Jan Souček — oboe
For us musicians, the chamber series represents mainly independence and freedom in all its aspects. We set up the programme ourselves and so we don’t have to follow dramaturgical line or the interpretation of a conductor. This means that there’s a lot of responsibility for the success of the whole evening, but this also keeps us fresh for the year-long work in the orchestra, and therefore also the great joy which I am sure you will hear from our playing!
The Belfiato Quintet is one of the most successful young chamber ensembles both in the Czech Republic and abroad. Its members are graduates from the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (in the class of Štěpán Koutník) and players from the leading Czech orchestras (the PKF — Prague Philharmonia, the Czech Philharmonic, the National Theatre Orchestra). The group regularly tours in the Czech Republic and abroad, for example, in the concert seasons of the Czech Chamber Music Society and in the chamber music series of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the PKF — Prague Philharmonia. The ensemble has toured with a repertoire built from the works of Czech composers in Katowice, Tokyo and London. The Belfiato Quintet was the recipient of the 1st prize at the Antonín Rejcha Competition at the festival in Semmering in Austria. In 2011, the group was awarded 3rd prize and the prize for best performance of a composition by Henri Tomasi at the Henri Tomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition in Marseille, France. The Belfiato Quintet brought out their first CD entitled Music for Wind Instruments in June 2017 (Supraphon).
Lukáš Klánský is one of the most outstanding and sought-after Czech pianists from the younger generation. He has received awards at numerous prestigious international festivals (EPTA 2002, Agropolli 2003, Karl Drechsel Förderpreis 2007, Beethoven’s Hradec 2007, the International Rotary Piano Competition 2012) and regularly appears with the leading Czech orchestras such as the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, PKF — Prague Philharmonia, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Barocco sempre giovanne. He has also collaborated with a number of important names in Czech music (Libor Pešek, Václav Hudeček, Jana Boušková, Kateřina Javůrková, etc.). In addition to the Czech and Slovak republics he has also performed in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece and South Africa. He has appeared in front of local audiences at festivals such as Prague Spring, Dvořák’s Prague and the Václav Hudeček Music Festival. He is a member of the successful Lobkowicz Trio with whom he was awarded 1st prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, in 2014. Lukáš Klánský studied at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he is currently working on his doctorate (piano) and studying conducting.