Maestro delle Nazioni

A tribute to Giuseppe Tartini, violin virtuoso and composer

Wednesday 21. 10. 2020 | 19.00 Lobkowicz Palace, Imperial Hall
Jiřská 3/1, Praha 1, 110 00


The concert was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Johann Joseph Fux (1660–1741)
Rondeau à 7 in C


Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770)
Violin Concerto in B minor Lascia ch’io dica addio, D.125
Cello concerto in A major
Giuseppe Tartini (1692–1770)
Flute Concerto in G major, Gimo 293


Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Concerto in C major for violin, 2 cellos and orchestra, RV 561
Estimated end of the concert at 8.45 pm.


Set in the beautiful Lobkowicz Palace, the opening concert of the season will be dedicated to the works of Giuseppe Tartini and his illustrious contemporary Antonio Vivaldi, both masters of instrumental solo concertos. The choice of venue is particularly fitting, as the Lobkowicz family was among the most significant patrons of musicians and active collectors of sheet music.


Giuseppe Tartini is associated with the Czech lands in several ways. He studied composition in Assisi with Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, who was working there at that time. In 1723 Tartini travelled to Prague to attend the celebrations to mark the coronation of Charles VI as King of Bohemia and he stayed on for three years in the service of Count Kinský. He was, however, also in contact with the princes of the Lobkowicz family. On returning to Italy in 1727 he initiated his pedagogical work in Padua: his violin school was called the “School of Nations”, as students attended from all corners of Europe. Tartini devoted himself in his works exclusively to the violin, writing more than one hundred and thirty solo concertos for the instrument. In contrast to Tartini, the work of Antonio Vivaldi contains numerous instrumental and vocal pieces. However, even Vivaldi earnt his place in music history primarily through his violin concertos. He also has a significant association with the Czech lands, as Count Morzin engaged him to lead his Prague ensemble. While he did not lead it in person, he contributed to its repertoire and dedicated to the Count his most famous set of concertos, the Four Seasons.


Lenka Torgersen – Baroque violin
Jana Semerádová – flauto traverso
Marco Testori – Baroque cello
Hana Fleková – Baroque cello

Lenka Torgersen, Eleonora Machová, Magdalena Malá, Vojtěch Semerád, Petra Ščevková, Jan Hádek – Baroque violin
Andreas Torgersen – Baroque viola
Marco Testori, Hana Fleková – Baroque cello
Jana Semerádová – flauto traverso
Matyáš Berdych – double-bass
Jan Krejča – theorbo
Sebastian Knebel – harpsichord


Lobkowicz Palace, Imperial Hall

Jiřská 3/1, Praha 1, 110 00

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Partners of the concert

With kind support of the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague and in collaboration with Lobkowicz Events Management.