- Ian Mikyska
(b Havířov, 30 April 1974). Czech violinist. He studied at the Ostrava Conservatory and the Ostrava Institute of the Arts (with Ladislav Gořula and Zdeněk Gola). He is a laureate of the Beethoven’s Hradec Competition (in both the solo violin and string quartet categories) and the Leoš Janáček International Competition. As a soloist, he has performed with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, the Brno Chamber Soloists, the Prague Chamber Philharmonic, and the Veni Academy. From 2000 to 2011 he was a member, and later deputy leader of second violins, in the Prague Philharmonia (PKF), during which time he was also guest concertmaster or leader with orchestras including the Bilbao Philharmonic, the Berg Orchestra, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic, and the Talich Chamber Orchestra. In 2016, he became the acting director of the Czech Music Information Center.
He is an enthusiastic advocate and performer of contemporary music. He founded the Fama Quartet, leads the ensemble Prague Modern, and is a member of the ensembles Ostravská banda, MoEns, and Early Reflections. He regularly premieres compositions by composers from both the Czech Republic and abroad, and collaborates with dancers, actors, and experimental artists. He is equally at home in many settings, from fully improvised music to complex notation, to all of which he brings the utmost precision and dedication, whether that means the intense quietude of late Nono or the precise abandon of Xenakis’ ...