Monday 3 April 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Terezie Fialová is a world-class pianist who also excelled as a violinist until the age of 20; she is the only Czech pianist to have participated in the prestigious masterclasses at Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. Her debut at the international Newport Music Festival in the US was lauded by critics as an “absolutely amazing performance that promises a brilliant artistic career”. Her recital in Prague’s St Agnes Convent reflects the hardships of the past two pandemic years and shows the breadth of her repertoire, which includes contemporary works.
Terezie Fialová is both a soloist and a much-desired chamber musician who cooperates with leading artists; her first orchestral collaboration dates back to when she was 12. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (under Ivan Klánský) and studied chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (under Niklas Schmidt). She is the laureate of a number of international competitions in Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia. She furthered her piano skills at numerous masterclasses headed by Menahem Pressler, Ferenc Radosz, Joseph Kalichstein, Valentin Erben, Markus Tomas, Emanuel Ax, and others. The list of prestigious international festivals she has participated in is similarly extensive: the Prague Spring, the Dvořák Prague Festival, the Moravian Autumn, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Lípa Musica, the International Music Festival Český Krumlov and Kutná Hora, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Sarajevo Winter Festival, Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey, the Bratislava Convergence, Bach Before&After Istanbul, Les Flaneries de Musicales Reims, Arte sacro Madrid, and many more.
Terezie Fialová likes to present contemporary compositions. She premiered the English composer Edward Nesbit’s piano quartet, Martin Smolka’s Smutek utek (Sorrow Fled; with Jiří Bárta), or Concerto for Piano Trio and Orchestra L’Isolle della Citta by the Danish composer Bent Sørensen (with the Eben Trio), among others. At the Prague Spring 2019 she performed Petr Eben’s extremely demanding Piano Concerto with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and conductor Pietari Inkinen.
Together with violinist Roman Patočka and cellist Jiří Bárta she constitutes the Eben Trio, one of the most prominent piano trios in the Czech Republic with international acclaim. The ensemble holds the distinguished Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Society Award and also triumphed at the international contest of chamber ensembles in Lausanne. They have performed in major venues throughout the world, such as the Auditorium de Louvre in Paris, Munich’s Gasteig, Hamburg’s Laeszhalle, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the National Hall of Performing Arts in Beijing, or the Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai.
She has recorded three CDs (ArcoDiva); the album dedicated to Czech composer Petr Eben was named Recording of the Month and IRR Outstanding in England. In November 2021 she and cellist Jiří Bárta released the complete recording of Beethoven’s sonatas for piano and cello with Animal Music “in a concentrated and riveting interpretation”. She has also worked with leading Czech actors the likes of Josef Somr, Saša Rašilov, or Petr Štěpánek in programmes that combine music and recitation.