Váša Příhoda!

Váša Příhoda (1900-1960) was a famous Czech violinist known for the perfection of his technique and the beauty of his tone. He was considered a Paganini specialist, and his recording of the Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor on the Supraphon Czech Label is still very highly praised. His artistry was controversial, and tended to polarise listeners. He studied privately with Jan Mařák (a student of Otakar Ševčík), making his first public concert at age 13, playing the Mozart’s 4th Violin Concerto. He was said to have been given Niccolò Paganini's own violin on which to play. He toured Brazil and the United States in 1920, and the USA in 1921. Příhoda concertized extensively all over the world and made a number of recordings when the industry was in its infancy. Unfortunately, some of his recordings were not well-produced so the sound quality is poor. He played in the U.S. many times and was greatly admired for his style, dazzling technique, and finesse. Critics have suggested that Heifetz was jealous of him. His original recording of Mozart's Concerto kv.216 on the Cetra Italian label played with Orchestra Sinfonica di Torino della Radiotelevisione Italiana, is one of those rare and sought-after LPs that he recorded. - Saulo Zucchello