Berlin Philharmonic newest concertmaster is Czech

Berlin Philharmonic newest concertmaster is Czech


norman lebrecht

May 03, 2022

The Czech virtuoso Jan Mráček is standing in as concertmaster this week with the Berlin Phil.

Jan Mráček, 30, is presently concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic.


  • Emil says:

    Either I’m completely misunderstanding something, or the headline and the text are in direct contradiction. Is he a Czech concertmaster who will be playing as soloist with the Berlin Phil, or a Czech violinist who has been appointed concertmaster in Berlin? Or – a third possibility – is he a guest concertmaster (not soloist) in Berlin this week?

    • David K. Nelson says:

      The Czech Philharmonic website lists him as a concertmaster. He is also a Czech soloist. The headline and content of NL’s posting are indeed confusing. Fortunately his talent is crystal clear — there is quite a bit of his playing available on YouTube, including standard repertoire concertos.

  • Edoardo Saccenti says:

    It reads like he will be the next concertmaster….

  • JohnB says:

    He will be guest concertmaster with the Berlin Philharmonic this week (as he writes on his Facebook-Page

    The audition for the concertmaster position will take place on 16 and 17 June, very likely that the orchestra will already want to try him out.

  • MacroV says:

    Your headline contradicts the text, but in any case he’s a magnificent violinist.

  • Axl says:

    Yep, he’s just guest concertmaster so that’s normal in all over the world. The audition of 1st concertmaster is in 16/17 June 2022 and the application deadline is 5 May 2022 / now in thursday.
    And end of this May – they are choosing successor for Dufour as principal flute

  • Matk says:

    Good for Jan. I remember a few years ago being surprised at a Bbcso concert when czech violinist fišer appeared as leader

  • Daniel Alfred Wachs says:

    I was at the concert, a brilliant debut by both conductor Antonello Manacorda and Mr. Mráček who was indeed ‘just’ a guest concertmaster…for the moment. Remember that the Philharmonic has several Concertmasters. Wishing him all success; his playing was gorgeous. And. Maestro Manacorda receieved the ultimate compliment: A solo bow as demanded by an appreciative audience.