On behalf of an personal invitation by Maestro Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ondřej opened the Anime Mundi International Festival in Pisa by performance of Saint Ludmila oratorio by Antonín Dvořák!!! In January 2017 he will debut in Tokio with the New Japan Philharmonic!!!     

Biography


 

Actual : The inscenation of The Rape of Lucrezia by Benjamin Britten under direction of Ondřej Vrabec in the National Theatre Moravian-Silesian received great acclaim of the critic!!! Ondřej also debuted with great success with the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokio!!!

 

HERE you can watch a documentary movie about recording Andrew Downes complete symphonic recording made by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under baton of Ondřej Vrabec. 

 

Highlighted activities of Ondřej Vrabec in close - past (among concerts of the Czech Philharmonic):

 

 

Duben 2017 - Ondřej led a masterclass-rehearsal for the fine Sydney Youth Orchestra as a part of the program of their study trip accross Europe. 

 

February 2017 - A highly acclaimed inscenation of the Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten was premiered under the direction of Ondřej Vrabec and Jiří Nekvasil in the National Theatre Moravian-Silesian. 

 

 January 2017 - Ondřej debuted with great success by the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokio. 

 

Dezember 2016 - Ondřej led the festive concert of the Czech Blind United Organisation at the Prague Castle. In cooperation with the Czech Virtuosi chamber orchestra and soloist Jan Adamec, the tuba concerto by Otomar Kvěch was performed in world premiere.

 

November 2016 - Ondřej successfuly replaced Maestro Jiří Bělohlávek in the concerts of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Katia Buniatishvili. He also led the special concert of the Czzech Philharmonic for families.

 

September 2016 - Ondřej performed the colosal oratorio Saint Ludmila by Dvořák 3 times, with Prague Philharmonic Choir and two different orchestras. First he opened the most important italian festival of sacral music Anima Mundi in Pisa Duomo with the Brno Philharmonic (on behalf of an invitation from the artistic director Sir John Eliot Gardiner), later that month he launched the concert season in the Hradec Králové Philharmonic and finaly he concluded the Saint Wenceslaus Music Festival in Ostrava in cooperation with the Brno Philharmonic again. Together with his music guests he also performed a series of charity concerts in the festival "Musica Apostolorum" which goal is to collect funds for restoration of the precious organ in Postoloprty city. Together with the PhilHarmonia Octet he recorded the Divertimento by Zdeněk Šesták for the Czech Radio.

 

June 2016 - Ondřej led 3 concerts of the popular educational series with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and actor Jan Budař. He also conducted family concert with the Chamber orchestra of the members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestral Academy. He performed world premiere of the opera "Protracted Sinuous Movement of a Longitudinal Object" by Petr Cígler in the New Opera Days Ostrava festival (NODO). 

 

May 2016 - Premieres of the Midsummer Night Dream (balet version on music by F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy) in the National Theatre Moravian-Silesian, directed by Ondřej Vrabec and world famous choreographer Yuri Vámos.

 

 

 

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It was said, it was written...


"He is an exceptional talent. It is a rare to hear such young person play so securely. And so musically! Great concentration! I was very impressed..."

Vladimir Ashkenazy (audition for the solohorn position of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, 1998)

 

"Extraordinarily powerful and expressive conducting..."

Benjamin Zander, chiefconductor of the Boston Philharmonic
(London Masterclasses)

 

"Ondřej Vrabec maneuvres throughout especially the soft high register passages with ease, grace and command. Even though his full forte playing is quite well done, it is his delicate and controlled underplaying which is truly remarkable accross the disc."

John Dressler, The Horn Call

 

"..what he performs in cooperation with the violinist in the subtle modal melodics at the beginning of the 2nd movement of Sonata by Andrew Downes is a small timbre miracle!"

Miloš Pokora, Hudební rozhledy

 

 

Curiculum Vitae

 

In spite of his age, the conductor and horn player Ondřej Vrabec (1979) is one of the most seasoned Czech artists. Though the majority of his recent musical activities is represented by conducting, he benefits from his rich artistic experience derived from  intensive concert career of soloist, chamber and orchestra player dated long before the threshold of his adulthood. In mere 17 years, he sat down for the first time on the first chair of horn section of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and two years later, he was definitely appointed a solo horn player of this orchestra. He is a graduate of Prague Conservatoire (horn – prof. B. Tylšar, conducting – prof. V. Válek, H. Farkač, M. Němcová, M. Košler) and of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (conducting - prof. R. Eliška, J. Bělohlávek, F. Vajnar and others). He has complemented his studies with frequent master courses (such as London Masterclasses, Hornclass, French Academy in Telč etc.), the most precious impulse for forming his artistic approach was the cooperation with the elite of world wind instrument school (Sergio Azzolini, Maurice Bourgue) and artistic support from some of the very top conductors of today (Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jiří Bělohlávek, Benjamin Zander and other). He holds the title of the absolute winner of the competition of conservatories in Ostrava, he has gained several other laureaute titles as a chamber player (Concertino Praga, the competition of the Mozart Society etc.) In 2007, he ranked the 4th place in the Prague Spring International Conducting Competition, he gained a honorary mention of the jury and other two special awards for the most successful Czech candidate. In 2015 he was finalist of the Tokio International Conducting Competition and gained Honorary Mention. As a solo player he has performed with tens of Czech and foreign orchestras (among others Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Chamber Orchestra, Sólistes Européenes Luxembourg, NCPA Orchestra Beijing, Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra, State Philharmonic Košice, Rzeszow Philharmonic, Lviv Philharmonic) under the baton of world famous conductors like Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ian Volkov, Lü Jia etc., he also often presented himself to audience with solo recitals. He has always been very active on the field of chamber music (especially with the Brahms Trio Prague and the PhilHarmonia Octet, formerly with the Maurice Bourgue Ensemble, the Juventus Quintet, the Czech Philharmonic Horn Club etc.). He created an extensive sound recording library for Czech Radio and several gramophone titles. The profile CD of Brahms Trio Prague, realized in a unique manner in his own music and sound directing, has gained great responses of critics both at home and abroad. The reviewer of the prestigious American magazine Fanfare termed it probably the best world recording of Trio Es Dur, op. 40 by J. Brahms being realized so far. Ondřej Vrabec has inspired, both in direct and indirect ways, the emergence of many contemporary compositions for various instrumental casts in combination with horn. Most of them are dedicated to him and were usually performed or recorded by him in a world premiere. Also his pedagogic activity has been gaining more and more respect – he leads master courses (Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Czech Republic) and he regularly cooperates with the Japanese educational society And Vision Inc. Tokio. Students from various parts of the world have been coming to his private lessons to the Prague Rudolfinum.

As a conductor, Ondřej Vrabec regularly cooperates with the majority of Czech professional orchestras including the very top Czech Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonia. He has held the title of Assistant Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra which granted him high number of valuable conducting opportunities within past seasons. He also conducted some foreign ensembles (Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic), Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, State Philharmonic Košice - Slovakia, Galeria Wind Orchestra Tokio, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Denmark National Symphony Orchestra, State Philharmonic Oradea, Lviv Virtuosi etc). He presented himself at some international festivals (Prague Spring, Anima Mundi, Mitte Europa, Český Krumlov). He is a permanent member of the team of conductors of Ostrava Days International New Music Festival, one of the biggest contemporary music events around the globe. His opera experiences include world premiere of operas "Lists of Infinity" by Martin Smolka, "Protracted Sinuous Movement of a Longitudinal Object" by Petr Cígler, "Encounter" by Mojiao Wang, highly acclaimed inscenation of The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten and also two complete productions of Figaro's Wedding by W. A. Mozart. In 2011 he conducted the first-ever tour of the Prague Philharmonia to South Korea, in 2012 he led the same ensemble on its premiere tour to China. In cooperation with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra he has recorded 3 CDs so far, which includes complete symphonic work by brittish composer Andrew Downes (Artesmon/Czech Philharmonic label), Planets by Gustav Holst or Symphony No. 2 by Arthur Honegger (Octavia Records, Japan). He also leads rehearsals of this orchestra on behalf of world famous maestros such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Semjon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Jiří Bělohlávek. Together with the Czech Philharmonic Collegium, he recorded another two gramophone titles – the DVD „Transformations“ (published by Universal Music, announced as the disc of the year) and the CD of concertos for violin and viola (with Gabriela Demeterová, published by Supraphon).