Also this year we can look forward to the Viva Musica! 2020. Classical music festival Viva Musica has been an integral part of the summer in Bratislava for sixteen years and, although, in a modified mode, this year will also bring its visitors exclusive musical experiences. With the motto “World-Slovak Viva”, it will offer at least ten concerts at six magical places in the center of Bratislava throughout August.
The opening concert of the 16th year of the festival (August 1, 2020, Courtyard of the Old Town Hall) will bring a premiere connection of excellent Slovak artists who have been living and working abroad for several years. Violinist Dalibor Karvay and double bassist Roman Patkoló will present, together with pianist Daniel Buranovský, virtuoso works of world music literature, including the famous Four Seasons in Buenos Aires by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzoll in arrangements for violin, double bass and piano. “I am very happy to be able to perform with Dalibor Karvay and Daniel Buranovský at the Viva Musica! Festival. This prestigious festival will be the sun for Slovakia after the difficult times of the corona crisis, “said Roman Patkoló, who will perform at the festival for the first time.
The festival will continue with another significant talent who will return to Slovakia in the summer from abroad, specifically from Paris, where he lives and works. Clarinetist Martin Adámek, despite his young age, is one of the world’s top performers. He is a laureate of several international competitions and a member of the prestigious contemporary music ensemble Ensemble intercontemporain, which performed at the festival in 2018. At the concert on August 4, 2020 in the garden of the legendary Albrecht House on Kapitulská Street, he will be joined by pianist Alena Hučková and cellist Andrej Gál.
In addition to Martin Adámek, two other artists will perform in the garden of the Albrecht House, connecting music with various other performative or visual elements. On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, the opera singer, director, set designer and conceptual artist Peter Mazalán will present himself, focusing mainly on authorial intermedia projects connecting classical song literature with contemporary theatrical and performative techniques. His latest project Winterreise is based on a song cycle by Franz Schubert and is also a contribution to the discussion on the topic of autism. He will perform it at the concert in collaboration with pianist Peter Pažický and actresses Jana Oľhová and Annamaria Janeková.
The combination of music and visual art will be brought to the festival by Dalibor Kocián aka Stroon, who always adapts his concerts to the place, time and spectators. “I’m really looking forward to the concert, also because of the environment and the concept we came up with. It will be a great audiovisual experience. I will play a cross-section of my work, which means acoustic compositions, older electroacoustic compositions, solar preludes and, of course, songs from the new album, which I’m probably looking forward to the most, “said Stroon. The site-specific concert in the garden of the House of Albrecht is scheduled for August 18, 2020 and will be performed in collaboration with visual expert Jakub Pišek (VJ Kubriel).
The five so far published festival concerts will be complemented by the violinist Milan Paľa, an unmissable phenomenon on the music scene, whose professional public rightly ranks among the elite of world performers of the young generation. Together with pianist Ladislav Fančovič, they will present works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Yevgeny Iršai and Mieczysław Weinberg as part of a concert on 25 August 2020 in the Mirror Hall of the Primate’s Palace.
1.8. Courtyard of the Old Town Hall – Karvay, Patkoló, Buranovský
4.8 The garden of the Albrecht family – Martin Adámek: Recital
8.11 Garden of the Albrecht House – Peter Mazalán: Winter Road
8.18 The garden of the Albrecht family – Stroon & VJ Kubriel
25.8. Mirror Hall of the Primate’s Palace – Paľa, Fančovič
27.8., Stará tržnica – Ľubica Čekovská: Portrait
8.28 Courtyard of the Old Town Hall – Juraj Bartoš: Classics & Jazz
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020 to Friday, August 28, 2020
Admission: 20 – 25 Eur
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