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Ivan Ženatý has gained a leading position among Czech violinists. During his studies at the Conservatory (with Nora Grumlíková) he made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic. In 1982 he reached the finals of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, in 1987 he was the unrivalled winner of the Prague Spring Competition. In 1989 he gained the laureate title of the UNESCO Tribune of Young Performers and in 1990 the main prize of the Ruggiero Ricci Master Course in Berlin, resulting in an engagement as a soloist in the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. His playing has also been influenced by Nathan Milstein, André Gertler and Igor Bezrodny at master classes in Zürich and Weimar. Since 1988 he has been a private student of Josef Suk.
   Apart from these achievements Ivan Ženatý has been a soloist of the Prague Symphony and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestras. He has played with the top orchestras, has collaborated with outstanding artists and has appeared in renowned concert halls all over the world. His past three seasons included more than 300 concerts in Europe, the USA and in Canada.
   To name just some of the tens of his recordings let us mention the Sonatas by Bohuslav Martinů and the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Apart from performing, Ivan Ženatý has taught at the C.M. von Weber Music Academy in Dresden since 1996, he gives numerous master classes and is a regular jury member of international competitions. His repertoire is unusually wide: it includes about fifty concertos of various styles. He plays the famous “Prince of Orange” instrument made in 1743 by the Italian master Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri del Gesu.
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