Ondřej Vrabec became teacher of horn at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague!!! He will conduct two performances at the Leoš Janáček Music Marathon in October!!! A brand new CD of Benda Chamber Orchestra will be baptised on 16th of October. It contains virtuoso concerto for 2 horns by F. X. Pokorný recorded by Ondřej Vrabec and Hana Sapáková!!!    

Brahms Trio Prague


It was said, it was written...


The ensemble performs as one player with three different timbres.

...three rising stars of the concert hall. Keep an eye on them – I see a bright future ahead for the Brahms Trio Prague.

Mr. John Dressler, The Horn Call


All of the performances here are definite Want List candidates, and the Brahms equals the best I know...

Mr. Steven E. Ritter, Fanfare Magazine


The Brahms Trio Prague hoisted me up by the seat of my pants and demanded that I give highest honors to their new recording of their namesake Trio, as good as any on the market and maybe better. When you add two ear-opening pieces like the Downes and Herzogenberg pieces as well - true stunners both - this release becomes something of a mandatory issue.

Mr. Steven E. Ritter´s Want List (5 best recordings of year 2008), Fanfare Magazine


I have to emphasize again that the perfection of the ensemble Brahms Trio Prague cannot be doubted...

Mr. Juan Krakenberger, Mundo Clasico


...this is an immensely remarkable project, even a recording that deserves an international gramophone award.

Some passages are from the level of dreams...

The Trio's "namesake work" emerges marvellously in every aspect. I know of no better recording!

Mr. Luboš Stehlík, Harmonie



About the ensemble :


The Brahms Trio Prague was founded by three leading instrumentalists of the young generation in 2005 with a clear vision – to elevate collaboration of a chamber ensemble with an unusual setup of instruments above the level of incidental music - making. The only thing in which the Brahms Trio Prague differs from string quartets and other such ensembles with lasting and systematic operation is the ever - present necessity to shift the limits of its repertoire. In addition to original compositions headed by the famous Opus No. 40 by Johannes Brahms, its concerts feature transcriptions of similar trios and pieces for individual instruments accompanied by piano or solo voice. This practice provides the dramaturgy of this ensemble with an unexpected width. The Brahms Trio Prague also invites contemporary composers to write new pieces - already seven original works, dedicated to the ensemble, has been created until today. The profile CD, recorded unique way in 2007, gained superb reviews in both Czech and foreign newspapers. Editor of the prestigious Fanfare magazine (USA), Mr. Steve E. Ritter placed the disc of the file on his Want List – selection of 5 best records of 2008. Beside the stages in Czech republic, the ensemble presented itself also in Germany and Ukraine.




Members of the ensemble:


Ondřej Vrabec, horn


XeniaXenia Dohnalová, violin

She was born in St. Petersburg in 1975 into a family of musicians and started playing the violin at the age of five. After graduated the special music school she continued at the Rimsky - Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg (prof. A. Resnikovski). With the support of grants of the Corporation of London and Myra Hess Trust Fund, she studied at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama in London during 1996 - 1998 (prof. Yfrah Neaman). Than she studied at the Academy of Music in Prague in 1998 (prof. Ivan Štraus). She took part in several master courses (E. Friedman, V. Liebermann, P. Zukermann, in PMO festival in Sapporo - Japan and at the Sandor Végh Music Academy in Dobříš - Czech rep., etc…) and  competitions (The Young Virtuosos in St. Petersbug 1986 - 3rd prize, International Music Competition ACT London 1997 - 2nd prize, winner of the Birdie Warsaw Prize, London 1997, and laureate of the International Violin Competition “Beethovenův Hradec” 1998, Czech republic). She has performed concerts in many european countries, Japan and the USA. Xenia is very active as chamber player too. She is a member of the piano trio “Concertante”. With this ensemble she became semifinalist of the International chamber Music Competition in Trondheim - Norway in 2000. She is a member of Prague Chamber Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.


DanDaniel Wiesner, piano

Daniel Wiesner (1969) is a graduate of Prague Conservatoire in the class of prof. Valentina Kameníková and of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class  of prof. Peter Toperczer. In 1988 and 1990 he attended master courses given by Rudolf Kehrer in Weimar. He is a winner of the International Piano Competition in Glasgow (1990) and he was also awarded a prize in the „Vianna da Motta“ competition in Lisbon (1991), among other prizes he gained during his studies. As a soloist and very respected chamber player he gave concerts in most European countries and also in USA, Jordan and Tunisia. He cooperates regularly with the finest Czech orchestras including the Czech Philharmonic. Since 1994 he is a member of the chamber ensemble „In modo camerale“, that was awarded the Prize of the Czech Association for Chamber Music in 1996. In the same year they participated in the final round of the Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan. Wiesner gave numerous premiere performances of contemporary pieces, many of them he recorded on CD as well. His solo discography includes among other works by B. Smetana, S. Prokofjev, L. Janáček, K. B. Jirák and M. Kabeláč. He records regularly for the Czech radio. Since 2008 he is a teacher at the conservatoire in Pardubice. In 2009 he was awarded special prize by the Czech Music Council for extraordinary performance and representation of the Czech modern music.


The programme tips of Brahms Trio Prague:


"Through Vienna Across Time"

L. v. Beethoven : Sonata in F major op. 17 for horn and piano

W. A. Mozart : Sonata in B flat major KV 378 for violin and piano

J. Brahms : Trio in E flat major op. 40


" An epigone, or unappreciated master? "

H. v. Herzogenberg : Trio in D major

J. Brahms : Trio in E flat major op.40


"Music Innovators"

L. Janáček : Sonata "1. X. 1905" for piano

P. Hindemith : Sonata 1943 for horn and piano

R. Strauss : Sonata in E flat major for violin and piano

G. Ligetti : Trio


"Czech Modern Music"

L. Sluka : Sonata for violin and piano

M. Kabeláč : 8 Preludes (selection) for piano

E. Hlobil : Sonata for horn and piano

L. Vlach : Three Marian Plancts


"From Beginnings to Synthesis" (the music of romantism)

L. v. Beethoven : Sonata quasi una fantasia „Mondscheinsonate“ for piano

C. Saint - Saens : Etude in the form of valse (E.Ysaye) for violin and piano

E. Chausson : Poéme op. 25 for violin and piano

C. Reinecke : Trio

J. Brahms : Trio in E flat major op. 40