Participants 2019
Jan Mráček Violin
special guest

He began studying violin at the age of 5 with Prof. M. Micková. From 2003 he studied with Prof. J. Fišer, graduating with honours from the Prague Conservatory in 2013 and until recently at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of J. Pospíchal.

As a teenager he enjoyed his first major successes, winning numerous competitions. He won the Czech national conservatoire competition in 2008, the Hradec International Competition (2009), was the youngest Laureate of the Prague Spring International Festival competition in 2010, and in 2011 he became the youngest soloist in the history of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he took first prize at Vienna’s Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition at the Vienna Konzerthaus. He has performed as soloist with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and Romanian Radio Symphony, Lappeenranta City Orchestra (Finland), Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. Jan Mráček had the honour of being invited by J. Bělohlávek to guest lead the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in residency at Vienna’s Musikverein. In 2008 he joined the Lobkowicz Piano Trio, which took 1. prize and the audience prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach (Austria) in 2014.

His recording of the Dvořák violin concerto and other works by the Czech composer under J. Judd with the Czech National Symphony was released on the Onyx label and has received excellent reviews. In addition to his British debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and M. Brabbins in London and other cities, last season Jan Mráček made his American debut with the St Louis Symphony under Han-Na Chang, with the Symphony of Florida with J. Judd, debuts in Dubai with the Vienna Concert Verein and in China with the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic under M. López-Gómez as well as recitals at festivals in Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Greece. He had his Swiss debut with the Tchaikovsky concerto as an Orpheum Foundation soloist in Zurich’s Tonhalle with the Tchaikovsky concerto and Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under V. Fedoseyev. In July he gave his Korean debut the Daejeon Philharmonic and the Asian Youth Orchestra in Tokyo. The current season has begun with performances of the Mendelssohn violin concerto in Nancy, with the Orchestre National de Lorraine under J. de Souza, and performances of the Dvořák concerto in Ljubljana with the Slovenian Philharmonic under J. Judd.

Jan Mráček plays on a Carlo Fernando Landolfi violin, Milan 1758, generously loaned to him by Mr Peter Biddulph. He performed at the Young Prague Festival for the first time in 2010.

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