Strings of Autumn was founded in 1996 by curators of the Prague Castle music program Marek Vrabec and Martin Pechanec. Already in the early years, the festival attracted attention with its original program and exceptional concerts, such as the recital by Cecile Taylor or the Czech debut of Michael Nyman.
Even now, at the beginning of the third decade of its existence, the festival fulfils its original mission, which is to provide unique artistic experiences and expand the audience’s horizons. Each festival concert is a one-of-a-kind event. The New York Times has called the festival “one of the most innovative music projects in Prague”.
The list of artists introduced in the Czech Republic for the first time by the Strings of Autumn festival is unique: Brad Mehldau, Bobby McFerrin, Cecil Taylor, Gregory Porter, Cassandra Wilson, Gil Shaham, Daniel Hope, Lizz Wright, Young Fathers, Chris Thile, Jason Moran and many others. The festival in Prague also regularly presents the most important composers of our times, such as Steve Reich, David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Terry Riley.
Strings of Autumn also initiates new projects and productions, such as the concert performance of Zdeňek Liška’s music to the film Markéta Lazarová. The festival also encourages artistic meetings that can prove crucial, such as the reunion of Gregory Porter with Czech Hammond organist Ondřej Pivek, which led to the joint recording of a Grammy award-winning album.
10 000 — visitors per year
20 000 000 — Czech crown festival budget
> 21 000 — monthly number of visitors to the festival website