The extraordinary festival belongs to the most anticipated events of musical life in Slovakia
Convergences bring concerts that formed the musical tradition of the metropolis. The International Chamber Music Festival, established by a prominent Slovak violoncellist Jozef Lupták, is going to celebrate its eighth spring part this year and will be held in the capital of Slovakia in the first half of March.
The Convergences festival connects. Already for more than two decades the international chamber music festival Convergences has been a synonym for unique experiences, inspiring meetings and friendly informal atmosphere. Its spring edition will take place this year from March 9 to 12.
The Convergences festival continues the musical tradition of Bratislava. High art is at home in here. The International Chamber Music Festival will once again bring to the capital an engaging program presenting the essence of its basic idea.
Every year, Convergences provide a space for artists and music lovers to get closer to different genres, projects and personalities of chamber music from around the world. The current edition will bring genuine concerts of music performed by renowned Slovak and foreign interprets.
The current edition of the festival comes with the subtitle “Janáček”. Get to know the beauty and truthfullness of Leoš Janáček’s chamber works (1854-1928), in which the Moravian master often expressed his most intimate feelings, thoughts and dreams.
Concerts of the International Chamber Music Festival Convergences will offer all of Janáček’s major chamber opuses, including both autobiographically tuned string quartets with the subtitles ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ and ‘Intimate Letters’, which will be heard in the interpretation of the continuators of the traditions of the Czech Quartet School, the Zemlinsky Quartet.
The invitation to the Convergences was accepted by Jan Jiraský, who recorded Janáček’s complete piano work. Twice: on a modern instrument and on the composer’s own piano. You can also look forward to excellent Slovak artists: soprano Adriana Kučerová, violinist Milan Paľa, cellist Jozef Lupták, pianist Ivan Šiller and others. Interesting will be the introduction of modifications to the songs ‘Nursery Rhymes’, ‘Youth’ and ‘On an Overgrown Path’.
The festival will also include a lecture by a leading Janáček specialist Jiří Zahrádka, exhibition of the composer’s portraits in cooperation with the Leoš Janáček Foundation in Brno, educational activities for children and students with other special events.
The International Chamber Music Festival is an annual festival in Slovakia. Visitors to the festival can look forward to pieces by classical masters, cross genre overlaps, film screenings, spoken word or a concert for children. In addition to excellent Slovak artists, the festival also features world-renowned performers.
Convergences transcends genre and style dividers and is known for surprising dramaturgical connections. It’s not enough to just listen to music. Come and let yourselves be captivated.
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