WORDLESS MAGIC – It is a rare concert that evokes many disparate memories with equal intensity, so that listeners can recover lost threads and spin skeins of time and place, reeling them in to reconstruct the fragments of their lives. The Grand Finale concert of the Calcutta School of Music’s centennial celebrations was one such: the rich, resonant sounds of the Bohuslav Martinu Orchestra conducted masterfully by Debashish Chaudhuri, along with Jana Chaudhuri’s powerful pianism, made this concert a first for this city in many decades.
– Daily Telegraph – India
CZECH PHILHARMONICS LEFT INDIA SPELLBOUND – In the course of the concert tour, realized between January 10 and January 21, 2018, the philharmonic orchestra gratified the Indian classical music enthusiasts in four Indian cities, in Delhi, Mumbai, Panjim (Goa), and Kolkata….The commitment and brilliant performances put by the conductor and all the musicians did not go unheeded. The audience expressed their unrelenting gratitude with long-lasting applauses and demands for encores.
– Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi
ABILITY TO EXTRACT A ROBUST SOUND! – Debashish Chaudhuri has an amazing ability to extract a robust sound from his talented musicians, and the choice of the next two works, the popular Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 and the equally popular Dvorak’s New World Symphony, gave ample scope for the orchestra to show off its dynamic sound, particularly in its woodwind and brass sections. The soloist in the piano concerto was Jana Chaudhuri, a Czech pianist who is married to the conductor. Her rousing performance caused the audience to explode with demands for an encore. At the end of the concert, there were more shouts of ‘bravo!’ and ‘encore!’ as the audience gave the orchestra a standing ovation. Chaudhuri played two encores, the second being an orchestral rendition of Yeh Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahan and encouraged by the conductor, the audience sang along!”
– Financial Chronicle Mumbai, February 2016
EBULLIENT! – Brought to India by the Czech government to celebrate 70 years of Indo-Czech diplomatic relations, the evening had some obvious, and some not-so-obvious Indo-Czech connections. The most obvious was the ebullient Maestro Debashish Chaudhuri, once of Kolkata, now of the Czech Republic, who conducted rousing versions of Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2.
– Open The Magazine