Karolína Františová, pianoforte
Filip Zaykov, violino
Vilém Petras, violoncello
They played together for the first time as members of a Czech foundation „Akademie komorní hudby“ (Chamber Music Academy), which cooperates with the German foundation Villa Musica and brings together young musicians and established professionals. After this experience, they decided to create a trio at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Firstly, they studied under the guidance of Prof. Martin Kasík and currently they are part of the chamber music class of Prof. Ivo Kahánek, member of the Dvořák Trio. The trio also collaborates with another member of the Dvořák Trio, cellist Tomáš Jamník and Prof. Jiří Fišer.
In August, the trio participated in the International Summer Academy Prag-Wien-Budapest , organized by the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where they worked under the guidance of members of the Artis Quartett Peter Schuhmayer, Johannes Meissl, Herbert Kefer and Othmar Müller and other distinguished professors and chamber musicians like Hatto Beyerle (Alban Berg Quartet), Avedis Koyoumdjian and Vida Vujić (University of Music in Vienna), Anita Mitterer (Quatuor Mosaiques, Mozarteum Salzburg), Gabor Csalog (Franz List Academy Budapest) and Patrick Jüdt (University of Arts Bern). They have been also awarded the AHUV Award – donated by the Czech Society of the Arts and Science for an oustanding interpretation of a Czech contemporary work. The trio has got this prize for the performance of Trio Boemo by Zdeněk Lukáš.
In November, the trio goes on its first concert tour to Germany which includes a concert at Philharmonie Berlin.
Karolína Františová (1994) started playing piano when she was 5 years old at the Music school “Šmeralova” in Karlovy Vary. Then she continued at the Prague Conservatory and now she studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Martin Kasík and at Accademia pianistica di Imola with Vovka Ashkenazy. She supplemented her education for example with Vladimir Ashkenazy, A. Koyoumdjian, E. Indjic, G. Wallisch, B. Berman, I. Klánský, I. Kahánek, M. Gambarian and V. Goldberg.
Her recent competition successes include the 1st prize at the International Bedřich Smetana Competition, 1st prize at the International A. Scriabin Competition in Paris, 1st prize at the International J. Novák Competition, 1st prize at the International Jenö Takacs Competition in Oberschützen, 2nd prize at the International Piano Exhibition in Prague and 2nd prize and the prize for the best performance of a work by Joseph Haydn at the International J. Haydn Competition in Vienna. As a soloist and a chamber musician, Karolína has performed in the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Slovakia, Sweden. She cooperates with Czech TV, Czech Radio and Slovak Radio. In the last few years, she appeared as a soloist in Piano Concertos by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.
Filip Zaykov (1997) began his violin studies when he was 5 years old. He is a student of Jiří Fišer at the Prague Conservatory. Filip is a laureate of many international competitions including Kloster Schöntal Violin Competition in Germany, Bravo! Concours in Belgium, Premio Clivis in Italy, International Radio Competition Concertino Praga, Josef Muzika Violin Competition and Kocian Violin Competition in the Czech Republic. He made his debut with PKF – Prague Philharmonia at the age of 10 playing Vivaldi´s Concerto in A minor for two violins and orchestra with Josef Suk. As a soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Filip performed violin concertos by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Korngold. Filip attended several summer music camps including Cambridge International String Academy, Václav Hudeček Summer Music Academy, International Music Academy Pilsen and took part in masterclasses with Stephen Shipps, Rodney Friend, Endre Granat, Georgy Pauk, Petru Munteanu, Wai-Dong Tong and Robert Davidovici. Since 2008, Filip is sponsored by Kellner Family Foundation. He is a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Academy.
Vilém Petras (1995) studies with Michal Kaňka at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and with Peter Bruns at Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” in Leipzig. His previous teachers were Mirko Škampa, Martin Škampa and Sergey Kalyanov. Vilém was awarded the 1st prizes at the National Competition of Czech Conservatories and at Talents for Europe competition. He also got the Croatian String Teachers Award at Antonio Janigro Cello Competition. In 2012, Vilém and pianist Jakub Škampa became laureates of the International Radio Competition Concertino Praga as a cello and piano duo. As a soloist, he appeared with Prague Symphony Orchestra, PKF – Prague Philharmonia and the Pilsen Philharmonic. Since 2011, he is a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. With this orchestra, he played on some of the greatest European stages (Royal Albert Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zürich, Konzerthaus in Berlin etc.) with world-renowned conductors like Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gianandrea Noseda or Bernard Haitink. Between 2014-2016, Vilém was a member of PKF – Prague Philharmonia Orchestra Academy and since this season, he is a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Academy.