A presentation event of Komerční banka in the Villa Tugendhat on 6 May 2014 included a performance of the world-renowned Czech violinist Václav Hudeček in the main living room of the villa. He was accompanied on the piano by his longtime friend and colleague prof. Petr Adamec.
Václav Hudeček started his journey among the world’s elite performers at the age of just fifteen by a concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London on 12 November 1967. A day later, he was heard by the legendary David Oistrakh , who predicted a great future for him and offered him his teaching support. Václav Hudeček was his student from 1970 until Oistrakh’s death in 1974. Since his London debut he performed at the most prestigious venues (Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Suntory Hall, Osaka Festival Hall, Sydney Opera), collaborated with the world’s best orchestras (Berliner Philharmoniker, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, NHK Philharmonic Orchestra) and participated in international festivals (Osaka, Salzburg, Istanbul, Perth, Helsinki). He still cooperates with bearers of traditions of Oistrakh, Kogan and Sitkovetsky. His recording of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” (Le Quattro Staggioni) with conductor Pavel Kogan has been still the most popular recording in the Czech Republic (Supraphon) since 1992. Václav Hudeček pursues interpreting the music of the old masters , but also as Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Sergei Prokofiev et al.
A compiled programme of music and words in the Villa Tugendhat included pieces by Antonín Dvořák and Niccolo Paganini. Music pieces were complemented by Václav Hudeček’s intriguing story about his musical beginnings of studying under one of the world’s most famous violinists of the 20th century, David Oistrakh and prof. Václav Snítil at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, but also on about his summer master classes in Luhačovice, which focus on the youngest generation of talented Czech violinists. This dialogue with Václav Hudeček was led his younger colleague and one of our foremost violinists, Ondřej Lébr, the grandson of a prominent Czech violin artist and educator Dr. Josef Micka, with whom Václav Hudeček studied as a young boy and later graduated under his tutelage from the Prague Conservatory.
Czech theatre and film actress Eva Hudečková (née Trejtnarová) accompanied her husband during the visit to the Villa Tugendhat; in the mid-1980s she ended her acting career and is now dedicated to writing. She is the author of several books and screenplays, especially for children.