A Joint Century

Por Reny Martínez

Dúo-de-cámara-Ceskoslovenske-Komorní en la S.M.I. Catedral de La Habana
Dúo-de-cámara-Ceskoslovenske-Komorní en la S.M.I. Catedral de La Habana
Chamber duo Ceskoslovenske-Komorní in the S.M.I. Havana Cathedral

For the first time in Cuba, chamber duo Ceskoslovenske Komorní (declared the resident group of diplomatic missions abroad of the Czech Republic and Slovakia for 2018), on the occasion of the celebrations for the Centennial of the Czechoslovak State performed an impressive selection of the most renowned Czech and Slovak composers.

For the occasion, no better and more illustrious space of the Cuban capital than the majestic architecture – and solemnity of its interior naves – than the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Havana on the night of September 19, which was overflowed by a large audience, which included representatives of other honorable embassies based on the island.

The presentation of the event and the respective ambassadors was carried out by Dr. Gustavo Andújar, director of the magazine Espacio Laical and the Centro Cultural Padre Félix Varela. Next, H.E. Mr. Vladimir Eisenbruk, for the Czech Republic and H.E. Mr. Román Hosták, for Slovakia, evoked the ephemeris with the reading of two two messages

This remarkable cameral duo was founded in 2004 by Czech violinist Pavel Burdyh and Slovak pianist Zuzana Beresová. Both artists completed their respective Masters in Performance at the Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. Subsequently, they were regular guests at festivals in Germany, Austria and their home countries, as well as at concerts they offer in capitals around the world, such as Rome, Paris, Lisbon, Beijing, Athens, Vienna, Budapest, among others.

In 2012, the Czech record label distributed its first compact disc with compositions by Czech and Slovak authors such as Antonín Dvorák, Peter Machajdíck and Mikulás Schneider-Trnavsk. Some of the recorded tracks were included in the Havana program, as well as Smetana, Martinu, Janácek and Suk.

The recital concluded with the composition “1-9-1-8”, composed by Peter Machajdík for the duo Ceskoslovenské, on the occasion of the centenary of the Czechoslovak State.

Subsequently, the hosts invited the public to the inauguration of the photographic exhibition “Czechoslovak National Independence of 1918!” mounted on the walls of the galleries of the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Center, former seminary San Carlos and San Ambrosio.

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