HarrisonParrott has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for over 12 years. Most recently HarrisonParrott arranged a highly successful tour of China for the Czech Philharmonic and Claus Peter Flor in November/ December 2011 with soloists Akiko Suwanai and Mengla Huang, including two performances at the prestigious NCPA in Beijing followed by concerts in Shanghai, Xian and Macau.
As far back as 2001, Harrison Parrott was arranging prestigious tours for the Czech Philharmonic with Vladimir Ashkenazy, including concerts at the Lucerne Festival, the BBC Proms, Beethovenfest Bonn and a main season tour of the UK as well as a 20 concert tour of south-east Asia, including China, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the orchestra travelled to the Salzburg Festival for a residency in summer 2001.
Highlights of 2002 included performances at the Barbican Centre London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris and tours of Italy and Spain. At the end of 2002, under the late Yakov Kreizberg, the Czech Philharmonic gave a 12-concert tour of Japan.
Vladimir Ashkenazy led the orchestra on a 14-concert tour of the USA in 2003, returning a year later, this time with Andrey Boryeko at the helm. The Czech Philharmonic collaborated with the late Sir Charles Mackerras in 2004 at the BBC Proms and at the Musikverein, Vienna. Prior to that they toured Japan in 2003 with Vaclav Macal and Jean Fournet as well as performing Vladimir Ashkenazy’s 'Music under Dictatorship' Project in Cologne (four concerts), at Carnegie Hall (three concerts) and at the Konzerthaus Vienna (two concerts). The Orchestra returned to the Salzburg Festival in 2004 with Gerd Albrecht.
“Mahler's eighth was epic, fantastically played in a way that filled every corner of the hall. Everything came together and the audience showed their gratitude with standing ovations. This concert made a great impression which will last for a long time.” (Die Welt, May 2011)
“The string sections of the Czech Philharmonic, always one of the orchestra’s glories, play with a finesse and care for balance akin to the finest string quartets whilst the winds are now equal in security to the best whilst still retaining some of those timbres which we think of as quintessentially Czech.” (Classicalsource.com, October 2009)