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The Czech Chamber Orchestra is the successor to the ensemble of the same name founded by Vaclav Talich and active from 1946 to 1948. The members of the ensemble of that time included many leading instrumentalists and conductors for whom the orchestra represented a training-ground for the development of the highest skills and art of interpretation.
The first violin of that early ensemble was Talich's pupil and colleague, the founder and leader of the Vlach Quartet, Josef Vlach. Ten years later, in 1957, Vlach came back to Talich's idea, gathered around him twenty - four outstanding string players and became the teacher and the director of this new orchestra. With Talich's blessing, the Czech Chamber Orchestra quickly established itself as a leading ensemble and very soon after its formation, it began to enjoy considerable success.
As part of his work as teacher, concert artist and conductor, Josef Vlach was responsible for bringing up a whole generation of young artists who now play in leading Czech orchestras and chamber groups. And it is precisely these pupils, together with the direct inheritors of Josef Vlach's ideas - the Vlach Quartet - who now continue in the interpretative tradition of Vaclav Talich and Josef Vlach. The artistic director of the Czech Chamber Orchestra Jana Vlachova and the ensemble's conductor Ondrej Kukal take as the basic precept for their work the conviction that a chamber orchestra must be quided by the same principles as a string quartet.
     
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