Prague Summer Academy

Courses of instruction and teachers:

Milan Agency Prague reserves the right to cancel a course of instruction that is requested by fewer than four students.


Wolfgang Watzinger - 8月9 - 18

Wolfgang Watzinger

was born in Darmstadt, Germany. He studied in Freiburg with Edith Picht-Axenfeld and in Salzburg with Gilbert Schuchter, winning First Prize at the National Piano Competition of the German Music Academies in Frankfurt in 1971 . His studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Rudolf Serkin and Miecyslaw Horszowski 1973/74 had further influence on his artistic development. Wolfgang Watzinger has performed as a soloist and chambermusician in major European cities, in the USA and Asia. His CD-recording of Brahms Paganini Variations and the monumental Bach Variations by Max Reger was critically acclaimed. From 1980 – 1995 he held professorships at the music academies in Berlin and Detmold , and in 1994 was appointed Professor of Piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Prof. Watzinger has given masterclasses in Europe, USA and Asia and is a permanent faculty member of the Music Seminar Summer Academy in Vienna. He has been a jury member of many international piano competitions including the Beethoven Competition Vienna 2005, the Ettlingen Competition for Young Pianists and the Brahms Competition in Hamburg.

Boris Krajný - 8月9 - 19

Boris Krajný

Czech pianist Boris Krajny has toured over thirty-three countries on five contintents, making him a familiar and welcome figure in music capitals such as Berlin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Moscow, New York, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Vienna, and Washington D.C. Since his American debut in 1972 he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and many other major concert halls throughout North America. He has been a soloist with the Bournermouth Symphony Orchestra and symphony orchestras of Edmonton, Tokyo, Istanbul, Toronto, Milwaukee, Berlin and Warsaw. Krajny has performed in the prestigious music festival of Athens, Baalbeck, Bergen, Constance, Rouen, as well as in the Prague Spring International Music Festival, where he gave the Czech premiere of L. Bernstein´s Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety). Krajny recorded all works of M. Ravel, he was awarded Grand Prix du Disque 1981 for recording of french concertos (Poulenc, Honegger, Roussel) with Prague Chamber Orchestra.

Piano + Chamber music

František Malý - 8月7 - 17

Prof. František Malý

František Malý's artistic career began in the mid-1960s, when his exceptional talent led to his winning the Chopin, Smetana and Beethoven Piano Competitions, with a special prize for interpretation of Beethoven's works. After finishing his studies at the Brno and Prague Conservatories in 1969, he began his study at the Academy of Music, Drama and Fine Arts in Prague. After graduation in 1976, Mr. Malý continued his musical education as a doctoral student in the arts. He is prize winner of the international piano competitions of Ferruccio Busoni in Bolzano, Italy (1967), Marguerite Long in Paris (1969 and 1973) and Ettore Pozzoli in Seregno, Italy (1974). Apart from his concert activities as a soloist, he is intensively engaged in chamber music in cooperation with leading Czech musicians. Mr. Malý took part in founding the Antonín Dvořák Trio. He has toured many countries including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, the former USSR, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Portugal, Canada, and the United States as a solo and chamber musician. Currently, Mr. Malý is a pedagogue at Prague's Academy of Performing Arts.

Iku Miwa - 8月16 - 20

Iku Miwa


Ivan Ženatý - 8月16 - 20

Prof. Ivan Ženatý

Due to his extensive artistic activity Ivan Zenaty has acquired a leading position among Czech violinists. During his studies at the Prague Conservatory he has made his debut with the Czech Philharmonics, in 1982 he got to the final of the International P.I. Tschaykowski Violin Competition in Moscow, in 1987 he was a sovereign winner of the International Prague Spring Violin Competition. Ivan Zenaty was awarded the title Laureate of the International Tribune of Young Performers UNESCO (1989) and the main prize of the Ruggiero Ricci international master-classes in Berlin (1990) which resulted in his engagement as a soloist of the Berliner Symphoniker. The unmistakable artistic expression of Ivan Zenaty was influenced by several significant personalities such as Nathan Milstein, Andre Gertler and Igor Bezrodny (master-classes in Zurich and Weimar). Since 1988 he has been collaborating in private tutorage with Josef Suk with whom he often performs on international festivals. After these successes Ivan Zenaty was appointed a permanent soloist of the Prague Symphonics, the Czech Radio Orchestra and he has realised an European tour with the Czech Philharmonics. He performed with Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Serge Baudo, Neville Marriner and many others. He appeared in Berliner Philharmonie, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Barbican and Wigmore Halls (London), Metropolitan Hall (Tokyo), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Auditorio (Madrid), King David Hall (Jerusalem), Queen´s Hall (Edinburgh), Ford Center (Toronto), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) and numerous other famous venues.v Since 1996 Ivan Zenaty has been professor at the Music Academy in Dresden. His repertoire is unusually wide including about fifty orchestral concertos of all music styles. In his current recording activity he concentrates mainly on complete works of great composers. At the present time he co-operates with the Dorian recording company (New York). Ivan Zenaty plays a famous instrument Prince of Orange made in 1743 by Italian master Giuseppe Antonio Guarnieri del Gesu.

Masayo Okuda - 8月9 - 16

Masayo Okuda

Pavel Kudelásek - 8月9 - 17

Pavel Kudelásek

Violin Junior Class

Ayumi Sasaki - 8月14 - 20

Ayumi Sasaki

Radka Beranová - 8月11 - 19

Radka Beranová

She acquired her first music education at the music school in Přeštice where she studied with Karel Hofman and started to play the violin at the age of seven. Then she continued to study at the Secondary Music School in Pilsen and Prague with the professor O. Lébr and V. Rejšek, where she debuted at the performance with Glazunov´s Violin Concerto in A minor and later with the Dvořak´s Violin Concerto in A minor in the Dvořák Hall of Rudolfinum in Prague. She continued in her studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with the professors J. Vlach and V.Snítil. She completed her postgraduate studies with the professor J. Epstein at the Hochschule des Saarlandes für Musik und Theater in Germany and graduated with honours in 1998 performing the Brahm´s Violin Concerto in D major. Radka Beranová has received several international awards – Kocian´s violin competition 1978, 1982, Beethoven´s violin competition in 1982, Competition of H. Wieniawsky and K. Lipinsky in Poland in 1985, the Award of the German Academy DAAD in 1997, etc. She started to participate in chamber music already during her studies, where she was assisted by professors J. Vlach, J.Talich, I. Klánský, J.Pěruška, J. Epstein, E. Brunner, T. Kakuschka. She has taken courses of solo, chamber and orchestra music in Bayeruth (Germany), Saumur (France), Castel del Monte (Italy), etc. Since 1983 she has performed as a soloist and chamber player at many concert in the Czech republic, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Luxemburg, Poland and Israel. She has also introduced several pieces of contemporary composers. In 1987 she became a member of the Czech Chamber Orchestra and later also the Talich Chamber Orchestra in Prague. During her professional stay in Germany she was a member of the Chamber Orchestra Ricercare in Saarbrücken. She was also a member of the String trio Zanetto. In Pilsen, she has been teaching the violin and chamber music since 1990. Since 2010 she has been a teacher at the GMHS Prague. Radka Beranová has regularly participated as a professional teacher at the international violin courses – International Music Academy Pilsen and has been a member of committee at the violin competitions.


Jeroen den Herder - 8月10 - 16

Jeroen den Herder

After completing his studies at the conservatory of Amsterdam with Dmitry Ferschtman, and in London with Christopher Bunting, Jeroen was principal cellist of the Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico, a group with a worldwide reputation as a full time cello ensemble. Since 1999 he is a member of the Nieuw Ensemble, one of the leading Dutch chamber music groups for contemporary music. He is also a member of the Ruysdael Quartet. He won several prestigious prizes, including the first prize in the Postbank Sweelinck competition in 1992 and the first prize of the Foundation of the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. He is a very active chamber music player, performing with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Isabelle van Keulen, Anner Bijlsma and Michael Collins, giving concerts all over the world. Jeroen is teacher of cello at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. He gives regularly masterclasses in Russia, Israel and Germany and is the artistic leader of the Cello Festival in Zutphen, the Netherlands.

Cello + Chamber Class

Michal Kanka - 8月12 - 18

Michal Kaňka

Born in Prague in 1960, Michal Kaňka took up the cello under leadership of Mirko Škampa, Viktor Moučka and Josef Chuchro. Later he continued his studies with French cellists Paul Tortelier and André Navarra. Already as a student he passed successfully more than 30 cello competitions. From the most prestigious we can mention the first price in the international cello competition „Prague spring“ 1983 or his victory in the ARD radio competition in Munich 2006. Big success was also his laureateship in the Tchaikovsky international cello competition 1982 in Moscow. His achievements in international contests were followed by solo concerts in Europe, Japan and both North and South America. Michal Kaňka has been performing regularly with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1986. Their first collaboration was just in Rudolfinum with the cello concerto by A. Dvořák. Since that time he has made with SoČr. both live and studio recordings of 12 diverse cello concertos. Some of those were released by CD firma Radioservis (S. Prokofjev, B. Martinů, J. Feld, J. Zich). In the year 2003 Michal Kaňka was nominated to be the honoured soloist of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra by the chief conductor Vladimír Válek. Michal Kaňka collaborates intensively with French CD company Praga digitals. He has recorded more than 30 solo CDs for this firm and most of them were highly evaluated in international musical magazines. Praga digitals set out among others Kaňka´s recording of the cello concerto by A. Honegger together with Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. From Kaňka´s most important performances during last and this season we can mention for example the festive concert by the occasion of the conclusiom of presidency of Czech republic in European Union on 11th of June 2009 in Brussels by collaboration with the Czech Philharmonic and conductor Zdeněk Mácal. There was also Dvorak´s cello concerto on the program. Or planned 2 performances in the festival Prague spring 2010. Michal Kaňka has been since 1986 member of the Pražák quartet. With this ensemble he has appeared on major concert stages in the whole world and recorded many tens of CDs. Michal Kaňka has been using French bow made by Nicole Descloux in 2000. French violin maker Christian Bayon made for Michal Kaňka exceptional cello in 2006.

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