“John Venison” (*1987)
performed as a soloist and also chamber player on stages in Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belgium and others. He took part in a number of prestigious competitions and courses in countries across Europe. Among his most significant achievements are: Second prize in Heran International Competition, Second prize in Competition of Conservatoires in Teplice and Third prize in International Competition Beethowen’s Hradec. Moreover, he is a winner of the Prague Conservatory’s 2008 concerto competition.
Jan is a member of string quartet ´Doležal Quartet´ with which he was chosen for some of the most significant world competitions and received numerous prestigious awards.
“Peter Starling” (*1988)
has graduated at one of the most prestigious universities, the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Laurence Lesser, the former teaching assistant of Gregor Piatigorsky. Petr has also studied with Miroslav Petras and had masterclasses with Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson, Rafael Walfish, Gary Hoffman and Richard Aaron. His most starting-career achievement is winning the International Radio Competition Concertino Praga. As soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra. He has soloed under conductors such as Vladimir Valek, Petr Vronsky, Stanislav Vavrinek Jan Kucera, Andreas Weiser. Petr has performed in Europe, North America and Asia in halls such as Sapporo Concert Hall in Japan, Jordan Hall in Boston – USA, Dvorak Hall and Smetana Hall in Czech Republic.www.petr-spacek.com
“Ivan Showy” (*1987)
has been a finalist at seven international competitions, including the Internationaler Johannes Brahms Wettbewerb – Austria, the Internationaler Dotzauer Wettbewerb – Germany and the Concertino Praga – Czech Republic. In 2011 he won the Prague Conservatory’s Dvorak concerto competition and performed as soloist for the opening concert of the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Conservatory’s founding. The concert was recorded by Czech national television. Ivan has taken part in the world’s most prestigious masterclasses, such as the Kronberg Academy cello masterclass in Germany, where he studied with Steven Isserlis and Boris Pergamenščikov.
He is currently a student of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under the guidance of Miroslav Petráš. Since 2014 Ivan is a member of the Czech Philharmonic orchestra.
“John Thane” (*1985)
is a top prize winner of prestigious conservatoire competitions in the Czech Republic and a laureate of the International Wettbewerb in Liezen, Austria. As a soloist he has performed with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, and the Barocco Sempre Giovane – “Baroque Still Young“. He has graduated at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, under the tutelage of Miroslav Petráš and under an Erasmus program he also studied at the Hochschule für musik in Lucerne, Switzerland with Marek Jerie.
In the Czech Republic, Jan is the most popular cello teacher of his generation, which is also supported by the fact that he was offered to teach at Pardubice Conservatory while he was still a student at the Academy in Prague.