ČESKY / ANGLICKY

Timeline and discography

Full Name:
Břetislav Novotný

Birthdate:
January 10, 1924 Vsetín

Nationality:
Czech

Studies and Scholarship:
High School, Vsetín, 1935-1943
Conservatory of Music, Prague, 1945-1950 , Class of Prof. B. Voldan

Faculty of Philosophy of the Charles University (Science of Music, Aesthetics) Prague, 1945-1948 (not completed, because in 1948, he was not allowed to continue to study both careers at the same time).

Professions:
1950, Soloist of the Music Agency HAÚ, Prague
1951-1955, First Violin of the Prague Quartet of Professor L. Černý
1954-1961, Concert Master of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK
1955-2001, First Violin of the Prague String Quartet (until 1958 it was called the FOK Quartet)
1970-1981, External Professor of the Academy of Music (AMU) Prague
1972-1990, Artistic Adviser of the Prague Chamber Orchestra (PKO)
1991-1993, Artistic Adviser of the Suk Chamber Orchestra, Prague
1988-2007, Conductor of South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic at České Budějovice (Budweis)

Awards (as soloist):
1940, Festival “Český hudební máj”, Vsetín, 1st Prize
1947, Diploma at the Geneva International Music Competition (Switzerland)
1972, The Supraphon Award for the best recording in the Edition of that year (complete recording of Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin by J.S.Bach)

Awards (as member of the Prague String Quartet):
1958, 3rd Prize of the International String Quartet Competition Liege (Belgium)
1966, Grand Prix Charles Cros, Paris (Martinů)
1975, Wiener Floetenuhr .Vienna (Mozart)
1976, Prize of the Golden Disc Nippon Columbia Tokyo (Mozart)
1976, Nomination to Grammy Award (Dvořák), Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Burbank (USA)
1977, Nomination to Grammy Award (Dvořák), Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Burbank (USA)
1977, Diapason d’Or Award Paris (Dvořák)
1978, Grand Prix Charles Cros, Paris (Dvořák)
1978, High Fidelity Grand Prize. International Record Critics Award. Salzburg (Dvořák)

1978, State Prize of Czechoslovakia. Prague (Dvořák)
1982, Wiener Floetenuhr. Vienna (Mozart)

Distinguished concerts:
1949, Prague Smetana Hall (Violin Concerto by Beethoven, and works by Dvořák and Ondříček) accompanied by the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, conductor Dr. V. Smetáček

1950, Absolutorium Concert (Rudolfinum Hall Prague). Violin Concerto by Glazunov, accompanied by The Prague Conservatory Orchestra

1953, Rudolfinum Hall Prague (Concertos by Mozart, Bruch and Brahms) accompanied by the Prague Symphony Orchestra, conductor Dr. V. Smetáček

1965, First Concert Tour of the Prague String Quartet Around the World
1967, Second Concert Tour of the Prague String Quartet Around the World

Integral performance of String Quartets by L. v. Beethoven:
1966, Christchurch (New Zealand)
1967, Mexico City (Mexico)
1970, Bogotá (Colombia)
1970, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
1970, Prague (Czechoslovakia) – half of the cycle

1969/1970, Vienna: The Full-Season-Cycle of Chamber Music Concerts named: “Czech Music and the Classics of Vienna”, Wiener Konzerthaus Gesellschaft (Vienna)

1969, Integral interpretation of Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin by J. S. Bach. Rudolfinum Hall Prague
1971, Integral recording of Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin by J. S. Bach for Supraphon.

1974, Concert to celebrate B. Novotny’s 50th birthday anniversary, Rudolfinum Hall Prague: J. S. Bach (Double-Concerto for two violins - with K. Přibyl), W. A. Mozart (Symphony Concertante for violin and viola - with L. Malý), J. Brahms (Double-Concerto for violin and violoncello - with J. Širc)

1977, Completed the recording of the Integral of String Quartets by Dvořák (recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, co-produced by Supraphon)
1995, Concert tour as a soloist in Japan

1996, New Year’s Concert in Nagoya (Japan), with Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra, conductor K. Harada (P. Sarasate: Gipsy Melodies). The concert was transmitted live by TV

1996, Two recitals as a soloist in the International Music Festival. Morelia (Mexico)

Countries visited as a member of the Prague String Quartet, as well as a soloist:
A total of 44 countries of the world:
USA (15 times), Canada (13 times), Japan (10 times), Latin America (3 times), New Zealand (2 times), and Australia, and all countries of Europe except for Albania, Norway, and Sweden

Discography (as soloist) (all SUPRAPHON):
Bach J. S.: Integral recording of Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin (1969)
Martinů B.: Divertimento for violin, viola, piano and chamber orchestra (viola L. Malý, klavír E. Leichner, Chamber orchestra of the Prague Conservatory, conductor L. Hlaváček) (1973)
Nejedlý V.: A Little Suite for violin and piano (piano Z. Zichová) (1976)
Paganini N.: “The Dance of the Witches” (Le Streghe) (Piano accomp. L. Tržická) (1955)
Tausinger J.: "On revient toujours", Suite for violin and piano (piano Z. Zichová) (1978)
Ulrich J.: Valse capriccio for violin and orchestra (Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, conductor V. Smetáček) (1961)

Discography (as conductor):
A. Dvořák: Czech Suite op. 39, South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic (JKF – Budweis), MUSICVARS 1994

Discography of the Prague Chamber Orchestra PKO (without conductor), works prepared for recording by Břetislav Novotný
all for SUPRAPHON:
Bach J. S.: Orchestral Suite D major BWV1068 (1987)
Boccherini L.: Quintet E flat major (1987)
Dvořák A.: Czech Suite op. 39 (1988)

Haydn’s London Symphonies:
Haydn J.: Symphonies No. 100, G major and No. 97, C major (1978)
Haydn J.: Symphonies No. 101, D major and No. 104, D major (1979)
Haydn J.: Symphonies No.102, B flat major and No. 95, C minor (1980)
Haydn J.: Symphonies No. 94, G major and No. 98, B flat major (1981)
Haydn J.: Symphonies No. 96, D major and No. 93, D major (1982)
Janáček L.: Adagio (1988)
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy F.: SymphoniyNo. 4 A major (Italian) (1987)
Mysliveček J.: Sinfonias in D, in F, in B, in Es, in G, in C (1982)
Mascagni. P.: Cavaleria rusticana (Overture) (1987)
Mozart W. A.: Idomeneo (Overture) (1991)
Respighi O.: Birds (1987)
Rossini G.: Scala di seta (Silken ladder) (Overture) (1987)
Tůma F. I. A.: Sinfonia A major (1974)
Tůma F. I. A.: Sinfonia B flat major (1974)

Discography as a member of the Prague String Quartet:
About 70 recordings (See Discography of the Prague String Quartet)

Recording Companies:
Supraphon, Panton, Musicvars (CZ), Ariola (Germany), Nippon Columbia (Japan), Harmonia Mundi (France), Deutsche Grammophon-Polydor International (Germany), King Records (Japan).

Pedagogical activities (at home):
External professor (1970 – 1981) at the Academy of Prague (AMU)Master classes
(Summer Academy for Japanese students) AMU Prague (1998 – 2006)
Until now teaching privately in Prague.

Master classes (abroad):
Germany, England, Denmark, Finland, Canada (Banff) Japan (Musashino Academy and Gei-Dai), USA (Stanford and Yale University), New Zealand (University of Canterbury, Christchurch), Mexico, Festival Morelia, Austria (Summer Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest), the Netherlands (Academy of String Quartet Amsterdam), Spain (Granada, Sevilla, Alicante).

Published Articles:
“Úvaha o houslích” (An Essay about the Violin) Complement chapter in the book by V. Pilař and F. Šrámek: “Umění houslařů” (The Art of Violin Makers), Panton 1986
“ An Essay about the Violin”, Živá hudba IX, SNP, Prague 1986
“Naboženství smyčců?” (Religion of the Strings?) Hudebni rozhledy XLIII, 1990

Book in press:
„Jak hrát na housle čistě” (“How to Play the Violin in Tune“) Analysis of the intonation on string instruments. (See INTONATION BOOK).

Published early composition: z
“Setkání“ (“Encounter”), English waltz, for electrophonic organ and a chamber ensemble, recorded on LP for Supraphon (Prague) in 1960. The recording was used in a short German movie “Beware of high voltage” in 1961 (DDR).