The Quasi Trio was formed in 2014. Besides their studies in Prague, all its members – Marie Hasoňová (violin), Judita Škodová (cello) and Kateřina Ochmanová (piano) – have also completed various internships in prestigious European universities (Paris, Dresden). The ensemble is a graduate of a two-year internship in the class of Trio Wanderer in Paris, 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 special recognition from the chair of the jury, Elmira Darvarova, former concertmaster at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Jiří Javůrek — clarinet
Jiří Javůrek studied at Jan Neruda Secondary School in Prague, specializing in music (Prof. Milan Polák) and graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Prof. Štěpán Koutník). He competed successfully in several competitions (including Concertino Prague and the International Music Competition in Krško, Slovenia). He also attended master classes led by Philippe Berrod, Justo Sanz, Mate Bekavac, Sharon Kam, and Francois Benda. Jiří collaborated with leading student orchestras (CEI Youth Orchestra, Czech Student Orchestra, and the Prague Youth Philharmonic). He was a member of Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, and the PKF – Prague Philharmonia Orchestral Academy. In 2005 he co-founded the Belfiato Quintet. At present he collaborates on an electro-acoustic project FLOEX, recording and performing live around the world. He teaches clarinet in Prague.