Vyacheslav Grokhovsky, Jr.
Pianist Vyacheslav Grokhovsky, Jr is a prizewinner of international competitions, including the Cagliari in 2000 and the Marienbad in 2003, among others. Vyacheslav performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a member of the E. Napravnik Piano Trio and chief director of the International Eduard Napravnik Music Festival in the Czech Republic. His international appearances include festivals in Italy, France, the United States, the Czech Republic, Germany and Russia. He holds a bachelor and a master’s degree from the the Moscow Conservatory and the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts as well as a doctorate from the Prague Conservatory.
Former member of Karla Vlacha Orchestra, a longtime soloist Orchestra Ladislava Štaidla (1969 – 1986) and later chief conductor of Dance Orchestra of Czechoslovak Radio.
He studied three years Vejvanovského Conservatory in Kroměříž and graduated from the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno . He has performed with the Orchestra Karla Vlacha , Gustava Broma Orchestra , the RIAS Radio Big Band, Big Band Radio in Copenhagen and the WDR Big Band in Cologne .
On 28. October 2013 he President Miloš Zeman awarded the Medal of Merit.
Felix Slováček, Jr.
MgA. Felix Slováček jr. was born in Prague.
In 1999 he was admitted to the Prague Conservatory with clarinet as his field of study. Since then he has played in several ensembles. He founded a 3-member rock band, Nails, for which he composed – both music and lyrics. The band also performed Nirvana Revival, but unfortunately it broke up soon after the recording of their first CD Sběratel lidských těl („The Collector of Human Bodies“), due to their bass guitarist´s leaving. In 2003 Felix Slováček became the rhytm guitarist, vocalist and co-composer of both music and lyrics in the rock band Glanc. Both Nails and Glanc have played many concerts and participated in several music festivals. Another band, the Felix Band has performed at the promotional festival in Portorose on the Slovenian coast. In 2005 the band cooperated with the Film school of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) in creating a short acoustic DVD called Felix Gang Band Unplugged.
Felix Slováček Jr. graduated in 2006 from the Prague Conservatoire, under Prof. Milan Polák’s leadership. He then continued his studies at the Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts (AMU) at Prof. Jiří Hlaváč and Prof. Vlastimil Mareš. He attended master classes (ISA) in Semmering, Austria, becoming an awarded winner of the 2009 Antonín Rejcha Prize, the wind instruments category. In Semmering, too, he took part in the courses of Prof. Michel Lethiec and Prof. Francois Benda. In 2010, he graduated from the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU), Prague, delivering with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice in the “Best of” (“Ti nejlepší”) cycle.
Having held the First Clarinetist post with the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra from May 2008, he currently collaborates as a soloist with the same orchestra. He has performed successfully with the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, South Bohemia Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Conca Collegium, Atlantis Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Chamber Orchestra, Musica Minore, Musica Lucis Praga, Antonín Dvořák Chamber Orchestra, Prague Film Orchestra, Berg Orchestra, Prague Strauss Orchestra and other ensembles, appearing as a singer, clarinetist and saxophonist.
In 2007, he took part in the 10th Swing Music Festival as a singer in a series of concerts, in the company of James Morrison, the Australian legendary trumpetist, composer and the GRP All Star Big Band member. In 2010, he performed in the Mikulov Jazz Festival with the RTV Big Band, and, in 2011, at the Třeboň Nocturnes as a soloist with the Gustav Brom Big Band. He made further appearances at the numerous events, such as Jazz bez hranic (Boundless Jazz), Moravia Music Fest, 10th Mikulov Jazz Festival, Hommage à Karel Kraugartner, 2013 Spring in Russia classical music festival, 2015 Musical Bridges Around the World event in the U.S. and more. He performed at many classical or swing music festivals, whether making solo appearances or with the orchestras, covering Czechia, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Russia, Norway, Spain, Slovenia, China and the U.S.
In 2009, he was part of the tour to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Czech leading singer Karel Gott across the Czech and Slovak Republic, with the Felix Slováček Big Band – where he has been a singer and permanent guest. With the same Big Band, he also toured a series of concerts in the North Germany and Spain.
During 2010-2011, he went to Oslo, Norway, for a fellowship at the Norges Musikkhøgskole (Norway Academy of Music), to study clarinet at the famous Prof. Hans Christian Bræin, as well as the jazz vocals ensemble at the Jazz Department, having also attended the master classes taught by Andreas Sundén, the First Clarinetist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
As a conductor, he gained experience from conducting the Felix Slováček Big Band, while attending also private lessons at Prof. Jaroslav Vodňanský. He conducted ensembles such as the Bohuslav Martinů Chamber Orchestra in the Eduard Nápravník International Music Festival; West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Mariánské Lázně; Musica Lucis Praga; North Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra during their 2014 Czech Republic tour jointly with the legendary Nezmaři band; Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, cooperating with the famous Russian violoncellist Mikhail Utkin; and, Prague Strauss Orchestra as their conductor and soloist during the tour of China in 20152016.
He is a member of the Prague Saxophone Quartet and Eduard Nápravník Trio. In 2012, he was appointed a dramaturg and producer of the Eduard Nápravník International Music Festival.
Currently, he has been appearing as an actor of the Hybernia Theatre, starring as Honza in the musical fairy tale KAPKA MEDU PRO VERUNKU and, newly, also in the SNĚHOVÁ KRÁLOVNA (Snow Queen) and ALENKA V KRAJI ZÁZRAKŮ (Alice in Wonderland). Furthermore, also in the legendary SEMAFOR Theatre of Mr Jiří Suchý, in the plays KDYBY TISÍC KLARINETŮ (If a Thousand Clarinets), KYTICE (Bouquet), RYTÍŘI Z BLANÍKU A KRASAVICE LÍDA and SKLENĚNÉ PRKNO.
Furthermore, with the Jan Hrušínský Theatrical Company at the Na Jezerce Theatre in the commedia dell´ arte TŘI V TOM.