Dalibor Karvay started playing the violin at a very early age, his extraordinary talent soon to be recognized and supported by his father and educated by his mentor Prof. Boris Kuschnir. As a musical wunderkind Dalibor won international classical music contests and performed as a soloist in famous orchestras for distinguished audiences such as HRH The Prince of Wales and Pope St. John Paul II.
The 2004 documentary “Stradivari – Search For Perfection” follows Dalibor’s worldwide search for the ideal violin and the perfect sound. An uncompromising pursuit, that lasts until today. Long years of practice to perfection, Dalibor is still driven to play the violin in utterly precision and purity, stringing the perfect sound. After years of an inner search and tirelessly working on his play, Dalibor is now ready for a comeback into the limelight of international concert halls to take his audience to a journey through flawless violin-tones letting listeners encounter the perfect sound.
Enjoy one of the most self-critical yet ingenious violinists of our time - every night searching for the perfect sound.
Dalibor Karvay was born on the 24th of July, 1985 in Vrútky, Slovakia. At the age of three, he started playing the violin under the guidance of his father. He has been showing incredible musical talent since his childhood. During his studies at the Primary Art School in Vrútky, he made several recordings for the Slovak Radio in Bratislava. After the special study under the guidance of professor Bohumil Urban he graduated at the Žilina Conservatoire and from 1999 he studied at the Vienna at the Conservatoire in the class of the renowned professor Boris Kuschnir. He also took part in numerous masterclasses lead by famous paedagogists - Euduard Grach, Mintscho Mintschev, Herman Krebbers.
His biggest successes include winning the Young Musicians meeting in Córdoba in 1996, the Eurovision Grand Prix - Young Musician of the Year in 2002, the first prize in the competition of Tibor Varga in 2003, the International Tribute of Young Interprets - New Talent in 2005 as well as his victory in the competition of David Oistrach in Moscow in 2008. Worthy of mentioning is also a concert for Prince Charles of Wales in the Windsor Castle in 2003 together with Mstislav Rostropovič. Karvay repeatedly accepted the invitation to Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland. He was awarded the Prize of the Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic in 2009 for outstanding artistic performance and successful international representation of the Slovak interpretative art. The Foundation of Tatra Bank granted him the Young Creator Award in the music category.
As a soloist he has worked with many renowned conductors such as Leif Segerstam, Ion Marin, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Jaap van Zweden, Marek Janowski, Alexander Rahbari, Roman Kofman, Benjamin Wallfisch, Ondrej Lenárd, Oliver Dohnányi, Leoš Svárovsky, etc. His cooperation with orchestras also makes an impressive Rundfunk-Symfonie Orchester Berlin, English Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Czech Philharmonics, Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim, Radio-Symphonie Orchester Wien, Wienner Kammerorchester, Het Gelders Orkest, Solistes Européens Luxembourg, Slovak Philharmonics, Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak Radio, state Chamber Orchestra Žilina, etc. He is also intensely involved in playing chamber music, collaborating with excellent musicians such as Radek Baborák, Julian Rachlin, Wenzel Fuchs, Boris Kuschnir, Daniel Buranovský and others.
2004 Karvay’ s long-lasting and complicated search for the right instrument was showed in the international documentary „Stradivari-Search for Perfection“. Besides his concert career Dalibor Karvay is teaching as professor at the Music and Arts University of the city of Vienna.
It is a great honour for me to be part of this exceptional project. The film "Obchod na korze" or in English "The Shop on Main Street" was the first Czechoslovak production to win an Oscar. It was released in cinemas more than 50 years ago. In Prague, this film is now being shown again and together with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, I will be playing live the soundtrack of this wonderful production.
More than a normal concert for me:
The content of the film is frighteningly up-to-date: The film takes place in a small village in my Slovakian homeland. It is about the persecution of the Jews by the Hlinka Guard, a paramilitary unit that participated in the deportation of Slovak Jews during the Second World War and was also responsible for other cruel acts.
I am looking forward to seeing you at the Smetanasaal in Prague's Municipal Hall at 7:30 pm on 10 January 2018.
Let us not forget the past for having a better future together!
********************************************************************* Es ist eine große Ehre für mich, Teil dieses Ausnahmeprojekts zu sein. Der Film „Obchod na korze“ oder zu deutsch "Das Geschäft in der Hauptstraße" gewann als erste tschechoslowakische Produktion einen Oscar. Vor über 50 Jahren kam er in die Kinos. In Prag wird dieser Film jetzt wieder gezeigt und gemeinsam mit dem Prague Symphony Orchestra spiele ich bei dieser Aufführung live die damalige Filmmusik dazu.
Mehr als ein ganz normales Konzert für mich:
Denn der Inhalt des Films ist erschreckend aktuell: Der Film spielt in einem kleinen Dorf meiner slowakischen Heimat. Es geht um die Verfolgung der Juden durch die Hlinka- Garde, einer paramilitärischen Einheit, die sich während des Zweiten Weltkriegs an der Deportation slowakischer Juden beteiligte und auch für andere Greueltaten verantwortlich war.
Ich freue mich, wenn Sie am 10.1.2018 im Smetanasaal im Prager Gemeindehaus um 19:30 Uhr dabei sind. Denn es ist wichtig, dass wir alle nie vergessen, was war. Um daraus für das Morgen zu lernen!