Thursday 9/22 – Rudolfinum (Dvorakova Praha festival)
Roxana Hädler studies at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts under the guidance of Jana Boušková, the principal harpist of the Czech Philharmonic. In the Erasmus Programme, she has also studied at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler under the important harpist Marie Graf. In 2014 she won second prize at the international competition in Sandstedt, Germany, and in 2015 and 2017 she was the winner twice consecutively of the Prof. Karel Patras International Harp Competition. In 2020 she won the audition to join the Czech Philharmonic Academy, and that September she won the position of principal harpist of the Hradec Králové Philharmonic. Then in 2022 she won the audition to join the Academy of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. She also works with many other Czech and foreign orchestras, but she devotes herself intensively to solo performing as well. At the opening concert of the Prague Harp Festival, she played as the “opening act” before the appearance of Anneleen Lenaerts, harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic, and she has been invited to appear with the Czech Trio. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Academy Chamber Orchestra.
Matteo Hager began playing violin at four years of age. He is now finishing his studies at the Grammar School and Music School of the City of Prague, and recently he received a talent scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has won several important awards including first prize at the J. Micka International Violin Competition (2017, 2019), first prize at the Václav Hudeček Academy (2019), and the gold medal at the Manhattan International Music Competition (2020). He has taken masterclasses with teachers including Augustin Hadelich, Josef Špaček, Jan Mráček, Ivan Ženatý, and Dalibor Karvay. He has appeared as a soloist at the 2017 Prague Music Festival, the 2020 Pardubice Spring Music Festival, the festival Musica Holešov, and the 2020 Dvořák Prague International Music Festival. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic under the baton of Tomáš Netopil and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He has had the opportunity to appear together with artists including the violinists Václav Hudeček and Josef Špaček and the cellist Tomáš Jamník.
The cellist Dora Hájková studies at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. At just 16 years of age, she made her solo debut at the Rudolfinum with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and also in a duo with the violinist Josef Špaček. She has won many international awards including prizes at the Janáček International Competition (Brno) and the Dotzauer International Violoncello Wettbewerb (Dresden). She collaborates with the Czech Sinfonietta and with other orchestras abroad such as the Webern Kammerphilharmonie, with which she recorded a live broadcast for the Austrian television network ÖRF, and the Bruno Walter Symphony Orchestra, with which she has made appearances including a performance at the famed Golden Hall in Vienna’s Musikverein at a jubilee concert for the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. She enjoys playing chamber music and belongs to several chamber ensembles, foremost among which is the string quartet Quarteto Harmonico. In 2020 she joined with David Mareček, a pianist and CEO of the Czech Philharmonic, in recording Debussy’s Cello Sonata for the Digital Hall of the Czech Philharmonic.
Miriam Magdalena Haniková studies violin at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. She has won prizes at many competitions including first prize at the Jaroslav Kocian International Violin Competition in Ústí nad Orlicí. She was twice honoured at the Václav Hudeček Academy, and she appeared with Hudeček at Prague’s Žofín Palace at the Prague Music Festival. Following her success in 2016 at the Talents for Europe competition, a year later at the Beethoven’s Hradec International Violin Competition she won the Prize of the Silesian Cultural Foundation for the best Czech participant in the competition. In 2018 she won a prize at a music competition of the Czech Philharmonic held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence. She has appeared as a soloist with the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava, the Žilina State Chamber Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic in Olomouc, the chamber orchestra Ensemble 18+, and the CTU Academic Orchestra. She also plays chamber music, especially in a long-term collaboration with her sister the pianist Johanna Haniková, with whom she has appeared, for example, as part of the Prague Spring chamber cycle or at KPH concerts.
The clarinettist Anna Paulová is a graduate of the Prague Conservatoire and of Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts. She has won prizes at numerous national and international competitions, her greatest success being 2nd prize and the title of laureate at the 2015 Prague Spring International Music Competition in May. She specialises in music of the 20th and 21st centuries and especially the works of Czech composers. She has appeared as a soloist with many Czech and foreign orchestras including the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek. At present, she is collaborating with the pianists Daniel Wiesner, Marek Kozák, and Lukáš Klánský. She has appeared with Ivo Kahánek, Jan Mráček, Lubomír Brabec, Kristina Fialová, Petr Nouzovský, and Marek Šedivý. She has appeared at the festivals Talentinum, Young Prague, Prague Clarinet Days, Janáček May, Klasika Viva, Prague Music Festival, Czech Culture Festivities, Youth Stage (Mladé podium), Dvořák’s Turnov and Sychrov, Smiřice Music Festival, Slunohraní in Nové Město na Moravě, Clarimania, Villa Musica, Vremena Goda, and Autunno Musicale.
Matěj Pinkas studies at the Grammar School and Music School of the City of Prague in the studio of Prof. Lukáš Klánský. He has been a successful participant at several international competitions: Prague Junior Note 2017 – first prize, 2018 Broumov Piano Key– third prize, Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte 2018 – second prize, Beethoven’s Teplice 2019 – second prize. His most recent success was first prize at the 2019 International Competition for Young Instrumentalists in Povoletto, Italy. He has appeared as a soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the ensemble Giovani Archi di Praga, and the Bennewitz Quartet. He also has experience playing chamber music, often accompanying his father, the violist Jiří Pinkas. He takes part regularly at music courses and masterclasses with such figures as Garrick Ohlsson, Lukáš Vondráček, Yury Shadrin, Ivan Klánský, and Tomáš Víšek. During the 2021/2022 school year, he made a study visit to the USA, which he completed in June with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 accompanied by the Parkland High School Youth Symphony.
Vilém Vlček began playing cello at six years of age under Prof. Martin Škampa, and since 2018 he has been studying at the Musik-Akademie Basel in the studio of Danjulo Ishizaka. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras (including the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra) under the leadership of renowned conductors (Jiří Bělohlávek, Petr Altrichter, Jiří Rožeň, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt et al.). He has introduced himself to the public as a soloist in thirty countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas in important halls such as the Grand Hall of Hamburg’s Elbephilharmonie, the Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, Singapore’s Victoria Hall, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and Prague’s Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum. He takes part regularly in masterclasses at home and abroad (Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, Alisa Weilerstein, Tomáš Jamník et al.), and as a chamber music player he has gained valuable experience from several important musicians (Rainer Schmidt, Guy Braunstein, Peter Jarůšek, Alexander Gilman). Since 2021, he has been a member of the Kukal Quartet.