Cello and piano night - Milada Gajdová & Ludmila Šmídová

A night of compositions by Czech composers of the 19th and 20th centuries for cello and piano

Antonín Dvořák: From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 68
Antonín Dvořák: Rondo in G minor, Op. 94
Antonín Dvořák: Polonaise in A major (1879)

Josef Suk: Ballad and Serenade, op. 3

Josef Páleníček: Choral Variations (1942)
Bohuslav Martinů: Variations on a Slovak Folk Song (1959)

Milada Gajdová – cello
Ludmila Šmídová – piano

Milada Gajdová has been playing the cello since she was seven years old. She studied at the Conservatory in Prague in the class of prof. Viktor Moučka, she continued her studies at the Faculty of Music of the Academy of Performing Arts under prof. Jana Páleníček, which she graduated by performing Elgar’s Concerto in E minor with the North Bohemian Philharmonic Teplice conducted by Marko Ivanović. In 1998/1999 she studied in Paris at the Conservatoire Superieur with prof. Jean Marie Gamard and Raffael Perraud. As a soloist, she performed with the South Bohemian Philharmonic in Prague and České Budějovice and with the Příbram Philharmonic, as concertmaster and solo cellist in the Czech Chamber Philharmonic in 2004–2006. Milada Gajdová’s repertoire includes music from all periods, from the early Baroque to the present day. In addition to his concert activity, she passes on his experience as a sought-after teacher.

Musicologist and pianist Ludmila Šmídová, sister of Milada Gajdová, will accompany the evening with words and piano play. She studied piano at the Prague Conservatory with prof. Emil Leichner. As a musicologist specializing in the music of Czech composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, she currently works at the Czech National Library, where she studies, for example, Prague music prints from the 19th century, manuscript sources of Antonín Dvořák and Vítězslav Novák, or processes the manuscript sheet music legacy of the pianist and composer Josef Páleníček.