Tomáš Františ — bassoon
It’s like a holiday when a wind quintet and piano play. When the PKF—Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet plays with Jan Simon, it’s an unforgettable experience. And if there’s also music on the programme from the 20th century, then I have to be there and no mistake! What about you?
Dechové kvinteto PKF—Prague Philharmonia
The PKF — Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet was formed in 2007 by soloists of the woodwind section of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia. Its members are the recipients of national and international awards and are leading players in several other chamber and symphonic ensembles (the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the National Theatre in Prague, the Baborak Ensemble, etc.). The ensemble has appeared at international festivals including Prague Spring 2017 and the Festival dell Arte in Wojanow in Poland. It has toured Spain and made recordings for Czech Radio and Czech Television. Since it was formed it has worked closely with the outstanding Czech pianist Ivan Klánský. The repertoire of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet not only focuses on the most famous compositions written for this ensemble by composers such as W. A. Mozart, Antonín Rejcha, Darius Milhaud and Paul Hindemith, but also on work by contemporary composers.
Pianist Jan Simon regularly appears with prestigious orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic and the Baltimore Orchestra, and has worked with conductors such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Libor Pešek, Petr Altrichter and David Robertson. His main chamber partner is the cellist W. E. Schmidt, but he has also performed with Josef Suk, Václav Hudeček and Jiří Bárta. His concert tours have taken him to most countries in Europe, Japan, China and the USA. In April 2010 he appeared at the Carnegie Hall in New York, where he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. in the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. He studied at the Prague Conservatory (Valentina Kameníková) and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Ivan Moravec), taught at the Music Academy in Lübeck, and has won numerous international competitions. Amongst his greatest successes were awards from the competitions Prague Spring, the Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition in Valldemossa, the William Kappel Competition and a bronze medal at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels (1991).