|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.