Ladies and gentlemen, dear guests, dear members of the international jury,
I am pleased that we have the opportunity to meet again in the premises of Radio and Television Slovakia – the Slovak Radio building to share our experience as well as the joy of our work that we are passionately devoted to in our home radio broadcasting institutions. The period of the pandemic is over and we can finally shake hands in person and inspire one another. This year’s edition of the international competition of folk music recordings SVETOZÁR STRAČINA GRAND PRIX is even more special for us working in the Slovak Radio as we commemorate the 115th birth anniversary and the 30th death anniversary of a prominent Slovak composer Eugen Suchoň. His close relation to the Slovak musical tradition and Slovak folk music significantly shaped his compositional creations.
Me and my colleagues at RTVS are honoured that you accepted our invitation to come to Bratislava for the competition and look forward to meeting you in the Slovak Radio building. We would like to wish you a pleasant stay full of valuable musical as well as personal encounters. We are happy that our folklore family knows no boundaries and we are keen to support each other.
The SVETOZÁR STRAČINA GRAND PRIX 2023 competition is opening its gates. Please, do come in!
Director of RTVS Radio Programme Services Section
The closing Galaconcert recording can be found in RTVS archive
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Adrian Kokoš, conductor
Slovak Radio Folk Instruments Orchestra (led by artistic leader Peter Uličný)
US Lúčnica vocal ensemble
Slovak Radio Girls´ Choir