Jul 5, 7:30 PM
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church of Portland
909 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR
Petr Jiříkovský, piano
Jaroslav Matějka, violoncello
Pavel Šafařík, violin
Beethoven: Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 121A “Kakadu variations”
Martinů: Piano Trio No. 3 in C Major*
Dvorak: Trio in F Minor, Op. 65
Trio Martinu – Chamber Music Concert
Prague's top piano trio opens its OMF residency with a slate of notable works that include a rarely heard composition by their compatriot Bohuslav Martinů, and Dvorak's monumental Trio in F Minor.
Trio Martinů was formed at the Prague Conservatoire in 1990. Its current line-up – Jaroslav Matějka on cello, Pavel Šafařík on violin, and Petr Jiříkovský on piano – has remained unchanged since 1993.
Under Professor Antonín Kohout (a member of the Smetana Quartet) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the ensemble developed and embarked on a trajectory paved with success and awards. These have included being semi-finalists in the international competition at Trapani, Italy, and third place in the international contest of chamber ensembles at Heerlen, Netherlands, in 1992, which was followed by winning this competition three years later, in 1995.
n October 2017 Trio Martinu performed in Toronto, Canada, for the first time, and in July 2018 they were invited to the Portland Summer Festival, where they will have a week of residency and give a recital introducing the Czech chamber pieces, and then they will perform the Beethoven’s Triple Concerto again with the Portland Festival Orchestra.
For the 2018–19 season, they will concentrate on rehearsing several new programs for their American tours, where they plan to fly again in Autumn 2018 and spring/summer 2019.
All the three members are outstanding soloists and record regularly for the Czech Radio. Pavel Safarik and Jaroslav Matejka have been engaged in the Prague Symphony Orchestra as assistant leaders for many years, and Petr Jirikovsky, except his solo performances, teaches piano at the Prague Conservatoire.