Czech Philharmonic


North America
Press Resources
“Bychkov’s way with Mahler is natural in that everything seems just right - unforced, organic, even effortless.”
New York Classical Review, October 2018

The Czech Philharmonic – which made its debut in 1896 under Antonín Dvorák – has an extraordinary legacy reflecting its place in the pantheon of the great European orchestras as well as its distinct location embracing both Eastern and Western Europe culture and tradition. Internationally acknowledged for its definitive performances of Czech composers Dvorák, Janácek, Martinu, and Smetana, the Czech Philharmonic is also recognized for its relationship to the music of Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Mahler, who was of Czech origin, and whose Symphony No. 7 they premiered in 1908. Now led by Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov, the all-Czech orchestra makes its home in Prague at the Rudolfinum and proudly represents their homeland throughout the world as an esteemed and cherished cultural ambassador.

“There are three orchestras considered great Mahler ensembles: the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic...there is another that deserves to be in this company: the Czech Philharmonic.”
New York Classical Review, October 2018
“Mr. Bychkov worked something close to magic, compelling slight rhythmic and sonic shifts that conveyed exponential changes in mood without losing focus or suggesting fussiness. The huge string choirs varied their sound bracingly, from dense earthiness to gossamer.”
The Wall Street Journal, October 2018