Radek Baborak

 – Cape Horn, the beauty of an extraordinary talent
“….Baborak is perfect.When he is playing, it looks so it's incredibly easy,… so for me it's genius…”
Seiji Ozawa

Radek Baborak is one of the most exceptional horn players, winner of ARD Munich, Geneve and many other international competitions a former principal horn player for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he is a frequent guest of leading orchestras and co-operates with the top conductors. His repertoire comprises the complete horn works of the baroque period to the present.

In the year 2000 Baborak became the principal horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic with whom he played as the soloist at the Salzburg Easter Festival (Britten Serenade; with Sir Simon Rattle and Ian Bostrige – later released on EMI Classics). Then followed their performances at Prague’s famous Estate Theatre (May Day concert with Mozart’s Barenboim) and of course, at the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall – Konzertstück for 4 horns by Schumann and with conductor Dmitrij Kitajenko the Horn Concerto by Reinhold Gliere were just some of the highlights. Baborak also used to be a member of the Berlin Wind Soloists and the Berlin Horn Octet. As a soloist he still performs with the Berlin Baroque Orchestra, and remains as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet.

Radek Baborak has worked (performed or recorded) with the following leading orchestras:

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Prague
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
DSO Berlin
Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
Royal Symphony Orchestra London
Radio France Orchestra
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Bamberger Symphoniker
Prague Symphony Orchestra
NHK Symphony Orchestra
Prague Philharmonia
New Japan Philharmonic
Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
Bach Academie Stutgart
Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Mito Chamber Orchestra
RTV Slovenian Symphony
Saito Kinen Orchestra
Orchestra De La Suisse Romande
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Aarhus Symphonikers
RTVE Madrid

with conductors such as James Lewine, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Neeme Jarvi… and with renowned colleagues such as Yem Bronfmann, Andras Schi, Ian Bostridge, Emanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer, Gay Braunstein, Lorenz Nasturica, Thomas Quastho as well as with leading Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic members.

It was prof. Karel Krenek under whose leadership an eight year old Radek started to play horn in his hometown Pardubice (then still in communist Czechoslovakia) and led him to winning all the national competions. At the age of 12 Radek became an absolute winner of the Concertino Praga (1989).

From 1989 to 1994 Baborak continued his studies at The Prague Conservatory with a renowned Czech horn player, prof. Bedrich Tylsar. In 1992 Radek ended up 3rd at the annual Prague Spring festival’s competition and was also awarded with the Unesco’s Grand Prix as well as many other international prizes which included, 2nd prize in Geneva (1993), 1st prize at the ARD Munich Competition (1994) and with Aatus Quintet (1997), Classical Grammy Award (1995) or Davido Prix (2000).

Since 1996 he has been a key member of the Aatus Quintet with whom he won his second ARD prize , and while having his own Radek Baborak Ensemble (consisting of the horn and a string quartet), in 2008 he also founded the Czech Horn Chorus – in order to keep up with the tradition of the 300 year old, widely acclaimed Czech horn school. He also plays duo with Yoko Kikuchi-piano, Jana Boušková-harp, Jiří Bárta-cello,…

In 2010, after departing the Berlin Philharmonic, he founded another body – this time The Czech Sinfonietta. Radek Baborak is its artistic leader and conductor , it consists of the most distinguished Czech soloists and chamber music specialists. He taught in Arturo Toscanini Foundation, TOHO University Tokyo, Reina Soa Music school Madrid and now he is teaching in the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (AMU).

Before he became principal horn player of The Berlin Philharmonic in 2000, Baborak had already retired from being the principal horn in The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (1996–2000) to be given an exclusive contract with the Bamberg Symphony (2000 –2003). And not to forget Radek’s astonishing beginning to his career, at the age of 18, without auditioning [ which is normally compulsory], he was oered a principal position with the famous Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague (1994–1996).

But as Baborak points out himself, “Every branch will show whether one just gave it a few hours since childhood or if it also merged with a talent. I am so thankful for the talent I was gifted and grateful for the guidance I was lucky to get. Without a combination of the two you can never reach a certain level,” he remembers his teachers, esp. Karel Krenek and Bedrich Tylsar.
Today, after the 10 years with The Berlin Philharmonic, Radek Baborak maintains performing as a horn soloist with the world’s leading philharmonic orchestras or alone in self directed recitals... But he is also a keen chamber music performer and artistic interpreter.

 

RADEK BABORAK’s plentiful discography includes highly acclaimed recordings for Octavia Records, Supraphon, EMI Classics, Arte Nova, Sony Music Classical and others

CD selection
BACH,J.S.-Violoncello suite Nr.1-5,(EXTON)
BACH,J.S.-Sonata for viola da gamba 1-3 for horn and piano-with Jan Petr(EXTON)
BACH,J.S.-Sonata for violine,Choralvorspiele,Fantasie,Arias for horn and organ-with Aleš Bárta(Exton)
ROSETTI,F.A.-Horn concertos(ARTE NOVA)
STICH-PUNTO,POKORNÝ,REOSETTI-Horn concertos(SUPRAPHON)
BRITTEN,B.-Serenade for tenor,horn and strings,with Berlin Philharmonic.Ian Bostrige,Simon Rattle(EMI
Classics) DUKAS,P,SCHOECK,O.-Villanelle,Horn concerto with Prague Philharmonia,Jiři
Bělohlávek(SUPRAPHON)
MOZART,W.A.-Symphonia concertante,Mito Chamber Orchestra,Seiji Ozawa(SONY)Horn concertos
1-4,MCO,Seiji Ozawa(SONY-not realesed now)
RAVEL,M.,DVOŘÁK,A.,HINDEMIT,P.,HAYDN,J.,FRANCAIX,J.,MOZART,W.A.,-Wind quintets,Aatus
Quintet(SUPRAPHON,EXTON) BRAHMS,J.,CZERNY,C.-Horn trios with Lorenz Nasturica and Kazune Shimizu(EXTON)
CZECH CONTERPORARY MUSIC-Slavický,K.,Šterbák,F.Kofron,J.,Hlobil,E.(EXTON)
HORN AND HARP-French music with Naoko Yoshino(CRYSTON) SAINT-SANS,DUKAS,BOZZA,FRANCAIX
etc-for horn and piano-with Yoko Kikuchi(EXTON)
LE QUATTRO STAGIONI-Music by Vivaldi,Corelli,Donizetti,Cherubini,Sinigalia,Rota-Baborak
Ensemble(EXTON) HAYDN,J.,MOZART,W.A.,REJCHA,A.,BETHOVEN,L.v.-Horn chamber music,Baborak
Ensemble(EXTON)
SERENADE-MARTINU,B.,NIELSEN,C.,BERIO,L.,KOECHLIN,CH.,Baborak Ensemble with Wenzel Fuchsclarinet(SUPRAPHON) STRAUSS,R.STRAUSS,F.-Horn concerto Nr.1,Andante,Thema und variationen etc for
horn and piano-with Yu Kosuge(CRYSTON)
BABORAK PLAYS ETUDES-BRAHMS,KAUCKÝ,STRAUSS,etc-horn solo (CRYSTON)
CZECH HORN CHORUS-4 PERIODSGABRIELLI,SCHEID,ROSSINI,WEBER,DVORAK,BRAHMS,DEBUSSY,TURNER,LO PRESTI-(ARTESMON)
CZECH SINFONIETTA-MOZART,W.A.,HAYDN,J.-Horn concertos Nr.4 and 2,Symfonie Nr.25 and Le
Midi(CRYSTON)

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