It was an inspiring and historical collaboration between top notch Pianist Katelyn Bouska and the extraordinary hands of cellist Štěpán Filípek. The performance was to commemorate the anniversary of the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic and its support for American compatriots and societies. The inspiring event was held at the Atrium Žižkov on Friday 23rd March 2018. The performance also featured the composition of Cello Sonata for Cello S. Barbera in confrontation with the intimate Fairytales for cello and piano by L. Janáček.
Katelyn Bouska met cellist Štěpán Filípek in Brno during the summer of 2015 when she visited the Czech Republic to look for areas of collaboration with Czech composers. This meeting gave birth to to sharing knowledge of the Czech and American music environments which resulted to joint concerts in Brno and Philadelphia with lots of great studio recordings.
The event witnessed representative from the U.S. Embassy in The Czech Republic, notable personality with friends and family members of the music performers. It was a wonderful experience with the great musical icons. More interviews and videos expected on this platform.
With performances described as “musically evocative” and a skill at engaging audiences in the musical dialogue, Dr. Katelyn Bouska is a frequent solo and collaborative musician. Her unique programming combining rarely-heard Czech and American music with music being written specifically for her by rising composers has found an audience throughout America and on the international concert stage in France, Canada, Austria, Italy, Germany, the Czech and lots more.
According to Curtis Institute of Music, Dr. Bouska is in demand as a teacher. She holds a D.M.A. in piano performance, master’s degrees in piano pedagogy and harpsichord performance, and a professional studies certificate in chamber music, all from Temple University; and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Viterbo University. Dr. Bouska joined the Curtis faculty in 2016.
Štěpán studied at Prague Conservatory, Brno Conservatory and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts. Since 2007 he is a cellist of the Orchestra of the National Theatre in Brno. He has started his professional career as interpreter of contemporary classical music, he has performed for example with Orchestra Berg, Ensemble Recherche, or the BCO and others. He has performed solo concerti with Pilsen philharmonic and Moravian philharmonic Olomouc.
He collaborates in a long‑term with Czech Radio Brno on documentation and recordings of works of Moravian composers for cello and piano. Currently he is cellist of chamber ensembles Solaris3, Trio Opera and Tango Quartetto Re Campo. He also participates in ambitious project “Musical connections Brno‑Philadelphia” with talented American pianist Katelyn Bouska. (Credit:Miloslav Ištvan Quartett)