Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Following the Czech National Symphony Orchestra’s triumphant 30th Anniversary U.S. tour in 2023, including the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra returns in February 2025.

Under the baton of music director Steven Mercurio, the CNSO will feature two dynamic soloists, violinist Sandy Cameron and pianist Maxim Landau along with legendary symphonic favorites by Antonin Dvorak.

Czech National Symphony Orchestra (biography)
Steven Mercurio (biography)
Sandy Cameron (biography)
Maxim Lando (biography)
Mercurio and the orchestra struck an exquisite balance of delicate ensemble playing with well-placed bursts of fervor. - Seen and Heard International
In the bristling finale of Antonin Dvorak’s Czech Suite, conductor Steven Mercurio literally jumped above the podium (as Beethoven was said to do when he conducted). Mercurio’s aggressive physical style energized this brief dance-y, robust, sunny series of melodic episodes whose variety showed the ensemble cohesive and powerful from the first downbeat. - Nippertown
WMHT (ALBANY/SCHENECTADY/TROY NPR AFFILIATE) Interview with Robert McDuffie
The impressive experience showed this as a fine orchestra that … delivers the goods in some of the most famous, and important, works in classical music...One also rarely hears the Brahms Violin Concerto with…McDuffie’s tremendously willful and invigorating performance…The orchestral playing was sensitive and responsive to McDuffie, who pressed both the beauty and thorniness of the music to extreme degrees. - New York Classical Review
"A versatile Czech orchestra shows itself at home in Carnegie Hall" - NY Classical Review
McDuffie is one of the finest violinists of our age. He played with great clarity and precision, but without sacrificing anything in expression or musicality. - The Buffalo News
Interview with Violinist Robert McDuffie: Brahms and Beyond
The Violin Podcast Interview with Robert McDuffie