JANA VONÁŠKOVÁ - NOVÁKOVÁ violin
Born into a musical family in the Czech Republic in 1979, Jana studied at the Prague Conservatoire with Jindřich Pazdera 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 Prof. 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. From 2005 to 2007 she studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Prof. Václav Snítil. 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 well as Japan and Israel. As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek, the Belgian National Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, and on tour with the distinguished Czech violinist Václav Hudeček. From 2003 till 2012 she was a member of the Smetana Piano Trio, busy recording for Supraphon label. Since 2015 she is the first violinist in The Prazak Quartet.
Since being selected for representation by YCAT (Young Concert Artists Trust) in 2002, Jana has appeared at major venues and festivals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall (London), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), 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.
Jana plays on very fine instrument made by Czech violin maker Petr Sedláček in 2010.
‘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