Jewish Violin of the classical Repertoire

Jana Kubánková, Synagogue Jicin, May 2018

On 12th of May a concert of violinist Jana Kubánková and pianist Martin Hybler is held in synagogue Turnov. Concert is named “Jewish Violin of the classical Repertoire” and presents both Czech and foreign Jewish authors and their compositions which already set the place within classical violin repertoire. Audience will enjoy works by Ernst Bloch, Ervín Schulhoff and others.

official website of synagogue Turnov

Exhibition, Monography, Composition, by Michaela Maupicova

“Compositions” IV., 120x100cm, acrylic on canvas, 2017

On 7th of May, a private view to exhibition of one of the best Czech painters Michaela Maupicova is held at Colloredo-Mansfeldsky Palace in Prague. This extraordinary woman created mauch original artistic work including paintings, graphics and installations. Michaela passed away at the age of thirty-six, but she left an extraordinary, inspiration and interesting work behind… At the private view a presentation of new monographs of Michaela’s artistic work will be held. Also an original music production will be included – violinist Jana Kubánková and bassoon player Tomáš Františ will play “prepared improvisation” on Michaelaś paintings from the cycle “Compositions”. At the very end a premiere composition for violin and bassoon written by Martin Hybler called “Unfinished Tennis Gem” will be presented specially for this occasion. 

Official website of the exhibition

The work of this prematurely deceased artist will be presented an exhibition prepared by the team of her colleagues from Prague City Gallery and the curator Petr Vaňous. This “artist and painter, sometimes reaching out to the object, installation and new media, has developed her own distinctive artistic expression consisting of ‘abstracted storytelling’, which can be described as existential. Michaela Maupicová’s drawings represent a spontaneously multiplying, restless, all-absorbing ornament, sometimes disciplined into symmetrical systems, sometimes running and spilling randomly over and outside the format, or expanding directly into space. Here there is an order in randomness, an enlargement that in a model situation of the given unifying element and its multiplication allows us to see our analogous idea of what is happening outside and inside of us.“ 

quoted from the source GHMP

Martin Hybler at Prague Spring International Festival 2019

SOUND-TELESCOPE, op. 42, new composition for solo oboe was specially written by Martin Hybler as commisioned work for 71. Venue of Prague Spring International Competition 2019.

Sound-Telescope is a composition which offers classical oboe technique but even more motivates players to find new ways of expressivity and instrument potential. This piece is partly scenic. Within the composition performer changes the posture according to particular marks to express horizont or space observation. There is also cadenza included which is written as a graphic score with various graphic material offered for free creative preparation by performer. 

This composition have already studied fifty performers, only twelve of them will have a chance to present it during the second round of the competition on 11.5. 2019 in Lichtenstein Palace, Prague. Composition was published by Čro and publishing was supported by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.

Official websites of competition

Official website of Martin Hybler

Supporting the Youth

During the past few months we finished couple of projects supporting young people and children seriously interested in music and artistic work to help them grow their talents and fulfill their potential.

In December 2018 in our North-Czech region we organized and held traditional Concert for Christmas – a Christmas gift not just for the audience, but mostly for young talented musicians from our region. Symphonic orchestra consisting of professionals together with amateurs and kids, childs choir together with experienced adults, great professional oboe soloist Vilem Veverka together with young instrumentalists, these all were rehearsing months before with Martin Hybler as artistic coach and conductor and presented their work on stage during the concert for Christmas. The point of this project is to enrich experience of young people by work with professionals straight next to them. This work usually brings positive changes in life of young people, motivate them more to responsibility for their work, to make decisions about their future, strengthen the will in practicing, bring inspiration to their lives and show them positive personality examples. After this experience many of our children successfully pass exams to higher artistic education and conservatories or move to responsibility in their decision making on their future education.

In January 2019 a festive concert presentation of the new work by Martin Hybler for children and young pianists was presented. It is a set of arrangements of popular songs and melodies from evergreen fairy tales and movies on piano for four hands. The title was published by the Czech Radio Publishing and the concert was also broadcasted and streamed. At the concert, schoolmates, but also grandmother with granddaughter played together, one song was also presented by Czech eminent pianist Ivo Kahanek together with headmaster of The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra David Mareček. The title became very popular straight. From this concert till now many songs was played at events and competitions. Titles on the piano for four hands by Martin Hybler brings many kinds and young people together just to play and enjoy music as different and enriching way of communication together but also helps cultivate the skills for teamwork, chamber music playing, rhythm and empathy. You can find more of instructive work by Martin Hybler here.

In February 2019 we joined international competition for young singers Sanremo Junior to support finalists in their couple-month preparation for final round performance with symphonic orchestra. Martin Hybler showed as a conductor of the project and Jana Kubankova as art coach teaching young finalists how to eliminate stress and stage fright and work on their expressivity and musical feeling. No matter if these young talents continues with music or not, all the experience they reached will help them at any area they choose for their future life.

Recent multi-art events

What we managed during the past fall? We joined with other artistic disciplines and created couple of nice multi – art events together.

On 3rd of December Jana Kubankova performed solo composition Tabula Rasa by Arvo Part, accompanied by the Berg Orchestra. Composition was presented together with beautiful contemporary dance choreography by Mirka Eliasova. This unique event was held at the national Gallery in Prague. More about event here.

On 28th of November a commemoration evening on Max Brod and his literary work was held at the Portheimka gallery in Prague. Max Brod was not just an eminent writer of his time but also a great supporter of Franz Kafka work and translator of Leos Janacek operas. During this evening, Jana Kubankova and Martin Hybler presented works by Leos Janacek. More about the event here.

On 20th of September very special fine art view called Ecstasy of St. Francis of Assisi was held in Turnov. This view presented two artists – J. J. Hertl (18th century) and P. Roučka(21st century), two views on one personality and life of iconic Francis, traditional and contemporary. Jana Kubankova also provided two genres of music on her violin and presented works from both 18th century and contemporary period on a close thematic background to show sound work distinction between these two times such as the paintings presented.

Contemporary Fall with the Berg Orchestra

Jana Kubankova, dress rehearsal with Berg Orchestra

Another contemporary fall of the Berg Orchestra – eminent Czech contemporary music group, was realized with Jana Kubankova as a concertmaster. This fall the audience could listen to works of such composers as for example J. Harvey, M. Andre, H. Goebbels or G. Grisey.

The last concert of this year will be held in Prague Trade Fair Palace. On a programme there will be well known popular contemporary composition by Arvo Part Tabula Rasa, with Jana Kubankova as a soloist and beautiful contemporary dance choreography within the piece.

official invitation to the last Berg Orchestra concert of the year

a television review, Berg Orchestra opening the new multifunctional concert hall in Prague

For Freedom and Democracy

To today´s Day of Fight for Freedom and Democracy, we attach a composition by Martin Hybler with additional scetches by Jana Kubankova – “Oligarch, the Globalizer”.

“Oligarch, the Globalizer” is utopian-“orwell” composition about  what would have happenned if such a person entered a political scene – a person being born from dirty money and political populism,  a person who buys popularity by promises and emotional quotes, person, who works for personal interests in politics instead of representing the needs of people. This visionary composition was premiered in 2006 and unfortunately it is still up to date in The Czech Republic, because our political scene is occupied but such a person…

A politics of personal interests wins. The goal of the politics of such representatives is not a citizen or state, but contrary the citizen and the state becomes the tool of these representatives to reach their own prosperity. Is this still democracy?…


Hunderd Years of Czech Independence

Jana Kubánková at the T. G. Masaryk Statue in front of Czech Embassy in Washington

On 28th of October 2018 our country celebrated a hunderd year anniversary of independence. During this time our country was really independent only for about half time of existence. The latter periods were boud with obedience to other authocratic states and doctrines during the Second World War and Communistic Era.

As a gift to this anniversary Jana Kubankova prepared special project of life performance based only on solo violin compositions written by Czech composers creating their music during this hunderd-year-era. This programme was presented by Jana this summer at solo recitals for The Czech Embassy and for The Victims of Communism Foundation in Washington DC, USA, the city, where Czechoslovakia independence was declared. 

During the concerts Jana provided life commentaries on problematic time period and politics, about composers lifes and the works played to get the audience closer to the context of this period of time. All the music did not explain but rather expressed the state of affairs and athmosphere in our country during those times.

On this occasion Martin Hybler wrote a premiere work for solo violin, “Lonely Self”, a composition dealing with the fact that freedom is inner state of human being – inner dissaproval of any obbedience to doctrine attacking human dignity; and therefore while being free, we are lonely in our self.
Authors on the programme were Ervin Schulhoff, Jaroslav Ježek, Karel Sklenička and Klement Slavický.

Wasington DC. Recital, Czech Embassy

Washington DC. Recital, Review

Washington DC., recital for The Victims of Communism Foundation