český Krumlov at the celebrations of the 25th festival once again.

2014

Artists

  • Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
  • Jochen Rieder, conductor
  • Tomáš Brauner, conductor
  • Jiří Bárta (violoncello) and Terezie Fialová (piano)
  • Škampa Quartet
  • Shiran Wang, pianist
  • Sándor Jávorkai, violinist, leader of the ensemble Gypsy Virtuoso Orchestra
  • Ivan Ženatý, violin virtuoso
  • Ion Marin, conductor
  • Václav Luks, conductor, artistic leader of ensemble Collegium 1704
  • Jarolím Emmanuel Ružička, violinist, leader of ensemble The Classical Music Maniacs
  • Vojtěch Dyk, singer and actor
  • Josef Buchta, leader of the group B-SIDE BAND
  • Jae-A Yoo, flautist
  • Jana Boušková, harpist
  • Natalia Gutman, violoncellist
  • Franz Schottky, conductor
  • Pacora Trio with singer Linda Ballová
  • Leoš Svárovský, conductor
  • Anna Aglatova, soloist of the Grand Theatre in Moscow
Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

I had heard about the festival and I had of course known Český Krumlov as a fabulous place. When I got the invitation to open this year’s festival I did not hesitate. I am really looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere I have heard so much about with my own eyes.

 

“The concert was an amazing experience for me. The weather was great and I hope to come back to this beautiful town soon. Český Krumlov is simply unique. This impression was intensified by the visit to the local baroque theatre. I have visited several baroque theatres but none of them has been so perfectly preserved. And it is a good thing that even nowadays musical productions are held there and give an idea to the audience what opera looked and sounded like at the time.”

Jochen Rieder, conductor

The concerts with Jonas Kaufmann are something absolutely exceptional not only for the audience but also for the musicians and conductors. Standing on the stage we felt the great favour of the audience. I am in Český Krumlov for the first time and I am really delighted with the town. I have been to the Czech Republic many times and I like the indescribable Czech ʻscentʼ – the combination of nature, Czech musicality and beer. And all of this came to my mind in this town. I am really happy I got the opportunity to be here.”

Tomáš Brauner, conductor

As a passionate canoeist I know Český Krumlov very well and I always remember my student years when we often passed through the town. It is a good thing that a festival which has gained world renown was born in this beautiful town.”

Jiří Bárta (violoncello) and Terezie Fialová (piano)

“The ambience of the Masquerade Hall was very inspiring for us, it has beautiful acoustics and a fantastic atmosphere. I have performed at this festival many times, for example two years ago with Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. For Terezie Fialová this concert was her debut at the IMF ČK. Yesterday we both came back from the festival in Newport in the USA so the concert in Český Krumlov may be considered the conclusion and the high point of our tour.”

Škampa Quartet

“We like to come back to this festival also because of the beautiful settings where we can give concerts.”

Shiran Wang, pianist

“The cooperation with the Škampa Quartet was excellent, it was an amazing experience, in addition in the unique ambience of the Masquerade Hall. And playing the local piano was great. Dvořák’s Quintet in A Major is a beautiful composition, I really like it. If everything goes well, I will have the opportunity to play it again next year in Prague.”

Sándor Jávorkai, violinist, leader of the ensemble Gypsy Virtuoso Orchestra

“The audience reacted excellently, I really enjoyed this evening. Český Krumlov is beautiful, it is a pity that I have to leave tonight because I have another concert in Vienna tomorrow. Next time I will come for longer to be able to really enjoy the atmosphere of the town. I love not only Czech music but also Czech cuisine.”

Ivan Ženatý, violin virtuoso

“I was very happy to play in Český Krumlov today with such a superb conductor and orchestra, I appreciate having been invited to Český Krumlov. It is a good thing that the festival originated and continues with ever greater success.”

Ion Marin, conductor

“Český Krumlov is a beautiful town, literally an oasis of beauty. I thank all those who made it possible for me to perform here tonight. It is great that a music festival originated right here and has such a long tradition. It is a big success for the Czech Republic.”

Václav Luks, conductor, artistic leader of ensemble Collegium 1704

“We love to come back to the local Baroque Theatre because the setting is fantastic not only visually but also acoustically. We once again found out that in the 18th century they were really able to build spaces in such a way so that they do not hide anything and so that the human word can be perfectly understood.” 

Jarolím Emmanuel Ružička, violinist, leader of ensemble The Classical Music Maniacs

“It is fantastic when a concert elicits response, when there is a spark between the stage and the auditorium like tonight and when the viewer accepts what the artist has to offer.”

Vojtěch Dyk, singer and actor

“As a child I sang Carmina Burana at this festival and after that I kept on singing it and conducting it. I grew up not far from here, in Římov, and we often went on trips to Český Krumlov. I also went through the town later on when we were canoeing. I like the genius loci of Český Krumlov and the amazing mustiness of the old times by which the town is infused.”

Josef Buchta, leader of the group B-SIDE BAND

“This festival is one of the best we have in the Czech Republic. It was a beautiful experience for us, from which I will personally live for several weeks to come until the next concert.”

Jae-A Yoo, flautist

“This is the first time I have come to Český Krumlov and I have never seen such a beautiful hall during my concert travels.”

Jana Boušková, harpist

I consider the town of Český Krumlov our treasure and both the atmosphere of the Masquerade Hall and the warm reactions of the audience created beautiful moments.

Natalia Gutman, violoncellist

“In 1961 as a student of the Moscow Conservatory I won a competition of the Prague Spring. This win opened many doors for me. At the time I met conductor Leopold Stokowski, who invited me to perform with him at Carnegie Hall. Since my first appearance at the Prague Spring I have always really liked the Czech audience. At that time I went on a tour during which I also visited Český Krumlov. I remember visiting the unique local Baroque Theatre. After that I didn’t visit the Czech Republic for a long time, therefore, I was really pleased to get the invitation to this concert in Český Krumlov.” 

Franz Schottky, conductor

“It was a wonderful experience, we appreciated the friendly reception and the great organization. I am looking forward to a tour of the town, which enchanted me, although I have only seen a part of it so far. This festival has a big name not only thanks to the beautiful setting but also thanks to famous artists who have performed here.”    

Pacora Trio with singer Linda Ballová

“Český Krumlov is a fairy tale town. We had a good feeling from playing here, the atmosphere was pleasant, the audience was great.”

Leoš Svárovský, conductor

“I was really nervous, the weather was changing every minute in Český Krumlov today and the idea that it would rain throughout the closing gala concert was not pleasant. But in the end the concert was beautiful and without rain, we had a great audience so I am very satisfied. I cooperated with the soloists for the first time and I have to say that we got on brilliantly, not only in music but also as humans. I think it was clear at the concert and we managed to communicate our joy to the audience.”

Anna Aglatova, soloist of the Grand Theatre in Moscow

“It was a wonderful experience for us. The audience gave us a warm reception, and although it was so cold tonight, everybody stayed till the end. Český Krumlov is an amazing fairy-tale town, we had no idea it would be so beautiful.”


Politicians

  • Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic
  • Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Jan Hamáček, Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic
  • Jiří Zimola, Governor of the South Bohemian Region
  • Dalibor Carda, Mayor of Český Krumlov
  • Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic
  • Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic
  • Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade
Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic

Dear visitors, dear interpreters, I consider it a great honour to be the patron of an important cultural event. The International Music Festival Český Krumlov deservedly belongs to such events. I would like to point out, above all, that the festival, which takes place during the Year of Czech Music, gives space to different genres and a wide array of artists. I consider the fact that the festival concerts are held in a beautiful town full of historic sights a great asset. Together with the program diversity it creates a unique atmosphere. I wish all the visitors to the 23rd year of the International Music Festival Český Krumlov great cultural experiences and all the performers success crowned with applause. 

Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

I would like to wish this year’s International Music Festival a lot of success and well tuned tones. This unique international musical project superbly represents the Czech Republic on the cultural map of Europe and has become a phenomenon for every lover of good music of different genres. I am convinced that the support of similar cultural projects is a way of presenting not only the historical beauties of our country but also cultural diversity and inventiveness. I hope that this year, the twenty-third already, will be at least as good as the previous years and Český Krumlov will be a place of a unique cultural experience for its visitors.

 

The festival connects this beautiful historical city with beautiful music and listeners and artists from all around the world meet here. Thanks to excellent dramaturgy and also a number of renowned names of interpreters it has become one of the most acclaimed music festivals, which highlights the Czech Republic on the map of the music world. It is not a festival for a close circle of devotees, it is a festival for the general public.” Bohuslav Sobotka also emphasized that the Year of Czech Music, which the festival program is part of, should contribute to the promotion of the Czech state and culture in international context but also to the development of the Czech cultural environment. “The year of Czech music bears the subtitle Creativity and Cooperation. Such a subtitle also suits this year’s program of the IMF Český Krumlov. Classical music is joined by jazz and folklore, Bach by samba, local interpreters by foreign ones,” remarked the Prime Minister.

Jan Hamáček, Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic

Dear friends of good music and visitors to Český Krumlov, I am very pleased that I can grant my auspices to the International Music Festival in Český Krumlov. The festival in Český Krumlov is being held for the twenty-third time already which is proof of the fact that its attractive offer is able to satisfy a large number of visitors year after year. Besides keeping a high musical quality of the festival, what I see as value added is the setting in the unique atmosphere of Český Krumlov. And this connection with the unmistakable historical spirit of the town offers a truly unique aesthetic combination. The festival will present the opera, symphonic and chamber concerts but also jazz, folklore, world music and even a musical. So everybody will make a choice. In the end let me wish the music festival and its visitors unforgettable experiences in the pleasant setting of Český Krumlov and last but not least also favourable weather. 

Jiří Zimola, Governor of the South Bohemian Region

My relationship to the International Music Festival in Český Krumlov is as warm as my relationship to the town which has offered its background as well as its name to the festival for the twenty-third time in a row already. Its charming beauty has attracted and inspired a number of artists. They belong to Český Krumlov as inherently as the famous noble dynasty of the Rožmberks, a unique chateau with a baroque theatre and the river Vltava. The town, included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, has a rich cultural life all year round. However, I consider the International Music Festival the “icing on the cake” of the local cultural offer. The summer festival month traditionally tears down borders between music genres. In Český Krumlov tourists from all around the world shake hands. At the festival they are also joined by lovers of “music without borders”. I expect that I will attend the opening concert, I will not miss the Homage to Czech Musicals, which will be a joint evening of the management of the festival and the South Bohemian Region. I warmly recommend a visit to Český Krumlov connected with the visit to one of the concerts. 

After the concert Homage to Czech Musicals:
It is a good thing that the festival offers evenings of different genres besides classical music. The delighted response of the audience of today’s concert confirms this. For me personally this evening was a great experience. I appreciate the fact that the IMF Český Krumlov preserves its tradition in spite of financial difficulties and that thanks to it we can encounter phenomenal artists and beautiful music every summer.

Dalibor Carda, Mayor of Český Krumlov

The International Music Festival Český Krumlov appeals not only to me but surely also to all the other visitors thanks to its fine choice of interpreters. The festival belongs to the perennial stars of the cultural menu in our town and when it takes place it seems that music becomes an integral part of the old town. I am looking forward to visiting Jonas Kaufmann’s opening concert, the multi-genre musical Czech Evening and I will not miss the closing gala concert of the stars of the Grand Theatre in Moscow either. I am glad that the company Auviex has been bringing the festival to our town for 23 years already. In this time the town has become one with the festival and I look forward to other musical treats which the organizers will offer to us.   

 

“Recently I visited England and I found out that the fame of the Český Krumlov festival has spread there as well. I hope that all of us who can help the festival in the years to come, will realize its importance and will provide constant support to it.”

Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Dear listeners, the International Music Festival in Český Krumlov has belonged to the most important cultural events in our country for more than two decades. Rightly we are proud of this festival as besides its artistic qualities it opens the door for us into the world and contributes to international cooperation and promotion of our country in the world. This was one of the reasons why I decided to grant my auspices to this year’s festival. This year is also the Year of Czech Music. Our representative offices promote Czech composers and musicians in the world and help them promote Czech music on all continents. They also promote our international festivals and therefore we are very glad that there is more and more interest in the festival in Český Krumlov among our partners. This is also helped by this year’s very interesting dramaturgy. Music is the universal language of mankind and therefore I wish the festival in Český Krumlov as many delighted listeners as possible and only the best international response.   

Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic

During the official opening of the festival:
I have witnessed a lot at this festival. I am always pleased to be here. I visit a lot of festivals in a number of beautiful places all over the Czech Republic but Český Krumlov is still the most beautiful one!

During the official closing of the festival:
I would like to thank the festival for the opportunity to be at this festival and at today’s beautiful concert. All those who contributed to the success of the festival also this year should be thanked.

Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic

In spite of being a native of South Bohemia from the neighbouring town of České Budějovice, it is the first time I have visited the festival in Český Krumlov. I believe that Český Krumlov is a festival town which creates a unique scene for the festival thanks to its beautiful sights. They attract thousands of tourists and it is certainly a good thing that culture is alive here also in this way. I am glad to be able to attend the 23rd year in person.”

Jan Mládek, Minister of Industry and Trade

“I would like to thank the organizers and partners for making such a great festival happen in Český Krumlov and congratulate the town of Český Krumlov and the South Bohemian Region on organizing an event which greatly exceed both this region and the Czech Republic. At the same time I would like to say that it is a challenge for Český Krumlov and the South Bohemian Region to make sure this festival continues successfully in the years to come. And it is, of course, also a challenge for the government to provide sufficient support and make many more years of the festival happen.”


Managers

  • Martin Diviš, General Manager of Kooperativa insurance company
  • Vladimír Tošovský, Chairman of the Board of ČEPS, a.s.
  • Peter Duhan, Director General of the Czech Radio
  • Dr. Josef Reiter, General Manager of BMW Group Czech Republic
  • Petr Milas, director of the division of administration of the support of quality food
  • Michael Fehn, Chairman of the Board of E.ON Czech Holding AG
  • Pavel Pavelec, Director of National Heritage Institute České Budějovice
  • Gary Mazzotti, member of the board of the general partner of IMF ČK, Kooperativa insurance company
Martin Diviš, General Manager of Kooperativa insurance company

“Již římský básník Horacius věděl, že hudba je lékem na trápení duše. V dnešní době je ale i lékem na přepracovanost, nudu, televizi či jakékoli moderní nešvary, které si do této věty dosadíte. Takže najdete-li si čas, určitě nezapomeňte navštívit Mezinárodní hudební festival v Českém Krumlově, který letos opět nabízí hudební lahůdky v úžasné kombinaci s překrásným prostředím. Z osobní zkušenosti mohu potvrdit, že Horacius měl již před dvěma tisícovkami let pravdu a do Krumlova se vracím vždycky rád jako člověk, posluchač a fanoušek. A také jako zástupce Kooperativy – tradičního partnera festivalu, který tuto špičkovou událost podporuje již 23 let. A na co se letos můžeme těšit? Výběr je jako obvykle bohatý, nicméně jedno jméno z něj patrně i tak vyčnívá – Jonas Kaufmann, nejžádanější tenorista současné světové scény. Bude mi ctí, pokud přijmete mé pozvání na letošní ročník a mohu Vám slíbit jedno: Ať už to bude jakýkoli interpret, nebudete zklamáni.

Z projevu při zahájení festivalu:
„Za třiadvacet let festival navštívilo více než čtvrt milionu lidí, odehrály se čtyři stovky koncertů, přijelo devět tisíc umělců. Už tato čísla hovoří o tom, že si festival našel své místo. A já mám prosbu za nás, za Kooperativu, i za všechny partnery, kteří u festivalu dlouhodobě stojí, aby vláda, ať bude vláda pravicová nebo levicová, neposuzovala podle toho, kdo rozhodl před nimi, ale podle toho, zda má smysl projekt podporovat. A u těch dobrých projektů aby i nadále stála. Jsem moc rád, že si festival udržel dobré jméno a že festivalový štáb tomuto projektu věnuje nejen úsilí, ale dává mu i ducha a srdce.”

Vladimír Tošovský, Chairman of the Board of ČEPS, a.s.

The festival connects music with the magical setting of Český Krumlov in a unique way. I wish the festival a lot of satisfied visitors, a lot of fine and  successful interpreters and above all good weather. I am looking forward to the concert of violin virtuoso Ivan Ženatý with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, which will surely be a great experience. 

Peter Duhan, Director General of the Czech Radio

The festival is a phenomenon. A real phenomenon of our festival music scene. The town itself belongs to the most amazing architectural jewels with a long history and the stay in this town is always a feast, especially when the summer weather intensifies the impressions from the meandering river Vltava with its famous weirs, the most famous one for canoeists directly under the Český Krumlov Chateau. The festival itself is a cultural social event which in a significant way surpasses the importance of the region. In my opinion it belongs to the absolute top among Czech festivals. If I remember the opening concerts in the last few years when, accompanied by “our” Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, such stars of the world of opera as Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Elīna Garanča and Plácido Domingo performed, then even an observer less familiar with music will understand that it is an event of truly unique dimensions. Therefore I am glad that the Czech Radio has been one of the main media partners of the festival for several years and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is the residential orchestra of the festival, as is the tradition at big world festivals. And which concerts am I going to visit? Without any doubt at least the concert of Jonas Kaufmann with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. This concert illustrates the profile of the festival and its significance. 

Dr. Josef Reiter, General Manager of BMW Group Czech Republic

Culture moves the world ahead, it is a driving force which inspires. Where would our world be without symphonies, fine arts and architectural treasures? Including us at the BMW Group. We offer independence to our customers not only through our products but also through cultural projects which we support. Let us believe that the voices of those who are involved in culture are very important and inspirational in our society. From the past we can mention the BMW Guggenheim Lab, Deutsches Museum Akademiegaletie and also world famous film festivals in Hollywood, Cannes, Berlin and many others. In the Czech Republic we have a main partner of the International Music Festival in Český Krumlov for the third year in a row and this cooperation is a great pleasure for us. This year the world-famous artist Jonas Kaufmann, who is also a world emissary of the BMW brand, will perform at the opening concert. And naturally I cannot miss this unique performance. I really look forward to the International Festival in Český Krumlov. However, the cooperation with the IMF ČK is not the only one in the field of culture where we are active in the Czech Republic. We have been a partner of the Summer Shakespeare Festival for several years and this year we newly started cooperating with the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary.   

Petr Milas, director of the division of administration of the support of quality food

The International Music Festival in Český Krumlov traditionally brings a rich program with leading artists across different music genres. I look forward not only to the performances and concerts but also to the overall special atmosphere of the festival. We are glad to be able to present the national quality brand KLASA and unique products which represent us in this beautiful setting.  

Michael Fehn, Chairman of the Board of E.ON Czech Holding AG

The International Music Festival in Český Krumlov is one of the traditional events which we have decided to support. It is not always easy to find a link between an energy company and the cultural event of the year. I am glad that we are becoming more and more successful in achieving this together with the organizers of the festival. Here I could mention, for example, the fleet of natural gas powered service vehicles for securing technical matters at the festival which we provide to the festival or the product Eco-electricity which the festival uses. And last but not least it is also an offer for the youngest visitors to the festival in the form of a children’s afternoon full of music and energy which I am once again really looking forward to.  

Pavel Pavelec, Director of National Heritage Institute České Budějovice

The enchanting magic of Český Krumlov consists, besides other things, in the fact that history and the present intertwine here in a unique way. The beautiful town and the chateau were constructed by our ancestors and the present fills it with current life and cultural events. And among them the International Music Festival Český Krumlov has been playing – both figuratively and literally – the main role for more than two decades. Every year Czech and foreign stars of the world of music are invited to Český Krumlov and with them the summer town welcomes also the specific atmosphere and glamour typical for big music festivals. I like to visit the town at this time of year and in this festive mood even when no concerts take place. In any case, just as in the previous years, I will not miss the opening concert, this time with the amazing Jonas Kaufmann, and as a true “conservative” I look forward to the musical homage to J. D. Zelenka interpreted by Collegium 1704 at the chateau Baroque Theatre. Hats off to the many years of work of all the organizers. I wish everybody a successful festival year.  

Gary Mazzotti, member of the board of the general partner of IMF ČK, Kooperativa insurance company

“Today we are bidding farewell to another very successful year of this festival in the beautiful town of Český Krumlov. During five weeks seventeen concerts took place, we had the opportunity to appreciate beautiful music. We do not live in an easy period of time and music is such a kind of art which surpasses borders and offers a universal language. Music connects generations and different cultures. All the artists who have performed here are proof of this. Therefore it is an honour for me to thank all those who made this festival possible on behalf of the general partner of the festival, Kooperativa insurance company. We would like to thank the financial partners and sponsors without whom the festival would not be possible. We would also like to thank the organizing team which planned and implemented everything perfectly, often in spite of the weather. We thank the interpreters for the art which they performed. And last but not least a big thank you goes to Český Krumlov for the environment it offers. But most of all I would like to thank you, the audience, because without you the festival would not have any sense. See you at this festival in 2015!”

2013

Artists

  • Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano
  • Kun Woo Paik, pianist
  • Marek Velemínský, leader of the Prague Guitar Quartet ensemble
  • Vlado Valovič, ensemble leader, Gustav Brom Big Band
  • Charles Olivieri-Munroe, conductor
  • Tolga Kashif, conductor and composer
  • Jitka Hosprová, viola virtuoso
  • Karel Mark Chichon, conductor
  • Aleš Kaspřík, violoncellist, Wihan Quartet
  • Jana Semerádová, flautist, artistic leader of ensemble Collegium Marianum
  • Jiří Lukeš, accordionist
  • Miriam Rodriguez Brüllová, guitarist
  • Milan Lajčík, artistic leader of orchestra Virtuosi Pragenses
  • Adam Plachetka, bass-baritone
  • Tomáš Brauner, conductor
  • John Such, manager of Broadway musical singers
  • Morgan James, singer
  • Rob Evan, singer
  • Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor
  • Petra Černocká, actress and singer
  • Karel Holas, Čechomor
  • František Černý, Čechomor
  • Gerry Leonard, guitarist
  • Leoš Svárovský, conductor
  • Carlos Piñana, guitarist
  • Sophia Jaffé, violinist
  • Barbara Maria Willi, harpsichordist
Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano

“I appreciate festival concerts as this one in Český Krumlov for their relaxed atmosphere and I believe that a similar event will attract a lot of people who would otherwise not step into an opera house to so-called classical music. For this reason I like music festivals very much and I try to adapt my repertoire to them. I take my hat off to the festivals which always keep a high standard – they give an inspiration to us, artists, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime experience to the viewers.”

“I would like to thank all the organizers and sponsors for making this year’s festival happen. And not only this year but also in the previous twenty-one years. I really appreciate it and I believe that twenty-two more lucky years await the festival.

 
Kun Woo Paik, pianist

“Who wouldn’t like Český Krumlov? I was here already two years ago and it is one of the most beautiful places which I have come across. I honestly tell everybody who I meet how beautiful it is here. In this respect I am an ambassador of Český Krumlov.”

Marek Velemínský, leader of the Prague Guitar Quartet ensemble

“We have been to the IMF Český Krumlov several times and we appreciate having been invited because it is an important festival. We like to come back here. It was splendid to play in the Masquerade Hall, we are not here for the first time so we knew the acoustics of the hall and we were pleased as, after all, every time.” 

Vlado Valovič, ensemble leader, Gustav Brom Big Band

“I am happy that this festival, which is truly a world event, is in the beautiful town of Český Krumlov.”

Charles Olivieri-Munroe, conductor

“I want to thank the audience, which created a beautiful atmosphere. The organization is at the highest level I know and I have experience with conducting all around the world.”

Tolga Kashif, conductor and composer

“This year the weather so to say ‘played for us’. It was a pleasant cool evening, ideal conditions. The orchestra and both choirs were brilliant, they have my admiration. A big thank you also goes to the festival for making it possible for me to return here and perform my composition in Český Krumlov.” 

Jitka Hosprová, viola virtuoso

“The festival is a very noble thing, it brings culture to places where people are currently staying and a number of people like to return here because of the festival and it always makes the festival more pleasant. Český Krumlov is, after Prague, one of my most beloved places.” 

Karel Mark Chichon, conductor

“The concert in Český Krumlov was a beautiful experience for me. I, just as Elīna Garanča, felt the energy which the audience gave me.”

Aleš Kaspřík, violoncellist, Wihan Quartet

“A fantastic audience, great hall, beautiful acoustics, simply a luxurious concert. Český Krumlov is one of the most beautiful towns in the world, amazingly romantic, full of fantastic pubs, cafés, hotels, and everything. Whenever we can come here, it is a great pleasure for us. I like historic sights, so playing in an old hall was very inspirational for me. But to be fair, for example in Japan there are fantastic modern halls and it is also splendid to play there. But the historical Masquerade Hall has a unique atmosphere.

Jana Semerádová, flautist, artistic leader of ensemble Collegium Marianum

“I always return to Český Krumlov in my thoughts, I would come here every summer even as a tourist but now we have a baby, our daughter Josefa, and we have to look after her with the family.” 

Jiří Lukeš, accordionist

“I performed at the festival for the first time, however, before I had visited a number of festival concerts and I often come to Český Krumlov as a tourist. Our instrumental composition is untraditional, the audience is reacting excellently, I have a very good feeling from the concert.

Miriam Rodriguez Brüllová, guitarist

“It was my first time at the festival and I had heard only great things before. The cooperation with the orchestra was excellent, it was excellently prepared. It is admirable that in such a small town as Český Krumlov it is possible to organize such a beautiful festival.”

Milan Lajčík, artistic leader of orchestra Virtuosi Pragenses

“The setting of the Masquerade Hall is really very beautiful, unique.”

Adam Plachetka, bass-baritone

“I have a great feeling from the concert, the atmosphere was superb. I know Český Krumlov because I have gone through the town many times on a boat down the Vltava but of course I have also visited the festival several times.”

Tomáš Brauner, conductor

“I value it as a festival which has great renown, people know about it. It is not only a beautiful town but I think that this event really has its place among the most important festivals.”

John Such, manager of Broadway musical singers

“What I appreciate about this festival is that it brings different kinds of music, from jazz to rock to classical music, to the viewers.”

Morgan James, singer

“I am delighted by the enthusiasm of the audience, I saw that they were smiling at us and singing with us.”

Rob Evan, singer

“Two years ago I performed in Český Krumlov with a program which was more in the pop style. Today’s concert in this beautiful setting was absolutely amazing too, I am really happy.”

Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor

“It is fantastic to bring American music to the Czech Republic, the viewers in Český Krumlov can thus experience similar enthusiasm and energy that they could feel in America.”

Petra Černocká, actress and singer

“At first I was very surprised what a beautiful space the Brewery Garden was. In short it is very nice here. The children were skilful, the adults were attentive. For the artists it was a very nice experience. And when the weather is good, there is nothing to be afraid of, the viewers always come and today there were lots of them here.”

Karel Holas, Čechomor

“I have an excellent and beautiful feeling from the concert. We had the first fateful concert in Český Krumlov in the 90s without any idea about how many times we would play here afterwards. And the Brewery Garden is also fateful for us, today we have played here already for the fourth time, we like to return here. Český Krumlov certainly did not disappoint us and I hope that we did not disappoint the viewers either.”

František Černý, Čechomor

“We have a very warm relationship to Český Krumlov. We not only come here as tourists but we really like to play here, we have experienced unforgettable concerts here. We practised quite diligently with Kühn’s Choir Prague and the Smíchov Philharmonic and we wanted to surprise the audience slightly by this composition. I think that we succeeded, it was an almost epochal experience for us too. How often are we so lucky to have around sixty people on stage? This festival is amazing and we are really happy to have been its guests.” 

Gerry Leonard, guitarist

“The Čechomor concert was a very pleasant event in this town. I have been a friend of Čechomor and have cooperated with them for a long time. This concert was very special, the group played with an orchestra, a choir and with guests as myself. It was simply an absolutely great evening.”

Leoš Svárovský, conductor

“The festival in Český Krumlov is outstanding, it belongs to the very best Czech festivals. The quality of the festival is always created by the soloists and the soloists in Český Krumlov are always of the highest level in the world, whether we speak about Plácido Domingo, who was here two years ago, the four Canadian Tenors, who came last year, or Elīna Garanča this year. It is a fantastic festival.“ 

Carlos Piñana, guitarist

„Český Krumlov is a magical place, it brings a lot of inspiration to the musicians and composers. The festival is very well organized and the people who organize it are great.”

Sophia Jaffé, violinist

“The concert in Český Krumlov was amazing, a very special concert, beautiful music, my favourite program, great acoustics, the specific sound of the Masquerade Hall, the colourful setting.” The soloist continued, “This is my first time in Český Krumlov, today was a workday for me but in spite of that I visited the Baroque Theatre, I was surprised by the number of tourists, it is a very nice place and I am happy that I got the opportunity to perform at the festival.”  

Barbara Maria Willi, harpsichordist

“I admit that today it is my premiere as a visitor and I have explored the town slightly. Český Krumlov is like Mecca for a music enthusiast. We are standing in the Masquerade Hall where musical instruments are pictured and it is a hall about which at least five dissertations could be written as it contains a lot of information. In this hall we played in front of a mirror and even the sound and everything was such a reflection, it is a special feeling, the acoustics and the setting are inspiring.” 


Politicians

  • Miroslava Němcová, Chairwoman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
  • Prof. Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic
  • Miroslav Grégr, former Minister of Industry and Trade
  • Mgr. Dalibor Carda, mayor of Český Krumlov
Miroslava Němcová, Chairwoman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

„Festival drží laťku, což se u málokterého podniku tohoto typu tak stoprocentně daří. Pořadatelé sem dokáží přivést největší světové hvězdy operní scény. Všechny ročníky festivalu představily fanouškům hudby to, kvůli čemu by jinak museli objet celý svět. Tady to dostali v nádherné kulise tohoto výjimečného města.”

Prof. Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic

“I hope that the festival will help all of us who become absorbed in the world of music thanks to the festival to calm down a bit.”

“The presenter Jiří Vejvoda said a nice thing, that Jan Čenský cannot come because he is acting in a play where there is no alternate. I understood that I am here by mistake because I already have an alternate.”

Miroslav Grégr, former Minister of Industry and Trade

“The performance of Turetsky Choir was a completely new interpretation of famous arias, it was impressive, fantastic, on the whole it was an invigorating evening. I believe, even from the reactions of the audience, that the topic of the evening was an excellent choice and that everybody feels satisfied.”

Mgr. Dalibor Carda, mayor of Český Krumlov

“I was absolutely delighted, the soloists were great. I am impressed by the conductor’s performance, it seemed charismatic and skilfully perfect. From the point of view of the town and from the point of view of the concert visitors it is important to avoid any problems. The weather was great, the floods came but it was before the festival and we managed to repair everything and prepare the town for the concerts.”


Managers

  • Martin Diviš, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board, Kooperativa pojišťovna, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group – general partner of IMF ČK
  • Ing. Roman Zdebor, Technical Director of Škoda JS, a. s., member of Consortium MIR.1200
  • Ing. Vladimír Tošovský, Chairman of the Board, ČEPS, a. s.
  • Prof. Michal Mejstřík, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Český Aeroholding, a. s.
  • Ing. Jan Procházka, Managing Director, EGAP, a. s.
  • Ing. Oldřich Černoch, CSc., advisor to minister of agriculture, advisor to director of State Agricultural Intervention Fund
  • Ing. Luboš Jedlička, head of municipality energy sales, company E.ON
Martin Diviš, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board, Kooperativa pojišťovna, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group – general partner of IMF ČK

“I would like to thank the organizers, not only on behalf of Kooperativa, which has always stood behind the festival, and I believe that it will stand behind the festival in the future too, but also on behalf of all the partners which support the festival.”

Ing. Roman Zdebor, Technical Director of Škoda JS, a. s., member of Consortium MIR.1200

“The concert was a very pleasant surprise. I admit that I did not know Turetsky Choir but my expectations were entirely surpassed, the singers were amazing, I really enjoyed it.”

Ing. Vladimír Tošovský, Chairman of the Board, ČEPS, a. s.

“I assess the cooperation with the festival very positively in the long term. It is an opportunity to meet our guests in a beautiful setting, during beautiful experiences and this put together embodies this festival.”

Prof. Michal Mejstřík, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Český Aeroholding, a. s.

“Elīna Garanča’s performance was appealing, not only because of the interpretation itself but also because of her vocal expression. Her expression was very well complemented by the environment of the Brewery Garden and charming Český Krumlov as a whole, so it was an exceptionally successful evening. I look forward to visiting the festival again next year.”

Ing. Jan Procházka, Managing Director, EGAP, a. s.

“This is the second time I have visited the festival. It is a beautiful event, high quality music and a really exceptionally beautiful setting.”

Ing. Oldřich Černoch, CSc., advisor to minister of agriculture, advisor to director of State Agricultural Intervention Fund

“I have visited the festival in Český Krumlov several times already, I have a very positive relationship to it. Today’s concert was amazing, it had drive and a great atmosphere, in my opinion it was suitable for the official closing. I see a parallel between this festival and what we present here, that is products with the Klasa and Regional Food trademark. Although it is an international festival, it is supported by Czech companies, which is good.” 

Ing. Luboš Jedlička, head of municipality energy sales, company E.ON

“Tonight’s concert was the culmination of the whole twenty-second year of the festival, I looked forward especially to the second part, ʻDestinyʼ. It really impressed me. And not only the last concert is important, all the other concerts are important. I have been visiting the festival for more than 11 years so I can compare and I think the level is growing every year.”

2012

Artists

  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Václav Hudeček
  • Konstantin Scherbakov
  • Sanghee Cheong
  • Jiří Bárta
  • Bohuslav Matoušek
  • Marko Marković
  • Panoch’s quartet
  • Otto Sauter
  • Roman Patočka
  • Canadian Tenors
  • Leoš Svárovský
  • José Cura
  • Jiří Šesták, director of South Bohemian Theater
Dmitri Hvorostovsky

“I’ve felt very well, especially thanks to the great and friendly atmosphere here. Thank you, spectators, for warmth with which you have welcomed me. I appreciate it and I understand today’s performance as a good finale of a strenuous season after which I will enjoy a few weeks of free time. I will join those who will flee London to avoid chaos that the Summer Olympics will inevitably cause in the streets. And I will relax before new artistic challenges that await me in fall.”

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Václav Hudeček

“The congratulation night, which IMF Český Krumlov has prepared for me, is something beautiful. I really appreciate it. I’m touched for many reasons: I have friends around me on the stage as well as in the auditorium, I can still play and today I play at the best music festival in this country. In a city the beauty of which can compete with Venice and other jewels – in Český Krumlov.”

Václav Hudeček

Konstantin Scherbakov

“Reactions of the audience were very warm and I believe that music has touched all of us. I’ve been completely amazed by the musicality of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Radio and I thank the festival for this experience.”

Konstantin Scherbakov

Sanghee Cheong

“I’m really glad to be able to play again in Český Krumlov after the last year’s unforgettable cooperation with violoncellist Misha Maisky. It is great to have an opportunity to have a concert here again with great artists.”

Sanghee Cheong

Jiří Bárta

“Someone likes to take a rest during summer months, they enjoy warmth and sun. I, on the contrary, like performing because I am full of energy which I lack when it is cold and dark in the winter. I played at the Český Krumlov festival when it was very young and it was honor for me. Therefore I like to return whenever I’m invited and I always try to prepare a little different evening.”

Jiří Bárta

Bohuslav Matoušek

“Český Krumlov has been very close to my heart for a long time already. In nearby Zlatá Koruna I prepare regular interpretation courses and I always like to come to the city which has been rightfully included in the list of UNESCO sights. I like it even better if I can play at the well established and prestigious festival.”

Bohuslav Matoušek

Marko Marković

“The atmosphere, stage, concert organization, how everyone waited for us, simply everything was at a very high and professional level. We liked the environment here very much.”

Marko Marković

Panoch’s quartet

“We have already performed at the Český Krumlov festival several times and there has always been exceptional atmosphere and a lot of people. Demand for this festival is amazing and whenever we have an opportunity to come here, we are glad and appreciate it very much. As a quartet we like environments with good acoustics, which the Masquerade Hall certainly has.”

Panoch’s quartet

Otto Sauter

“To perform at places full of history – it is much more than just a concert. Such places have their atmosphere which is reflected even by the music. Both the musicians and spectators feel it. Therefore, I like playing at such venues and Český Krumlov has completely impressed me, the city is unbelievable! I want to thank to the festival very much for this opportunity.”

Otto Sauter

Roman Patočka

“I’ve performed several times at the festival, always in the Castle Riding Hall. It was the first time that I’ve played in the Masquerade Hall and I hope I’ll come back soon. It has good acoustics, it is ideal for this type of a concert and it supports the atmosphere. The spectators were great and I enjoyed playing with the Praga Camerata ensemble, I found great understanding with them – and not only as far as music is considered. Český Krumlov is a charming place and I’m really glad that I can be here again and soak in energy. Seeing the city always calms me down and puts me in a good mood, I really like coming back.”

Roman Patočka

Canadian Tenors

“Being here is like a dream, it is unbelievable. Český Krumlov is a beautiful city. We want to share our music with the Czech audience. The performance in the Czech Republic opens new horizons to us. It is an honor for us to perform here, in addition at the last concert of the festival, especially knowing that it was Placido Domingo who closed the festival last year. We highly appreciate the opportunity to follow his footsteps.”

Canadian Tenors

Leoš Svárovský

“The charisma of Český Krumlov is quite a once-in-life-time-experience, I always look forward to coming here, in the summer for the festival but even in the winter, the city is always different, breath taking. After all, the Canadian Tenors told me: Mr. conductor, it is an amazing city, if we could choose a place on the face of the Earth, we would live in Český Krumlov!”

Leoš Svárovský

José Cura

“I like getting to know new places but I also like coming back to the old ones. I’ve performed in Český Krumlov three times and I will always like to come back if an interesting new project is realized, no matter if it is a concert or theater. I highly appreciate professionalism of all participants.”

José Cura

Jiří Šesták, director of South Bohemian Theater

“I’m glad that we have witnessed one of the great theater experiences thanks to which our life becomes nicer and nobler. Our fate is to try to intermediate such experiences to you. And I would like to thank to Jaromír Boháč that the cooperation of the theater and the festival can go on.”

Jiří Šesták, director of South Bohemian Theater



Politicians

  • Prof. Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic
  • Miroslava Němcová, chairwoman of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
  • Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry and Trade
  • Dalibor Carda, Mayor of the city of Český Krumlov
Prof. Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic

“I would like to thank for having been invited again to the official beginning of the festival and I am honored that the festival can take place under my auspices. I want to congratulate to the International Music Festival and all its authors for the preparation of program of very high quality again. I always consider it a small miracle that so many quality festivals are organized in our country and it is no wonder that the one in Český Krumlov is one of the best.”

Prof. Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic 

Miroslava Němcová, chairwoman of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

“It is exceptionally hard to provide finances for a festival and keep it at a high artistic level as we can experience here. It is simply a brand of the top quality. It is good that the festival does not offer only concert experiences but that it provides a much wider scale of art experiences – scenic and theater ones.”

Miroslava Němcová, chairwoman of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry and Trade

“As a citizen of South Bohemia, I am proud of the fact that here, in Český Krumlov, there is a festival that reaches top world quality. Congratulations go to the entire realization team, which makes sure that we can meet here every year and bring home experiences of real art.”

Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry and Trade

Dalibor Carda, Mayor of the city of Český Krumlov

“The 21st year of IMF Český Krumlov is history and I am really proud that the scenery of Český Krumlov could provide framework for this beautiful festival. On the stage as well as in the auditorium, you could hear many languages but one was universal – the language of music. Exceptional music performed by excellent players. And I would like to express my thanks to the organizers for it.”

Dalibor Carda, Mayor of the city of Český Krumlov



Managers

  • André Regli, ambassador of Swiss Confederation in the Czech Republic
  • Vladimír Tošovský, CEO, ČEPS, a.s.
  • Josef Reiter, CEO, BMW Group
  • JinHwan Kim, CEO, Samsung Electronics Czech and Slovak
  • Michael Fehn, chairman of the board, E.ON Holding AG
  • Hana Machačová, member of the board, deputy CEO, Kooperativa pojišťovna, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group
  • Martin Diviš, CEO and chairman of the board, Kooperativa pojišťovna, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group – general partner of IMF ČK
André Regli, ambassador of Swiss Confederation in the Czech Republic

“I appreciate that I could be here tonight and start new friendships. I’ve been at several diplomatic missions from Brazil or Chile to Scandinavia and I know that music really opens human hearts.”

André Regli, ambassador of Swiss Confederation in the Czech Republic

Vladimír Tošovský, CEO, ČEPS, a.s.

“We have been cooperating with IMF Český Krumlov for many years and we do so not only because it is a very good festival in a nice environment where you can see many interesting concerts but it is also a nice opportunity to meet business partners and friends. Cooperation with Auviex agency is always very constructive and beneficial.”

Vladimír Tošovský, CEO, ČEPS, a.s.

Josef Reiter, CEO, BMW Group

“Culture motivates and inspires. What would our world be about without symphonies and other works of art? BMW uses inspiration by works of art all around the world and it is therefore logical that we cooperate with this festival.”

Josef Reiter, CEO, BMW Group

JinHwan Kim, CEO, Samsung Electronics Czech and Slovak

“We appreciate the possibility to cooperate with IMF Český Krumlov, which is one of the most important cultural events in the Czech Republic. I have personally really enjoyed the concerts – it is joy to share with other excited spectators such nice experiences. I believe that this exceptional festival will keep pleasing large audiences and I wish it a lot of success.”

JinHwan Kim, CEO, Samsung Electronics Czech and Slovak

Michael Fehn, chairman of the board, E.ON Holding AG

“For me the festival is a once-in-a-lifetime experience every year. As it is turning adult, being twenty-one years old, it has a bright future in front of itself. I personally admire that it manages to invite so many famous musicians and create program at a world quality level. I wish for it and expect of it what it has offered so far: professional quality and one-hundred-percent performance of the players as well as the organizers. And I can promise that we will remain faithful to the festival.”

Michael Fehn, chairman of the board, E.ON Holding AG

Hana Machačová, member of the board, deputy CEO, Kooperativa pojišťovna, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group

“We experienced a great festival this year where everyone could find something of their interest. I therefore thank to the organizers for their success in preparing for us excellent experiences that we will think for the entire following year. The festival has successfully entered the third decade and I wish for it to continue these experiences in many following years.”

Hana Machačová, member of the board, deputy CEO, Kooperativa pojišťovna, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group

Martin Diviš, CEO and chairman of the board, Kooperativa pojišťovna, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group – general partner of IMF ČK

“I am really proud of the fact that Kooperativa has been with this key cultural event since almost the very beginning. Financial partners are important but such events could not exist without a team of people who participate on their preparation with enthusiasm. Many festivals were born and died in twenty years, IMF Český Krumlov has however proven during this period that it is organized by the right people. Quality of our cooperation keeps growing. In addition, organizers prove that every year they are not only able to attract real world’s stars but that they are also able to risk a little and invite young artists and try unusual performances and organize topical nights. This festival is simply not only of the top quality in terms of the musicians and organization but such that listeners of almost any music genre can choose ‘their’ performance. In the past two decades, the festival has proven not only that it has a right to live and claim its spot in the sun for the next at least twenty years but especially that it is a key cultural event of this country. I wish very much that its glory and importance keep growing.”

Martin Diviš, CEO and chairman of the board, Kooperativa pojišťovna, a.s., Vienna Insurance Group – general partner of IMF ČK



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