Czech Dreams 2024
Pavel Šporcl / violin
Pavel Šporcl has been reaping triumphs with audiences in major music venues worldwide, thanks to his formidable art combined with unorthodox platform presence. He is a regular guest of television and radio studios, making appearances in virtually all media. His recordings have invariably shot up to top-selling positions. The “Žlutomodré CD” (Yellow Blue CD, Supraphon 2002) has received a Supraphon Gold and Platinum Record, while his live recording of A. Dvořák’s and P. I. Tchaikovsky’s violin concertos with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Supraphon 2003) and the album Paganini (Supraphon 2004) have also gone gold and platinum.
In 2003 Pavel Šporcl recorded his first CD for the prestigious company Universal Music Japan. On that occasion he likewise made a programme for Japan’s national Asahi TV station. In 2005 he recorded a CD containing Antonín Dvořák’s compositions for violin and piano, “A. Dvořák Violin Works” (Supraphon 2005), which one of the world’s most prestigious music magazines, The Strad, made its “CD of June 2006”. His up to the previous CD Dvořák/Suk. Violin Works, received the accolade “Gramophone recommends” in the renowned magazine Gramophone and became Supraphon’s bestselling classical music title of 2006. He has also received a Supraphon Platinum Record for his recording of Antonín Dvořák’s collected works for violin and piano. In 2007 he released “Šporcl / Vivaldi Four Seasons”, which soon became a best-selling classical music CD and Supraphon Gold Record. Highly acclaimed by the critics and public alike was the subsequent recording Šporcl made with the Slovak cimbalom band Romano Stilo. As the album’s title, Gipsy Way (Supraphon 2008), indicates, this time the violinist crossed the borders of classical music in terms of both style and repertoire. His last recording (2009) contains Concertos of E. W. Korngold and R. Strauss and has received many great reviews.
He first took up violin at the age of five, subsequently to study it at the Prague Conservatory and Academy of Music (with Václav Snítil). From 1991–1996 he pursued his studies in the U.S.A., under the tutelage of outstanding teachers including Eduard Schmieder, Itzhak Perlman and Dorothy DeLay. Pavel Šporcl is the holder of various prizes and distinctions; he has to his credit an impressive discography, has appeared on concert platforms around the world, and has been working continually with a rich gallery of Czech as well as international orchestras. He is the sole young Czech violinist listed in the book by the world-renowned critic and music historian Henry Roth, Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to the 21st Century.
Pavel Šporcl’s extensive repertoire comprises 45 violin concertos, and countless sonatas, chamber and virtuoso compositions. His performances are warmly acclaimed by the general public and critics alike. In the press reviews of the inaugural concert of the Czech Philharmonic’s 2001/2002 season at Prague’s Rudolfinum (Dvořák’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor) under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, which was recorded and broadcast by both Czech Television and Czech Radio, critics lauded Pavel Šporcl as “a talent that is born once in a century…“ . In recent years Šporcl has begun to appear with major orchestras (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra de France, Orchestre de Paris, Suisse de Romande, Sinfonia Varsovia, Slowenische Philharmony , Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, New World Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmony, Staatkapelle Weimar, Hungarian Radio Orchestra), conductors (V. Ashkenazy, L. Pešek, V. Fedoseyev, A. Nelsons, Y. P. Tortelier, J. Bělohlávek, I. Volkov, J. Kout, G. Pehlivanian, J. J. Kantorow, I. Volkov, P. Altrichter, S. Baudo, M. Swierczewski) and also at prestigious festivals such as Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein festival, Prague Spring, International Fetival of Colmar, La Folle Journée Nantes, Radio France Montpellier… In the summer of 2004 he debuted with tremendous success at one of the most significant international festivals in Salzburg (Salzburger Festspiele). He has cooperated with great collegues such as S. Mintz, N. Lugansky, G. Lipkind.
Pavel Šporcl strives to bring the message of classical music to the broadest circle of listeners, and above all to the young audiences. He likes to go beyond the classical music scene and cooperates with many non classical music artists. He frequently performs in “instructive” concerts targeting secondary and higher education students, turning these projects into exceptionally popular occasions.