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, 2016
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
DEDICATION, PRECISION AND PASSION – “working with Maestro Chaudhuri was a pure pleasure! it is rare that one encounters a musician who combines the dedication, precision and passion so effortlessly and generously on all the different kinds of music he approaches. Working with a conductor who enjoys all of that is a dream for every soloist.”
– Kinan Azmeh, clarinet, composer- Prague, 2019
CZECH PHILHARMONICS LEFT INDIA SPELLBOUND – …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.
– H.E. Milan Hovorka, Ambassador, Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi – India, 2018
EBULLIENT! – Brought to India 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, January 2018
THE GRANDIOSE FINALE OF THE 50TH DVORAK MUSIC FESTIVAL – The breathtaking event for the classical music lovers celebrated 50 years of existence. This year was finalized by a grandiose open air concert. At the St. Mountain by Pribram Dvorak Requiem was played by PKF – Prague Philharmonia led by conductor Debashish Chaudhuri, with soloists Jana Srejma Kacirkova, Ester Pavlu, Josef Moravec and Martin Gurbal. Three choirs took the uneasy task for the choir parts: Prague chamber choir, Veprek mixed choir and Ladies chamber choir Krasky.
– Music Gate, June 2018
ENTHUSIASM FOR DETAILS AND FULLNESS OF SOUND – Beethoven´s Symphony no. 1 finalized the concert in the brilliant performance of the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic. Energetic conductor of Indian origin Debashish Chaudhuri provided unusual energy to the whole rendering full of enthusiasm for details and the fullness of sound of the whole orchestra. The final massive applause of the audience showed a great appreciation for the quality of interpretation for the well prepared orchestra, as well as tribute to the author himself.
– Hudební léto v Heřmanově Městci 2017, Tribute to L. v. Beethoven´s 190th death anniversary
TALENT AND EXPERIENCE – It was not the first time for the likeable Indian Debashish Chaudhuri to conduct the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic. Last year he brilliantly managed a unique concert organized by the Indian embassy at the Prague Bethlehem Chapel. Through his kind and natural approach he won the respect of the audience in Suk hall in the House of Music from the first moment and didnt even wink his eye during the audience´s mistaken clapping in the middle of Elgar´s piece. Chaudhuri is graced by talent and experience from the world stages, his exotic origin is perceived as a bonus by many. He had a great understanding with our Pardubice musicians.
– Pardubice daily
„I had the opportunity to get to know conductor Debashish Chaudhuri more closely during our philharmonic tour to India in February 2016. Maestro Chaudhuri is a real professional who wins the musicians by his positive approach, deep knowledge and his open attitude. He has my admiration also for his social engagement, as he supports and directly organizes many charity projects.“
RNDr. Josef Nemy, director of Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic
“Conductor Debashish Chaudhuri prepared a unique experience to our audience when he connected one of the most important works of Antonin Dvorak, From the New World Symphony with the masterpiece of Jonathan Mayer. Thanks to their cooperation, a unique dramaturgy was created, connecting East and the West. Hiawatha´s song, inspired by the famous Dvorak´s Largo, surprised and elevated the audience who especially appreciated the unbelievable beauty and resonance of Indian traditional instruments with a philharmonic orchestra.”
Albina Houskova, director of the Antonin Dvorak Music Festival
“I enjoyed the concert very much and appreciate the accomplishment of the conductor, his tempos and interpretation. The combination of the sitar, tabla and orchestra is unusual, interesting and innovative.”
Antonin Dvorak III, grandson of composer Antonin Dvorak
“Maestro Chaudhuri cares most about the live experience and emotions which the artist invests in his/her interpretation. He will assist you with an unbelievable amount of empathy and his own experience. He breathes with you, sings every word which I find extremely encouraging. You dont need to have eyes to be sure Mr. Chaudhuri is experiencing everything just like you. You feel it with your whole body. I managed the impossible with his motivation. Concerts with Mr. Debashish are huge rewards for me.”
Alena Schutova, visually impaired singer (cooperation in 2010, 2014 and 2018)