Dagmar Mašková — viola
Come to be touched by the music and in return it will touch your soul.
The Quasi Trio was formed in 2014 and its original all-female line-up was awarded 2nd prize at the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition. Since 2015 its members have been Roman Hranička (violin), Judita Škodová (cello) and Kateřina Ochmanová (piano). They have been studying with the world-famous Trio Wanderer in Paris since September 2016 after they were accepted for a two-year residency, and since October 2017 they have been studying for a master’s degree in chamber music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In addition to their professors at HAMU (Václav Bernášek, František Malý, Jindřich Pazdera, Ivo Kahánek), they also consult with Johannes Meissl, Vida Vujic and Peter Schuhmayer at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. In May 2015 they participated in masterclasses in Grafenegg, Austria, where they had the opportunity to work with Avedis Kouyoumdjian (Austria), Peter Cropper (Great Britain) and Jerome Pernoo (Francie). In the summer of 2016 they were successful at the prestigious international courses of the ISA (International Summer Academy) in Reichenau an der Rax, Austria, where they were awarded ‘Best piano ensemble’ and performed at a concert for award-winners in the hall of ORF Austrian radio. In October of the same year they were also successful at the International Chamber Ensemble Competition in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where they were awarded 1st prize and a special recognition from the chair of the jury, Elmira Darvarova, former concertmaster at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Matěj Polášek has been playing the violin since he was seven years old. After finishing his studies at the Jan Neruda Gymnasium under Jiří Novák he progressed to the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague as the last pupil of the famous Czech music teacher, Václav Snítil. As part of his master’s-degree concert he performed with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. The following year he left for a two-year postgraduate course in the USA, where he studied under the Israeli professor and concert musician Ben Sayevich. He has won numerous violin competitions. In 1996 he was awarded the 3rd prize and the ‘Bohuslav Martinů Prize’ at the Prague Junior Note competition, he came second in the Josef Muzika International Violin Competition in Nová Paka in 1999, and performed as a soloist with the orchestra Solisti di Praga. He debuted with the Talich Chamber Orchestra in the Stars in Music concert series, and he completed his gymnasium studies at the Rudolfinum with a performance of Josef Suk’s Fantasia with the Prague Chamber Orchestra. He has also collaborated with other important Czech orchestras and is at present a member of the National Theatre Orchestra.
Ondřej Martinovský started playing violin at the age of five under the guidance of Zdeněk Vyoral at the Music School of the City of Prague. In 1998 he entered the Jan Neruda Gymnasium where he continued his violin studies in the class of Magdalena Micková. In 2002 he began studying the viola under the guidance of Karel Doležal, in whose class he was also later to study at the Prague Conservatory. He studied at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts in the class of Professor Lubomír Malý. Ondřej Martinovský was a member of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia and he took part in the PKF — Prague Philharmonia and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestral Academies. He successfully gained a place in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the Youtube Symphony Orchestra. At present he is a member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.