Artistic Director PMPIF, Czech pianist JAN BARTOŠ belongs to a new generation of outstanding artists, his performances consistently winning critical acclaim. Critica Classica described him as “ an emotional and sophisticated interpreter “. Il Roma wrote: “ Bartoš is one of the best emerging European pianists. In his own right, the first-class host enchanted everyone with the colorfulness and might of his sound, which he produced with easiness and refined impeccability “. The renowned music critic Bernard Jacobson wrote after Jan’s performance: “ Bartoš played an impressive set of Preludes by the unjustly neglected Czech composer Miloslav Kabeláč, following it with a compelling reading of Brahms’s F-minor Sonata. This, clearly, is a young pianist to look out for “. Jan Bartoš is the First Prize Winner of many international competitions, which include the 2009 Mieczyslaw Munz Competition in New York, the 2008 Zaslavsky-Koch Piano Competition in New York, the 2004 Peter S. Reed Award in New York, the 2006 Rotary Musikförderpreis in Germany, and the 1999 Concertino Praga in the Czech Republic, in addition to receiving the 2012 Schimmel Prize in Germany, the 2008 Czech Ministry of Culture Prize, and the 2007 Rucorva Trust Award in the Netherlands. Jan studied with renowned artists and teachers – in the Czech Republic with Ivan Moravec, Martin Ballý, and Miroslav Langer, abroad with Alfred Brendel, Zenon Fishbein, James Tocco, Leon Fleisher, and Boris Berman. He earned his DMA from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He also won a scholarship at the University of Cincinnati, and at the Royal Conservatory in Amsterdam. He studied chamber music with Juilliard String Quartet’s Robert Mann and Emerson String Quartet’s Lawrence Dutton. At the age of 14, he made his concert debut in Prague under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek. The following year, he made his recital debut in a Czech Philharmonic series. In 2000, the legendary Czech violinist Josef Suk invited him to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Prague Philharmonic. In the Czech Philharmonic’s 2012/2013 season, Jan had his concert debut with this renowned orchestra under Jiří Bělohlávek with three performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor. In June 2013, he was chosen as the soloist for a benefit concert organized by the Czech Philharmonic and Czech Television in support for the people affected by the floods. The charity event was a live broadcast by the Czech Television and Czech Radio from Dvořák Hall in Rudolfinum. In 2015, he will perform Dvořák’s Piano Concerto in G minor with the Czech Philharmonic under Jiří Bělohlávek at Smetana’s Litomyšl International Festival. Jan has appeared in solo recitals and with orchestras in the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Austria, and throughout the Czech Republic. In 2014, he made his debut at the Maggio della Musica Festival in Napoli and was a soloist with Siam Sinfonietta in Bangkok. In 2012 he performed solo recitals in New York and New Orleans. In 2009, he made his New York concert debut performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Manhattan Philharmonia under Kenneth Kiesler. In the same year, he made his debut performances at Carnegie Hall, at Juilliard School, and at Rockefeller University in New York. His past performances also include solo recitals at the Chopin Festival in Valdemossa-Mallorca.