K A R L I C E K
D U O
B i o g r a p h y
Petr Karlicek, the pianist and one year younger brother Josef, the cellist, began performing together already at the age of 13/12.
During their studies at the Prague Music Academy and Sándor Végh Chamber Music Academy established in 1995 the Ensemble Karlicek Duo.
Since then, the Karlicek Duo has appeared at numerous music festivals in the Czech Republic including the Young Podium Music Festival, International Martinů Festival, International Chopin Music Festival and International Music Festival Young Prague.
In 1995, the Duo received the Czech Music Magazine's Special Award and in 1996, a Special Award for Performance and Interpretation from the Bohuslav Martinů Society.
The Karlicek Duo's activities extended to Germany and the Netherlands as Petr went on to study at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München and Utrecht Conservatory and Josef, to Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen.
Few years after, the Ensemble received high acclaim for their concerts all over the world incl. debut recital in Casals Hall, Tokyo (2008), Yomiuri Otemachi Hall, Karuizawa Ohga Hall, Suntory Hall, Matsumoto Harmony Hall, Vredenburg Utrecht, and best critics for records made with the NAMI Records label.
The critics noticed especially great distinctive character of the Duo Ensemble and very high level of the interplay of both artists. The high advanced technic, rich, shiny, silver sound of Josef´s cello and Petr´s colorful piano looks to be infinite - without any borders of musical views. As soon as Josefs cello starts singing, the Duo grabs the hearts and holds the whole audience to the end.