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THEODORE KUCHAR

Theodore Kuchar, one of the most prolifically recorded conductors of the past decade, has recorded over 90 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. For the past years, he has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s premiere orchestras, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Since 1991, he has served as Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music, an annual event regarded as the preeminent chamber music festival of the Southern Hemisphere. He presently also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Reno Chamber Orchestra in the United States. During the past several seasons, guest conducting engagements have taken him to major musical centers including Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Prague, Seoul and Sydney.

With the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, he has conducted tours of Australia, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Switzerland during the 2006–07 season. In January–February 2009, they undertook a four-week tour of the USA. With the NSO of Ukraine, 11 international tours included Asia, Australia, Central Europe and the United Kingdom. During the 2003–04 season he conducted the opening subscription weeks and a three-week European Tour with the Berliner Symphoniker (Berlin Symphony); during the past two seasons, he will have conducted nearly 40 concerts with this distinguished orchestra. In February 2005, he conducted a three-week United States Tour with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. Additional engagements include collaborations in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Berlin, Bucharest, Cape Town, Kiev, Milan, Palermo, Prague, Rome and Rotterdam. With the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and Kuchar have recorded 10 compact discs, devoted to the complete symphonies of Carl Nielsen, the complete overtures and tone poems of Dvořák and the complete orchestral works of Bedrich Smetana.

Under Mr Kuchar’s direction, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has today become the most frequently recorded orchestra of the former Soviet Union. During the period 1994–2004, the orchestra recorded over 70 compact discs for the Naxos and Marco Polo labels, including the complete symphonies of Kalinnikov, Lyatoshynsky, Martinů and Prokofiev, as well as major works of Dvořák, Glazunov, Mozart, Shchedrin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky and the symphonies and orchestral works of Ukraine’s leading contemporary symphonist, Yevhen Stankovych. The first of these recordings, devoted to Lyatoshynsky’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, was awarded the ABC’s “Best International Recording of the Year” in 1994. Their recording of the complete works for violin and orchestra by Walter Piston for the Naxos label was hailed by Gramophone (January 2000) as a “Record of the Year” for 1999. The complete symphonies of Prokofiev are regarded by many critics as the most accomplished cycle available on record. As a violist, his recording of works by Walter Piston was awarded the Chamber Music America/WQXR “Record of the Year” for 2001. The releases of the NSOU, in 2003, include recordings, on the Naxos label, of Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition and Night on Bald Mountain in the familiar Rimsky-Korsakov version and rarely heard original version), Tchaikovsky (Romeo and Juliet, 1812 Overture, Capriccio Italien and Marche Slav) and Roy Harris (Symphonies Nos. 7 and 9). Critical acclaim has included the following:

“Theodore Kuchar, as anyone will know from his Naxos recordings, is an extremely exciting and talented conductor, and his take-no-prisoners approach works very well in this colorful music. He blasts through the Carnival and Hussite Overtures with uninhibited abandon. His performance of the Symphonic Variations is thrilling, as cogently flowing as any, and it concludes with the best, most powerfully roof-raising final fugue that I ever hope to hear.”
ClassicsToday.com

Theodore Kuchar continues to devote several periods annually to one of his most serious passions, the performance of chamber music. His colleagues have included James Buswell, Martin Chalifour, Sarah Chang, Lamar Crowson, Leila Josefowicz, Oleg Kagan, Dong-Suk Kang, Isabelle van Keulen, Oleh Krysa, Mark Lubotsky, Truls Mork, Paul Neubauer, Irina Schnittke, Torleif Thedeen and Thomas Zehetmair. In 1994, he participated with colleagues Oleh Krysa and Alexander Ivashkin in the world premiere of Penderecki’s String Trio in New York City. In July of 1999, he appeared as violist in two recordings for the Naxos label, in works by Alfred Schnittke (with Irina Schnittke and Mark Lubotsky) and Walter Piston.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Ballet Naxos 8.501055
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Russian Symphonies Naxos 8.572955
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
CHILDREN’S CLASSICS - CD Story Box Naxos 8.507007
Classical Moments 1-3 Naxos 8.506004
The Very Best Of Naxos 8.502020


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AMERICAN CLASSICS SAMPLER Naxos
8.559118
Chamber Music
MARTINU: Chamber Music Naxos
8.553916
Chamber Music
PISTON: Chamber Music Naxos
8.559071
Chamber Music
SCHNITTKE: Piano Quintet / String Trio / Stille Musik Naxos
8.554728
Chamber Music

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20 YEARS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC: Naxos Anniversary Collection (Naxos Denmark) Naxos
8.570598
Orchestral
ADAGIO Amadis
7168
Concertos, Orchestral
ADAGIO CHILLOUT Naxos
8.556783
Orchestral
AMERICAN CLASSICS SAMPLER Naxos
8.559118
Orchestral
AMERICAN SALUTE (AN) - SPIRIT OF THE NATION Naxos
8.559147
Orchestral
ANTHEIL: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6 / McKonkey's Ferry Naxos
8.559033
Orchestral
AUDIO REFERENCE - 24K Naxos
8.550481G
Orchestral
BALLET FAVORITES Naxos
8.571082
Orchestral
BERNSTEIN: West Side Story (excerpts) Naxos
8.557878
Orchestral
BORODIN: Prince Igor (Highlights) / In the Steppes of Central Asia Naxos
8.557456
Opera, Orchestral
CHADWICK: Symphony No. 2 / Symphonic Sketches Naxos
8.559213
Orchestral
CHRISTMAS (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.570344-45
Orchestral
CINEMA CLASSICS 2004 Naxos
8.556813
Orchestral
CINEMA CLASSICS 2007 Naxos
8.556834
Orchestral
CLASSIC SWOON Naxos
8.578046-47
Orchestral
CLASSICAL MOMENTS 2: Classical Music for Love Naxos
8.555358
Orchestral
CLASSICS FOR LOVERS Naxos
8.570013-14
Orchestral
CRESTON: Symphonies Nos. 1- 3 Naxos
8.559034
Orchestral
DE LYSE NAETTER - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er (The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs) Naxos
8.503148DK
Orchestral
DEVIL'S MUSIC (The) Naxos
8.578085-86
Orchestral
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Orchestral
DVORAK / TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenades for Strings Amadis
7143
Orchestral
ENCHANTED LAKE (THE) - Sensual Music by Mozart, Mahler, Grieg, Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Liadov, Shostakovich, and others Naxos
8.555358DK
Orchestral
GLAZUNOV, A.K.: Symphony No. 6 / KALINNIKOV, V.S.: Symphony No. 1 (Anissimov, Kuchar) Naxos
8.572962
Orchestral
GOULD, M.: American Ballads / Foster Gallery / American Salute (Ukraine National Symphony, Kuchar) Naxos
8.559005
Orchestral
GREAT BALLET (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501055
Orchestral
GREAT RUSSIAN SYMPHONIES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501059
Orchestral
HARRIS: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 9 Naxos
8.559050
Orchestral
IN BALANCE WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.503180DK
Instrumental
KALINNIKOV: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos
8.553417
Orchestral
KHACHATURIAN, A.I.: Gayane Suite No. 2 / Spartacus Suite No. 2 / PROKOFIEV, S.: Cinderella Suite No. 1 (Anichanov, Kuchar) Naxos
8.572927
Orchestral
KHACHATURIAN, A.I.: Violin Concerto / Concerto-Rhapsody Naxos
8.555919
Concertos
KLASSISKA FAVORITER, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.550554
Orchestral
LEES: Symphony No. 4, 'Memorial Candles' Naxos
8.559002
Orchestral
LISTEN, LEARN AND GROW: Playtime Arts and Crafts Naxos Educational
8.555813
Orchestral
LYATOSHYNSKY: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 Marco Polo
8.223540
Orchestral
LYATOSHYNSKY: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 Marco Polo
8.223541
Orchestral
LYATOSHYNSKY: Symphony No. 1 / 'Grazhyna', Op. 58 Marco Polo
8.223542
Orchestral
MACABRE MASTERPIECES Naxos
8.557930-31
Orchestral
MOHR: From the Realm of the Shadow Naxos
8.559089-90
Opera
MOZART: Violin Concertos Nos. 3 and 5 Amadis
7145
Concertos, Orchestral
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition Naxos
6.110061
Orchestral
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition Naxos
8.555924
Opera, Orchestral
My First Ballet Album Naxos
8.578205
Orchestral
My First Tchaikovsky Album Naxos
8.578214
Orchestral
My First Violin Album Naxos
8.578215
Orchestral
Naxos Audiophile Kingdom Naxos
8.554915DX
Orchestral
OPERA BOX Naxos
8.503203
Opera
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos
8.503204
Orchestral
PISTON, W.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra (Buswell, Ukraine National Symphony, T. Kuchar) Naxos
8.559003
Concertos, Orchestral
PROKOFIEV (Eternal) Naxos
8.572079
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
PROKOFIEV (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556681
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 4 / The Prodigal Son (Ukraine National Symphony, Kuchar) Naxos
8.553055
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 5 / MYAKOVSKY, N.: Symphony No. 24 (Kuchar, D. Yablonsky) Naxos
8.572958
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 5 / The Year 1941 (Ukraine National Symphony, Kuchar) Naxos
8.553056
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV: Cinderella Suites / Scythian Suite Naxos
8.550968-69
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV: Cinderella Suites / TCHAIKOVSKY: Sleeping Beauty (Children's Classics) Naxos
8.554610
Children's Classics
PROKOFIEV: Orchestral Suites Naxos
8.554057
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet (Highlights) / Cinderella Suite No. 1 Naxos
8.553273
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV: Sergey Prokofiev - A Portrait (HART) Naxos Educational
8.558202-03
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
PROKOFIEV: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Dreams, Op. 6 Naxos
8.553053
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 7 Naxos
8.553054
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 1, 'Classical' / Symphony No. 5 Naxos
8.554058
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 6 / Waltz Suite Naxos
8.553069
Orchestral
PROKOFIEV: Symphony-Concerto / Cello Concertino / Pushkin Waltzes Naxos
8.553624
Concertos, Orchestral
ROMANCE Naxos
8.553216
Orchestral
ROMANCE OF THE SILVER SCREEN (The) Naxos
8.578005-06
Orchestral
RUSSIAN OPERA ARIAS, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.554843
Opera, Orchestral, Opera, Orchestral
RUSSIAN OPERA ARIAS, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.554844
Orchestral, Opera, Orchestral, Opera
SCARY MASTERPIECES - Music by Grieg, Liszt, Dvorak, Franck, Ducas, Saint-Saens Naxos
8.570362
Orchestral
SHCHEDRIN: Carmen Suite / Concerto for Orchestra Naxos
8.553038
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556684
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552129-30
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 5 / PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 1, "Classical" (Petrenko, Kuchar) Naxos
8.572959
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Dmitry Shostakovich - A Portrait (WHITEHOUSE) Naxos Educational
8.558188-89
Music Biographies
SHOSTAKOVICH: Gadfly Suite (The) / Five Days-Five Nights Suite Naxos
8.553299
Film and TV Music, Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Symphony No. 5 (Krysa, Ukraine National Symphony, Kuchar) Amadis
7194
Orchestral, Concertos
STANKOVYTCH: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4 Marco Polo
8.223792
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552117-18
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Naxos Tchaikovsky Album (The) Naxos
8.578138
Opera, Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture / Romeo and Juliet / Capriccio Italien Naxos
8.555923
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY: Dances and Overtures Naxos
8.554845
Orchestral
VIOLIN BLISS Naxos
8.578052
Orchestral





 
 
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