Epoque String Quartet
The Prague string quartet Epoque Quartet was founded at the beginning of the year 1999. Four excellent soloists and chamber musicians with abundant stage experiences brang not only their unanimity in musical opinions and the relationship in their artistic nature together, but even their extraordinary interest in musical genres, which do not belong under the title „classical music“ – jazz, rock and funk. As compositions of the classical quartet literature stay an integral part of the programmes of this ensemble, the sensitive approach to unconventional arrangements brings him new possibilities in using the string instruments and at the same time it enables them to widen the repertoire, which on our and on stages abroad is unique.
The members of the quartet are laureates of several international competitions (for two times the first place in the competition of Liezen in Austria, the first price in the international competition Ludwig van Beethoven for string quartets, the price Jeunesse Musicale) and the ensemble took part in some other competitions (for example the competition Paolo Borciani), too. Abroad the quartet gave among others concerts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Israel, Japan, Greece, in the Netherlands, Poland, Bosnia and so on. Regularly the Epoque Quartet performs in the subscription cycles of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Broadcasting, the Czech Nonet, plays for the association for chamber music, cooperates with the Czech television and the Czech Broadcasting and is guest on prestigious music festivals for example the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Concentus Moraviae, the Music Festival of České Krumlov, Chamber music Cycle of the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Metamorphoses (Switzerland), Music Festival Ludwig van Beethoven, Moravský podzim (Moravian autumn) an so on.
In the year 2000 the members of the Epoque Quartet led a master class in jazz interpretation at the Music Academy of Jerusalem.
In the field of jazz the Epoque quartet came together with personalities like George Mraz, Benny Beailey, Yoshiko Kishino.
Digestedly the ensemble works together with the Trio Robert Balzar.
Vladimír Klánský – violin
He is a graduate from the Prague conservatory in the class of prof. N. Grumlíková and in the years 1998/99 he studied at the conservatory of Luzern (G. Larsens). Like a member of chamber music ensembles he took part in master classes of S. Givens (Canada), W. Levin, H.W. Meyer (LaSalle Quartet) and H. Beyerle (A. Berg Quartet). As a soloist he performs in the Czech Republic and abroad. From the year 2005 he is a member of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Broadcasting. Like a member of orchestras and chamber music ensembles he performed with Mischa Majsky (České Krumlov 2005) or Herbie Hancock (Prague Spring 2005).
Vladimír Kroupa – viola
Vladimír Kroupa finished The Prague Conservatory with J Ruis (Dvořák Quartet), then read viola with L Malý at The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He was a member of the Talich Chamber Orchestra and of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (for two years). From 1991, he played in the Apollon String Quartet, who won the first prize at the L van Beethoven international competition. In 1996, he participated in master classes with the Alban Berg Quartet, and in 2000 with H.W.Meyer (LaSalle Quartet).In 1999 he was one of the founding members of the Epoque String Quartet which performed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Britain, Israel, Japan, Greece, the Netherlands etc, and which was successful at many competitions (e.g. the Paolo Borciani Competition) and festivals (e.g. Schleswig-Holstein Festival (Germany), Stuttgarter Philharmoniker Zyklus, Metamorphosen (Switzerland), České sny (the Czech Republic)). In 2000 he led master classes at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Since 2003, he has been a member of The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (SOČR) where he is leading viola player at present. He has been a member of the Czech Nonet since 2007.
Vít Petrášek– violoncello
He studied at the conservatory of Prague in the class of prof. F. Pišinger. In the year 2005 he finished his studies at the Musikhochschule Luzern (prof. M. Jerie) and received the pretigious evaluation Edwin Fischer Preis. He is for two times winner of the violoncello competition in the Austrian Liezen (1994, 1996). In the year 1995 he played a recital in the cycle of the Czech Philharmonic and like a soloists he cooperates with the Luzerner Sinfonie Orchester, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Broadcasting, the Philharmonic Zlín and the State Philharmonic Košice. Like a member of chamber music ensembles he took part in the International Kyoto Music Festival 1997 and worked together with H.W. Meyer, W. Levin and H. Beyerle.