Jan Mráček
Violin Soloist

Making his Japan debut with the Asian Youth Orchestra, Czech violinist Jan Mráček was born in 1991 in Pilsen and began studying violin at the age of 5 with Professor Magdaléna Micková.  From 2003 he studied with Professor Jiří Fišer, graduating with honours from the Prague Conservatory in 2013 and until recently at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of the Vienna Symphony concert master Jan Pospíchal.
Notable achievements in his career are the title of the youngest Laureate of the Prague Spring International Festival competition in 2010, and in 2011 he became the youngest soloist in the history of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. His first prize at Vienna’s Stefanie Hohl International Violin Competition was followed by winning the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition in 2014 at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

He has performed as soloist with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and Romanian Radio Symphony, both under Sascha Goetzel, Lappeenranta City Orchestra (Finland), Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. He regularly participates in tours with Václav Hudeček and since 2012 has worked as his assistant at the Hudeček Academy.

Jan Mráček had the honour of being invited by Maestro Jiri Belohlavek to guest lead the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in their three concert residency at Vienna’s Musikverein, and the European Youth Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda and Xian Zhang on their summer 2015 tour.  

In 2008 he joined the Lobkowicz Piano Trio, which took third prize at the Antonín Dvořák competition in 2014, and the same year first prize and the audience prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach (Austria). His recording of the Dvořák violin concerto and other works by the Czech composer under James Judd with the Czech National Symphony is newly released on the Onyx label.

This season Jan Mráček makes his American debut with the St Louis Symphony and The Symphony of Florida, debuts in Dubai and in China, as well as recitals at festivals in Austria, Switzerland and Italy.  Future invitations include concerts with the Czech Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.