pianists Martin Kasík, Adam Skoumal and Lukáš Vondrácek, and is on faculty at the Prague Conservatory.
The Smetana Trio has toured extensively as both chamber music ensemble and orchestral soloists, working with conductors such as Jirí Belohlávek, Libor Pešek, John Axelrod, Michael Boder, Tomáš Hanus and Stanislav Vavrínek and orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana Lugano, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc. Festivals and concert series include Cambrai, Aix-en-Provence and Nice in France and München, Würzburg and Tübingen in Germany. In 2011, the Smetana Trio toured the U.S., Brazil, UK, France, Switzerland, Italy and Egypt.
Mr. Vodička is a permanent soloist of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra at home and on tour. He also performs regularly with the Prague Philharmonia, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Czech Chamber Orchestra, National Theatre Orchestra and other ensembles. His concerts are frequently recorded by Czech Radio and Television. Often a guest at prestigious music festivals throughout the Czech Republic, Germany and also in China he is soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and Wuhan Philharmonia. Jirí Vodička plays an Italian violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, made in Turin, 1779, kindly loaned by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, London.
With an extensive discography recorded exclusively for Supraphon since 2000, the group’s latest recording— featuring the complete piano trios of Shostakovich and Ravel—was released in March 2014 and quickly garnered critical praise throughout Europe and the United States. Its all-Dvořák disc received BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Award for 2007 and the French Diapason d'Or. Additional discs include works by Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Schubert.
Jan PálEníčEK studied at the Conservatory and Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague with Saša Večtomov and Miloš Sádlo while considering Paul Tortelier an important mentor in his early development. He studied chamber music with his father, Josef Páleníček, and Josef Vlach— first violin in the legendary Vlach Quartet.
JiTKa čECHová completed her piano studies at Prague Conservatory under Jan Novotný and continued at the Academy of Performing Arts under Peter Toperczer. Postgraduate studies were with Eugen Indjic in Paris and Vitali Berzon in Freiburg. She has been the laureate of numerous international competitions and the subject of critical acclaim as a soloist in many European countries as well as in South Africa, South America and Japan. Ms. Čechová performs regularly on prestigious international stages and festivals both in Edinburgh, Graz, Paris, Frankfurt, Baden-Baden, Bodensee, Prague and Ticino. Chamber music is one of the essential elements of her musical identity and she has made a number of solo and chamber recordings for Czech and international labels. Jitka Čechová is currently recording the complete piano works of Bedřich Smetana for Supraphon (7 CDs). Jirí voDičKa is among the most distinguished Czech violinists. In his early youth, he received attention as winner of the International J. Kocian Violin Competition, Prague Junior Note, Cirenie Talentov, International Violin Competition in Hradec Králové and the International Violin Competition Louis Spohr in Weimar. At age 14, he was admitted to the Institute of Arts at Ostrava University for study with renowned teacher Zdenek Gola. Since 2007 he has enjoyed performing duo recitals with major Czech
Participation in international competitions has brought Mr. Páleníček numerous awards. As a soloist he plays regularly with leading Czech and international orchestras, including the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, Lugano Festival Orchestra, Suk Chamber Orchestra, Hradec Králové Symphony Orchestra, Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Brno State Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra-Zlín, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (Germany), Prague Philharmonia, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic-Durban (South Africa). Concert tours have taken him to numerous Europe countries as well as America, Africa and Japan and he has made numerous recordings for both Czech and internationals labels, and for radio and television. Jan Páleníček is on faculty at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He plays a replica of the 1712 Davidov Stradivarius, made by Czech luthier Petr Zdrazil.
about the artists
Trio. In San Diego, the trio is joined by members of the San Diego Symphony for a special chamber music performance.