First round jury
Introducing the jury of the 1st round of Concertino Praga 2022
The pianist Igor Ardašev graduated from the Brno Conservatory and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts. He studied under Paul Badura-Skoda in Austria and Rudolf Serkin in the USA in 1989–1992. He has received a number of awards in international competitions, including at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Prague Spring Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He is invited to music festivals such as the Prague Spring, the Janáček May Festival, Festspiele Europäische Wochen Passau, Musikfestival Schloss Moritzburg, the Rudolf Firkušný Festival, Concentus Moraviae and others. His discography includes a collective recording of Beethoven’s violin sonatas, the works of Tchaikovsky, Janáček, Dvořák, Smetana, Liszt, Martinů, Ježek, Prokofiev and others. He has also taught at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno since 2012.
Jakub Jan Bokun – clarinet – Poland
Jan Boušková – harp – Czech Republic
The multifaceted musician Raimon Colomer graduated in the guitar and composition. He has performed in a number of choirs as a singer, including Orfeó Català de Barcelona, with which he has performed all around Spain, in France, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico and Cuba. He has also taught at several music schools in Catalonia, where in addition to teaching harmony, counterpoint and musical forms, he has also organised musicological conferences. In 2005–2020, he was in charge of the Catalunya Música radio station, where he is now the main music editor. He has a wide range of experience with being on juries in several music competitions and since 2016 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of L’Auditori, one of the most significant musical institutions in Catalonia.
Petr Hanzlík studied composition at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory. He has long cooperated with Czech Radio and Concertino Praga as a composer, dramaturg, music director, singer, producer and organiser with more than thirty years of experience across all musical genres. He is the author of a large number of pieces in the areas of chamber, symphonic, jazz, alternative and theatre music. He is also the artistic director and chief dramaturg of music courses and the Music Connections in Soběslav chamber music festival and the founder and chairman of the association of the same name. He is a singer in and the leader of The Swings vocal quartet and the bands, DayDream Band and Domácí výroba. Photography is also one of his hobbies.
Milan Muzikář – bassoon – Czech Republic
The violinist František Souček graduated from the conservatory and the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He is the first violinist in the Zemlinsky Quartet, which he founded in 1994 and with which he has received, amongst other things, the prestigious French Diapason d´Or award or prizes from the 2005 Prague Spring, 2003 New Talent EBU, London 2006, Banff 2007, Bordeaux 2010 and other competitions. As a soloist, he has received the main prizes at the Tribune of Young Artists UNESCO Ljubljana, Louis Spohr Weimar, Rotary Nuremberg, the Kocian Violin Competition, Concertino Praga, Beethoven’s Hradec and other international music competitions. In 2006–2010, he worked as an assistant in the quartet class of Professors Walter Levin and Rainer Schmidt at the University of Basel and he has taught violin and chamber playing at the Prague Conservatory since 2009.
The Swiss flautist Felix Renggli performs as both a soloist and a chamber musician, he has held masterclasses in Europe, South America, the USA, Japan, Korea and China and he regularly appears as a guest at a range of international music festivals. His repertoire stretches from early music on period instruments through to works by contemporary authors. He has been the Professor of Flute and Chamber Music at the Music University in Basel since 1994and also at the Music University in Freiburg in 2004–2014. He has been one of three artistic directors of the Swiss Chamber Concerts series since 1999. He has a series of recordings with Swiss chamber soloists, Heinz Holliger, Camerata Bern or the Arditti Quartet to his name.
Roman Rindberger – tumpet – Austria
Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt – cello – Germany