1/2 R. Strauss: Violin sonata in E flat major, op. 18 - Monika Vrabcová


Recorded in 2007 Fotos with Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Lydia Mordkovitch, SOČR Monika Vrabcová was born in Prague in 1983. She started to play violin at the age of 5 under the instruction of Mrs. Zdeňka Králová. Since the age of 9 she regularly took part in The International Kocian Violin Competition where she gradually gained five 2nd prizes and the same number of prizes for the best interpretation of compulsory works. In The International music competition in San Bartolomeo in 1998 she won the first prize, she achieved the same position on the same place a year later in the three - round music competition in Japanese Takasaki. As a result of this victory, she was invited to have her debut concert at the Casals Hall in Tokio. During the years 1997 2002 she studied at the Prague Conservatoire in the class of prof. Jaroslav Foltýn. She concluded her studies with a performance of the Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in the Dvořák's Hall of the Rudolfinum together with the Symphony Orchestra of the Prague Conservatoire. In 1998 she successfully auditioned for the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchestra, she became its youngest member and during the years 1999 - 2001 she made a concert tours under the direction of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez etc. She performed in the programme „Prague invites the talents of the year 2000, which was broadcasted live by the radio „ Classic . In July 2001 she was awarded a scholarship for London Masterclasses, whose violin class was guided by the professor of the Royal Academy of Music in London György Pauk. On his advice she prepared herself for the entrance exams for this school, in December 2001 she was accepted and since September of the following year she studied first in the class of György Pauk, later in the class of Lydia Mordkovitch (a pupil and assistant of David Oistrach). Currently she finishes her studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of prof. Ivan Štraus. In the season 2006/2007 she served on the position of 2nd deputy concertmaster in the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Since 2009 she was a member of the orchestra of Prague State Opera. In April 2009 she won the audition for the position of the concertmaster of the orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague. She entered the new role in May 2009. In the past she collaborated occasionally with the orchestras Solistes Européenes Luxembourg and Schengen Chamber Orchestra. She is a member of the ensemble Brahms Trio Prague. Besides the series of chamber and recital opportunities she performed as a soloist with the orchestras Prague Symphony Orchestra (under the direction of the conductor Libor Pešek), Southbohemian Chamber Philharmonic, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic.

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