28 May 2008 00:00 - 29 May 2008 00:00
28 & 29 May 2008, 7pm
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Back seats - £ 18
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DAVID SCHMIED, born in Zlín on 3 January, 1983. Here he attended ZUS as a pupil of Eva Hanačíková. Because of his exceptional talent he had private lessons from many excellent teachers and pianists like Dagmar Dubenová, Emil Leichner, Zdeněk Hnát, Eugen Indjic, Antonín Kubálek, Georgij Kanev, Stefan Vladar, Sontraud Seidel, Thomas Steinhöffel, Iva Navratova and Renáta Bialasová with whom he studied at the Brno Conservatoire until 2004. For his graduation piece he played Grieg’s Piano Concerto in E minor accompanied by the Brno Conservatoire Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Aleš Podařil.
After successfully graduating from the Conservatoire David continued playing the piano at the Janáček Music Academy. There he was taught by an important Czech pianist Professor Zdeněk Hnát, who was a pupil of Ilona Štěpánová-Kurzová and the legendary Moscow teacher Heinrich Neuhaus (Nejgauz), and was also the winner of Prague Spring 1957.
During his studies David successfully took part in several competitions: Prague Junior Note (Certificate of Merit with distinction), International Radio Competition Concertino Prague (Certificate of Merit), Interpretation Piano Competition to mark the anniversary of F. Chopin, Z. Fibich, and B. Martinů (2nd place), Leoš Janáček International Piano Competition (3rd place, he was the youngest participant), Anglo Czechoslovak Trust Competition (2nd place). He also attended several interpretation courses including one taught by Czech-Canadian pianist Antonín Kubálek in Zlaté Hory. As part of a concert tour titled ‘Antonín Kubálek presents Young Artists’ (Czech Music 2004) he performed the Janáček’s piano sonata I.X. 1905 to an exceptional reception and exceptional reviews.
David performs both at home and abroad. He often works with leading artists such as the violoncellist Štěpán Švestka and Mezzo-soprano Romana Kneslová; together with Margit Klepáčová (violoncello) and Pavel Fischer (leader of the Škampa Quartet) they founded a piano trio.
Currently based in London, David is having private lessons from an accomplished pianist and a recording artist Margaret Fingerhut.
PAVEL FISCHER, born in 1965 in Zlín, Czech Republic. His father was a well-known composer and conductor. Pavel studied at the Prague Conservatory and the Prague Academy of Music.
Pavel’s career as a soloist and chamber musician began even as a student, as he formed a piano duo with the pianist Ivo Jančík in 1987. Together they won the second prize in the Janáček Competition in Brno, going on to take first prize in the International Chamber Music Competition in Trapani, Italy. In 1989 he co-founded the Škampa String Quartet. With Fischer as the group’s leader, they won the Best Quartet prize in the Premio Vittorio Gui competition in Florence. This victory was followed up with another first prize at the Charles Hennen competition, Netherlands. In 1992 he received a special prize from the Czech Chamber Music Society.
Pavel performs regularly throughout Europe, America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand in the world's most prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall in London, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and at the Santory Hall in Tokyo.
Pavel is now increasingly in demand as a teacher, having led courses and master classes at Wigmore Hall, the Quartet Academy in Amsterdam, and at the University of Mexico to name but a few. He is a visiting professor of chamber music to the Royal Academy in London and gives master classes at the Chetham’s School of Music and Royal Northern College in Manchester.
MARGIT KLEPÁČOVÁ, born into a family of teachers. During her studies at the Ostrava Conservatoire and the Academy of Arts in Prague, she received a number of awards: the 2nd prize and the Best Interpretation of Contemporary Music Prize at the Beethoven Competition; the 1st prize in the Czech Republic Conservatoire Competition; the Special Jury Award and the Czech Music Fund Award at the International Prague Spring Festival Competition. She won the Young Artists International Festival Competition, and was awarded the Special Jury Award in Trapani in Italy. She has appeared as a soloist with leading Czech orchestras, such as the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, or the Prague Symphonic Orchestra, performing cello concertos by R. Schumann, A. Dvořák, C. Saint-Säens and J. Haydn. She also took part in the master courses of Paul Tortelier.
Immediately after finishing her studies, Margit became a member of the first private orchestra, the Virtuosi di Praga, and of the Rejcha Piano Trio. Later she became a co-founder of the Talich Chamber Orchestra, where she is appointed as a solo player and first violoncellist, for five years she has been a member of the Kaprálova Quartet.
Margit performs her rich cello and chamber repertoire in concert halls all over Europe, and also in Canada and Japan. She gives masterclasses all over the world. She records extensively for the radio and TV; some of her numerous CD recordings have been highly praised by the music specialists. She is also invited to be a member of cello competition juries, and takes part in promoting Czech culture abroad, by taking part in a Kyoto-Prague music project.
Margit has also initiated a new and interesting project based on linking Folkloric and classical music. Together with Pavel Fischer, the leader of the Škampa Quartet, they prepare non-traditional programme of Folkloric songs from Europe in a classical music settings. It links traditional and contemporary music in a quite unique way and has met with great success.
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From: 28 May 2008 00:00
To: 29 May 2008 00:00