Bella Adamova - alto
Patrick Vacík - guitar
Program: under discussion, tentatively as follows
Petr Eben - Songs for the lute
Manuel de Falla - Siete canciones populares españolas
Georg Bizet - 1-2 arias from Carmen
"A voice that can apparently do anything." Violaist and improviser Bella Adamova grew up in Prague, surrounded by many cultures. He moves with natural ease in different musical periods, genres and cultures. She was born in Chechnya, spent her childhood in Prague and studied in Germany, Switzerland and London.
In the summer of 2022, she won the grand prize in the oratorio category at the international singing competition in s-Hertogenbosch. A few weeks later, together with the pianist Malt Schäfer, she took second place (the first prize was not awarded) in the "song duo" category at the Franz Schubert and Modern Music International Competition in Graz.
In addition to these recent awards, her achievements include winning the Robert Schumann International Competition (2021), the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Award at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in Berlin, the Czech Song Prize at the Emma Destinnova Awards in London, and the Foundation Award Bohuslav Martinů in the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition.
Bella Adamova chose an art song as the central point of her interest. Her repertoire includes music from Bellini to Bernhard Lang and includes German Lieder of Russian Romance. This young singer performed her recitals at the Prague Spring and Heidelberger Frühling festivals. She sings and improvises in a duo with pianist Michael Gees, with whom she has already released two albums - Blooming (2019) and There is home (2023).
Guitarist Patrick Vacík started playing the guitar at the age of eleven. He completed his studies in 2015 with a doctorate at the Faculty of Music of the Academy of Performing Arts. During his studies, he successfully participated in many national and international competitions and was invited to numerous concerts and festivals as a soloist and chamber player. In 2006, he became a member of the Prague Guitar Quartet, and a year later, together with Matěj Freml, he founded the guitar duo Siempre Nuevo. Since 2010, he has been a professor of guitar playing at the Prague Conservatory.
Selected evenings are presented by Mrs. P. Kuchtová.