Enthusiasm, joy and good mood carried through the 7th Lednice-Valtice Music Festival (LVMF). The organizers prepared eight classical music concerts, which took place from 24 September to 8 October 2022. As a result, the festival gained a new concert venue such as the Mansion Pohansko and the premiere of a music piece written for the festival. The whole programme highlighted the legacy of the Moravian Croats who lived in the territory of South Moravia in the past.
“I try to discover interesting buildings of the Lednice-Valtice area throughout the festival and make them accessible through music. Now, after six years, we have managed to introduce another one – Mansion Pohansko. And I am happy that my efforts have been appreciated by everyone who attended the concert in this incredible venue,” as the festival director Jiří Partyka enthusiastically evaluates this year’s concerts.
Several local companies and suppliers, who have become long-standing supporters, have also been involved in the preparations for the festival. “Artists, visitors and partners were satisfied. The proof is, among other things, the interest in supporting us now for the next edition and the arrival of new visitors across the entire region of South Moravia, who are gradually becoming festival fans,” adds Partyka.
The festival introduced ten concerts, two lectures and educational concerts for local schools. The early opener to this year’s festival was the Yugoprologue LVMF 2022 at the end of August, a showcase of Balkan brass music, with bands from the Czech Republic, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This year’s programme was based on the history of the Moravian Croats, who lived in South Moravia in the past and whose traces can still be seen these days. The imaginary composer-in-residence was Croatian Dora Pejačević, whose compositions were presented throughout the concerts, which was appreciated by the foreign musicians themselves.
The festival was attended by 3 093 listeners.
“LVMF allowed me to experience something very unconventional. When one knows the history and knows about the cooperation and good relations between Dora Pejačević and Czech artists and thinkers, one gets a strange feeling when offered to continue in these footsteps and create something new based on these relations a century later. It was unique and I am very glad for this experience,” explains Croatian soprano Josipa Bainac.
The pleasant musical experience was enhanced by the spaces of the castles in Lednice, Valtice and Mikulov, Mansion Pohansko or Temple of Diana – Rendez-vous. A composition by Akos Banlaka was created for the festival.
The festival was framed by two symphonic evenings – the opening one was performed by the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra Zlín with conductor Robert Kružík and the closing one by the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava conducted by Marko Ivanović.
Throughout the festival, it was possible to listen to the stars from Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Slovakia; Slovak violinist Dalibor Karvay, Croatian cellist Vid Veljak, phenomenal soprano Nika Gorič, Josipa Bainac and Ensemble Illyrica.
They were joined by top local performers such as the concertmaster of Czech Philharmonic Jiří Vodička, Hodonín native and bass-baritone Boris Prýgl, Talich Quartet, Capella Mariana and Barocco sempre giovane.
The festival is realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the South Moravian Region and the towns of Lednice, Valtice, Břeclav, Mikulov and Hlohovec.
For the sixth time, the general partner of the festival is the company ZFP akademie a.s.
Principal partners are Stavební firma PLUS s.r.o., ALBAForm Inc., Alca s.r.o., MND a.s. and Domoplan a.s.
Main media partners are Česká televize and Deník.
The festival is held under the auspices of the Minister of Culture Mgr. Martin Baxa and the Governor of the South Moravian Region Mgr. Jan Grolich as well as Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein to Austria and the Czech Republic H. E. Maria Pia Kothbauer. The Ambassadors of Croatia, Slovenia, the Republic of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Czech Republic granted auspices to the performers: H. E. Ljiljana Pancirov, H. E. Tanja Strniša, H. E. Berislav Vekić and H. E. Martina Mlinarević.
The complete partner structure of the Lednice-Valtice Music Festival is available at here.
LVMF 2022 photo gallery