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17 Feb 2015 - 19 Feb 2015

Štěpán Rak at the Tel Aviv Guitar Week Festival

The famous Czech composer and guitarist, Štěpán Rak will be hosted as the main guest star at the Tel Aviv Guitar Week festival. Partners: Tel Aviv Guitar Week Festival, Felicja Blumenthal Center, The Tel Aviv International Music Festival, Tel Aviv - Yafo Municipality.

Štěpán Rak (born in 1945), the first appointed university professor of the guitar studies in the Czech Republic, studied initially graphic art and painting at the Fine Arts School in Prague. At the age of eighteen he started playing the guitar and the double-bass in various jazz and Rock'n'Roll bands. Then he studied guitar and composition at the Prague Conservatory, where the astonishing career of this outstanding composer and performer began. After he graduated he moved to Finland where he worked, taught and lived for five years. His reputation as a brilliant guitarist and an innovative composer spread worldwide.

Štěpán Rak is an excellent performer and a unique composer ranking to the elite of the classical guitar. He is well known for the technical innovations that he uses in his compositions. His five-finger guitar technique captivates audiences throughout the world. He has performed and given master-classes in more than seventy countries. He composed countless pieces for different instruments and ensembles including a symphony orchestra but the majority of his work is dedicated to the solo guitar.

During the Tel-Aviv Guitar Week he will play his recital “Rak plays Rak”:

Romanza (Jeux interdits) – original arrangement by Rak

Early Dances - Early music from lute tablatures combined with the composer's  original creations

Song for David - An original piece dedicated to King David from the Old Testament

The Royal Suite - A selection of movements

Journey to Fairy Tales - Selected movements from a new composition inspired by fairy tailes


Dates and Venues

17. February 2015, 8:30 p.m.  Gala opening evening of the Tel Aviv Guitar Week

18. February 2015, 8 p.m.   Recital at the Carmiel Conservatory

19. February 2015, 9 p.m. - Recital at the Felicja Blumental Music Center in Tel Aviv





Tel Aviv - Carmiel Conservatory, Felicja Blumental Music Center


From: 17 Feb 2015
To: 19 Feb 2015


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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