Frantisek Brikcius - Cello
Works by Bach, Reger, Simon and Brikcius (full program details)
Czech cellist Frantisek Brikcius was born in Prague, into a family with a distinguished cultural background. He has been playing the cello since early childhood. Following his cello studies at the Prague Conservatoire, he completed his Master’s degree at the Janacek Academy of Music. He furthered his cello skills at the Toho Gakuen Academy in Japan and later under the guidance of legendary cellist Prof. Anna Shuttleworth (student of Pablo Casals) in the United Kingdom (Eton Cello Master Classes and the University of Leeds).
Frantisek won the 2nd prizes at the Anglo-Czech Competition in London (1999), the International String Competition London (2000) and the International String Competition Jihlava (2003). He has been awarded many scholarships and fellowships, including the Czech Music Foundation, the Ministry of Culture, the Music Foundation OSA, the Socrates-Erasmus, and the Gideon Klein Foundation for the propagation of works written by Jewish Holocaust Composers. He chose to dedicate his life to the interpretation of cello compositions written by composers of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, giving special consideration to compositions for solo cello. His favourites are cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Reger and Benjamin Britten.
He is particularly involved in researching, studying and performing works by Czech, Jewish & Terezin and contemporary composers, playing on a “George Kriwalski” cello made in 1904.
Together with his sister Anna Brikciusova, he is a founder member of the “Duo Brikcius”. He is artistic director of the Festival Brikcius – Chamber Music Concert Series in Prague , the Bach Festival Gers in France and the Waltham Forest Cello Fest in London.
Frantisek works as independent film-maker as well. His first music documentary film MAKANNA (in the cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague and under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Vaclav Havel) was already screened in the Czech republic, China, Mexico and Portugal. At the moment he is working on new music documentary film eSACHERe (2018).
As a soloist Frantisek has performed at many festivals in Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) : Suite Nr. 5 for Solo Cello in C minor, BWV 1011
– Prélude. Fuga
– Gavotte I., II.
Max Reger (1873 – 1916): Suite No. 1 in G major for Solo Cello, Op. 131c– I. Präludium – II. Adagio – III. Fuge
James Simon (1880 – 1944): Arioso for Solo Cello (21/22 Mai ’29) – Paris premiere
František Brikcius – Cello (Czech republic)