JANA NOVÁKOVÁ Born into a musical family in the Czech Republic in 1979, Jana studied at the Prague Conservatoire and in 2000 won the Talent of the Year Competition. This led directly to a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London where she studied with Professor Felix Andrievsky, graduating in 2005. From 2001 Jana was an Orpheus Scholar and from 2004 a Scholar, supported by a Yehudi Menuhin Award at the RCM.
A top prize-winner at major international competitions, in 2000 Jana won first prize at the International Competition for Young Violinists K.Lipinski/H. Wieniawski held in Lublin, Poland and in 2001 received the European Prize in Strasbourg.
Jana has performed extensively in Europe - in the Czech and Slovak Republics, in France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Norway, Poland and Belarus. As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jirí Belohlávek, the Belgian National Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, and on tour with the distinguished Czech violinist Václav Hudecek. She is currently a member of the Smetana Piano Trio with whom she recently toured Japan.
Since being selected for representation by YCAT in 2002, Jana has appeared at major venues and festivals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St. David?s Hall Cardiff, Harewood House, the Chester, Leamington, Gower, King?s Lynn, Mecklenburg and Prague Spring Festivals. In 2004 she made her BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Bath Festival. Plans for the 2005/06 season include a YCAT Evening at Wigmore Hall on 31st October and recordings for the Supraphon label with the Smetana Piano Trio.
?Jana Nováková has a sure technique and her tonal resources range through a wide range of colours and textures.....I enjoyed the performance very much?.
The Strad St. Martin-in-the-Fields April 2003
??Jana Nováková plays outstandingly as a master of her instrument, her hamonics and double-stop passages are infallible.... her temperament is amazing. The whole evening was a great pleasure?.
Plzensky denik (Pilsen Journal), Czech Republic/Prague Spring Festival, June 2002
?Jana Nováková is a violinist with the ability of extraordinary intense musical expression, in espressivo and forte passages particularly?.
Hudebni rozhledy (Musical Outlooks), Czech Republic, February 2002