Tutors 'Play Chamber Music with the Kinsky Trio Prague & Friends'
České Budějovice, Czech Republic, Saturday 20 - Sunday 28 July 2019
The Czech pianist Veronika Böhmová was born into a family of Czech musicians in České Budějovice, South Bohemia, in 1985. She started taking piano lessons with prof. Marie Šimková Kotrčová at the age of five. Later she studied at the Hochschule für Musik Carl-Maria von Weber school in Dresden, guided by prof. Arkadi Zenzipér and at the Prague Music School in a class led by prof. Ivan Klánský. She is a prize winning participant in numerous international music competitions, e.g. Anton G. Rubinstein Competition 2012 in Dresden (2nd prize), Rotary Club Competition 2011 (1st prize), Queen Elizabeth Competition 2010 Brussels (semi finales) and Maria Canals Competition 2007 (2nd prize). She takes regularly part in many master classes given by famous artists, e.g. Klaus Hellwig, David Lively, Michel Béroff, Staffan Scheja, Avedis Kouyoumjian and others. In 2014 the Czech Supraphon record label released her debut CD with works by Strawinsky and Prokofjev. In 2016 Veronika played her debut concert in the famous Carnegie Hall in NY. Since 2015 is she the the piano teacher at the Prague Conservatory. Due to her success Veronika Böhmova performs regularly concerts in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic (the Prague Spring and Prague Autumn festivals), Belgium, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Italy, France, USA, Mexico, Japan and China. Recently she has become a member of the Kinsky Trio Prague.
Pavel Hůla is a versatile violinist, successfully combining the twin careers of soloist and chamber music player. Since 2010 to 2015 he was primarius of the famous Pražák Quartet, while from 1975-2010 he was leader of the celebrated Kocián string quartet, with which he appeared in over 3200 concerts worldwide, and made more than 60 CDs for Denon, Supraphon, Orfeo and Praga Digitals. In 1997 the Kocián Quartet was awarded a Grand Prix du Disque in Paris. Pavel Hůla is professor at the Prague Academy of Music. In connection with his leadership of the Praga Camerata orchestra, he is also conducting.
Jan Nykrýn is a Czech viola player.
- Prague Conservatory (1989-1995)
- Charles University in Prague - Faculty of Education (1995-2002) - Prof. Jaroslav Motlík
- Masterclasses and study tours, for example Lawrence University, USA (1991-1992), Kató Havas, Oxford (1992), Cleveland Quartet, USA (1992), atd.
- 1992 - the principal viola of the Fox Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra where he also appeared as a soloist
- 1998 - gained first prize in national competions of faculties of education in Plzeň.
- In years 1995-2007 - member of the Czech Nonet
- Member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK since 2005
Zbyněk Paďourek, violist, started to study the violin at Pilsen Conservatory. He then studied at the Prague Academy of Art with Prof. J. Motlík. Until 1992 he was a member of the Czech Nonet, in 1993 he joined the Kocian string quartet. His activities with these ensembles involve not only frequent concerts, but also recording of several dozens of CDs, number of which has been appraised by international music critics or won various awards such the „Recording of the year 2006“ in France for the recording of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy´s Octet together with Kocian and Pražák Quartet. As a member of Kocian Quartet obtained he „Charles Gross Award“ in Paris 1997 for the complete recording of Hindemith´s quartets. Since 2010 he is a member of the Martinů Quartet. Since 2003 he teaches at Pilsen Conservatory.
Clarinettist Ludmila Peterková was Laureate Prize Winner of Prague Spring Competition 1991. She teaches now at the Prague Conservatory. She recorded a number of CD´s for the label Supraphon. The recordings of Rossini, Bruch and Mendelssohn received a prize for best recording of the year. She studied at HAMU in Prague and CNSM in Paris. She gave masterclasses in the South Korea, Japan, Poland and Italy. She also appears as a speaker in the Czech radio and Czech TV.
Martin Sedlák – cello, graduated from the Prague Conservatory under Václav Jírovec in 1997 and from the Academy of Music under Josef Chuchro in 2002. He took part in master classes of the most famous cellists of our time (M. Mlejnik, E. Arizcuren, T. Kühne, M. Perényi, M. Rostropovich). M. Rostropovich said about him: “He is an excelent cellist, who has his instrument under a perfect control.” In 1996 he became the winner of the International Cello Competition in Liezen (Austria). In the autumn of the same year he was a semi-finalist in the International Cello Competition of Dr. Luis Sigall in Viňa del Mar (Chile). In 1997 he won 1st prize in cello competition of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation and also won a special prize for the best interpretation of Martinů´s work. In 1998 he was entered, as a soloist, on the prestigious list of young artists issued by the Czech Music Fund.
Apart from his career as a soloist, he is a sought-after partner in various chamber combinations. He plays with his wife, violinist, Lucie Sedláková Hůlová in the Czech String Duo and together with pianist Veronika Böhmová in the piano trio Kinsky Trio Prague. He is a principal member and soloist of the Praga Camerata chamber orchestra, conducted by Pavel Hůla. He played as a soloist or chamber musician in most countries of Europe and also in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Seychelles, USA and Canada. He has made more than twenty recordings for Czech Radio. He recorded two CDs for MusicVars. He performs on a F. A. Homolka cello from 1859.
Violinist Lucie Sedláková Hůlová graduated from the Prague Conservatory under Dana Vlachová (violinist of the Czech Trio) in 1997 and from the Prague Academy of Music under Jiří Tomášek in 2002 (Masters degree). She has to her credit a list of solo appearances with Czech orchestras as well as with partners in various chamber music combinations. In 2004 she featured as a soloist in the Dvořák Violin concerto with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra under Jiří Malát on their highly successful tour of the USA. The critics admired particularly the beauty of her tone and the warmth of her musical expression.
She regularly plays with her husband, cellist Martin Sedlák, as the Czech String Duo and together with pianist Veronika Böhmová they are forming the Kinsky Trio Prague. She frequently plays with her father, Pavel Hůla (first violinist in the Pražák Quartet). She is a member and soloist of the Praga Camerata chamber orchestra. In the summer of 1997 she was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink. In 2000 – 2006 she was also a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra where she worked with the world's most famous and respected conductors and soloists (such as Levine, Mehta, Gergiev, Järvi, Temirkanov, Masur, Dohnanyi, etc.). As a soloist and member of all these ensembles, she has given hundreds of concerts all over the world. She plays an 18th-century Italian violin. She engages herself also in performing baroque music in authentic interpretation on authentic instruments.
The leading Czech oboist Jan Thuri was born into a family of musician in Praha in 1975. He came in contact with art at an early age through playing violin and piano. He has been playing oboe since the age of thirteen. When he graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of his father Frantisek Xaver Thuri, he crowned his studies at the Utrecht College of Music with Ernest Rombout and at the Ostrava University with Dusan Foltyn. He also took part in a few excellent courses with Jean-Louis Capezzali, Maurice Bourgue, Han de Vries, Jérôme Guichard and Jacques Tys. During his studies he won many awards in international competitions (Czech Republic, France, Great Britain).
Jan Thuri is a sought-after solo and chamber music player. He co-operates with the foremost local and foreign orchestras. As a soloist, Jan Thuri has played in virtually all countries of Europe, in the USA, Japan and Korea. He records for the radio stations Czech Radio, Radio France and the British BBC where he recorded the Richard Strauss oboe concerto in D-Major in live broadcast.
In 2002 he founded the chamber orchestra “Thuri Ensemble” and he plays actively with them at home and abroad. Besides that he is a member of several chamber orchestras, primarily ensembles specialising in the baroque style music, he is also a member of wind trio “Trio DuBois”. In the exceptionally rich repertoire of Jan Thuri there are compositions of all styles and periods including contemporary and also avant-garde ones. The artist is often sought-after for the premiere interpretation of compositions of famous Czech and foreign contemporary composers.
Jitka Vlašánková won the first prize in the national competition of the Music Schools in 1975. Later, she attended the Conservatory and the Academy of Music in Prague under Professors R. Lojda, S. Večtomov and Miloš Sádlo. She took master classes with outstanding world-famous cellists (e.g. A.Navarra, E.Rautio or B. Greenhouse and R. Garbousová at the Piatigorski Seminar in Los Angeles) and was granted a British council scholarship to study under W.Pleeth in London.
During her studies she participated in several national and international competitions e.g.: 1981 – 1st prize in National Beethoven Cello Competition; 1983 – 3rd prize in the Prague Spring International Cello Competition; 1985 – a prize for the best performance of D. Popper’s composition in the Pablo Casals International competition in Budapest.
Although most of her professional life is devoted to the Martinů Quartet Jitka Vlašánková gives solo recitals in her country as well as abroad (Holland, England, Germany) and records for the Czech Radio (eg. cellosonatas by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Franck, Chopin). She is a member of the Czech cello duo and the Czech cello trio with Petr Hejný and Jaroslav Kulhan (Panocha Quartet). Since 2000, she has been a professor at the Music Gymnasium in Prague.