With Whom Will You Play?
The chamber music groups are formed to be well-balanced according to the musical level of the participants. Based on the repertoire and the number of participats, the groups are very variabile, from a trio up to a nonet, with various instrument set-up. Some ensembles might be completed with the tutor as the playing member as well.
And who will the tutors be?
We are happy to present the following “crew” to you:
Lucie Sedláková Hůlová is a sought-after violinist and chamber musician. Born in Prague, she graduated from the Prague Conservatory and from the Prague Academy of Music (Masters degree). She has to her credit an impressive list of solo appearances with Czech orchestras as well as with partners in various chamber music combinations. She regularly plays with her husband, cellist Martin Sedlák, as the Czech String Duo and together they also join forces with pianist Veronika Böhmová, forming the Kinsky Trio Prague. She frequently plays with her father, violinist Pavel Hůla. She is a member and soloist of the Praga Camerata chamber orchestra. She engages herself also in performing baroque music in authentic interpretation on authentic instruments, both as soloist as well as in specialized ensembles.
She was shortly 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. She teaches at the Music School in Prague and as a tutor or lecturer she regularly attends various music courses. More info at https://lucie.kinskytrio.cz
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.” He has received numerous prizes in cello competitions at home as well as abroad (Liezen in Austria, Viňa del Mar in Chile, Prague in Czech Republic). He got several special prizes 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 collaborates also on a crossover projects with the jazz piano trio. In 2001-2002 He was a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra and later the UBS Verbier Chamber Orchestra where he worked with the world’s most famous and respected conductors and soloists. He teaches at the Music School in Prague and as a tutor or lecturer he is regularly invited on various music courses. He has played as a soloist or chamber musician in most countries of Europe, South and North America, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Zambia and Seychelles. He has made many recordings for Czech Radio as well as on CDs.
Veronika Böhmová, piano, completed her doctoral studies at the Academy of Music in Prague in the class of Prof. Ivan Klánský and Meisterklasse in the class of Prof. Arkadi Zenzipér at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. She is the laureate of a great number of national and international competitions; her greatest successes include advancement among the 32 best pianists in the world at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv in 2014, 2nd Prize at the Anton G. Rubinstein Competition in Dresden in 2012, advancement to the semi-finals at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2010 and 2nd Prize at the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona in 2007. Veronika introduced herself with her recitals to the public in most of the European countries, in the USA, Mexico, Japan and China. In 2014, Veronika recorded a CD with compositions by Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky for Supraphon. She cooperates regularly with leading European and world orchestras and currently has 30 piano concertos in her repertoire. In 2016 she achieved her greatest success so far, namely a performance in the famous concert hall of the Isaac Stern Auditorium – Carnegie Hall in New York. She is also a sought-after partner in chamber music.
More info at http://www.veronikabohmova.com/
Pavel Hůla is a versatile violinist, successfully combining the twin careers of soloist and chamber music player. From 2010 to 2015 he was first violinist of the Pražák Quartet, while from 1975 to 2010 he was leader of the Kocian Quartet with which he appeared in over 3200 concerts worldwide, and made more than 60 CD recordings for Denon, Supraphon, Orfeo and Praga Digitals. In 1997 the Kocian Quartet was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in Paris. Pavel Hůla is professor at the Academy of Music in Prague. In connection with his leadership of the Praga Camerata orchestra he devotes himself also to conducting. He is frequently jury member of different violin competitions.
Jan Nykrýn, violist, acquired invaluable performing experiences not only during his studies at the Prague Conservatory, but also at the Lawrence University (USA, 1991–92), in master classes with William Preucil – primarius of the Cleveland Quartet – and others. Jan Nykrýn performed as the principal violist of the Fox Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra where he also appeared as a soloist. He gained the first prize in the national competitions of faculties of education in Plzeň in 1998. He graduated from the Charles University in 2002. In years 1995-2007, he was a member of the Czech Nonet. With the group, he toured the United States and many countries in Europe, as well as recorded live for radio broadcasting companies around the globe, and also recorded many CDs for Harmonia Mundi – Praga Digital label. He also performs as a soloist, for example with the Prague Symphony Orchestra in 2020. Since 2005, alongside his performing activities, tours, and recordings as a member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, he has been intensely engaged in chamber music. He performs regularly with the Parnas Ensemble, as well as Musica Pro Anima chamber ensemble, and the Praga Camerata chamber orchestra.
Ludmila Peterková – Czech clarinet player – a soloist, chamber music player and a teacher. She is a laureate of the Prague Spring 1991 competition, Harmony award for the best recording of 2001 and others. She performs regularly as a soloist with major Czech orchestras, including the Czech Philharmonic. In 2014 she was a guest in Moscow where she performed with the Tchaikowsky Symphony Orchestra and well-known conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev the Ondrej Kukal’s Clarinettino. Since 1993 she has recorded many titles for the label Supraphon, as a soloist and also in various chamber music formations.
She has taught at the Prague Conservatory already since she was 27, since 2017 she has been a chief of woodwind department at the Teplice Conservatory as well. In Domažlice, West Bohemia, she also organises her own summer course of clarinet and chamber performance. In 2018, it was the 11thedition already.
More info at: www.peterkova.cz
Jitka Vlašánková, cello, is a founding member of the Martinu Quartet and has an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. She has received numerous prizes in cello competitions at home as well as abroad (Prague Spring International Competition, Pablo Casals Competition in Budapest and others). Jitka has been a driving force behind the Play with the Professionals (PLAYWIP) program for amateur chamber players and has been invited to sit on juries of international competitions. Her cello and chamber music students regularly achieve recognition at competitions. Jitka‘s intense focus as a performer and teacher is combined with a radiant and enthusiastic personality.
Petr Vašek is the Principal clarinetist of the South Czech Philharmonic. He is also a clarinetist of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and has performed with many different orchestras like the Czech chamber Philharmonic, National theatre of Prague, Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestra della Swizzera Italiana and many others. Petr Vašek got his Master degree as well as soloists diploma at Conservatorio della Della Swizzera Italiana. He is a winner of many international competitions, for instance Carlino clarinet competition, Czech Clarinet Art competition or Leos Janacek international competition. He appeared at many festivals as a chamber player as well as a soloist such as Santander festival, International Summer Academy, International music festival Young Prague or Verbier festival. Petr attended master classes with clarinet players such as Wenzel Fux, Karl Leister, Paul Meyer, Alexander Neubauer, Alessandro Carbonare and collaborated with players such as Radovan Vladkovic, Hanjörg Schelleberger, Klaus Thunemann. Since 2012 he has attended Verbier summer festival and has worked with the greatest conductors as well as soloists and chamber musicians.
Tomáš Kirschner started playing the French horn at the age of eight at the Folk Art School. He continued in the class of prof. Alois Čoček at the Prague Conservatory and completed his studies at the Academy Of Performing Arts in the class of prof. Zdeněk Tylšar. During his studies he joined the Smetana Theater (now the State Opera Prague) and a year later the Film Symphony Orchestra. Since 1989 he has been a member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK. After the revolution in 1989, he founded an art agency, dealing with the issuance and typesetting of notes, music publishing and production. He is or was a member of several chamber ensembles – Corni di Praga (French Horn Quartet), Bohemian Brass (Brass Quintet), Prague Hunting Trio (French Horn Trio), Dvořák’s Wind Quintet (Wind Quintet). During 2020 he created together with the members of the Prague Symphony Orchestra the series “Orchestra without a Stage or FOK during the pandemic” about musical instruments in an orchestra, which schools, for example, began to use in distance teaching.