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Frantisek Novotny / Ewald Danel / Mauro Iurato/ Pavel Hula / Bohumil Smejkal

Frantisek Novotny

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Czech violinist FrantiseK Novotny (b. 1964) studied with Bohumil Kotmel, Sr. at the Brno Conservatory, in the class of Bohumil Smejkal at the Janacek Academy of Music, and with the prominent virtuoso players and teachers, Zakhar Bron and Viktor Tretyakov. He has to his credit victories, laureateships and special mentions from over twenty competitions (including among others the Kocian Competition, Concertino Praga, the Beethoven Competition in Hradec nad Moravici, the Sevcik Competition in Pisek, the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Prague Spring Festival Competition, the Premio Paganini in Genoa, and the International Competition in Tokyo). He is a holder of the Italian Radio and Television Company RAI Award and of the Henryk Wieniawski Medal.
  He has built up an exceptionally extensive repertoire (including over fifty compositions with orchestra) which he performs with leading Czech and international symphony orchestras, appearing on major European concert platforms (in Armenia, Belgium, France, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, and United Kingdom), as well as in Japan (Suntory Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Izumi Hall) and the U.S.A. (Carnegie Hall). He devotes part of his time to presenting unorthodox violin compositions, performing many of them in Czech and world premieres (J. Novak, A. Copland, L. Bernstein, E.W. Korngold, M. Rozsa, S. Barber, O. Messiaen, A.G. Holland, J. Hitt, and others). As a studio artist, he has been recording for both Czech and international labels, as well as working with various radio and television companies (including Czech Radio, WNYC in New York, WAMC in Albany, and NHK in Japan). Apart from his career as a soloist, he is professor of violin at the Janacek Academy of Music, and regularly teaches at various master classes in the Czech Republic, Japan, and the U.S.A. He has worked with the conductor Jiri Belohlavek on numerous concert productions, and on a set of CDs featuring the complete works of Antonin Dvorak for violin and orchestra. Brahms' Violin Concerto and Triple Concerto (with pianist Rumi Itoh and cellist Michal Kanka. )


Ewald Danel

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Mauro Iurato


Pavel Hula
Pavel Hula won two editions of the Kocian Violin Competition and became laureate of Czch Radio's Concertino Praga international contest in the piano trio category. He did his studies in the class of Professor M. Hlounova at the Academy of Music, and received further education in the field of chamber music from Professor Antonin Kohout and at Vladimir Malinin's master courses in Weimar. Pavel Hula is a versatile violinist, successfully combining the twin careers of soloist snd chamber player. In the former capacity, he has worked with the Czech Republic's leading orchestras, in cluding the Czech Philharmonic under Vaclav Neumann. He currently works with organist Jirina Pokarna, pianist Petr Jirikovsky, and with his daughter Lucie Hulova, a violinist. Apart from that, he appears in tandem with the the Czech Philharmonic's leader Bohumil Kotmel, as Due Virtuosi. He has made solo appearances in a number of European countries, and has made several solo radio recordings, as well as a CD for Supraphon, entitled Due Virtuosi. His repertoire embraces all periods and styles. Since 1975 Pavel Hula has been the leader of the Kocian Quartet, with which he has appeared in over 2500 concerts in twenty-eight countries and has recorded two dozen CDs for Nippon Columbia, Praga digitals and other labels.
Photo (C) Isao Oishi

Bohumil Smejkal

When Bohumil Smejkal graduated from the conservatory in 1958, and from the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in 1963, it was clear that he was a violinist with a great furture. He showed it especially, as the Primarius of the Janacek Quartet, from 1973 until 1993. For two periods he held the Deanship of Music at formed BROLN (Brno Radio Orchestra of Folk Music) for a one week period which eventually extended to 17 years. His exceptional musical adaptability has become one of the dominant personalities in presenting traditional folk music to contemporary listeners. During the years 1962 to 1973 Bohumil Smejkal headed BROLN at numerous concerts at home as in 20 countries around the world, and sinse 1967 he was its artistic leader. He has enriched the orchestral repertoire with many arrangements by faithful transcriptions of folk music, from over "populars" to the more demanding styles, and in so doing he has produced more than one thousand recordings with the orchestra.

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