Janáček Philharmonic is a world-class symphony orchestra based in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Comprising around a hundred first-rate musicians it is known for the unique softness of its strings and tight brass ensemble. Mr Heiko Mathias Förster has held the position of Artistic Director since 2014.
Recent highlights include concerts with opera stars Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann, tours to Warsaw Autumn Festival, Arts Centre Seoul, Konzerthaus Wien, Tonhalle Zürich, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris
and appearances with guest conductors & soloists such as Antoni Wit, Mikhail Jurowski, Jakub Hrůša, Jean-
Efflam Bavouzet, Reinhold Friedrich, Olga Kern, Johannes Moser and Kirill Gerstein.
Mr Heiko Mathias Förster, the former chief conductor of orchestras in Brandenburg, München and Recklinghausen (Neue Philharmonie Westfalen) has also enjoyed guest invitations at several orchestras, including Moscow Philharmonic, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian State Orchestra, Orchestre Colonne Paris, and Berlin Radio Orchestra, and is regularly invited to Prague for opera and symphony performances. ‘Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava has enormous musical potential, and I believe that together, we can reach the heights.‘ he said during his inauguration in 2014.
‘An amazing performance with inner understanding and beautiful lightness for nuances.’
Steve Smith, The New York Times
‘…a razor-sharp performance by the hometown orchestra, the Janáček Philharmonic.’
Frank Kuznik, bachtrack.com
‘…especially the string group, which was during the way sounding brilliant, and a great cello soloist, a good brass group and
welldone harp work.’
Henning Høholt, Kulturkompasset
‘The advantages of Janacek Philharmonic based in the top-level interpretation of many of the orchestra members were
pointed out in brilliant final gradation of the suite.’
Milan Bátor, operaplus.cz
More info: www.jfo.cz