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Smetana Trio to Perform in Irvine

The Smetana Trio, founded in 1934 by the legendary Czech pianist Josef Páleníček, is one of the foremost Czech ensembles. Now it consists of Jitka Čechová (piano), Jan Talich (violin), and Jan Páleníček (cello). 

The only concert organized by The Philharmonic Society of Orange County takes place at Irvine Barclay Theatre on 17 November. https://www.thebarclay.org/.../11-17-22-smetana-trio.html


In 2014, the Trio celebrated the 80th jubilee of its foundation. It can be seen frequently on leading concert stages both in the Czech Republic and abroad (France, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Benelux, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Japan, Brazil, USA, Canada, South Korea, Egypt).

The Smetana Trio has made a number of recordings for Czech and international labels and has recorded regularly for Supraphon since 2000. This cooperation has brought a number of prestigious awards both at home and abroad—e.g., a CD with works by Smetana, Suk, and Novák (Supraphon 2005) received prestigious awards from the French magazines Diapason and Le Monde de la Musique. This recording was also chosen by Britain’s BBC Music Magazine as its chamber music recording of the month in August 2005.