Participants 2018
 
Václav Vonášek Bassoon
He studied at the Pilsen Musical Conservatory under the guidance of Prof. L. Šmídl, and later M. Křiváček. In 1997, he was also a member of the theatre orchestra of Divadlo J.K. Tyla, Pilsen; and later the Carlsbad Symphonic Orchestra. He now studies at HAMU, Prague, in the class of Prof. Fr. Herman and Prof. J. Seidl. He won 2nd prize at an international oboe and bassoon competition in Olomouc in autumn 2000. A year later, he participated in master classes in Semmering, Austria. As the absolute winner of the Czech-Slovak competition Talent of the Year 2002, he was granted a one-year scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied under the guidance of A. de Flammineis and M. Gatt. He was also successful at the Prague Spring international musical competition (2nd prize). He was one of the nine finalists of the British competition Young Concert Artists Trust. Václav Vonášek has performed as a soloist with, among others, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Radio, the Philharmonic Orchestra in Hradec Králové, and the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Pardubice. He also participated in a number of important international events, such as the Prague Spring festival, an international meeting of young musicians, Ticino Musica in Switzerland, and the Cheltenham and Leamington Festival in the UK. In 2004, he won 1st prize at the worldwide competition International Double Reed Society, the finals of which were held in Melbourne, Australia.

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