“This was Bárta’s Bach. Throughout the recital, his technical command of cello and bow were manifest, aiding and abetting his musical ideas.”
(Cashman Kerr Prince, Boston Musical Intelligencer)
“Technically unfazeable, musically charismatic and blessed with a poet's sensibilities...”
(Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times)
Concert activities of Jiří Bárta, one of the foremost cellists of his generation, have taken him to much of Europe, North & South America, Australia, Japan and Korea. He has appeared at festivals such as Edinburgh, Kuhmo, Lugano, Newport, Prague Spring Festival, Schubert Festival Salzburg, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival. As a concerto soloist or in recital he has performed in venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Buenos Aires Teatro Colon, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Dublin Concert Hall, Edinburgh Queen Elisabeth Hall, L’Auditorio in Barcelona, Los Angeles Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Manchester London Wigmore Hall, Royce Hall at UCLA, Prague Rudolfinum, Tokyo Suntory and Casals Halls, Paris Theatre Chatelet, Salzburg Mozarteum, Soul Arts Center, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Washington National Gallery with instrumentalists such as Jennifer Frautschi Dmitri Sitkovetski, Josef Suk, Ilya Gringolts, Chloe Hanslip, Konstantin Lifschitz, Hamish Milne, Piers Lane, Martin Kasík, Michel Raison with orchestras such as Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, , Berlin Symphony, Prague Symphony, Prague Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic London, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Glasgow, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and, finaly, with conductors such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Charles Dutoit, Jakub Hrůša, Libor Pesek, Gennadi Rozhdestvenski, and Maxim Shostakovich. As a recording artist on a Supraphon label Jiří Bárta has released Dvorak Celloconcerto with Czech Philharmonic, live recording of performance commemorating Dvorak‘s 100 year’s anniversary televised throughout Europe by Arte Channel. Both CDs with Kodaly Cello works and Martinu/Foerster/Novak concertos respectively have been awarded Gramophon Editor’s Choice . His other Supraphon recordings include Bach Cello Suites and Shostakovich concertos, for Hyperion he has recorded sonatas by Moscheles, Hummel and Rubinstein Sonatas. He has collaborated with mezzosoprano Magdalena Kozena on her Detsche Grammophon Lieder project awarded by Gramophone Award.
As an enthusiastic chamber musician Jiri has co-founded Kutna Hora Chamber Music Festival, festival aimed at both worlds of contemporary and classical music which gained instant recogition as one of the top classical festivals in the Czech Republic.
Jiří Bárta studied in Prague with Josef Chuchro, in Cologne with Boris Pergamenschikow and in Los Angeles with Eleonore Schoenfeld. After winning number of national competitions he has been awarded the Europäische Förderpreis für Musik in Dresden and the Rostropovich-Hammer Award in Los Angeles in 1991. Just recently he has become member of leading Czech ensamble Eben Trio.
Jiří Bárta currently plays violoncello built by Dietmar Rexhausen in 2012.
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