Josef Špaček (*1986) is fast emerging as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation. He studied with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School in New York, Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and with Jaroslav Foltýn at the Prague Conservatory. He was laureate of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and won top prizes at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In addition to his flourishing solo career, Josef Špaček has served as concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the youngest in its history.
As soloist he makes guest appearances with orchestras across Europe, the US and Asia, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Essener Philharmoniker, Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino, Orchestre National de Belgique, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
He collaborates with such conductors as Jiří Bělohlávek, Jakub Hrůša, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Asher Fisch, Roy Goodman, Eliahu Inbal, Jun Märkl, Thomas Søndergård, Giordano Bellincampi, Tomáš Netopil, Marco Angius and Rossen Milanov.
Josef Špaček gives numerous recitals in Europe (including at the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and at Schloß Elmau), Asia and the USA (among others at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. and La Jolla, San Diego).
In 2013 he released his debut recording on Supraphon, which includes works by Smetana, Janáček and Prokofiev. April 2015 saw the Supraphon release of his recordings of the violin concertos of Dvořák and Janáček, and of the Fantasy of Suk, with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek. In 2010 he recorded works by H.W. Ernst for Naxos. His first CD, which was released in 2006, includes a complete recording of the Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugène Ysaÿe.
Josef Špaček plays a violin made in 1855 in the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.
Click here to watch Josef Špaček's performance of the Tzigane by Ravel with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiří Bělohlávek during the New Year's Day Concert on 1 January 2014 at the Rudolfinum in Prague.
Click here to watch Josef Špaček's recital with pianist Miroslav Sekera, recorded live on 15 May 2013 at the Rudolfinum in Prague.