Felix Slováček jr.

Felix Slováček jr., the clarinettist and singer, was born in Prague, the son of the conductor and saxophonist Felix Slováček and the actress Dagmar Patrasová. In 2006 he graduated from the Prague Conservatory under Prof. Milan Polák and further developed his talents at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Prof. Jiří Hlaváč and Prof. Vlastimil Mareš. He participated in master classes in Austrian Semmering (ISA), where he was awarded the 2009 Antonín Rejcha Award in the category of brass instruments.

Felix Slováček does not avoid, however, classical repertoire. Since May 2008, he has held the position of first clarinettist in the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, with which he now works as a soloist. Felix successfully performed with the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic in Zlín, the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, and the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, where he performed as a clarinettist and singer. In 2007, he took part in the 10th swing music festival, where he was introduced as a singer in a series of concerts with the Australian legendary trumpeter, composer and member of the GRP All Star Big Band, James Morrison. In 2010, Felix Slováček appeared in the Jazz Festival in Mikulov with the RTV Big Band as well as in Nocturne in Třeboň in 2011 as a soloist with the Gustav Brom Big Band. In addition, he performed at the Jazz Without Borders Festival, Moravia Music Fest, 10th Jazz Festival in Mikulov dedicated to Karel Kraugartner, at the festival of classical music "Spring in Russia" held in 2013, and numerous others. In 2009, Felix participated in a tour for the 70th birthday of the Czech singer Karel Gott across the Czech and Slovak Republic with the RTV Big Band of Felix Slováček, where he continues to be a regular guest up to now. He also took part in several concerts with the Big Band in Northern Germany and Spain.

In 2010-2011 Felix Slováček jr. went for an internship to Oslo, Norway at the Norges Musikkhøgskole (Norway Academy of Music), where his major was in clarinet with the well-known Prof. Hans Christian Bræina, and he also participated in a master course taught by the first clarinettist of the Royal Concert Orchestra, Andreas Sundén. He studied chamber music with the Norwegian pianist Vebjørna Anvik (Grieg Trio). Felix’s minor was in ensemble Jazz vocals. In Oslo, in addition to performing at the music school and the Czech Embassy, he played a concert at Barrat Due, the second most prestigious music school in the festival of so-called forbidden music "Erklært Unmusikk" (Stravinsky, Webern).

Nowadays, Felix Slováček jr. is dedicated to dramaturgical and production activities in the legendary "Jazz Section," and a musical gathering "Baroque Jazz Special," which focuses on the interpretation of the "third stream," which is a mutual fusion of classical, jazz, contemporary, and alternative music, but also his own work. He collaborates with guitarist Peter Alexa on the "Felix Gang Band Project" with its own repertoire, where he actively plays, sings, and composes. Felix is a member of a Prague-based saxophone quartet. In 2012, he became a manager and producer of the Eduard Nápravník International Music Festival. He is currently starring as Honza in the musical fairy tale entitled "Kapka medu pro Verunku" (A Taste of Honey for Verunka) at the Hybernia theatre and at Semafor theatre in the musical "Kdyby tisíc klarinetů" (A Thousand Clarinets).

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