SUK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRAGUE
was founded in 1974 on outstanding Czech violinist Josef Suk's initiative and got its name after the Czech composer Josef Suk [1874 - 1935].
The orchestra is one of the leading Czech orchestras and has toured many European countries. Since 2000 it is also the resident orchestra of the International Mozart Festival in Augsburg [Germany], the birthplace of Leopold Mozart, father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The size of the orchestra is 34 - 36 musicians. The ground is formed by members of the Suk Chamber Orchestra, enlarged by musicians of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra and Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.
As a smaller symphony orchestra performing without conductor it is praised for its compact sound, splendid interpretation and perfect unison suggesting chamber play.
The orchestra has performed with the renowned soloists as Josef Suk, Heinz Holliger, Paul Tortelier, Igor Oistrach, Angelika May, Rudolf Firkusny and Maurice Andre.
In the repertory of the orchestra are e.g. Mozart's operas, concert arias, violin and piano concertos and symphonies, Haydn's symphonies and piano concerto in D major, Beethoven's piano concertos No.4 and 5 and symphonies No. 3 and 5, Schubert's Symphony No.4 and also contemporary music.
Martin Kos is concert master, artistic leader of the orchestra and in some cases [contemporary music] also conductor.