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           BRETISLAV NOVOTNY - VIOLINIST

Autographed 5” x 7” original photograph holding his violin, 1898.

Novotny (1924 - 2019) passed away on October 22, 2019, one of the most important chamber and solo violinists in the Czech Republic.  He began to play the violin as a child. In 1943 at the age of 18 he applied to the Prague Conservatory and stopped by the Nazis and instead was sent to a slave labor camp in a munitions factory in his home town.  At the close of the War in 1945 his Conservatory application was not rejected and began to study there with composer and violinist Bedrich Voldan. In 1947 he was a laureate of the International Music Concours in Geneva.  He made his professional debut with the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK in 1948 playing the Beethoven concerto and graduated from the Conservatory in 1949.  Two years later conductor Vaclav Smetacek hired him as a first violinist in the orchestra and in 1954 he was raised to  concertmaster.  Novotny also had another important position and that was a first violinist of the famed Prague String Quartet.  He played with the ensemble from 1951 until they disbanded in 1955.  In 1955 he founded the City of Prague Quartet with fellow members of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and after suitable time, they became the Prague String Quartet. Novotny’s new Prague Quartet began to tour almost immediately Europe, the United States, South America, Asia and Oceana.  In 1965 and then again in 1967 the ensemble did two complete World tours. In 1961 due to the amount of travel he was undertaking with the quartet he gave up the concertmaster position.  The ensemble also recorded significantly on Supraphon, Nippon Columbia and Deutsche Grammophon garnering Grammy nominations, as well as a Grand Prix de l’Academie Charles Cros, Wiener Flötenuhr and a Diapason d’Or, as well as several gold records.  Novotny also played regularly as a soloist in recital and with orchestra.  His Supraphon recording of the solo Bach partitas are legendary and among the best ever made; he also played them in concert.  In 1972 Novotny took up conducting, where he was artistic advisor to the Prague Chamber Orchestra and from 1991-1993 he was the artistic advisor the the Suk Chamber Orchestra.  From 1988 to 2007 he was conductor of the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic.  He also taught violin at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Prague and gave master classes in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Japan and New Zealand. 

A rare violinist autographed photograph!