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Smetana Trio

Suk - Piano Trio in C minor, Op.2 Smetana - Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15 Dvořák - Piano Trio in E minor, Op.90 The current Smetana Trio is today one of the foremost Czech ensembles. A recording contract with Supraphon has produced a range of CDs of the major piano trio works, with a host of international awards including the Diapason d’Or in 2006, BBC Music Magazine award in 2007 and CD of the month in the same magazine in 2005 (Smetana, Suk, Novak), 2006 (Dvorak) and 2008 (Tchaikovsky, Dvorak). The trio gives many concerts in the Czech Republic and makes regular tours throughout Europe, Japan, the USA and South America. Jan Palenicek (cello) studied with two of the greatest Czech cellists of their generation, Sasa Vectomov and Milos Sadlo. He studied chamber music with Joseph Vlach, leader of the Vlach Quartet and Paul Tortellier. Jan has given concerto and chamber performances throughout Europe as well as in Japan, USA and South Africa and he has recorded over 24 CDs. Jiri Vodicka (violin) studied at the Institute of Arts at Ostrava University with Zdenek Gola. Winner of many international competitions, Jiri is a permanent soloist of the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra and performs regularly with all the major Czech orchestras. Jitka Cechova (piano) is a major international prizewinner and has a solo career, enjoying regular appearances with orchestras throughout Europe. Festival engagements include the Prague Spring, Graz, Paris, Frankfurt and Edinburgh.