Final concert of the season with violinist Dalibor Karvay

Final concert of the season

14. 6. 2019 at 19.00

Ľudovít Rajter: Suite symphonique
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 g minor, Op. 26
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 F minor, Op. 36
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Dalibor Karvay, violin
Peter Valentovič, conductor

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Dalibor Karvay was born on the 24th of July, 1985 in Vrútky, Slovakia. At the age of three, he started playing the violin under the guidance of his father. He has been showing incredible musical talent since his childhood. During his studies at the Primary Art School in Vrútky, he made several recordings for the Slovak Radio in Bratislava. After the special study under the guidance of professor Bohumil Urban he graduated at the Žilina Conservatoire and from 1999 he studied at the Vienna at the Conservatoire in the class of the renowned professor Boris Kuschnir. He also took part in numerous masterclasses lead by famous paedagogists - Euduard Grach, Mintscho Mintschev, Herman Krebbers.
His biggest successes include winning the Young Musicians meeting in Córdoba in 1996, the Eurovision Grand Prix - Young Musician of the Year in 2002, the first prize in the competition of Tibor Varga in 2003, the International Tribute of Young Interprets - New Talent in 2005 as well as his victory in the competition of David Oistrach in Moscow in 2008. Worthy of mentioning is also a concert for Prince Charles of Wales in the Windsor Castle in 2003 together with Mstislav Rostropovič. Karvay repeatedly accepted the invitation to Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland. He was awarded the Prize of the Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic in 2009 for outstanding artistic performance and successful international representation of the Slovak interpretative art. The Foundation of Tatra Bank granted him the Young Creator Award in the music category.
As a soloist he has worked with many renowned conductors such as Leif Segerstam, Ion Marin, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Jaap van Zweden, Marek Janowski, Alexander Rahbari, Roman Kofman, Benjamin Wallfisch, Ondrej Lenárd, Oliver Dohnányi, Leoš Svárovsky, etc. His cooperation with orchestras also makes an impressive Rundfunk-Symfonie Orchester Berlin, English Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Czech Philharmonics, Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim, Radio-Symphonie Orchester Wien, Wienner Kammerorchester, Het Gelders Orkest, Solistes Européens Luxembourg, Slovak Philharmonics, Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak Radio, state Chamber Orchestra Žilina, etc. He is also intensely involved in playing chamber music, collaborating with excellent musicians such as Radek Baborák, Julian Rachlin, Wenzel Fuchs, Boris Kuschnir, Daniel Buranovský and others.
2004 Karvay’ s long-lasting and complicated search for the right instrument was showed in the international documentary „Stradivari-Search for Perfection“. Besides his concert career Dalibor Karvay is teaching as professor at the Music and Arts University of the city of Vienna.

Peter Valentovič began his successful career as pianist and répétiteur. He studied at the Conservatory in Bratislava (with E. Pappová, piano and J. Karaba, conducting). He continued in improving his piano playing skills at the master courses under M. Lapšanský and E. Indjić.  As soloist he debuted in the Slovak Philharmonic with Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1, accompanied by the Bratislava Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. He further continued in his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst) in Vienna (with L. Hager, conducting, K. Leitner,  opera accompaniment and G. Theuring, choral conducting)  where he was granted the Viktor Bunzl scholarship for his outstanding artistic talent. He also extended his professional knowledge under Zolt Nagy, a contemporary music specialist, at the prestigious Conservatoire National Superiéur de musique et de danse in Paris.   
At the age of 20, he conducted his first concert (Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony) and at the age of 21, he had a première in conducting his first opera (The Marriage of Figaro,  followed by Don Pasquale, The Cunning Little Vixen and Carl Orff’s Wise Woman / Die Kluge). Thanks to his musicality, flexibility and repertoire versatility, Peter Valentovič belongs to internationally sought-after artists. He has been developing these qualities and potential since his studies as répétiteur and assistant within various important events, as well as with renowned personalities in the field of conducting. As pianist he performed with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and gave concerts at prestigious events such as Salzburger Festspiele, Wien Modern or Wiener Festwochen. He worked as répétiteur and assistant of E. Ortner in the famous Arnold Schönberg Choir. In Paris he was engaged as répétiteur in Ópera Bastille and Théâtre du Châtelet where he had i.a. the opportunity to cooperate with J. E. Gardiner,  a world-known expert on historically learned interpretation. Valentovič also worked as main répétiteur at the summer festivals in Klosterneuburg (The Bartered Bride)  and Gars am Kamp (Tosca), Austria, where he cooperated with such opera singing legends as M. Zampieri and P. Dvorský. He was further employed as assistant of Gustav Kuhn at Tiroler Festspiele where he premièred  The Wedding (Die Hochzeit) - an opera by E. Leitner, conducted the Opening Concert featuring contemporary musical works and  provided assistance in preparing several Wagner’s operas (Parsifal, The Master Singers of Nuremberg / Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tannhäuser, The Flying Dutchman / Der Fliegende Holländer). Under leadership of G. Kuhn and N. Bareza he also worked in Bolzano to prepare Elektra, Salome, Fidelio  and to conduct the premiére of  The Tyrant by P. Dresher. As assistant to Z. Nagy he conducted the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra  at the Ostrava Days Festival of Contemporary Music.  As répétiteur he was awarded special prizes for the best Czech aria interpretation at the  Ema Destin International Singing Competition (2002) and Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition (2002, 2015).  Worth mentioning is his cooperation as piano accompanist and conductor with  the opera legend Edita Gruberová thanks to which he performed at the Milan La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Opera in Zürich, Bavarian State Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Baden Baden Festspielhaus, Budapest Opera House and Tokyo Opera.
International collaboration with opera houses abroad represents an important part of Peter Valentovič’s career as conductor. He worked as choirmaster and conductor in residence at the Cape Town Opera (South Africa) where he extended his opera repertoire by Nabucco, Cavalleria rusticana, Gianni Schicchi, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Porgy and Bess and introduced Dvořák’s Rusalka in its very first première at the African continent. In Cape Town he lectured Russian language for students of opera singing and also conducted several concerts with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. As chief conductor  of  the Istanbul State Opera he rehearsed and conducted works by Strauss (Elektra), Puccini (La rondine), Donizzeti (Don Pasquale), Bizet (Carmen), Bellini (I Capuleti ed i Montechhi), Verdi (Aida, Traviata), Lehár (The Merry Widow) and Gluck (Orpheus and Eurydice). Numerous symphony concerts have been performed under his baton also in Turkey. As visiting musical assistant and language coach for Russian and Czech  repertoire at the Vienna State Opera, Valentovič provided assistance to Franz Wesler-Möst in preparing new opera productions  From the House of the Dead and Katya Kabanova by Leoš Janáček. He was also engaged in Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov, as well as in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin whereby the last title was performed under his baton at Wiener Kammeroper. As guest conductor he appeared in Swedish opera houses NorrlandsOperan (The Flying Dutchman / Der Fliegende Holländer) and Malmö (Porgy and Bess). Valentovič belongs to one of few Slovak conductors who have already performed at renowned stages such as Tonhalle Zürich, Theater an der Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Prinzregententheater and Gasteig in Munich, Staatsoper Hannover, Konzerthaus in  Dortmund and Essen, Prague National Theatre and the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest.
Besides  his international career as opera conductor,  Peter Valentovič is often being invited to conduct symphony orchestras both  in Europe and overseas (National Orchestra of Wales, SWR Symphonieorchester Baden-Baden, Münchner Symphoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, Nürnberger Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Philharmonie Essen, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra). His exceptionally successful debut with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien at Theater an der Wien in 2013 was followed by begin of fruitful and very intensive cooperation with E. Gruberová. In Slovakia Valentovič regularly performs as guest conductor in the Slovak National Theatre, he has also cooperated with the Slovak Philharmonic (Verdi’s Rekviem,  concert with E. Gruberová at Bratislava Music Festival 2014), State Philharmony Košice and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. In recent years he conducted several productions at the State Theatre Košice.
In June 2018, he was appointed chief conductor of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the jubilee season, he intends to make recordings for the prestigious DECCA label with the Orchestra, to perform at the New Slovak Music Festival and the Allegretto Festival, and to prepare a special closing concert of the jubilee season.

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