Petr Jiříkovský

"Music knows no compromise. An audience should not only be affected by the musician's skill, but also by the power of his personality."

Pianist and conductor Petr Jiříkovský (*1971) is among the most prominent Czech artists of the middle generation. Playing the piano from an early age under the guidance of Zdeny Janžurová, Emil Leichner and Ivan Klánský, his later musical experience deepened during his studies in Paris (with Eugen Indjic and Itamar Golan) and Vienna (with Michael Schnitzler).
His convincing piano performances soon gained Peter Jiříkovský an international reputation that allowed him to take to the stage of top concert halls in Europe, USA, South America and Japan - his performances have been heard at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Doelen in Rotterdam, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Teatro Alfa in São Paulo and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

As a soloist, Peter Jiříkovský has worked with all the leading local orchestras (the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic and the Talich Chamber Orchestra) and with excellent conductors such as Jiri Belohlavek, Libor Pesek, James Sedares and Jean-Claude Casadesus. His cooperation with world-renowned Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz, which was launched in 2007 after a successful tour of Argentina and Brazil, brings repeated invitations to prestigious stages around the world. As a sought-after chamber musician, and a longstanding partner of the Czech violinist Pavel Šporcl, he is also a member of Martinu's Piano Trio.

Peter Jiříkovský's recitals have been heard at many international festivals, headed by the Salzburger Festspiele, Schleswig-HolsteinMusik Festival, Schwetzingen Festspiele, Festival International de Musique de Sion-Valais, Festival International de musique classique de Colmar and the Kyoto Autumn. Domestic audiences had the opportunity to meet his recitals as a soloist at the Prague Spring Festival or at the prestigious series "World Piano Music" in Prague's Rudolfinum.

To a Czech audience, Petr Jiříkovský is also well known from numerous radio recordings: he regularly records for Czech Radio 3 - Vltava and Radio Classic. His recordings of cycles of Bedrich Smetana garnered high praise from foreign critics. Equally important are his recordings of the complete works of Antonin Dvorak for Violin and Piano, which was recorded with Pavel Šporcl for Supraphon and were awarded a Gold record. He has also produced numerous CDs for the Bonton label, Universal, MusicVars, and MMC.
In addition to solo recitals and numerous activities in the field of chamber music, since 2008 Petr Jiříkovský has intensively developed his professional conducting career. In this capacity, he is regularly invited to lead chamber and symphonic orchestras in the Czech Republic and in 2012 signed a contract as the conductor of the South Bohemian Theatre in Czech Budejovice. In March 2013 at the Rudolfinum he had under his baton in Prague the Ukrainian virtuoso Dimitri Onishchenko.

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