BORIS KRAJNY Recital
The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences of Alberta (SVU) The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies
from Prague, Czech Republic in concert commemorating
THE CZECH NATIONAL DAY
OCTOBER 29, 2013 Muttart Hall, Alberta College, Edmonton Classical piano recital, Muttart Hall, 7.30 PM. The tickets are 25 $ regular, 20 $ seniors (for SVU and CSSK members discounted by 5$, thus 20 $ regular, 15 $ seniors), and 10 $ for students (no further discount); discounts applicable ONLY if ordered by email at
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PROGRAM Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) Piano transcriptions Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, Organ Chorale Prelude BWV 731, arr. Rommel Arioso from Harpsichord Concerto BWV 1056, arr. Boris Krajny Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata BWV 147, arr. Myra Hess Erbarme dich from St Matthew Passion BWV 244, arr. Boris Krajny
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Piano Sonata No 21 in C Major, Op 53, Waldstein Allegro con brio Introduzione: Adagio molto - attacca Rondo. Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo
Intermission (20 minutes)
Josef Suk (1874 – 1935) Six Piano Pieces Op. 7 No. 1, Love Song
The Spring Suite Op. 22a The Desire
Bedrich Smetana (1824 – 1884) Louisa's Polka in E flat major (1840) Czech Dances, Volume 1 No. 3, Polka in F major (1877) Dahlia (Jirinkova) Polka in D major (1840) Concert Etude in C major, Op.17 "On the Seashore” (1861)
Klement Slavicky (1910 – 1999) Three Compositions for Piano (1946) Burlesca: Molto vivo Intermezzo: Andantino Toccata: Molto vivo
Boris Krajny… …one of the most distinguished Czech pianists, was born in Moravian city Kromeriz in 1945, the city known for its castle where the movie Amadeus was filmed. Before finishing the Conservatory of Music in his native town, the best Czech pedagogue pianist, Frantisek Maxian, has chosen him as his private student. After graduation at Prague Academy of Music, he continued to study with another outstanding Czech pianist, Ivan Moravec.
B. Krajny was the youngest pianist at the Marguerite Long piano competition in Paris in 1962. He was a prize winner at Leeds, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and Sydney piano competitions. At the Citta di Senigallia competition in Italy in 1977, he was awarded the first prize. This success opened the way for him in Japan, Malaysia, Australia, South Africa and South America. At some of these tours he performed with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with the NHK Orchestra Tokyo.
On the North American continent, he performed with New Jersey, Milwaukee, Toronto and Edmonton Symphony orchestras, with Mostly Mozart Festival orchestra and others. Also as a soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic he played in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington and other US cities. In Canada he appeared repeatedly in many centers including Montreal, Quebec City, Joliette, Toronto, Kitchener, Guelph, Hamilton, Edmonton, Calgary, Sault St.Marie, Oakvile and others. He performed at festivals in Berlin, Salzburg, Prague, Baalbeck, Constanz, Besancon (an all Janacek concert) and others.
His cooperation with the Prague Chamber Orchestra resulted in a prize winning recording of Poulenc, Rousell and Honneger concertos. French Academy of Music Charles Cross selected this recording for the Grand Prix du Disque in 1982. Mr. Krajny recorded complete works of Maurice Ravel; solo piano works as well as the concertos with Prague Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek. His other recordings include Prokofjev, Mozart and Bartok piano concertos and numerous chamber music pieces ( Honneger, Janacek, Chopin, Bach, Suk, etc). In the current season he gave recitals in Germany (Neukirchen), Czech Republic and Poland. His present tour takes him to Edmonton, Canmore, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
B.Krajny resides in Prague where he is a professor of performance piano at his Alma Mater, Prague's Academy of Music (HAMU).