The conductor, composer, and pianist Jan Kučera is one of the most versatile Czech artists. At the National Theatre in Prague, he has conducted the productions of Lukáš Hurník’s opera The Angels, Shostakovich’s Antiformalist Rayok / Orango, Rossini´s La Cenerentola, and of his own comic opera Red Mary.

He has written operas (Ida’s Flowers, Red Mary, The Gingerbread House, The Legend of the Misty Mountains), ballets (The Three Musketeers, The Taming of the Shrew), symphonic (Symphony No. 1 “Šumava”, Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto) and chamber pieces, cantatas and songs, as well as incidental music for more than 30 productions for theaters in Prague and elsewhere in the Czech Republic. His works have been performed by the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the National Theater in Prague, the Latvian National Theater in Riga, and a number of other orchestras and theater companies. He has also created arrangements, including symphonic adaptations of Jaroslav Ježek’s songs and several orchestral suites made up of songs and melodies from Czech films. Kučera has regularly conducted leading Czech orchestras, with whom he has performed or recorded the classical repertoire, as well as more than 100 symphonic pieces by contemporary composers, many of them in premiere. He was a conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra (2002–2010) and chief conductor of the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra (2015–2021). Owing to his musical versatility and promptitude, he has been frequently invited to participate in crossover concerts and projects. Such were, for example, Wanted, the series of scenic performances of Kurt Weill’s songs at Prague’s Lucerna Hall, featuring the mezzo-soprano Dagmar Pecková and the Epoque Orchestra (2017), or the grand stage realization of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (Ostrava, Prague, Brno, 2018). Kučera has also been active in the domain of opera. At the National Moravian-Silesian Theater in Ostrava he has conducted the productions of Martinů’s Mirandolina and Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, and at the F.X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec he presented the world premiere of his opera The Legend of the Misty Mountains (20 May 2022).

Albums

Inviting Worlds Vol 2

Release Date: August 12, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6445
21st Century
Orchestral
Large Ensemble
Orchestra
Hot on the heels of its first edition, INVITING WORLDS VOL 2 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with the rhythmic dexterity and textural nuance of today’s orchestras paired with a new roster of composers. New sounds and expressions burst with emotion and uplift us through dark days, navigating uncertainty and delivering us to tranquil resolution. From the frenetic energy and hair raising harmony of Chasse Noir to the soothing solemnity of When Quiet Comes, INVITING WORLDS VOL 2 delivers a colorful palette of orchestral virtuosity sure to please any listener who lends an ear.
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Dedication

Release Date: September 1, 2013
Catalog Number: NV5926
21st Century
Chamber
Orchestral
Piano
Saxophone
Violin
DEDICATION, a compilation of newly recorded works by composer Howard Quilling, features two sonatas for violin and piano, a suite for saxophone and wind orchestra, and a trio for violin, cello, and piano.
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Dances Of Eternity

Release Date: April 1, 2013
Catalog Number: NV5907
21st Century
Orchestral
Large Ensemble
Orchestra
DANCES OF ETERNITY presents a group of orchestral works by composers who explore music's potential to capture the more overlooked aspects of human experience. Ranging from representations of optimism and energy to the surging power of nostalgia, to lighthearted frolics and the eternality of life, DANCES OF ETERNITY asks the listener to ponder life, death, and everything in between.
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Islas

Release Date: January 1, 2013
Catalog Number: NV5894
21st Century
Chamber
Electroacoustic
Electronic
Percussion
Mexican composer Juan Sebastián Lach Lau's music presents an amalgam of technology and sound without self-prescribed historical justification. With subtle influences ranging from Stockhausen, Cage and the New York avantgarde of the 50s, up to Satie, dub music and Thelonious Monk, Lach Lau's music blends programming and algorithmic generation with traditional instruments, creating diverse, unique works that define their own aesthetic.
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