JAN BARTOŠ piano

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Czech pianist Jan Bartoš is described by the INTERNATIONAL PRESS as a "one of the best European pianists" and "an emotional and sophisticated interpreter." Bartoš newest CD recordings have earned international acclaim from critics at Gramophone, Diapason, BBC Music Magazine, The Sunday Times, American Record Guide, and many others. Jan Bartoš, Janáček album was selected in Gramophone Editor's Choice: "Jan Bartoš draws you closely into Janáček’s com­pelling sound world, music both exposed and somehow personal, lines and details delivered from the very beginning with imagination and deep thought."  The Janáček album was also selected among 10 Classical Albums To Usher In The Next Decade by National Public Radio (USA). Jan Bartoš, Beethoven double album received * * * * * 5 star review in BBC Music Magazine: "Everything in this recording is outstanding... The Arietta of Op. 111 is here gorgeous beyond words."

During the next two seasons, he will be Prague Chamber Orchestra Artist-in-residence. This will also include performances of The Complete Five Piano Concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Other appearances include the solo recital at the Rudolf Firkušný Piano Festival ORGANISED by the PRAGUE SPRING INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL (with Evgeny Kissin, Marc-Andre Hamelin, and Beatrice Rana), and complete Janáček's piano works at the International Festival Janáček Brno. Jan Bartoš has given concerts at prominent venues throughout Europe, in Asia and the USA (including Carnegie Hall).  He made his New York debut  in 2009 playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Manhattan Philharmonia.

​The late Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek was a keen supporter of Jan Bartoš and regularly appeared together in concerts with the CZECH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Together with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bartoš recorded Mozart Piano Concertos​ No. 20 in D minor, K 466 and No. 12 in A major, "a quattro", K 414.  The Times wrote: "These live recordings come with Alfred Brendel's endor­sement. The late Bělohlávek and his superb orchestra revel in Mozart's dark, dramatic harmonies, recalling Don Giovanni, while the soloist's crisp articulation and singing legato are never far from the spirit of the composer's sunnier comedies."

Other conductors, he works with include Jakub Hrůša, Kristjan Järvi in concert with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, and many others. He is the winner of three competitions in New York: 2009 Mieczyslaw Munz, 2008 Zaslavsky-Koch, and 2004 Peter S. Reed. As well as the Rotary Musikförderpreis (Nuremberg),  and the Concertino Praga (Czech Republic). Moreover, he has received the prestigious accolades and scholarships from the Czech Ministry of Culture, the Rucorva Trust Award in the Netherlands and the Schimmel Prize in Germany.

Jan Bartoš was the last pupil of the legendary pianist Ivan Moravec. Following his studies in the Czech Republic, with Martin Ballý and Miroslav Langer, he continued to hone his artistry abroad, under the guidance of Zenon Fishbein, James Tocco, and Leon Fleisher. In recent years he has been mentored by Alfred Brendel. He studied chamber music with Juilliard String Quartet's Robert Mann and Emerson String Quartet's Lawrence Dutton.

He has a Professional Studies Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and a doctorate from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Jan Bartoš is the Founder and Director of the Prague Music Performance, an innovative festival and institution, which combines concerts with master classes, lectures and residencies. In 2019, he became the Artistic Director of the American Spring Festival in the Czech Republic.

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Recital at Dvorak Hall

Mozart, Piano Concerto KV 466

Janáček, Piano Works

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Performance * * * * * (5 STARS). Sound * * * * * (5 STARS)
"Everything in this recording is outstanding." BBC Music Magazine
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas. Supraphon

 

"Jan Bartoš draws you closely into Janáček’s com­pelling sound world, music both exposed and somehow personal, lines and details delivered from the very beginning with imagination and deep thought."
Read complete review: www.gramophone.co.uk/review/jan%C3%A1cek-piano-works-jan-bartos

 

"Splendidly idiomatic and emotionally draining performances of Janáček’s solo piano music... Bartoš really penetrates to the heart of this music."
Read complete review: www.europadisc.co.uk/offer/2549/Europadisc_Top_10_of_2019.htm

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