Pictured Lenka Meurders and Zdenka Prochazkova.
By Roy Lie A Tjam
H.E. Ms. Jana Reinisová, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in The Hague, welcomed the guests and performers at the Czech Residence on June 23. It has been an evening of phenomenal piano music by the Czech pianist Lenka Meurders and violinist- singer Zdenka Prochazkova.
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Lenka Meurders is a Czech concert pianist and private teacher living in the Netherlands. Lenka started music lessons at the age of four and a year later she began to play the piano.
She studied at the Prague conservatory under J.Tuma, M. Maixnerrova, M. Rezek and J.Novotny. Several awards have been bestowed upon her, she has also participated in competitions and won many prizes.Lenka forms a duo with clarinetist Harm Meurders.
As for Zdenka Prochazkova is also from the Czech Republic. She studied violin and viola at the Conservatory of Brno. Zdenka studied at L’Academie franco-tcheque de musiques de Telc and was in Vladimir Buka’s class of 2006-2007.
She regularly performs with Collegium 1704, Czech ensemble Baroque and les Vents Atlantiques. Zdenka is currently studying at the vocal department of the Royal Conservatory The Hague. Zdenka and Lenka are recognized as gifted classical musicians of an upcoming generation.
The concert was on the occasion of the Czech presidency of the Visegrad Group. The Visegrad Group (also known as the “Visegrad Four” or simply “V4”) reflects the efforts of the countries of the Central European region to work together in a number of fields of common interest within the all-European integration. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have always been part of a single civilization sharing cultural and intellectual values and common roots in diverse religious traditions, which they wish to preserve.
The Czech Republic is the current president of the group. Lenka and Zdenka opened the evening with Chopin’s Mazurka a minor op 17 no 4. The breakdown of the program V. Novaik: Slovak songs, F. Liszt Ballade no 2b minor and A. Dvorak, Biblical songs op 99.
Lenka and Zdenka concluded the scheduled program with a work by Dvorak: Biblical songs op 99 no 3, no4, no6, no8 no10.The audience burst into a standing ovation, Ambassador Jana Reinisová thanked the artist for their captivating music. Furthermore, the Ambassador thanked the audience.
Bouquets of flowers were presented to the talented young artist. A reception followed the musical performance.