Slovakians premier cellist Ludovit Kanta was born in Bratislava. He studied at Konzervatorium Bratislava under Professor Gustav Vecerny, and at Academy of Music Arts Praha under Professor Alexander Vectomov, member of the original Czech Trio. In 1977, he won the first prize in the Hradec Opava Beethoven Competition and in 1980 was awarded the 2nd prize. In 1982, he was appointed 1st solo cellist with the Slovakia Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1990 he has been Principal Solo Cellist with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. And he had taught at Aichi Prefecture University of Arts Nagoya, Japan. Kanta has toured as a soloist through Europe, U.S.A. and Asia, with Maestro Hiroyuki Iwaki, Valery Gergiev, Zdenek Kosler, Dmitrij Kitajenko. He has also given solo recitals in major cities including Tokyo, Chicago and Washington D.C.. He has also been invited to international music festivals, competitions and/or seminars including Japan Music Competition, Affinis International Music Festival, Ishikawa Music Academy, Prague Spring, Bratislava Music Festival and Katja Popovas Laureates Days in Pleven. Among his many solo recordings include the concertos of Haydn and Boccherini on the NAXOS label. His latest recording of the Kodaly Sonata for Cello Solo has been critically acclaimed and was featured […]
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Violinist Petr Maceček graduated from the Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts where he studied under the tutelage of Václav Snitil, member of legendary Vlach Quartet. He won several domestic violin competitions as well as the Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poland. Between 1988-1983 he was concertmaster with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra (B. Warchal) , 1994 – 1997 concertmaster and artistic leader / soloist of the Suk Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. He has done many recordings for Naxos, Vox Classics, Koch discovery which are higly appreciated by the critics. He has been giving also solo and chamber concerts with his piano trio Mr. Maceček is member of world-renowned Talich Quartet. The Talich Quartet performs to great acclaim in Europe, Japan North and South America. They are regularly invited to prestigious chamber music festivals and venues such as Carnegie hall, Paris Champs-Ellysses, Salle Gaveau, Lyon, London’s Wigmore hall, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Europalia Festival, Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, Tibor Varga in Sion, Prague Spring Festival, International String Quartet festival in Ottawa and others.
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