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The two brothers, Petr (pianist) and Josef (cellist), embarked on their musical journey back in 1984 as the Karlicek Duo. They honed their skills in chamber music at the "Sándor Végh Chamber Music Academy" in Prague, where they were instructed by K. Hashimoto, M. Bourque, A. Lonquich, and Ch. A. Linale. Additionally, they received valuable guidance from members of the Smetana Quartet. In 1995, their exceptional interpretation earned them the B. Martinu Prize and the Special Prize from the music magazine "Hudebni rozhledy." From 2001 onward, they performed as part of Y. Menuhin's "LiveMusicNow" foundation and captivating audiences across Europe. Following their splendid debut recital at the "Casals Hall" in Tokyo in 2008, they annually graced prestigious venues in Japan, including the Suntory Hall, Ohga Hall, and Harmony Hall. Moreover, they left an indelible mark with impressive recordings for the Japanese CD label NAMI Records.

     

   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.

 

 

Petr Karlíček (*1972) made his remarkable pianist debut at the age of ten, performing with the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in his hometown of Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic. His musical education took him to the Conservatory of Pilsen and the Music Academy in Prague. He continued his studies at the University of Music in Munich, where he was instructed by the renowned pianist Gerhard Oppitz. He further honed his skills at the Utrecht Conservatory under the guidance of outstanding teachers Kyoko Hashimoto and Alan Weiss.

In June 2000, he completed his studies in Utrecht as an Executive Musician (Second Phase) with the highest honors. Petr Karlíček successfully participated in various masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Eugen Indjic, Alexander Lonquich, Boris Berman, Ferenc Rados, and Earl Wild. Additionally, he engaged in national and international competitions. His talent regularly took him to the stage, where he collaborated with orchestras, gave piano recitals, and worked with various chamber music ensembles. Until 2022, he provided private lessons in Utrecht and served as a lecturer at the prestigious Sirena Piano School. From 2023 onwards, he continued his successful career in Flensburg, Germany.

 

 

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Josef Karlíček (*1973) initiated his musical journey at the age of six and perfected his studies at the Conservatory of Pilsen and the Music Academy in Prague. During his studies, he had the privilege of participating in masterclasses led by esteemed personalities such as Daniil Shafran, Frans Helmerson, and Young Chang Cho. His musical journey eventually led him to the Folkwang University of Music in Essen, where he completed his studies with a Concert Exam Diploma in the class of Young Chang Cho. Josef Karlíček participated in prestigious international competitions across North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. His virtuosity was showcased through recordings for Czech Radio and live performances for the Belgian RTBF and Japanese Musicbird Radio Broadcast. Undoubtedly, one of highlights of his musical career was his participation in the 2006 European tour "Encounter with Stradivari," where he masterfully played the famous Stradivari instrument "Lord Aylesford" from 1696. Prominent guests in the audience included the former Czech President Havel and the art-loving Belgian Queen Fabiola de Mora y Aragón. 

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