Marek Kozák, Patrik Sedlář
- Carl Stamitz Orchestral Quartet No. 4 in F major
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 11 in F major, K. 413
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 13 in C major, K. 415
- Marek Kozák, piano
- Patrik Sedlář, concertmaster
At the age of twenty-seven, the piano virtuoso Marek Kozák has achieved a series of impressive results in a wide range of competitions, including some of the most prestigious ones. His most recent honors include winning the title Talent of the Year at the fourth annual Classic Prague Awards 2019.
His name is almost always remembered as a semifinalist in the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw (2015), the top piano contest in its discipline worldwide, or with his success at the prestigious Prague Spring competition a year later in 2016. In 2018, he won the first prize as well as the audience prize at the European Piano Competition in Bremen.
Critics have consistently praised his flawless technique, his sense of proportion and gradation, his wide range of expression, deep musicality and faithfulness to the musical notation.
Marek Kozák graduated the piano class of Prof. Ivan Klánský at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He attended numerous masterclasses led by world-famous virtuosos, such as Eugen Indjic, Murray Parahia or Garrick Ohlsson. He studied piano and organ at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava.
Marek Kozák has a clear focus on the interpretation of Chopin, while also excelling at contemporary music – a fact that is easily evidenced by the award he received at the competition in Bremen. Concert stages are graced with his elegant interpretative style, and audiences are thrilled by his ability to „present with great humility and without ostentation that which the composer wished to express“.
Patrik Sedlář studied at the P. J. Vejvanovského Conservatory in the class of Prof. Jaroslav Krátký between 2009-2015. Since 2011 he has regularly attended Master Classes of Prof. Bohuslav Matoušek in whose class he studied at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
In 2013 and 2015, he received a scholarship of the Czech Music Fund Foundation for the Support of Czech Modern Music. In 2017, he undertook Master Classes in Semmering, Austria with professors Vilmos Szabadi and Shmuel Ashkenazi. In 2018, he became a laureate of the Kroměříž Summer Music Academy under the direction of violin virtuosos Josef Špaček and Dalibor Karvay. In 2018 – 2019, he completed one-year of study at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with the concertmaster Wiener Symphoniker Jan Pospíchal.
He also professes in chamber music – he is a member of the Errai piano trio, which regularly performs in the Czech Republic, Germany and Turkey. In 2018, trio won 2nd place at the Bohuslav Martinů competition in Prague, and in 2019 they performed solo with the North Bohemian Philharmonic in Teplice. Between 2020 – 2022 he was a member of the group of first violins of the orchestra of the National Theater in Prague, and since 2021 he has been working as concertmaster at the Moravian Philharmonic in Olomouc.