I am very pleased to have this opportunity, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, to accept patronage of the Young Prague festival...
I am very pleased to have this opportunity, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, to accept patronage of the Young Prague festival. This year, the festival celebrates its 27th birthday. In human terms, then, it is still young, but for a music festival dedicated to young performers of classical music, that 27 is a number worthy of respect. Many of the musicians that will take the stage this year were not even born when the first Young Prague festival was held.
Young Prague has become an integral part of Prague's incredibly rich music scene. And - this year once again - some of the festival's concerts will take place in the historic halls of the Wallenstein Palace (Valdštejnský palác), the building of the Senate. In addition to countries, like Japan and Poland, which regularly send performers, this year's festival will welcome young musicians from all countries of the Visegrád Group - to celebrate 100 years of modern Czech statehood. Thus, this year once again, the Young Prague festival fulfills its mission: to offer a comparison and a platform for young musicians on the cusp of their professional careers.
To all the performers and audiences, may you have excellent musical experiences. And to the organizers, may the festival succeed this year as it has in the past..
Vice-Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic