Kulturní centrum Vizovice
Vizovické zámecké léto Aloise Háby
Proměny klarinetového tria ve 20. a 21. století
- G. Fauré
- R. Muczynski
- J. Widmann
- M. Tajčević
Památník A. Dvořáka, Vysoká u Příbramě
Hudební podzim 2023
- W. A. Mozart
- R. Muczynski
- J. Widmann
- J. Brahms
Quasi Trio was founded in 2014 Prague, where it has been based since. Thanks to the unusual instrument line-up, it belongs to the very few Czech ensembles that offer a varied concert programme consisted of less often performed masterpieces by musical giants. The Quasi Trio's repertoire ranges from baroque to the 21st century, the ensemble also collaborates with contemporary composers such as Eliška Cílková, Lukáš Sommer and Zdeněk Merta.
The trio has successfully graduated with Master's degree in chamber music at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts, all three members - David Šimeček (clarinet), Judita Škodová (cello), Kateřina Ochmanová (piano) - have also collected experience abroad and are laureates of numerous international competitions and master classes. The ensemble completed a two-year internship at the CRR in Paris in the class of the world-famous Trio Wanderer and a postgraduate programme at the MDW University in Vienna with Johannes Meissl (as. Vida Vujić) and Avedis Kouyoumdjian.
Although Quasi Trio aims its activities mainly on the domestic audience, it also takes part in international projects and master classes led by artists and educators, such as members of the Talich Quartet, J. Pernoo, H. Beyerle, A. Lonquich, P. Jüdt, V. Vujić, E. Epstein and others. Various international competitions awarded Quasi Trio with its prizes (B. Martinů Foundation Competition, International Plovdiv Chamber Music Competition, etc.), including two Best Chamber Ensemble Prizes held by the International Summer Academy masterclasses in Reichenau an der Rax in Austria. Quasi Trio's achievements also include several awards for the interpretation of Bohuslav Martinů's composition, won both in solo and chamber music. The ensemble regularly participates in master classes and concerts across Europe organized by the prestigious selection organization European Chamber Music Academy.
Among the most precious concert venues of Quasi Trio, there are the refectory of the Basilica di Santa Croce in Florence, the Villa Winternitz - a unique Prague architectural monument, Reitschule of the Grafenegg castle and also the waves the Austrian radio ORF and the Dutch Radio West (concert broadcast from the Amare cultural center in The Hague).
In addition to their cooperation with leading Czech orchestras (PKF - Prague Philharmonia, Czech Philharmonic, Pardubice Philharmonic, etc.) in their chamber and educational series, the Quasi Trio members also perform as soloists, for example in the original violin line-up in L. van Beethoven's Triple Concerto accompanied by the PKF - Prague Philharmonia.
In addition to Quasi Trio activities, all members are employed by major Czech institutions - David Šimeček holds a position of the principal clarinet of the Czech National Theatre Orchestra, Judita Škodová is a member of the PKF - Prague Philharmonia and Kateřina Ochmanová is engaged in teaching (piano, chamber music) and piano collaboration at the Pardubice Conservatory.
David Šimeček ranks undoubtedly among the most outstanding clarinet talents of his generation. Thanks to his performing qualities and sincere love of music, he has been sought-after by numerous Czech orchestras and ensembles. Already before his highschool graduation, he has won a position in the National Theatre Orchestra in Prague where currently he holds the position of the principal clarinet. During his internship in the Czech Philharmonic orchestral academy, he performed at many prestigious concerts and festivals under the batons of the greatest conductors of our times. David has also gained experience at master classes lead by renowned clarinetists, such as S. Brill, H. Mäkki, P. Beltramini, G. Vagy and others.
After his high school graduation from the class of Zdeněk Urbánek in České Budějovice, David decided to continue his studies at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno with teachers Milan Polák and Vít Spilka. By then he was already an awardee of significant competitions (Concertino Praga, Concerto Bohemia, Czech Clarinet Art, the Czech Musical High Schools Competition etc.) and an experienced orchestral player. As a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra he had the opportunity to work and perform under the guidance of conductors such as Gianandrea Nosseda, Manfred Honeck of Vasily Petrenko. In addition to his soloistic and orchestral experiences, David is a valued chamber musician - his wind ensemble Alinde Quintet won the International Music Competition in Bucharest shortly after its foundation.
Judita Škodová has been profiling herself as a complex musician since her very childhood. Getting her first trio lessons at the elementary school, she has become a passionate chamber music player. After taking part in various youth orchestras, she has become a permanent member of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia in 2013. Her solo debut took place in 2005 at the International Young Musicians‘ Festival in Coburg (Germany) and she has performed with various renowned Czech orchestras since. In 2018 she has started a project „Folie à deux“, where she performs singing Czech and French chansons, accompanied by Kateřina Ochmanová on piano and accordion.
Judita is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (class of Miroslav Petráš). She has also completed two internships – with Michaela Fukačová at the Academy of Southern Denmark in Odense and at Conservatiore National de Musique et de Danse in Paris in the class od Jérôme Pernoo. Already during her high school studies at the Jan Neruda Music Grammar School (class of Mirko and Martin Škampa), she drag attention succeeding in many national and international competitions (Prague Junior Note, Liezen Cello Competition, Talents for Europe, Heran International Competition etc.). As a soloist, Judita has performed with ensembles such as the Janáček Philharmonic, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, the North Bohemian Philharmonic, Prague Student Orchestra and others.
Kateřina Ochmanová, coming from a musical background, was receiving her elementary musical educiation in piano and accordion. In both disciplines she was achieving successes at concerts and competitions, yet later on she decided to pick the piano as her major. Already during her studies, she has became a sought-after player not only as a soloist, but also for her pedagogical and accompanying skills. Currently she is holding a position as a teacher and accompanist at the Conservatory in Pardubice. Being also very passionate about drawing, she has collaborated with several publishers as a book illustrator.
She graduated from the Conservatory in Pardubice (class of Jana Turková) with a solo performance with the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, she also made a solo performance finishing her master studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (class of Ivo Kahánek). Except from these occassions, she has performed solo f.e. with the Janáček Philharmonic. Among her successes, there are prizes from chamber music competitions she has acclaimed as a member of a piano duo during her high school studies. Kateřina has been a laureate od both national and international competitions (the Brno Piano Competition, International Novák Competition, Concorso Argento and others), she also participated in masterclasses lead by renowned pianists, such as Angela Hewitt, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Peter Frankl or Marcus Schirmer.
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