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Inspired by Martinů

London, 7 October 2015 -- Challenging the boundaries between contemporary and classical music, Inspired by Martinů unfolds on Wednesday 21 October 2015 at The Forge venue in London. Artists around the London-based NONCLASSICAL label, led by composer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev, will be joined onstage by leading piano virtuoso Lada Valešová, violin wunderkind Tereza Anna Přívratská and vibrant mezzo-soprano Lucie Špičková in a unique attempt to reimagine some of Martinů’s most influential chamber pieces in real time. Tickets are available via the venue's website.

Inspired by Martinů is the first of the series conceived by the Czech Centre London with the aim to reimagine works of the Czech classical music icons such as Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček or Bohuslav Martinů whose 125th birth anniversary is celebrated this year.

In line with the Inspired by Martinů spirit, Czech Centre London and Nonclassical also opened a call for submissions for a remix competition that invites music producers to reimagine, rework and turn upside down Martinů's Symphony No. 4. Chosen by an expert jury, the most successful remixes will be played at the Forge and the overall winner will be awarded a cash prize. Deadline is set to October 15th.

Bohuslav Martinů (1890 - 1959) is one of the icons of 20th century classical music whose works were premiered by the likes of Rafael Kubelík, Sergey Koussevitzky or Philadelphia Orchestra. The vast array of his works include six symphonies, sixteen operas, jazz ballets, and countless chamber pieces including one dedicated to his fellow Princeton colleague Albert Einstein.

Despite his music being well-accepted by the current classical music milieu, it is not so often performed as it once was during Martinů's lifetime.  Berlin Philharmonic's chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle once said that: „the most fantastic thing with Martinů is that it’s so hard to pin down,“ while Jiří Bělohlávek, former conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra praises Martinů as: „being irresistibly original, cosmopolitan and Czech in one stroke."


21 October 2015, 7.30pm, The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, London NW1 7NL


Lada Valešová, piano

Tereza-Anna Přívratská, violin

Lucie Špičková, mezzo-soprano

Gabriel Prokofiev and NONCLASSICAL DJs

Lada Valešová and Gabriel Prokofiev will be available for interviews

More information: www.inspiredbymartinu.co.uk, www.czechcentre.org.uk

Tickets: https://uk.patronbase.com/_Forge/Productions/RG/Performances

For further information please contact Alexandra Střelcová
E: alexandra@martinu.cz T: 07908 384 050



Founded by composer Gabriel Prokofiev in 2004, Nonclassical is a club-night and record label at the forefront of a radical new movement in classical music. Breaking out of the traditional concert hall, NONCLASSICAL combine live classical performances with DJ sets, working with the likes of Aisha Orazbayeva, Peter Gregson, Hot Chip or Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.


Often featured on BBC Radio 3 or Classic FM, Lada Valešová is a busy concert artist who has performed in Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square or the Lindbury Studio, ROH. She has collaborated with the Czech Philharmonic or the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and has received high recognition from pre-eminent personalities including Sir Charles Mackerras or Mstislav Rostropovich. Lada Valešová is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


Tereza Anna Přívratská has studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In addition to her solo career, she is the first violinist of the Jubilee Quartet. As a soloist, Tereza has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, France, United States as well as her native Czech Republic where she appeared in a duo performance with the legendary Josef Suk. With the Jubillee Quartet, Tereza has performed in the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, or Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.


Anglo-Czech mezzo-soprano Lucie Špičková is active on both the oratorio and operatic platforms in the UK and abroad. She made her critically-acclaimed Glyndebourne debut in The Cunning Little Vixen in 2012 followed by Der Rosenkavalier in the 2014. Other notable recent engagements include a performance of The Diary of One Who Disappeared with John Reid and Nicholas Mulroy at the King’s Place or a song recital at the Leamington Music Festival.


With the generous support of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation
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