Horn players Tomáš Secký and Jaroslav Secký, a brother duo who, together, have formed an indispensible part of the Czech classical and popular music scene throughout their lives. Playing in the French horn section of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, for a great many years they performed at countless exceptional concerts while also made plenty of recordings, including one spanning all of Mahler’s symphonies which feature the instrument considerably.
They hail from a musical family; with a French horn playing father, this was the obvious instrument choice for both brothers. In addition to playing with the CNSO, their professional career has involved working with a range of other prominent Czech orchestras as well as musical and theatre ensembles. They have performed as part of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Karlín Theatre, plus the Václav Hybš Orchestra and were among the busiest of players during the period following the revolution.
The CNSO has gained a position among both Czech and Europe’s top symphonic ensembles. Renowned for its versatility, the orchestra presents annually a broad program ranging from classical music concerts through contemporary genre, film scores, jazz, or musicals. In its new era, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra is also organizing summer Prague Proms Festival which annually attracts the audience for presenting greatest international performers.
Such composers, conductors, and performers as Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, James Morrison, Branford & Wynton Marsalis, Pino Donnagio, Giuliano Taviani, José Carreras, Danny Elfman, Vince Mendoza, Giuseppe Tornatore, Carl Davis repeatedly come back to Prague to either record with the orchestra or perform in the beautiful Smetana Hall of Prague´s Municipal House, the home concert stage of the orchestra.
The Czech National Symphony Orchestra was established in 1993 by trumpet player Jan Hasenöhrl. A spiritual father at the birth of the CNSO was the legendary conductor Zdeněk Košler. In the year 1996, the American Paul Freeman took over as Chief Conductor, and remained in this position for fantastic ten years. At the beginning of the year 2007, Maestro Libor Pešek was named the Chief Conductor and as of spring 2019, the role was passed onto American conductor Steven Mercurio (former pupil of Leonard Bernstein and a fantastic musician). We can surely look forward to some exciting projects!