As a laureate of some of the most prestigious international competitions (Bolzano 1967, Naples 1968, Bach Competition Leipzig 1968, Warsaw 1970, Barcelona 1970, Fort Worth, Texas 1973, Santander 1976), he became a much sought after soloist and chamber musician while still a student at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. Since that time he has notched up over 4,000 concert appearances on four continents. He has performed most frequently in Germany, Switzerland, the UK, France and Spain; every year he gives concerts in South America, and he also visits the US, Canada and Japan.
As well as performing, Ivan Klánský is also extremely successful as a teacher. Since 1983 he has been a professor at the music faculty at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague; since 1997 he has been head of the institution’s keyboard instrument department. Among his most important students have been the winners of the Prague Spring International Music Competition Martin Kasík and Ivo Kahánek. Since 1991 he has also been professor at the Music University Lucerne in Switzerland.
As well as that, he gave master classes in Dublin (1982-1986) and Bad Saulgau (from 1997). He had himself studied under Valentina Kameníková (1963-68) at the Prague Conservatory and under František Rauch (1968-73) at the music faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts.
Klánský has also played a significant role in the organisational side of musical life in the Czech Republic. In 1995-1998 he was chairman of the Chopin Society and today is honorary president of the Chopin Festival in Mariánské Lázně and chairman of the jury of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition. He has also served as chairman of the board of the patrons’ group at the Foundation of the Czech Music Fund.
Klánský is furthermore an excellent chamber musician and a member of the world renowned Guarneri Trio Prague, founded in 1986. The ensemble regularly performs at international music festivals and at important venues, and has been invited to undertake an extensive tour taking in Europe, Canada, Australia, North and South America and Japan. To this day the Trio performs in its original line-up (including Čeněk Pavlík on violin and Marek Jerie on violoncello), which demonstrates the strong bonds between the musicians.
Thanks to both his virtuosity and emotional expression, particularly in the case of pieces conveying the composer’s internal state, Ivan Klánský today ranks among the world’s leading pianists.