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Venyš, Irvinfree

  • Ian Mikyska

(b Kyjov, 15 June 1981).Czech clarinetist. Studied at the Brno Conservatory with Břetislav Winkler and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (AMU) with Jiří Hlaváč and Vlastimil Mareš, where he completed his PhD dissertation on the topic of the clarinet concerto repertoire in the 20th century. He also spent an important year with Michel Arrignon at the Paris Conservatoire.

He performs classical repertoire with the pianists Martin Kasík, Ivo Kahánek, and Daniel Wiesner and contemporary music with the Ostravská banda and the Berg Orchestra. Though most active as a performer of classical and contemporary music, he is also involved in several multi-genre projects, such as Irvin_Epoque with the Epoque Quartet, which mixes folk, jazz, and composed music, or JA-RA-LAJ, a solo CD inspired by Romani music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

He has performed at festivals including Mitte Europa, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Mozart, der Europäer Mannheim, Prague Spring, Dvořák’s Prague, and others, and with conductors, including Radovan Vlatkovič, Zakhar Bron, Peter Czaba, Igor Ardašev, and Libor Pešek. He is a laureate of competitions including EBU New Talent, Prague Spring, Pacem in Terris Bayreuth (Absolute winner), Markneukirchen, Zurich, and Madeira. He has recorded at length for Czech Radio and Czech Television, as well as Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk, Arco Diva, and Naxos.

He is also active as a pedagogue (at AMU) and organizer, most notably at the Prague Clarinet Days festival and the Žirovnice International Clarinet Festival, and as co-founder of the Czech Clarinet Association.

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