Ivana Švestková Dohnalová — harp
Ivana Dohnalová started to study harp at the Janáček Conservatory in 1998, in the class of Ms Ada Balová. She finished the six-year studies by graduation in 2004. Then she studied at Prague Conservatory in the class of doc. Mgr. Jana Boušková, who was also her teacher during studies at the Academy of Music in Prague where she graduated in 2011.
Between 2012 – 2015 she was a teacher at the Janáček Conservatory and Gymnasium in Ostrava and since September 2016 she teaches at Brno Conservatory. Since August 2008 she is the principal harpist of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, since 2006 she cooperates regularly also with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia. Since the concert season 2011/2012, she cooperates with Latvian National symphony orchestra in Riga and since 2013 she also cooperates with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. She is a member of the Ostravská banda – an international orchestra specialized in contemporary music. She performs with Baborak Ensemble in project called Orquestrina. Since 2017 she occasionally cooperates with ORF- Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna.
Ivana Dohnalová participated in the 8th World Harp Congress in Geneva in 2002. In 2002 she was granted the Magdaléna Jakubská scholarship, on the proposal of the director of Janáček Conservatory, by which she got the possibility to participate in summer master courses at the American university the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, led by Ms. Kathleen Bride. She performed in all previous festivals the Harp Days of Ostrava, where she in 2004 presented, together with Magdaléna Franková, the Czech premiere of double concerto for oboe, harp and chamber orchestra by Witold Lutoslawský, accompanied by the Janáček chamber orchestra. She performed as a soloist with the international student orchestra Europera in Germany, Poland, Italy and in the Czech Republic in the concert season in 2006/2007. In 2007 she performed together with the members of the Prague Philharmonia in the Paul Klee centre in Bern. In June 2008 she participated in the Mitte Europa festival in Sohland.
As a soloist she has performed with PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, String orchestra of the Prague Conservatory, Chamber orchestra of Leoš Janáček, Collegium 21, Ostravská banda, Kubín quartet and with international student orchestra Europera. Since 2009 she cooperates with an oboist Jaroslava Tajanovská, in April 2010 they performed together in a music festival in Turkey.
Jiří Ševčík — flute
Jiří Ševčík was born in Prague into a family of musicians. His mother a flautist, his father an oboist, they both supported him when he was facing the dilemma of his life: the choice between becoming a football player or a flautist. He solved the complex situation by striking forward with the flute, and scored! He studied at the Teplice Conservatoire under the strict guidance of his mother and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU) as one the last pupils of the legendary Prof. František Čech. He gained further experience in international competitions and chamber music courses, and soon put them into practice in his first engagement with the vocal ensemble Linha Singers. Since 1994 he has regularly performed as the Principal Flautist of the PKF-Prague Philharmonia, where he brings harmony to the woodwind section. As a member of the Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet he gives concerts at home and abroad. And he doesn’t stand idle as a footballer either, enjoying an occasional kick-around with the famous personalities of the football team AMFORA. He is a sought-after solo and chamber player.
Jindřich Pavliš — clarinet
Jindřich Pavliš plays the clarinet in the PKF - Prague Philharmonia since 1994. He writes and adapts musical pieces for a multi-genre ensemble Clarinet Factory, which achieved remarkable success in recent years, such as WOMEX, Classical: NEXT in Rotterdam or Mundial Motreal, and is one of the basic ensembles of the leading Czech label Supraphon. He also creates the dramaturgy for the ensemble. He started his artistic life at the Music School in Pardubice and continued at AMU in Prague (as a student of professor Štěpán Koutník) and then at Parisian Conservatoire National Supérieur. At present he lecturers at the Pilsen Conservatory.
Jan Fišer — violin (principal violin PKF — Prague Philharmonia)
The PKF — Prague Philharmonia concert master is one of the leading young Czech violinists. As a soloist he has performed in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, France, Poland, Spain (Paul Casals International Music Festival), Switzerland (Murten Classics), Japan and USA (Brevard Music Festival). He regularly records for television and radio. As one of five laureates of the International Kocian Violin Competition, he played for the CD ‘Homage to Jan Kocian’ released for the 40th anniversary of the competition. He devotes a great deal of time to chamber music; the Dvořák Trio that he founded with pianist Ivo Kahánek and cellist Tomáš Jamník is one of the top Czech chamber ensembles.
Fišer studied at the Prague Conservatoire with Jaroslav Foltýn and at Carnegie Mellon University — School of Music in USA with Andrés J. Cárdenes, concert master of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He complemented his studies with master-classes in Semmering, Bonn and at the renowned Meadowmount School of Music with Stephen B. Shipps. He also took part in masterclasses with Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, and Joseph Silverstein. Apart from being the PKF — Prague Philharmonia’s concert master, he also often takes on the role of its artistic leader and occasionally conductor.
Jan Adam — violin
He studied at the Prague Conservatory under prof. Marie Voldanová, graduated in 1998 from AMU in Prague in the class of prof. Jindřich Pazdera. He has been a member of PKF - Prague Philharmonia since its founding in 1994, and four years later he became the principal of the 2nd violin group, where he has been active until now. In addition to playing in the orchestra, he also plays chamber music, occasionally performing solo concerts.
Ondřej Martinovský — viola
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.
Lukáš Pospíšil — cello (principal cello PKF — Prague Philharmonia)
Cellist Lukáš Pospíšil studied at the Prague Conservatory, the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. During his studies he also attended a number of masterclasses (Heinrich Schiff, Martin Hornstein) and appeared at competitions (Beethoven’s Hradec, the Janáček International Music Competition in Brno). From 1988 to 1991, he was a member and then later concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and from 2004—2005 he was the solo cellist in the Kammerorchester Berlin. In addition, Lukáš Pospíšil is a recognized chamber musician (Zeiher Quartett), and he has appeared regularly as a soloist in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. He is an enthusiastic promoter of works by Czech composers and together with the Czech Philharmonic premiered the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Zdeněk Šesták. He has been the concertmaster of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia since 1994 with which he as the soloist recorded a CD conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek in 2000.