Jiří Bárta cello
Leoš Čepický concertmaster
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy String Symphony No. 10 in B minor
Gabriel Fauré Élégie (Elegy)
Astor Piazzolla Le grand tango
Edvard Hagerup Grieg Holberg Suite
Joseph Haydn Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in C major
Jiří Bárta, a leading cellist of his generation, studied in Prague, Cologne and Los Angeles. In 1991 he was awarded Europäische Förderpreis für Musik in Dresden and Rosropovich Hammer Prize in Los Angeles. He cooperates with significant Czech and international orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker and with conductors such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Charles Dutoit, Libor Pešek, Gennadij Rožděstvenskij, and Maxim Šostakovič. In 2008, he co-founded the Kutná Hora International Music Festival. He also worked as a curator of the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival. Jiří Bárta currently plays a violoncello built by Dietmar Rexhausen in 2012. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Eben Trio. In his career, he has recorded a large number of CDs.
He graduated at the Conservatorium in Pardubice and at the Academy of Music Arts in Prague. He won many international competitions, e.g. in Zagreb (Croatia) and in Gorizia (Italy). He frequently gives solo recitals as well as concerts with orchestras, both in the Czech Republic and also abroad. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of J. S. Bach’s death in 2000 he performed a series of concerts of all Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo at the Smetana’s Festival in Litomyšl. In 2002 he made a Multisonic solo CD recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas. Since 2007 he works as a professor of violin at the Academy of Music Arts in Prague and in September 2010 he was appointed as a head of a string department of the Academy of Music in Prague. During his studies at AMU he became the first violinist of the Wihan Quartet and he still remains a member of this quartet. As a member of the Wihan Quartet he won the Prague Spring Award in 1988 and also the International Competition of the String Quartets in London in 1991. In 2008 – 2009 the Wihan Quartet performed all 16 Quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven. Leoš Čepický plays a violin from the workshop of violin master Jan B. Špidlen, copy of Guarneri del Gesù from 1741.