It comes as no surprise, then, that ŠKODA and the Czech Philharmonic have enjoyed a partnership that has lasted since 1993. ŠKODA provides the orchestra with funding and sponsorship vehicles.
The Czech Philharmonic’s principal conductor, Semyon Bychkov, told ŠKODA Storyboard how he views the Czech music tradition, which he believes was inspired – just like the ŠKODA design language – by Cubism and allusions to the Bohemian glassmaking tradition. “We could find Cubist structuralism reflected in Leoš Janáček’s music. As for Antonín Dvořák’s compositions, these are the musical equivalent of Bohemian crystal,” says Bychkov.
He also described how he himself combines music and driving. “I only put music on occasionally. I tend to drive in silence,” he explains.