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Michal Kanka / Ludovit Kanta / Johannes Degen

Michal Kanka
Photo (C) Isao Oishi
Photo (C) Isao Oishi

Born in Prague in 1960,Michal Kanka took up the cello under leadership of Mirko Skampa at the age of seven, he studied in the Prague Concervatory under Prof.Viktor Mouka(cellist of famous Vlach String Quartet),Prof.Josef Chuchro,Andre Navarra,Maurice Gendron and Paul Torterier. Michal Kanka received honorable mention at the International Prague Spring Competition,the grand prize for all categories in the Czechoslovak National Competition,top prizes in the Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow in 1982 and in the Prague Spring Competition in 1983 (first prize). In 1986,Michal won the ARD International Competition in Munich. Michal Kanka has performed with leading European orchestras and he has appeared as a soloist in Great Britain ,Germany, Japan, USA, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Greece,Switzerland,South America,etc. He has been a regular soloist of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995 and nominated soloist of Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2003. Michal Kanka has been an active chamber player as a member of Prazak String Quartet,he has appeared on major concert stages in the whole world and recorded many pieces for the CD company Praga Digitals. He plays an instrument made by Carlo Antonio Testore of Milano in 1741.


Ludovit Kanta

Photo (C) Isao Oishi

Photo (C) Isao Oishi

Johannes Degen

Johannes Degen was born in Switzerland. After graduating with honours, he studied with Pierre Fournier and Anner Bylsma. As the Cellist of the Amati String Quartet (1981-1991) he studied with the Alban Berg Quartet in Vienna and consecutively won the Premier Grand Prix at the "Competition internationale d'Evian" France (1982) and the "Karl Klingler Wettbewerb Muchen", Germany (1986). The Amati Quartet has concertized in most European countries and the United States. Their numerous recordings received prominent prizes such as the "Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, "Choc Monde de la Musique". As the cellist of the Pearl Trio with Bohumil Smeikal and Rumi Itoh, Johannes Degen toured Europe and Japan annually and recorded a CD with Tschaikovsky and Dvorak Piano Trios. His teaching activities are linked with the "Zurcher Hochschule der Kunste "where in 1996 he became director. Parallel to his work as director, he frequently appears as chamber musician, Jury member of international competitions and is the author of numerous publications of music for cello (Editions Musik Hug and Amadeus). Johannes Degen plays a Cello (Copy of Andreas Guarnerius 1672) by Wolfgang Schnabl, built in 2003.