Ladislav Horák

Ladislav Horák is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory and the West Bohemia University in Plzeň (Prof. Jaroslav Vlach). While still a student, he won the national competition in Hořovice (1990) and garnered successes at international competitions in Andorra, Italy and Spain (1987–1990). He performs as a soloist, chamber player and accompanied by orchestras Seongnam Soul Philharmonic, Eskisehir Metropolitan Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, North Bohemia Philharmonic Teplice, Prague Philharmonia, Suk Chamber Orchestra, Westmont Philharmonia, Fisorchestra Marchigiana with conductors Gum Nanse, Patrick Souillot, Libor Pešek, Peter Vronský, David Švec and has regularly appeared at prestigious festivals in North America, Asia and throughout Europe. He is a champion of and has given premieres of pieces by contemporary Czech and foreign composers, which he has recorded for Czech and international radio stations. His label Edition Rondo Prague has released a dozen CDs. He represents the Czech accordion school in international organizations (La Confederation Mondialede l’Accordeon, European Accordion Federation) and as a chairman of juries of international competitions. In Prague he is artistic director of the festival International Accordion Days. Since the 1990s, he has taught at the Prague Conservatory, since 2005 he has been its director. He has been invited to lead accordion master classes in Andorra, Castelfidardo (Italy), at the Conservatorio Funchal (Madeira), the Music Academies in Lodz (Poland) and Budapest, the Royal Academies in Aarhus (Denmark) and Stockholm, and the Steinhardt University in New York. Ladislav Horák is one of the first musicians to have performed Astor Piazzolla´s music at concerts in the Czech Republic and elsewhere. The CD „Vivat tango“ won CD of the year 2014 by The Violoncello Foundation New York.