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Richard Pohl was born in Ostrava (Czech Republic) in 1983. He studied at the Grammar School and School of Music
in Jesenik. His first teacher, Jarmila Holisova, was much interested in chamber playing. She instructed all of her students
in chamber works resulting in Pohl's many awards such as: Honorary Diploma and First Prize at the Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Chamber Music Competition in Vidnava. He also appeared as soloist with a Young Musicians String Orchestra in Jesenik.
In 1996, he gained second place in solo piano at the National Competition for Young Musicians and third prize at the
Young Jazz Ensembles with a quartet (piano, violin, bass, drums) in Jablonec nad Nisou (Czech Republic) performing music by
In 1997 he entered the Brno Conservatory of Music
with renowned Czech pedagogue and chamber musicians Eva Horakova
(member of the Bohuslav Martinu Trio). During his Conservatory studies, he continued to expand his chamber music activities
performing in trios, duets and with singers which resulted in further awards, such as a Honorary Diploma with fellow student
at the International Radio Competition Concertino Praga
in the piano duo category and was twice awarded as the best accompanist during National competitions in Brno (2003)
and Dvorak - Janacek competition in Olomouc (2004).
With Josef Skarka (bass-baritone;
Prague Academy) he was chosen to participate in the Concours Internationale de Nadia et Lili Boulanger for voice and piano
in Paris (2003). With the same singer he appeared on International Music Festival: Moravian Autumn 2004
performing songs of Antonin Dvorak and Leos Janacek. They were also invited to other festivals in Brno - Days of Young Performers
(with French and Czech 20th century repertoire) and the 2004 Concert series of Czech Music
at the Brno Coservatory under the auspices of sir Charles Mackerras where Richard and Josef performed the last work of Pavel
Haas (Four songs on Chinese Poetry).
Richard Pohl's reputation as an excellent accompanist and chamber musicians has given him the opportunity to
work wirh such respected professionals as singers Jaroslav Dvorsky and Petr Babula or cellist Krystof Lecian; additionaly,
he has been appointed in 2002 as the official accompanist for the voice department of Frantisek Jilek School of Music
Kubalek Piano Master Courses
in Zlate Hory (Gold Mountains) where he studied with the outstanding Czech-Canadian pianist Antonin Kubalek
and received the 2004 award for Best Performance of a Work by a Czech Composer.
Richard also took part in Piano Master-classes in both Mikulov (2001) and at the 2003-05
Richard Pohl is currently studying at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts
in Brno with the celebrated professor Zdenek Hnat
- a former pupil of the renowned Russian pedagogue Heinrich Neuhaus
and chamber music with professors Josefa Hlouskova, Danuse Kristkova and Jaroslav Smejkal (former prime violin of Janacek
Quartet). During his studies he attended masterclasses with George Kanev (Bulgaria) and Thomas Steinhoefel, Iva Navratova
(Germany; chamber music and art song) and Petr Sefl (interpretation of baroque and classical music on ancient instruments).
18/5/2005 - Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno
- Jezuitsky konvikt (Chapell), Olomouc
24/6/2005 - Chapell of St. Lawrence, Prague
28/9/2005 - Chapell, Jesenik
2005 - Olomouc, Jesenik
26/01/2006 - Janacek Academy, Brno - Piano Recital
08/04/2006 - St. Lawrence, Prague
- Convent of Merciful Brothers, Brno
Favorite Band or Musician: Antonin Kubalek, Rudolf Firkusny, Claudio Arrau, Krystian Zimerman, Glenn Gould, Sviatoslav Richter
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