For her artistic versatility, MARKÉTA JANOUŠKOVÁ is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician, artistic leader and guest lecturer in master classes. She is not only appreciated for her „fiery interpretation“, „sweet sound“,dedicated virtuosity“, but she is also valued for creating interesting concert programmes and unique projects.
Thanks to her family roots, Markéta also finds a deep inspiration in traditional Czech and Slovak folklore music. She is a graduate of Hoschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where she currently lives.
Markéta recently performed a recital at the Tallin Winter Festival, appeared as a soloist in the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra chamber cycle, played The Four Seasons by Ástor Piazzolla at the Ludwig van Beethoven Music Festival, performed a recital in the Jour De Fix series in Berlin and at the Belgian Hulacourt Art Festival, which is organised under the patronage of Martha Argerich. Markéta participated in the recording of a CD under the patronage of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, with exclusive interpretations of J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations for the violin, viola and double bass. Czech Radio recorded her recent recital and published a CD with the compositions of Jiří Teml, in whose realisation she participated. A premiere of Viktor Kalabis’ early composition, Arie and Allegro, was also recently played in the form of Markéta’s interpretation – it was personally entrusted to her by Zuzana Růžičková. She collaborates in leading positions with the Swedish ensemble Camerata Nordica, the Belgian Hulacourt Chamber Soloist, the Kammersymfonie Berlin, the Berg Orchestra, and as one of the artists in the Czech Touches of Music festival orchestra. Markéta has begun to appear regularly as the artist hosting the German D’Accord Klassikfestival chamber music festival.
Markéta has performed at over six hundred concerts and recitals in the Czech Republic, but also in other European countries, the Russian Federation, Ecuador and the USA. She has performed as a soloist in leading Czech halls, for example in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague, and with prominent ensembles such as the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra and Barocco sempre giovane.
Markéta was recently invited to perform at festivals such as ISA (Austria, opening concert), Beyond Music Festival and Castello Music Festival (Spain), Sevenoaks Music Festival (Great Britain), Vesna v Rossii (Moscow), the prestigious Aurora Chamber Music festival (Sweden, closing concert), Classic um Eins (Germany), International Music Festival Český Krumlov, Czech Touches of Music, the Dvořák Festival and the Beethoven Festival. Among others, she was the icon of the Prager Kultur am Prager Platz foundation festival in Berlin. She appeared as a special guest at the recent ceremonial BROLN concert, which was broadcast live by Czech Radio.
She collaborated at concerts with prominent artists such as Josef Suk, Václav Hudeček, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Jiří Bělohlávek, Smetana Piano Trio, Anton Zapf, Boris Andrianov, Friedemann Riehle and Shlomo Mintz, under whose baton she performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s Romance in F major with the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice.
In addition to solo performances, Markéta is also a sought-after chamber musician. Her newly-established Páleníček Piano Trio has already achieved success at the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Competition, and has placed among the six finalists at the Premio Antomio Bertolini in Milan. La Rêverie is a joint project with the excellent Duo du Rêves (flute, piano), with which she participated in the recording of Jiří Teml for Czech Radio. Markéta also actively participates as a soloist of traditional Dulcimer Band of Jiří Janoušek. Their joint project FolkloreClassic based on Leoš Janáček’s music, which moves at the boundary of classical and folk music, is achieving extraordinary success on festival podiums. In terms of pedagogic activity, she works in the International School of Music and Fine Arts in Prague. She has already conducted master’s courses in Germany (Music Conservatory in Dinkensbühl), and has been invited as a guest professor to master’s courses in Benasque, Spain.
One of the parts of the popular documentary series Don’t Put Me Out, I’m Burning! was dedicated to Markéta, and she was one of the protagonists in the Music Apprentices documentary by French director Richard Dindo. Legendary artistic film director Jan Němec personally chose her to perform Bach’s Chaconne in his last film, The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street.
She began playing the violin at six years of age, in Hana Metelková’s class. After several years’ study at the Jan Neruda Grammar School and the Prague Conservatory under the leadership of professor Dana Vlachová, Markéta received a scholarship for the prestigious Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, where she studied in the class of professor Cyrus Forough and professor Robert Chen, concert master of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She successfully graduated from the Prague Conservatory under the leadership of professor Jaroslav Foltýn. At the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, she was the first student of Pavel Šporcl and professor Ivan Štraus. She is currently completing her studies in a master’s programme at the Hochschule für Music Hanns Eisler Berlin, in the class of Swedish professor Ulf Wallin. She regularly participates in master’s courses, e.g. thatof Shlomo Mintz, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Eberhard Feltz, Michael Fishenschlager, Dora Schwarzberg, Roger Chase, Fabio Bidini, Ola Karlsson and Patinka Kopec. She is also the winner of Václav Hudeček’s summer courses.
Markéta plays a Henry Lockey Hill violin, with a Dirk Löscher bow kindly lent by a private collector.