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Friday, October 31, 2014

Recognition in The American Prize conducting competition

I am happy to see that our work in Hradec Kralove is being recognized even in America.  In October of 2014, I was awarded Honorary Mention as one of the top 4 conductors in the category professional orchestra of The American Prize conducting competition.

This competition is based solely on video recordings, and the performances of mine which were judged were all from my recent educational concerts with the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic.  These videos may all be seen on youtube:
Stravinsky - The Firebird Suite
Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition

Our educational concerts continue in Hradec Kralove with a performance of all music by Leos Janacek on Wednesday, November 26.  The program features works of Janacek spanning over 35 years:

- Lachian Dances (1891)
- Jealousy Overture (1895)
- Taras Bulba (1918)
- Sinfonietta (1926)
- Glagolitic Mass, Uvod & Intrada (1927) 

and here is a link to that info in Czech:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Conductor's Gestures - Hidden Characters

It was a wonderful surprise to discover that a team of Hungarian graphic designers had analysed my conducting gestures from my youtube video of the Bach/Stokowski Toccata & Fugue, and they even created a graphic realization of those gestures! 

Daniel Nagy of Hidden Characters said: "This work was made for a graphic competition called 'music to my eyes' (organized by the Society of Hungarian graphic designers). I concentrated on the name of the competition, and I found out that to visualize the gestures of a conductor would be a very adequate way to make some kind of a visible picture of music."

Here is a link to their work. Daniel Nagy and Peter Orban of Hidden Characters: