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Jan Mráček & Lúcaš Klánský

Jan Mráček, violín

Born in Pilsen in 1991, is one of the most remarkable talents of his generation since a very young age, he studied with Magdaléna Micková and later on with Jiří Fišer. He regularly attended the courses of Czech violinist Václav Hudeček, which paved the path to a long-term fruitful cooperation. Among his biggest successes are the first prize at the International Violin Competition Beethoven’s Hradec with the Dvořák concerto in 2009 and he was the youngest laureate of the Prague Spring International Festival competition in 2010. After he won the first prize at the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 2014, the jury president said that "Jan is a worthy winner. He has fascinated us from the first round. Not only with his technical skills, but also with his on-stage charisma."

In 2011, he became the youngest soloist in the history of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and Romanian Radio Symphony, both with Sascha Goetzel, Lappeenranta City Orchestra (Finland), Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) as well as the Czech Philharmonic. Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek invited him to become the Czech Philharmonic’s concertmaster. He also joined the 2015 summer tour of the European Youth Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda and Xian Zhang as the concertmaster.

He still performs as a soloist all around the globe, among others with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Concert-Verein, the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Košice State Philharmonic. He had the honour to cooperate with conductors such as Maxim Vengerov, Han-Na Chang, James Judd, Tomáš Brauner, Ondrej Lenárd, Jac van Steen and Vladimir Fedoseyev.

In 2014, he won the third prize at Antonín Dvořák International Chamber Music Competition and the first prize and the audience prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschachu (Austria) with the Lobkowicz Trio. In 2016, he recorded a critically acclaimed CD with the complete works of Antonín Dvořák for the Swiss label ONYX with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, James Judd and pianist Lukáš Klánský.

He plays Italian violin by Carlo Fernando Landolfi, Milan 1758, generously loaned to him by Peter Biddulph.

Lukáš Klánský , piano

Lukáš Klánský is one of the most important and most wanted Czech pianists of the young generation. Thanks to many international competitions and successful performances at festivals in the Czech Republic as well as in Europe, he has become both a popular soloist and a chamber musician. In 2014 he won the first prize at the Johannes Brahms International Competition in Portschach, Austria as a member of the Lobkowicz Trio.

 

Lukáš was born on March 22, 1989 in Prague. From the age of five he was a disciple of Prof. Růžena Učňová at the Music School of the Capital City of Prague. Between 2004 and 2010 he studied at the Prague Conservatory in the class of prof. Eva Boguniova. After completing his master´ss degree at the Prague HAMU in his father s class, prof. Ivan Klansky is now continuing his PhD studies.

 

Lukáš is a laureate of many international competitions (EPTA 2002, Agropolli 2003, Karl Drechsel Förderpreis 2007, Beethoven´s Hradec 2007, International Rotary Piano Competition 2012, Darmstadt Chopin International Wettbewerb 2013). He performs with leading Czech orchestras (the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Barocco sempre giovanne) and conductors such as Libor Pešek, Andreas Sebastian Weiser, Jan Kučera, Gundi A. Emilsson or Istvan Denes.

 

He has performed concerts in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Turkey and South Africa. In the Czech Republic has performed at festivals such as Prague Spring, Dvořák Prague, World Piano, Vaclav Hudeček, Talich Beroun, or the Czech Chamber Music Society.

 

He is a member of the successful Lobkowicz trio (Jan Mráček-housle, Ivan Vokáč- violoncello.) He regularly performs with leading Czech artists, such as Václav Hudeček, Jana Boušková, Kateřina Javůrková or the world-renowned Pražák Quartet.

 

In the autumn of 2013, Lukáš and his father Ivan appeared at the World Piano Production Festival. Their performance of Dvořák s Slavonic Dances was recorded by Czech Radio and in November 2014 this record was released on CD. Lukáš´s musical feelings, apart from his permanent educators, also formed Martin Kasík, as well as the world-famous Garrick Ohlsson, whose masterclass was attended by Prague.