Time marches forward swiftly and inexorably, and so appreciators of young talent from all
over the world can look forward to the 22nd annual “Young Prague” International Music
Festival in Prague.
That said, I am very happy to report that, each year, this top-notch festival manages to not
only fulfill, but also improve on its goal of giving young artists from many countries, with varying
musical traditions, a boost at the start of their careers – by enabling them to perform
in concert at the international level. I am confident that the opportunity these young musicians
receive here in Prague will serve them well when they return to their home countries
and that later, when they are at the high point in their musical activities, the memories of this
city and its festival for young performers will inspire them to return to our country and give
more performances here.
Once again this year, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the organizers of this
musical event, as well as to their co-workers abroad. To the festival visitors, I wish plenty of
excellent musical experiences. And to Prague I wish many further successful returns of this
festive celebration of good music and young talent.
MUDr. Přemysl Sobotka
Vice-Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
Allow me to extend you a very warm welcome to the 22st annual „Mladá Praha/Young
Prague“ International Music festival. The past 21 years speak loudly and clearly to the significance
of our festival and the sincerety of our efforts to support young musicians from
both the Czech Republic and abroad.
Another affirmation of the signifance of this international collaboration is a commendation
received by the festival’s Czech-Japanese Committee last year from the Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Japan.
We strive to present talented young artists throughout the Czech Republic. Towards this
end, we have organized concerts not just in Prague, but in other cities as well – cities
where our festival has already been well-received in the past.
I wish you many beautiful musical moments as you meet with this year’s artists.
Chairman of the Czech Committee
Our family’s motto, FAITHFULLY ALWAYS, also applies to the Kolowrátek Foundation’s collaboration
with the “Young Prague/Mladá Praha” international music festival. I am pleased that
we can once again, and for the fourth time, associate our name with an event of such importance
and reach. And I am happy that audiences in several cities of our Republic will have the
chance to listen to talented young musicians from all over the world. These are rare moments
for me: when I sit in the audience and listen to works of music performed with the unbelievable
dedication that only young artists like these can bring.
then, I remain in the joyous hope that – one day – we will be able to look back nostalgically and
say: “And that was his/her first big concert”...
JUDr. Dominika Kolowrat-Krakovská
The Endowment Fund Kolowratek of Maximilian, Francesca and Dominika Kolowrat-Krakovský