J. V. H. Voříšek, a native of Bohemia, spent most of his life in Vienna, where he worked his way up to the position of organist to the imperial court, and his music was a departure point for leading Romantic composers. It is in his piano music that we first encounter the term “impromptu”, a genre later closely associated with Franz Schubert and Frédéric Chopin. Appearing with Collegium 1704 will be the new winner of the prestigious Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, which focuses on historical instruments this year. On 16 October 2023, the orchestra will announce the name of the soloist and which Chopin concerto will be played.
Collegium 1704 is a Prague-based highly acclaimed Baroque orchestra established in 2005 by the conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks. The orchestra & vocal ensemble present famous orchestral and choral works by well-known composers as well as long-forgotten and now rediscovered treasures of the Baroque repertoire. The ensemble has been successfuly promoting work of Czech masters like Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.