Ivo Kahánek

A musician of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, Ivo Kahánek (1979) has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting artists of his generation and is the Czech Republic’s most acclaimed pianist. He is universally recognised as one of the foremost interpreters of Romantic piano music. He possesses a rare gift of creating an immediate and compelling emotional connection with his audiences. Kahánek is a graduate of the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava (Marta Toaderová), the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Ivan Klánský) and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (Ronan O’Hara). Kahánek came to public attention after winning the Prague Spring International Music Competition in 2004, and he was subsequently a prize winner at many other competitions. After his successful debuts at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn and the Prague Spring Festival in Prague, Kahánek was invited to perform Martinů’s Fourth Piano Concerto “Incantations” at the 2007 Proms Festival with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiří Bělohlávek. The performance was broadcast live by the BBC as well as the Czech National Radio station Vltava. In 2014, Kahánek was selected by Sir Simon Rattle to perform two critically acclaimed concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic. Kahánek performs regularly with the Czech Philharmonic and has also appeared on stage in front of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Glasgow, etc. Kahánek has already released thirteen CDs on the Supraphon label (with which he has an exclusive contract since 2007) of works by Chopin, Dvořák, Janáček, Martinů, Klein, Kabeláč, and more. 

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