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PIANO DEPARTMENT

Mgr. Jaromír Klepáč 

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PIANO DEPARTMENT

KLEPAC

 About:

The piano department prepares regular concert performances of its students in the Black Hall of the International Conservatory Prague, especially for classmates, friends and parents, but also for the public. Pianists will participate in most of the school-wide appearances in and outside the Korunní Theater. Out-of-school performances include the participation in the subscription cycle “Stars grow stars” at the National Technical Library in December 2016. We are also looking forward to showcase the artistic growth of our students to young listeners as part of school concerts. Jaromír Klepáč, Head of the Piano Department

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Mgr. Jaromír Klepáč

Head of department

Jaromír Klepáč (*1961) is the winner of a number of interpretation competitions, such as the Chopin Competition in Mariánské Lázně, the International Piano Duo Competition, the Interpretation Competition of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and others. He won 3rd prize at the ARD 1984 International Music Competition in Munich and 2nd prize at the Martinů Prix in Paris. He has made recordings for European companies Supraphon, Panton, Bonton, Calliope, Harmonia Mundi and American company RIAX. For recording Mendelssohn's sextet for piano and strings, Diapason d´Or was awarded the 2006 Best Chamber Record of the Year in France. As a soloist or a sought-after chamber partner, he performs repeatedly in the leading musical centers of Europe and overseas (USA, Canada, Asia, Africa); Prague is one of the stars of music life. In recent seasons he has performed in the Tchaikovsky Concerto in B minor with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra or in Liszt's Concerto in E flat Major with the FOK Symphony Orchestra. He also performed several times in Schumann's Concerto in A minor with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen with conductor Harris Russel. Piano recitals in the Dvořák Hall in Prague, Reykjavik, Sofia, Brussels, The Hague, Dresden, Frankfurt, M., Warsaw were very successful and received a positive evaluation by expert critics. In the Czech Republic, he performed at the Prague Spring, Pardubice Music Spring, Dvořák Music Festival, etc. At the Czech Touches of Music 2014 he performed together with violinist Václav Hudeček at Mendelssohn's Concerto for Piano, Violin and Orchestra. In November and December 2014 he performed at 40 concerts in important French concert halls where he performed compositions by Sergei Rachmaninov and Fryderyk Chopin accompanied by a symphony orchestra. He is a professor of piano and also head of the piano department at the Prague International Conservatory. He leads master classes in Salzburg, Telč, Reykjavik, Edmonton, Rio de Janeiro and Prague.

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MgA. Augustin Kužela

He comes from Karlovy Vary. Since his childhood, he was fortunate enough to meet the prominent personalities of our century. He listened to the advice and experience of master Aram Khachaturian, who often visited Karlovy Vary. At the State Conservatory in Prague he studied under prof. Dr. Cross and after graduation he continued at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under prof. Balogh. He has performed as a solo pianist in many European countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy), Japan - Tokyo, USA - New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Taiwan - Taipei. He has made a number of recordings for Czech Radio and Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich. His favorite authors include Rachmaninov, Skrjabin, Liszt. He often collaborates with singers in concerts and in the preparation of opera works. He teaches as a professor at the State Conservatory in Prague.

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Michal Rezek

He comes from Karlovy Vary. Since his childhood, he was fortunate enough to meet the prominent personalities of our century. He listened to the advice and experience of master Aram Khachaturian, who often visited Karlovy Vary. At the State Conservatory in Prague he studied under prof. Dr. Cross and after graduation he continued at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under prof. Balogh. He has performed as a solo pianist in many European countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy), Japan - Tokyo, USA - New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Taiwan - Taipei. He has made a number of recordings for Czech Radio and Bayerische Rundfunk in Munich. His favorite authors include Rachmaninov, Skrjabin, Liszt. He often collaborates with singers in concerts and in the preparation of opera works. He teaches as a professor at the State Conservatory in Prague.

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MgA. Norbert Heller

Norbert Heller was born in Český Těšín, where he first became acquainted with music and piano. At the age of fifteen he was admitted to the Conservatory in Ostrava to the class of professor Marta Toader. During his studies he attended numerous public appearances, filmed for radio and television. He participates in many piano competitions. He is the winner of the Ludwig van Beethoven International Piano Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí. He is one of the youngest participants to take part in the Fryderik Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw and the Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Ivan Moravec and prof. Jan Panenka at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He studied chamber music under prof. Josef Vlach. Following are competitions in Vienna, Vercelli, Bolzano (Italy). Norbert Heller performs in many European countries, but also in the USA (New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Phoenix), Japan (Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo - Casals Hall). In addition to recitals, he regularly devotes himself to chamber music, mainly as a partner of violinists and singers. His rich discography includes titles from the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Smetana, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky. He also records on the historical instrument of the so-called "hammerklavier". Franz Schubert's sonatas, performed at Konrad Graff's "hammerklavier" at Libochovice Castle, were awarded the Czech Music Fund's award as Recording of the Year. In 2003, Norbert began collaborating with violinist Gabriela Demeterová, with whom he recorded a complete sonatas for WA Mozart's piano and violin at Libochovice Castle, and both performers, and thus the recording is unique, play historical instruments in their original tuning. soloist at the Niagara-on-the-Lake festival in Canada, and in the same year a CD with music by F. Schubert and JM Hummel with the excellent violoncello player Jiří Bárta was created.In 2008 he has been a member of the International Music Festival Young Prague (www.mladapraha.cz), which has been dreaming for 22 years í promote, support and familiar talented young musicians from around the world.

František Jirka, DiS.

Education: Conservatory in Prague 1981-1987 Graduation 3 June 1985 Higher Professional Studies - Piano Major Small Hall of the House of Artists (Rudolfinum) 25 May 1987 Teaching Practice on Piano (Dr. Jaromír Kříž) Diploma Thesis on Comenius Great Didactics in music lessons (consultations with Dr. Smetana) 1987 Experience: Teacher Czech Republic, Canada 1980-2010 Individual and group piano lessons Compositional and musical theory lessons Concert pianist - freelance 1985-2010 Numerous performances in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Canada Teacher - in Canada 2003-2010 Individual lessons (Mississauga and Oakville) Group lessons Building Blocks of Music Publications: A treatise on the left hand numeric code at the beginning of piano lessons, in Czech at the JA International Conference Comenius in Prague 1992 Treatise New Approach to Music Teaching according to Great Didactics J.A. Comenius presented in English at the international conference J.A. Comenius in Prague 2007 Published by ACADEMIA in Prague 2009.

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Doc. MgA. Tomáš Víšek, PhD.

Tomáš Víšek (1957) began playing the piano at the age of 8 at the music school with prof. Pavel Svoboda. From 1972 to 1976 he studied at the Prague Conservatory under prof. Valentina Kameníková and later with prof. Zdeněk Kožina and in the years 1976 - 84 Academy of Performing Arts (AMU) in Prague, first in the class of prof. Josef Páleníček and later prof. Zdenek Jilek, where he continued his studies of aspirantura in 1990 - 1993. Already during his studies he became a multiple laureate of domestic competitions (Usti nad Labem, Hradec Kralove, Marianske Lazne). In international competitions he won awards at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw 1975 (special prize of Janina Nawrocka), the Smetana Competition in Hradec Kralove 1978 (2nd prize and prize for the interpretation of Smetana) and at the Vienna International Music Competition 1992 (2nd prize in five competitions) . His latest competition achievements include the 2nd prize and JS Bach prize at the Ibla Piano Competition in Sicily Ragusa 1994 and the 5th prize at the "Concours Milosz Magin" in Paris 1995, he won in 2013 (1st prize + CMF Prix) at the "Concours Musical de France" in Paris. He has performed in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Japan, Egypt, USA, Vel. Britain, Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, France (recital in Radio France - 1990), Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Slovenia and Austria (including twice the soloist of the Grieg concert in the Musikverein in Vienna). His piano recital at the Prague Spring International Festival 1997 (as well as performances in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2014) and the Musica Iudaica 97 Festival met with exceptional acceptance and performed several times before the sold-out Rudolfinum as a soloist of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. He recorded for Czech and Polish Radio, Czech Television and compact discs (eg successful CDs mapping the works of E. Schulhoff). His extensive repertoire, constantly enriched by the search for new impulses, allows him to compose programs from both famous works of world music and from unjustly forgotten authors and compositions, always with great public acceptance.

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MgA. Jakub Uhlík

Jakub Uhlík (*1984) He comes from a musical family. He began his musical education at the age of five at Bohuslav Jeremiáš Art School in České Budějovice in the class of Mgr. Božena Slancová. He continued his studies at the conservatory under Professor MgA. Magdy Štajnochrové. He finished his studies in the class of Prof. Ivan Klánský at the Prague HAMU. He also completed a one-year internship at the Musikhogskole Oslo in the class of Prof. Havard Gimse. During his studies, he attended many master classes led by teachers such as: Avo Kouyoumidjan, Frederic Lagarde, George Hlinka, Lars Vogt, Walter Groppenberger, Kurt Seibert, Leif Ove Andsnes, Irina Lein-Edelstein, Edith Kraus etc. He is a laureate or bearer prizes for the following competitions: International Smetana CompetitionInternational Piano Competition Beethoven's HradecInternational Chopin Competition in Marianske LazneInternational Mahler Piano CompetitionInternational Competition of Rudolf FirkušnýProBohemiaCompetition of Bohuslav MartinůCompetition Competition of the Czech RepublicVirtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte, Austria, Germany, France, France etc. Slovakia, Turkey. He has played over 500 concerts during his artistic career. Even under the direction of conductors: Jakub Hrůša, Mark Ivanovič, Stanislav Vavřínek, Jaroslav Krček, David Švec, Petr Chromčák, and others. He participated in the project "In Memory of the Czech Terezin Composers" He performed at festivals such as Janáček May, The best, Český Krumlov Festival, Sicilia Musica, Classical Afyonkarahisar, Musiktage Koblenz, Chopin Festival Mariánské Lázně etc. He also actively plays chamber music. His permanent chamber partners are: Petr Ries (Czech Philharmonic), Simona Pingitzer (FOK), Felix Slováček Jr., Lukáš Moťka (Č.F.) and others. As a member of the Prague Modern ensemble he participated in recording with Pascal Gallois- label Stradivarius. He is teaching at the International Conservatory in Prague. Where he teaches chamber music and piano.

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Mgr. Marie Šestáková

UHLÍK

Marie Šestáková (born 1951 in Louny) comes from the family of the famous composer Zdeněk Šesták. After graduating from the LŠU, where she devoted herself to playing the piano, and a year's preparation with her father focused on music-theoretical subjects and the basics of organ playing, she was admitted to the Prague Conservatory in 1967 to the organ class of prof. dr. Josef Kuban. After graduating in 1973 she continued her studies at the Academy of Performing Arts, where she was a student of doc. Milan Šlechta. On the basis of her successful studies at AMU she was selected as a scholarship holder of the Ministry of Education of the Czechoslovak Republic for postgraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, where she graduated from 1977 to 1979 under prof. Rainera Böhme. She completed her studies in the GDR with a concert in Dresden at the famous Silbermann organ in the Hofkirche. Marie Šestáková has performed quite a lot of concert activities, appreciated by the music community and professional criticism. During her foreign appearances - she performed in the USSR, Finland and the GDR - she successfully promotes older and contemporary Czech organ music. At home she is one of her greatest achievements at the Prague Spring Festival in 1984, where she premiered the organ cycle of L. Sluka Cesty. This song was later recorded on the Panton album. There are many of her recordings of old Czech organ music (Zach, Brixi, Seger, K.B. Kopřiva) in Czechoslovak Radio and she has also appeared on Czech Television in the program Music from Klementinum. In addition to her soloist work, she also works as a harpsichordist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra without a conductor (including a joint performance at PJ 1985), the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Virtuosi di Praga ensemble and is a member of the Pacht Chamber Harmony. This area also includes her participation in the realization of a supraphonic recording of the 5-piece ensemble Music of Citolibian Masters of the 18th Century 2.

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