The greatest hornist of all time reunites with his former student
One of the best hornists of all time, Radovan Vlatković will share the stage with his former student Nikola Ćirić, the principal hornist of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, on Friday, 22 December (Kolarac, 8pm). Under the baton of Chief Conductor Gabriel Feltz, Vlatković will play Mozart’s Horn Concerto, followed by the emotional musical reunion of the “wizard and his disciple” in Rosetti’s Concerto for Two Horns.
“To play with Radovan Vlatković as a soloist with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, ten years after the times when I used to practice horn performance at the music school in Niš, dreaming of the day when my horn would sound at least remotely as perfect as the horn of my idol, seems like the greatest dream come true. The knowledge that I received from this horn wizard while I was his student at the prestigious Salzburg Mozarteum means to me much more than just a reference in my CV. I look forward with impatience to playing that beautiful velvet sound of the French horn together with him for the Belgrade audience”, said Nikola Ćirić, first hornist and one of the youngest members of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
A testimony to Radovan Vlatković’s impressive career is also the Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London, an honour bestowed upon only 300 distinguished musicians worldwide. He has appeared together with the world’s most distinguished artists, including Martha Argerich, Mitsuko Uchida and Emmanuel Pahud, and his recordings are included among the best performances of all time.
Chief Conductor Gabriel Feltz will wrap up the repertoire with a musical giant – the final and unfinished Symphony No 9 by Anton Bruckner. Another exclusive piece prepared by the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra for the current season is the performance of the last version of this symphony, published in the year 2000.