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Richard Pohl's News
Monday, 11 January 2016
New Site Coming Soon!
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Czech and Chinese Music

Dear friends and fans,

we are happy to announce the new site is coming soon!

As for Richard Pohl's news, he has been appointed along with his fiancée, Chinese soprano Xing Xing Associated Professor at the Jiujiang University in China.

In the future they both plan to embark on a journey of new exchange projects, recordings, lecture recitals and more.

So stay tuned for the news, which should be linked to our new website soon.

And up till then, listen to performance of Richard Pohl and Xing Xing!

Management, Richard Pohl

Posted by Richard Pohl at 3:38 PM CET
Updated: Monday, 11 January 2016 3:59 PM CET
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Dvorak for the Year of the Czech Music 2014
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Antonín Dvořák and Czech Music

Richard Pohl and Xing Xing Wang - Antonín Dvořák Love Song No 2

Posted by Richard Pohl at 10:17 AM MEST
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
New Masterclasses by Mrs. Livorova in Znojmo
Now Playing: Vlastimil Lejsek - The Moon Suite

Dear friends of the opera singing,

we would like to invite you to the international vocal masterclasses by Mrs. Livorova in Znojmo, which are going to take place in Znojmo, August 16 - 22.

For more information, please,  follow this link:


Posted by Richard Pohl at 1:26 PM MEST
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
From Vienna to Broadway
Now Playing: Opera, Operetta, Musical Theatre

Richard Pohl will join baritone Oldrich Kriz and soprano Veronika Krizova in a special event of operetta and musical theatre arias and duets.











The performance should take place the tomorrow's evening at the Curch of St. Ann in Jablonec nad Nisou.

For further details, please follow this link:


Posted by Richard Pohl at 7:55 AM MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 6 July 2010 7:57 AM MEST
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Important Note - Change of the Roster of the Concert!
Now Playing: Opera arias and duets

Due to technical issue the roster (and thus the programme as well) of the Jachymov gala concert has been changed as following:



Richard Samek - tenor

















Jana Sibera - soprano

Posted by Richard Pohl at 1:09 AM MEST
Updated: Wednesday, 26 May 2010 1:17 AM MEST
Monday, 17 May 2010
Richard Pohl presents Barbora Perna - the future of our vocal scene
Mood:  vegas lucky
Now Playing: Opera Scores

The 3rd International Vocal Competition in Zdar nad Sazavou brought a new bright talent to the eyes of the public. 2nd prize was given to a very young, yet incredibly talented Czech soprano Barbora Perna (1st and 3rd award obtained by older and already well-established opera artists from South Corea and Estonia).
















Barbora Perná is a Czech soprano. She has studied at the Prague Conservatory of Music with the well-known teacher, opera soloist and founder of the Children Opera Prague Jirina Markova.

Barbora Perna has received numerous awards in both national and international vocal contests (including 1st prize at Prazsky pevec and Dusek Competition in Prague, also at the Iuventus Canti in Slovakia or 2nd prize at the International Vocal Competition in Zdar nad Sazavou as well as Jarmila Novotna Award at the International Antonin Dvorak Competition in Karlsbad). 

She has performed in opera houses in Prague, Pilsen and Ostrava and also regularly perform concerts and solo recitals with both piano and orchestra.

Richard Pohl joined Barbora Perna as well as the other award winners Max An (tenor - South Corea) and Monika Evelin Liiv (Estonia) for a concert tour and shall include her in various other projects in the upcoming concert season as well. This is a talent not to be missed by anyone!

Richard Pohl with Barbora Perna after performance in the Castle of Bystrice pod Hostynem:


Posted by Richard Pohl at 11:30 AM MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2010 9:04 AM MEST
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Duo Skarka-Pohl joining the Mahler 2010 Project
Now Playing: Mahler, Strauss, Schubert and others










Duo Skarka-Pohl will join the celebration and perform special celebration recital series of Mahler songs and other German repertoire in the location of Gustav Mahler´s birth. We are very proud to be part of this festival at the international level /highlight of the festival should be also the Thomas Hampson recital/.

Recitals of Duo Skarka - Pohl at the Festival:

18. 10. 2010 / 18:00 / Muzeum Vysociny Havlickuv Brod
Pisnovy recital – Josef Skarka a Richard Pohl
Sal Stare radnice v Havlickove Brode

19. 10. / 18:00  / Horacka galerie v Novem Meste na Morave
Pisnovy recital – Josef Skarka a Richard Pohl

20. 10. / 19:30  / Horacke divadlo Jihlava
Pisnovy recital – Josef Škarka a Richard Pohl 



Posted by Richard Pohl at 7:08 PM MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2010 8:41 AM MEST
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Schubert Tour Broadcasted!
Now Playing: Opera Scores

The live recording selection from the Schubert Tour of 2009 is broadcasted and available as free download at Listen to the recital here:

Posted by Richard Pohl at 11:12 AM MEST
Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010 11:32 AM MEST
Monday, 3 May 2010
Richard Pohl to join Rafael Alvarez and Petra Simkova in recital
Now Playing: Chopin


Richard Pohl will accompany two Thalia-nominated opera singers Petra Simkova (Czech soprano) and Rafael Alvarez (Mexican tenor) in recital next month. The collaboration should be the most rewarding experience for listeners, as those are current top soloists on stage of the opera houses in our country.



Posted by Richard Pohl at 6:38 PM MEST
Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010 9:29 PM MEST
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Richard Pohl as guest on the Festival Opening Concert
Now Playing: Chopin


Opening concert of the Festival Music in Gardens and Castle in Kromeriz - Tribute to Frederic Chopin











The Czech pianist and teacher, Boris Krajný, studied at the Academy of Music in Prague with František Maxián and Ivan Moravec, subsequently winning first prize at the Senigallia competition in Italy and an honourable mention at the Queen Elizabeth competition in Brussels (1975).

Boris Krajný has performed in New York (Carnegie Hall), Washington (Kennedy Center), London (Wigmore Hall), Paris (Salle Gaveau), Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, Salzburg, Moscow (Tchaikovsky Hall), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Tokyo, Sydney (Opera), Baalbek and other towns and cities on five continents. His extensive repertoire includes music of many different periods, with an emphasis on Czech works. He has frequently performed Dvorak’s Piano Concerto (including in South Africa), Ravel Concerto in G major, the entire piano works of Janácek (at the Rouen festival), Leonard Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety (Prague Spring 1990), Martinu 4th Concerto (New York), etc.

Boris Krajný teaches at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Boris Krajný has recorded widely (for Supraphon, Panton, Bonton, CBS, etc.) including Bartók and Prokofiev concertos (with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra), works by Voríšek (with the Prague Chamber Orchestra), quintets by Dvorak and César Franck, piano works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Schulhoff, Martinu, etc. He has recorded the complete works of Maurice Ravel for Supraphon and received the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros (Paris 1982) for his recording of French piano concertos (Arthur Honegger, Francis Poulenc, Roussel).


Programme of the Opening Festival Concert:

Boris Krajny, piano

Guest: Richard Pohl, piano

Frederich Chopin: Fantasy in F minor, op. 49, Nocturno In C sharp Minor op. posth, Mazurka op. 6/1, Mazurka op. 17/4, Grande Valse brillante E flat Major op. 18, Ballade In A flat Major op. 47, Ballade In F Minor op. 52, Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante op. 22, Polonaise As dur op. 53, Waltz in E Minor, op. posth. 

Place: Archbishop Palace, Kromeriz

More information and Map:

Posted by Richard Pohl at 8:52 AM MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2010 7:53 PM MEST
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Duo Skarka-Pohl in Prague
Now Playing: Opera Arias

Duo Skarka - Pohl has appeared in many special events recently, including the New Year's Concert in the Jesenik Spa and also several concerts in Prague.

Highlights included performances at Zofin (November 2009), Smetana Museum (February 2010) and the Academy of Music (April 2010). The live recording of Schubert's Erlkonig from the concert should be soon available on our channels at, and YouTube. Stay tuned!


Posted by Richard Pohl at 11:04 AM MEST
Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010 7:25 PM MEST
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Richard Pohl presents Michaela Kapustova
Now Playing: Opera


Guest of the National Theatre Opera.

Born in Brno. In 2008 she completed her studies at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Yvona Škvárová, with whom she continues to hone her technique. She also attended master classes given by Peter Dvorský in Jaromerice nad Rokytnou. She succeeded in several competitions – 3rd place in the competition for the Leoš Janácek Award at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, 1st place in the Prague Singer competition (2007) organised by the Children’s Opera Prague and victory at the Competition of Conservatories of the Czech Republic (2007).

After graduating from the Conservatory, she made her professional debut at the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzen, portraying the role of Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia (2008). In the 2008/09 season she is scheduled to perform at the National Theatre Prague the Third Wood Sprite in a new production of Dvorak’s Rusalka. In the current season she is starring in the title role of Rossini's La Cenerentola in the National Theatre of Brno.

Richard Pohl shall work with Michaela Kapustova in following season in several music projects.

More information at the singer's official website:







Posted by Richard Pohl at 12:01 AM MEST
Updated: Monday, 14 June 2010 2:06 PM MEST
Friday, 5 March 2010
Recording from the Czech Broadcast on YouTube
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Lukas Sommer










The great Czech composer Lukas Sommer has dedicated his wonderful cycle of songs on lyrics by the famous Moravian poet Vit Sliva "Souvrat" to Duo Skarka-Pohl who recorded it exclusively for the Czech broadcast.

Read this article in Czech literature online newspaper:

Listen to excerpts on YouTube:


Posted by Richard Pohl at 12:01 AM CET
Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010 9:30 PM MEST
Friday, 5 February 2010
Richard Pohl to accompany the International Opera Masterclasses by Gabriela Benackova
Now Playing: Various Music

Richard Pohl should accompany the Masterclasses by the internationally acclaimed soprano Gabriela Benackova this year.Also the legendary tenor Peter Dvorsky will be there as another lecteur, with another accompanist.

If you are interested, please, sign the application available here:



Posted by Richard Pohl at 12:01 AM CET
Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2010 5:15 PM MEST
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Picture from the Czech TV Broadcast
Now Playing: Christmas of Music

Dear friends and fans,

thank you so much for all your great support!

We appreciate all your sweet messages and we are really glad that we had could share this great event with you.

Yours Duo Skarka-Pohl

Mili a drazi pratele,

diky za vsechnu podporu a mile zpravy, jsme radi, ze jsme s Vami mohli sdilet tuto udalost, v historii naseho dua vpravde historickou!


Posted by Richard Pohl at 12:01 AM CET
Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010 3:24 PM MEST
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Duo Skarka-Pohl live in the Czech TV
Mood:  celebratory
Now Playing: Janacek Songs













Duo Skarka-Pohl proudly announces that they were honoured by an invitation to perform live in the traditional Christmas Benefit Concert in the Czech TV. The event will take place tomorrow, 29th November 17:00 (5 p.m., GMT+1 time).

Watch the broadcast online here:



Posted by Richard Pohl at 12:01 AM CET
Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010 3:02 PM MEST
Friday, 13 November 2009
Duo Skarka-Pohl at the Antonin Dvorak Competition in Karlsbad
Now Playing: Mexican music


Josef Skarka, the well-known young bass singer and member of the Duo Skarka-Pohl took part in the recent annual of the International Antonin Dvorak Vocal competition in Karlsbad. With Richard Pohl's accompaniment, he broke through to the final rounds of both Opera and Art Song Contests getting several major awards - 2nd prize in the Opera, the prize for the best Czech participant (means audience with the president of our country), the prize of the National Theatre Brno (should fill the part of Figaro in Mozart's opera the next season) and in the Song Competition he was awarded by the Honourary award and the Prize for the Best Performance of the Contemporary Song. Duo was also invited to make some recitals in Prague and to record for the Czech broadcast.

On this picture is Richard Pohl and Josef Skarka along with the world famous Slovak tenor and the chairman of the jury, Mr. Peter Dvorsky:
















Posted by Richard Pohl at 12:01 AM CET
Updated: Tuesday, 18 May 2010 10:16 AM MEST
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Richard Pohl On Tour with Schubert Program
Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Schubert

"The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention." (Franz Schubert)

Dear friends,

please, let me invite you to my current tour, with program consisting almost entirely of music by Franz Schubert.





























Please, check my Facebook page

and the concert listing at

for more information. 

Hope to meet you there and wish you a nice time :)

Yours faithfully

Richard Pohl

Posted by Richard Pohl at 11:18 AM MEST
Updated: Wednesday, 7 October 2009 11:31 AM MEST
Monday, 17 August 2009
Manetin Recital
Now Playing: Opera and Lieder

Picture from the recital of 16th August, 2009 in Manetin.

Duo Skarka-Pohl and Marketa Matlova (soprano).

Posted by Richard Pohl at 12:29 PM MEST
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Saludos a Mr. Zimerman
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Schubert and Opera


In a low voice that could not be heard throughout the auditorium, Zimerman, universally considered among the world's finest pianists, made reference to Guantanamo Bay and U.S. military policies toward Poland.

"Get your hands off my country," he said.

Then he turned to the piano and played Szymanowski's "Variations on a Polish Folk Theme" with such passion and intensity that the stunned audience gave him multiple ovations.

Earlier, about 30 or 40 people in the audience had walked out after Zimerman's declaration, some shouting obscenities.

"Yes," the pianist, known in Poland as "King Krystian the Glorious," answered, "some people, when they hear the word military, start marching."

Zimerman then said that America has far finer exports than its military -- and he thanked those who supported democracy. He left the stage without further comment and was unavailable Monday.

His manager, Mary Pat Buerkle, told the Associated Press on Monday that Zimerman has talked for the last couple of years about not coming back to the United States "for a while. . . . I don't think it's appropriate to say it's all political."

Zimerman has had problems in the United States in recent years, but many in the classical music world thought they were logistical.

Just a week ago, before an appearance in Seattle, Zimerman expressed frustration about the hassle and expense of touring the U.S. with his piano.

Shortly after Sept. 11, his instrument was confiscated at JFK Airport when he landed in New York to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. Thinking the glue smelled funny, the Transportation Security Administration decided to take no chances and destroyed the piano. Since then he has shipped his pianos in parts, which he reassembles by hand after he lands. To get from city to city within the U.S., he hires a driver to take the shell of the piano, and he drives another car that holds the precious custom-designed keys and hammers.

Lately, he'd seemed pleased with the direction the United States has taken. During a performance Friday at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall, he delighted his Bay Area audience by making sly reference to his approval of Barack Obama in the White House.

 But by the time he drove his piano to Los Angeles, Zimerman's mood appeared to have darkened. His remarks, which some in the audience characterized as angry, were the talk of Los Angeles' classical music world and its small Polish community Monday.

Deborah Borda, president of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, said that while some patrons were taken aback by Zimerman's comments, she did not believe it would affect attendance or fundraising.

"It was very clear he was speaking for himself," she said. "We obviously can't censor. We believe in freedom of expression. We don't use a hook to drag people off the stage."

In a spirited range of comments on The Times' Culture Monster blog, many praised Zimerman and others said the stage was no place for divisive political speech. "Go Zimerman, and take the Dixie Chicks with you," said one post, referring to the country music group that in 2003 created a ruckus when a member said they were ashamed President Bush was from Texas.

Others noted that though classical music culture in the United States is among the least overtly political of enclaves, Poland has a long tradition of mixing the political and the musical. Composer and pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski was Poland's third prime minister and is revered in Poland the way the Founding Fathers are here.

"There is a tradition of Polish pianists being in the middle of political events," said Marek Zebrowski, director of the Polish Music Center at USC.

Though Poland gets comparatively little attention in the U.S., American policy recently has been a hot-button issue in Poland. Poles were upset about allegations that the CIA held suspected Al Qaeda militants in secret prisons in Poland. A Polish newspaper mockingly referred to the country as "the 51st state." Also controversial was a Bush administration proposal to put missile defense facilities there.

Sumi Hahn, a Seattle journalist who interviewed Zimerman earlier this month, said she was not surprised to hear of his outburst. She said he told her that he had "very mixed feelings now about America."

"In the past five years," she quoted him as saying, "something happened here that changed the world: a war based on lies. . . . So much damage was done worldwide ... and Americans are so unaware."

On the other hand, Robert Cole, director of Cal Performances in Berkeley, said he was surprised to hear of Zimerman's L.A. comments -- especially because of the lightness that characterized his performance in Berkeley.

Just before playing a Bach partita, Zimerman told his audience it was important to consider the political purpose of a piece of music. Bach, he told his audience, "had made a decision to put his piece in a minor key rather than a major one." Perhaps, he said, according to audience members who were there, he did that because there was a leader Bach didn't like.

Zimerman made an approving reference to Obama and then played the piece, but ended it in a joyful C major instead of a melancholy C minor.

"The audience loved it," said Christina Kellogg, director of public relations at Cal Performances. "His playing was brilliant and they broke into huge applause, and he was clearly pleased that the audience was completely with him."

Cole said he had breakfast with the pianist last week at a music-themed cafe across the street from the campus. Zimerman spoke mainly of how exhausting it was to travel with a Steinway.

"I'm sorry he's not coming back," Cole said. "He reminds me of Don Quixote. He's on a quest for perfection."

Cole added that, from a public relations perspective, it's too bad Zimerman hadn't offered his comments about Bach to Los Angeles and saved his fiery political rhetoric for Berkeley.

"I think he maybe picked the wrong place," he said. "It would have been less of an uproar here."

Times music critic Mark Swed contributed to this report.



Posted by Richard Pohl at 2:00 PM MEST
Updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2009 2:06 PM MEST

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