Václav Vonásek

Václav Vonásek  (*6.8.1980) comes from Blatná in South Bohemia. He began playing the recorder at the age of six. Two years later he changed to the clarinet while at music school. At the Conservatoire in Plzen (1994) he studied the bassoon with Ladislav Smídl and Matous Krivánek and graduated in 1999. During this time he performed as a soloist with the Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Mariánské Lázne.

Václav won 2nd prize at the Czech Conservatoire Competition in Ostrava in 1997. Since 1999 Vaclav has studied at the Prague Academy of Music, with Professors Frantisek Herman and Jirí Seidl.

In 2001 he participated in the Pacem in Terris International wind instruments competition in Bayreuth, reaching the final round.
Also in 2001 he took a part in a masterclass in Semmering (Austria) and won, as a member of a bassoon trio, the Antonín Rejcha Prize. He also performed on Austrian ORF.
Same year, in November, he performed as a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy during the orchestra's concert tour of the Far East.

His victory in the Czech-Slovak competition "TALENT ROKU 2002" earned him a yearlong visiting scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with Andrea de Flammineis and Martin Gatt. It was also there that Václav was picked as the soloist in a performance of Weber's Bassoon Concerto with the College's Orchestra. He recorded the Weber concerto for Czech Radio, with the Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He won second prize at the 2002 Prague Spring International Competition, along with a prize awarded in the same contest by the Czech Music Fund, for the best performance of a contemporary Czech composition.
In May 2003 he was selected as a finalist in the Young Concert Artists Trust competition in London.

Václav has performed as a soloist in the Smetana Hall, the Dvorák Hall and Suk Hall in Prague and in the Wigmore Hall in London.

In 2003 he appeared at the Prague Spring Festival, the Janácek Festival Ostrava, the Bratislava Music Festival, the International meeting of young musicians Ticino Musica in Switzerland, at the Cheltenham and Leamington Festivals in the UK and a others.

In July 2004 he won first prize at the Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition (organised by the International Double Reed Society) which took place in Melbourne, Australia.

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