Marek Kozák — piano, organ
Marek Kozák is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable young figures in the Czech music scene. This finalist from the Ferruccio Busoni 2019 International Piano Competition in Bolzano, a winner of the European Piano Competition in Bremen in 2018 and the recipient of the 2nd prize and laureate title at the prestigious Prague Spring 2016 competition, began to show his talent at the age of four. After studying at the Janáček Conservatory and Gymnasium in Ostrava, he completed his studies at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Professor Ivan Klánský. In addition he has attended numerous master classes led by world-famous piano virtuosos such as Eugen Indjic, Murray Perahia and Garrick Ohlsson. He won an award at the 2013 International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Mariánské Lázně, and he repeated this success at the Chopin competition in Darmstadt, where he was awarded 3rd prize. A year later he also won a prize at the International Smetana Piano Competition in Pilsen. Despite his young age he has gained much experience working with the leading Czech orchestras – the Prague Symphony Orchestra, PKF — Prague Philharmonia, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, the Brno Philharmonic, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra in Zlín. He has worked with many conductors including Petr Altrichter, Benjamin Bayle, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Andreas Sebastian Weiser and Ronald Zollman. Last year he made his successful debut at the Prague Spring International Music Festival, where he performed the seldom-played Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 by Pavel Bořkovec, accompanied by the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Chuhei Iwasaki. Marek Kozák is also an outstanding organist. At 15 he was a winner at the 2008 Petr Eben International Organ Competition in Opava, where he also won a special award for improvisation.
Jan Souček — oboe
Oboist Jan Souček is the recipient of several international awards — Prague Spring (3rd prize) and Lodz 2005 (1st prize), the semi-finalist at the international competition in Geneva (2010) and the Japanese Karuizawa (2006). He was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in 2001. He has been an oboist for the PKF — Prague Philharmonia since 2006 and is also presently in the State Opera. He is also a member of the Trio Arundo, which won a prize at the 2011 Czech Chamber Music Society Award, and in the Belfiato Quintet, which won 3rd prize at the Henri Thomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition in Marseille. He regularly works with the Ensemble Prague Modern and with the Ostravská Banda, which focus on contemporary music. Jan Souček studied at the Prague Conservatory under F. X. Thuri and at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Jana Brožková. He also studied at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Lyon under Jean-Louis Capezzali and Jérôme Guichard.
Václav Fürbach — bassoon
Václav Fürbach is at present the first bassoonist of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that he occupied the same position in the Brno Philharmonic and the Czech Army Central Band. He originally started with the clarinet and the accordion. He first began studying the bassoon at the Military Conservatory in Roudnice and Labem (Miroslav Loučka) and subsequently at the Prague Conservatory (Michael Verner) and the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under František Herman and Jiří Seidl. Alongside playing in orchestras he also devotes himself to chamber music and is a member of the Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet and the ensemble Juventus Collegium FOK.