Hana Kotková

The first featured appearance of Hana Kotková on the Czech musical scene was in 1997 when she won the Prague Spring International Violin Competition. A graduate of the Ostrava Conservatory (under Vítězslav Kuzník) and the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (under Josef Vlach, Jiří Novák, and Ivan Štraus), she furthered her education with renowned teachers Josef Gingold in Greensboro, United States, and with Albert Lysý at the Yehudi Menuhin International Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. Hana Kotková lives permanently in Switzerland, where most of her musical activity takes place now. She has recorded the complete Eugène Ysaÿe violin sonatas, taught master classes at Rencontres Musicales in Blonay, and takes part in the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano where she has performed with Mikhail Pletnev and Lily Zilberstein. She has toured in Europe as well as in the United States with Yehudi Menuhin and Albert Lysý, and she often gives recitals with the British pianist Simon Mulligan. In her native country, she has performed in prominent festivals. Since 2003 she has regularly performed at the Ostrava Days Festival, performing violin concertos by many contemporary composers (Feldman, Ligeti, Rihm, Francesconi, and others). She performed Ligeti Violin Concerto with Ostravská banda at Lincoln Center in New York, and made her debut at Carnegie Hall with conductor Petr Kotík. In November 2012, Hana Kotková and the Janacek Philharmonic performed the US premiere of Morton Feldman violin concerto, Violin and Orchestra, as part of the Beyond Cage festival. She leads her “Kotková Ensemble”, with which she has performed in Milano and Torino at the MITO Settembre Musica festival and with which she is working on multimedia projects. Together with Iva Bittová she appeared at the Sydney Festival this year, and soon they will perform Kurtág Kafka Fragments in Italy. Hana Kotková plays a precious Italian Ferdinando Gagliano violin constructed in 1775 and a modern instrument made for her in 1996 by the renowned Prague luthier Jan B. Špidlen. 

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