Influencers of Residence: Karel Košárek

Czech pianist Karel Košárek closes our concert season at the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia in Prague with works by Gershwin, Wild, Gulda and Kapustin

'Do classical music and jazz represent two utterly divergent worlds, or can they inspire, complement, and influence one another? Can a classically trained composer/pianist write a brilliant jazz piece and also interpret it in this essence with excellence? Can one take a typically Baroque form of music, such as the toccata or fugue, a “fill it” with jazz harmonies, rhythms, and expressivity? What did Rhapsody in Blue sound like before Gershwin had it orchestrated by Ferde Grofé?

I will attempt at least a partial response to these questions with the programme of my recital, which I have prepared for the Makers of Resonance series with great respect and admiration to the individual composers, who were also famed pianists.'

Karel Košárek


Karel Košárek has the reputation of a pianist with an extraordinary scope of concert activities; he is also in high demand as a chamber musician. He works with famous orchestras and leading Czech singers, especially Magdalena Kožená, Roman Janál, or Soňa Červená, and he accompanies renowned instrumentalists the likes of Jiří Bárta or Radek Baborák. He is prised for interpretation of modern works from the twentieth century, such as those composed by Benjamin Britten, George Gershwin, Dmitri Shostakovich, Bohuslav Martinů, or Leonard Bernstein. He often premieres contemporary music.



George Gershwin (1898–1937):
Preludes for Piano
Allegro ben ritmato
Andante con moto
Tempo rubato
Slowly with feeling
Allegro ben ritmato 

Earl Wild (1915–2010) / George Gershwin: Seven Virtuoso Études ​

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue ​

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Friedrich Gulda (1930–2010):
Preludium a fuga ​

Nikolaj Kapustin (*1937): Concert Études op. 40



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