Since its foundation in 1996 the Strings of Autumn International Music Festival has had a significant impact on the cultural map of the Czech capital. Festival founder Marek Vrabec created an original festival unlike anything that was here before. The Strings of Autumn is a meeting place for the spheres of classical music, jazz, world music, and genre-defying projects, all of which share the common ground of uncompromising artistic quality.
The list of artists and projects introduced for the first time ever to Prague audiences as well as the nation as a whole, stands unrivalled in the Czech Republic. To name a few: Jan Garbarek, Cassandra Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Brad Mehldau, Michael Nyman, Natalie Dessay, Gregory Porter, Steve Reich, Ahmad Jamal, David Lang, and the list goes on and on. Festival premieres have also left a distinctive mark on the culture scene – such as Britten’s Curlew River at the Czech Museum of Music, Schubert’s Winter Journey at the Barrandov studios, or the live performance of Zdeněk Liška’s music to the film Markéta Lazarová. Further history was made when the likes of Sonny Rollins, Charles Lloyd, or Wayne Shorter performed concerts for us.
Each year the festival pushes the unrelenting boundaries to broader musical horizons: every concert has the ambition to become an event in its own right.
Even in its 21st year, the Strings of Autumn offers music that you will not hear anywhere else
“The Strings of Autumn is one of Prague’s most innovative musical undertakings.”
The New York Times
The Strings of Autumn offers musical experiments that few programmes would dare to attempt.
The festival has established itself as a visible brand, which represents – in a good way – a state of cultivation.
RESPEKT, Jiří Turek
The Strings of Autumn has definitively proved itself as an innovative genre-defying display that brings unique new impulses and themes to life in Prague.
iHNed.cz, Petr Veber