FolkloreClassic

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Czech violinist Markéta Janoušková, in cooperation with the Dulcimer band of Jiří Janoušek, presents an original crossover concert project, which straddles the border between classical and folklore music. The concert combines these two genres, both to which this young musician is highly committed at a very high standard. FolkloreClassic is created on the bases of raw neofolkloristic spirit -  Janáček, Martinů or Bartók meets the „superfolklore“ and its mirroring in the traditional passionate tunes, czardasz vibes and deep harmonies. FolkloreClassic presents two parts of the musical soul of mostly czech composers. The programme is exceptionally well-executed violin work of great mostly czech composers, which were deeply influenced by traditional czech and moravian music, folklore, traditional roots and the great pieces of folklore.

Since the premiere, the concert project FolkloreClassic has been presented at several Czech classical music festivals (Beethoven International Festival, Dvořák Festival, Trutnov Autumn Festival, ...), on the stages of classical music associations, but also at Hulacourt Art Project festival (Belgium), which is under the patronate of Martha Argerich. Upcoming concert includes a tour in Germany, Slovakia, Spain or concerts throughout Czech republic. FolkloreClassic has been highly acclaimed by the critics for the unique concept and virtuosic performance.

FolkloreClassic was noted as the finalist of Web Concert Hall Competition 2012.

„I have been surrounded by folklore since I was very young. As the daughter of a lead violinist, I had no other choice. Even though I had a classical musical education and I regard myself primarily as a violinist of classical music, I have always been involved in folklore and various folk groups. Throughout my career, I have been an interpreter between these two genres, particularly in terms of the music of our corner of Europe. I have always dreamed of a concert, which would combine cimbalom music with ‚classical‘ violin departure. The initial incentive toward the actual realization of this project for me was the recent interpretation of Janáček’s Violin sonata. I was enthralled by the fundamental association with this brilliant composer with his deep melodic Moravian songs. The next step forward was my study of the history of the tradition of the lead violinist in the Czech Republic during my graduate work at the conservatory. I decided that the time had come for me to commit to the art of being a major violinist of classical, as well as folk music. After the study of the works and the consideration of the appropriate dramatic composition, which would best express my respect for both genres, but also show them from a new perspective, it is now my pleasure to present my FolkloreClassic.“