Nationality : Czech
Age : 22 years old
Budapest, HU - march 6th 2018
Portet sur Garonne, FR - march 25th 2018
St Orens, FR - april 8th 2018
Tournefeuille, FR - may 28th 2018
G. Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue | Jan Vojtek
Jan Vojtek was born in Brno in 1995. He inherited his musical talent from his mother who also significantly influenced Jan's development and initial success. As soon as he first sat at the instrument at age five, it was clear that piano would be his destiny. His marked talent and sense of music was also recognized by Mrs. Jana Nováková, teacher of the František Jílek Basic School of Arts in Brno. Under her leadership, Jan became a three-time winner of the Amadeus International Contest in Brno between 2002 and 2004, grand prizewinner of the Prague Junior
Note in 2003, as well as the grand prizewinner and holder of the Gradus ad Parnassum Grand Prix in Kaunas, Lithuania in 2004.
In 2005 Jan entered the tutelage of Mr. Jiří Doležel, Professor at the Janáček Academy of Music Arts in Brno. Over the next four years he had many opportunities to compete. He again took part in the international Amadeus contest in 2005, winning the international contest in Košice, Slovakia in 2007. He also carried the victory from the Czech Ústí nad Labem in the 2007 International Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte contest. The 2008 international Gina Bachauer Contest in Salt Lake City, USA was not only a source of valuable musical knowledge, but a chance to cultivate numerous new friendships.
Over the course of his studies supervised by Professor Doležel, Jan had the opportunity to perform with the Brno Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, as well as with the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra in Lithuania. An unforgettable experience was the “Mozartian
Tour” around Japan, in which he took part together with the orchestra of the Brno Moravian National Theatre.
Jan's Hungarian roots became an advantage for his studies at the Béla Bartók Secondary music and grammar school in Budapest, Hungary, where he has studied since 2009 under Professors Gábor Eckhardt and Balázs Kecskés.
In 2011 Jan again visited Lithuania and emerged victorious in the Kaunas Sonorum International Contest The same year, he succeeded in becoming the grand prizewinner in the Hungarian National Contest of Secondary Music Schools.
In 2012 he was the grand prizewinner at the Prague Talent Competition, and visited the Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses in Israel for the first time, where he won the Marina Bondarenko Prize for the best students of the masterclass. He visited Israel again in 2013. In 2014 he successfully performed with Brno Philharmonic again, with an offer to perform the Scriabin piano concerto in 2016 with the orchestra.
Since spring 2015, Jan and the Sokol Brno I Symphonic Orchestra have been in close collaboration with 3 concerts in 2015 and more planned for 2016, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. Since September 2015, Jan has been pursuing his Bachelors at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, under Professors Gábor Eckhardt and Attila Némethy.