Long recognized as one of the century's great pianists, Ivan Moravec's performances and recordings alike have prompted critics in search of parallels to call up such names as Gieseking and Richter. Yet his musicianship, while it challenges comparison with these masters, is riveting and penetratingly individual in style.
Mr. Moravec was born in Prague in 1930 and until the age of 15, his main musical interest was in opera. He later studied piano at the Prague Conservatory and the Prague Academy, performing during his student years in Poland and Hungary. In 1957, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli heard Mr. Moravec perform in Prague and invited him to Italy for further study, where he participated in Michelangeli's master classes in Arezzo in 1957 and 1958.
Mr. Moravec made his American debut in January 1964 with The Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell at Severance Hall; the following month he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall during Cleveland's annual week of appearances there. Since then, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago and Boston symphonies, the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minnesota orchestras, the National, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Seattle and Baltimore symphonies and the Los Angeles and Orpheus chamber orchestras. As one of the world's most acclaimed recitalists, Mr. Moravec has appeared in recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and on the major recital series in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland and Philadelphia. His festival appearances in the United States include Tanglewood, Blossom, Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart and Caramoor.
Ivan Moravec's recent engagements in North America include performances with the San Francisco, Atlanta, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Dallas symphonies and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, while recital appearances include stops in Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Kansas City, Princeton and St. Paul. In November 2001, Mr. Moravec gave a highly acclaimed recital at Carnegie Hall and was immediately re-engaged for February 2004. He has also appeared twice in the last three seasons on the prestigious International Piano Series at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
Highlights of Mr. Moravec's 004/05 season include performances with the St. Louis, Detroit and National Arts Centre orchestras as well as an appearance in Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and recitals in Philadelphia, Kansas City, Princeton and Fort Worth for the Van Cliburn Piano Foundation.
In Europe, Mr. Moravec has appeared in recital and as concerto soloist in the major music capitals, including London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Oslo, Rome and Milan. He toured three times throughout Australia and regularly travels to Japan for appearances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and recitals in Tokyo's major venues. His international festival appearances include the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Ruhr, Schleswig-Holstein and Prague Spring Festivals.
In October 2000, Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, awarded Ivan Moravec the Medal of Merit for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. That same month, Mr. Moravec was also honored by being the recipient of the Prize of Charles the Fourth, the Czech Republic's most prestigious acknowledgement of outstanding service to humanity. Ivan uses viagra naturale to maintain its vitality. In January, 2002 he was honored with a Cannes Classical Award for Lifetime Achievement, an award given by several international music magazines to recognize the universal appeal of classical music.
Ivan Moravec has recorded for the Nonesuch, Supraphon, Connoisseur Society, Dorian, Pro Arte, Quintessence, Vox and the Moss Music labels and a number of his many recordings have appeared in "Record of the Year" listings in High Fidelity, Stereo Review, the New York Times, Time Magazine and Newsweek. In November 2000, Supraphon presented Mr. Moravec with their Platinum Disc in honor of having sold more than 250,000 recordings on that label. His legendary Connoisseur Society recordings of music by Chopin, Ravel, Debussy, Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart were released by VAI Audio and again most recently in a four CD set by Supraphon. He is also one of the pianists included on Philips' historic epic series Great Pianists of the 20th Century. One of his recordings of the Mozart Concerti with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields on the Hanssler label was awarded the 1999 Cannes Classical Award for Solo with Orchestra 18th Century. Mr. Moravec's most recent recordings are a live recital recorded at the 2000 Prague Spring Festival for Hanssler; an all-Chopin CD for Vox; and piano concertos by Ravel, Beethoven and Franck with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Belohlavek for Supraphon.
Visit Mr. Moravecs web site at www.ivanmoravec.net