JAN ŠKRDLÍK, Cello

Jan Škrdlík
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Jan Škrdlík comes from a musical family. His teachers Jan Hališka (a professor at the Ostrava Conservatory) and Miroslav Doležil (a primary school teacher) had studied under Bohuš Heran, a private pupil of Hanuš Wihan, founder of the Czech Quartet. In 1987-1991 he studied at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno under Professor Bedřich Havlík, a member of the Moravian Quartet. Further development was shaped by Josef Chuchro and Daniel Veis. An opportunity to study under Spanish virtuoso Luis Claret in Barcelona proved a milestone on the path to gathering experience and knowledge.
The number of concerts that Jan Škrdlík has given over the past twenty years runs easily into four figures. In the early 1990s He joined the Wallinger Quartet, a highly respected chamber music ensemble, a position that brought with it many opportunities to perform in the Czech Republic and beyond. The Wallinger Quartet concerts apart, Jan Škrdlík also performed in violoncello recitals and later became a soloist with various orchestras. Jan Škrdlík also collaborated with other chamber music ensembles and helped establish, among others, Ardor musicus, the Czech Baroque Trio, the Gideon Trio and Ensemble Messiaen. In 2004 he help establish the ensemble known as the Brno Chamber Soloists ensemble, which specialises in 19th- and 20th-century music. A year later he toured the USA with them as soloist; in the course of six weeks he performed on 35 stages and critics in Miami lauded his performance as “a sensation”1).
In 2007, the theft of Jan Škrdlík’s violoncello inspired what was possibly the first instrumental classical music video in history2). The instrument, a precious product of the craft of Adam Emanuel Homolka in 1842, was stolen from his studio; news of the crime merited a spot on TV news and the violoncello was returned. A year later, this led to the innovative Claude Debussy - Sonate pour violoncelle et piano, set as a short film narrative, with mime, an imaginative performance based on events around the “crime”. A Czech-Slovak team, including Czech film director Milan Růžička, created the film, which Škrdlík later used as part of multimedia concerts; it was employed as back-projection for live performances. Several films made for similar purposes followed.
In 1997-2009 Jan Škrdlík taught violoncello and chamber music performance at the Brno Conservatory. Some of his students went on to work with him on the organisation of a variety of musical projects, or became players in ensembles that he led. Further pedagogical activities include teaching violoncello interpretation courses in Murcia, Spain in 2003 and international courses in baroque music in Kelč in 2009 and elsewhere. His teaching aims to support the natural musical development of the student with respect to the development of her/his personality; it is far less concerned with criticism of performance.
After twenty years on the Czech music scene Jan Škrdlík has come to realise that Czech society lacks a wider base of enthusiastic amateur musicians that might promote interest in classical music. Since 2004 he has helped organise interpretation courses in Opočno, and led them, providing a milieu in which amateur musician can play alongside conservatory students and university-trained musicians.
The artistic scope of Jan Škrdlík reaches from the authentic baroque styles all the way to the traditional Czech romantic and neo-romantic expressive school. Various European critics concur about the characterization of Škrdlík's musical interpretation. W. Tagesblatt emphasizes his “distinct and unfailing management of tones even in the most treacherous parts of the composition.” Holland's H.Dagblad wrote about him, “He is outstanding, with vivid sounds and impressionable tones.” The magazine Harmonie in a review of his profile CD writes about “a refined tone and quality technical preparedness.”

1) (Reviewer of The Miami Herald, 10/2, 2005, Lawrence Budmen, wrote: “...ensemble's principal cellist, Jan Skrdlik, gave an exhilarating account of the Concerto in C Minor by Johann Christian Bach. Skrdlik commands a huge tonal palette and bold, fearless virtuosity in the manner of Lynn Harrell. He imbued the grave, noble, slow movement with a rich, darkly burnished sound of molten lava and displayed daredevil agility in the concluding Allegro...”)
2) Taťána Kuxová, Magazine Metropolitan, Volume 3, VII/VIII, 2008, p.19

 

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Luigi Boccherini, Cello Concerto No. 9 in B flat major, G 482
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CARL FRIEDRICH ABEL
Sonata in e minor for Cello and B.C., WKO 146

The composition was performed 1 time since 12/26, 2013


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J. CHRISTIAN BACH
Concerto in c minor for Cello and String orchestra

The composition was performed 55 times since 7/9, 2004

Critical reviews:
The Miami Herald, 10/6, 2005, koncert
El Nuevo Herald, 10/5, 2005, koncert


JOHANN CHR. FR. BACH
Sonata in D major for Cello and Hamerklavier

The composition was performed 5 times since 7/4, 1999


JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Suite No. 1 G major for Cello solo, BWV 1007

The composition was performed 72 times since 1/14, 2004

Critical reviews:
Rozhlas, 1/27, 2003, CD
Opus musicum 2/2003, 4/28, 2003, CD

Suite No. 2 d minor for Cello solo, BWV 1008

The composition was performed 9 times since 12/7, 2005


Suite No. 3 C major for Cello solo, BWV 1009

The composition was performed 91 times since 1/14, 2004

Critical reviews:
Hereford Times, 1/3, 2017, koncert
Rozhlas, 1/27, 2003, CD
MUSICOLOGICA, ISSN 1805-370X, 5/5, 2015, koncert
Der neue Tag, 3/21, 2006, koncert
Opus musicum 4/05, 9/14, 2005, koncert
Composer, USA-Bulletin Of American Composers, 9/14, 2005, koncert
Hudobný život, Bratislava, July, 2005, koncert
Opus musicum 2/2003, 4/28, 2003, CD

Suite No. 4 E flat major for Cello solo, BWV 1010

The composition was performed 11 times since 5/24, 2008


Suite No. 5 c minor for Cello solo, BWV 1011

The composition was performed 1 time since 10/30, 2000

Critical reviews:
Rozhlas, 1/27, 2003, CD
Opus musicum 2/2003, 4/28, 2003, CD

Suite No. 6 D major for Cello solo, BWV 1012

The composition was performed 20 times since 5/25, 2010

Critical reviews:
Der neue Tag, 12/28, 2012, koncert

Sonata No. 1 G major for Cello and Harpsichord, BWV 1027

The composition was performed 4 times since 11/30, 2008


Sonata No. 2 D major for Cello and Harpsichord, BWV 1028

The composition was performed 13 times since 11/30, 2008

Critical reviews:
Frankenpost, 4/26, 2017, koncert

Sonata No. 3 g minor for Cello and Harpsichord, BWV 1029

The composition was performed 4 times since 6/19, 2005


Four duets, BWV 802–805 (from the German Organ Mass)

The composition was performed 9 times since 4/22, 2015

Critical reviews:
Frankenpost, 4/26, 2017, koncert


L. VAN BEETHOVEN
Sonata F major for Harpsichord or Piano and Obligatory Cello, Op. 5, No. 1
Sonata g minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 5, No. 2
Sonata A major for Cello and Piano, Op. 69, No. 3

The composition was performed 16 times since 10/30, 2000


Sonata C major for Cello and Piano, Op. 102, No. 4

The composition was performed 3 times since 4/8, 2012


Sonata D major for Cello and Piano, Op. 102, No. 5

The composition was performed 2 times since 5/11, 2006


HEINRICH IGNAZ BIBER
Sonata representativa (arr. for cello)

The composition was performed 8 times since 4/22, 2015

Critical reviews:
Frankenpost, 4/13, 2016, koncert


LUIGI BOCCHERINI
Cello Concerto No. 9 in B flat major, G 482

The composition was performed 22 times since 7/7, 2006

Critical reviews:
KAM v Brně 07/08/2013, 6/26, 2013, koncert

Sonata in E flat major for Cello and Viola da gamba, Op. 14, No. 5, G 99

The composition was performed 7 times since 3/4, 2004


Sonata B flat major for Cello and Piano, G 565

The composition was performed 2 times since 3/20, 2005


JOSEPH BODIN DE BOISMORTIER
Sonata in a minor for Cello and Viola da gamba, Op. 14, No. 5

The composition was performed 23 times since 1/14, 2004


ALEXANDR BORODIN
Notturno

The composition was performed 1 time since 4/11, 2013


JOHANNES BRAHMS
Sonata in e minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 38, No. 1

The composition was performed 3 times since 4/27, 2004


Sonata in F major for Cello and Piano, Op. 99, No. 2

The composition was performed 8 times since 2/22, 2004


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ANTONIO CALDARA
Sonata in D major for Cello and B.C.

The composition was performed 2 times since 8/17, 2017


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BOHUSLAV MATĚJ ČERNOHORSKÝ
Regina coeli

The composition was performed 17 times since 7/25, 1999


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CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Sonata for Cello and Piano

The composition was performed 115 times since 10/12, 1999

Critical reviews:
Der neue Tag, 12/28, 2012, koncert
Právo, 4/4, 2006, koncert
Harmonie 11/2006, 11/28, 2006, CD
Opus musicum I/2007, 2/20, 2007, CD


ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
Concerto in b minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104

The composition was performed 26 times since 3/19, 2013

Critical reviews:
Hereford Times, 1/3, 2017, koncert
Hereford Times, 1/3, 2017, koncert

Concerto in b minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104
(Dvořák's version for cello and piano)Critical reviews:
Hereford Times, 1/3, 2017, koncert

Piano Trio "Dumky", Op. 90

The composition was performed 4 times since 6/16, 2004


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CÉSAR FRANCK
Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano

The composition was performed 37 times since 2/22, 2004

Critical reviews:
Der neue Tag, 12/28, 2012, koncert
Právo, 4/4, 2006, koncert
Harmonie 11/2006, 11/28, 2006, CD
Opus musicum I/2007, 2/20, 2007, CD
Der neue Tag, 3/21, 2006, koncert


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GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL
Concerto C major for cello and strings

The composition was performed 8 times since 11/12, 2014


JOSEPH HAYDN
Concerto in C major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob. VIIb:1

The composition was performed 8 times since 1/27, 2009


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LEOŠ JANÁČEK
Fairytale for Cello and Piano

The composition was performed 87 times since 1/19, 1999

Critical reviews:
Hereford Times, 1/3, 2017, koncert
Hudební rozhledy 4/1999, 4/1, 1999, CD
Harmonie 11/1999, 11/1, 1999, CD


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ZOLTÁN KODÁLY
Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 8

The composition was performed 36 times since 1/19, 1999

Critical reviews:
Frankenpost, 4/26, 2017, koncert
Hereford Times, 1/3, 2017, koncert
Opus musicum 4/05, 9/14, 2005, koncert
Composer, USA-Bulletin Of American Composers, 9/14, 2005, koncert
Hudobný život, Bratislava, July, 2005, koncert
Hudební rozhledy 4/1999, 4/1, 1999, CD
Harmonie 11/1999, 11/1, 1999, CD
Harmonie 11/2003, 11/7, 2003, CD


ANTONÍN KRAFT
Grand duo D major, Op. 6 for two cellos

The composition was performed 10 times since 7/10, 2005


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BENEDETTO MARCELLO
Sonata in G major for Cello and B.C., No. 6

The composition was performed 27 times since 5/3, 2005


BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ
Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano, H. 277

The composition was performed 1 time since 11/30, 2015


Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, H. 286

The composition was performed 3 times since 11/30, 2015

Critical reviews:
Hereford Times, 1/3, 2017, koncert

Sonata No. 3 for Cello and Piano, H. 340

The composition was performed 21 times since 1/19, 1999

Critical reviews:
Hudební rozhledy 4/1999, 4/1, 1999, CD
Harmonie 11/1999, 11/1, 1999, CD

Variations on a Slovak Folk Song for Cello and Piano, H. 378

The composition was performed 24 times since 2/26, 2004


Duo for Violin and Cello No. 2, H. 371

The composition was performed 16 times since 4/20, 2004


Bergerettes, H. 275

The composition was performed 7 times since 3/31, 2004


JIŘÍ MATYS
Music for cello solo II (2004)

The composition was performed 6 times since 3/22, 2005

Critical reviews:
Opus musicum 4/05, 9/14, 2005, koncert
Composer, USA-Bulletin Of American Composers, 9/14, 2005, koncert
Hudobný život, Bratislava, July, 2005, koncert

Music for cello solo III (2006)

The composition was performed 9 times since 2/20, 2007


OLIVIER MESSIAEN
Louange a l'Éternité de Jésus for Cello and Piano

The composition was performed 18 times since 3/19, 2006

Critical reviews:
Der neue Tag, 12/28, 2012, koncert
Der neue Tag, 3/21, 2006, koncert


JOSEF MYSLIVEČEK
Concerto for Cello in C major

The composition was performed 21 times since 7/31, 2004

Critical reviews:
Rozhlas, 6/14, 2004, CD
Harmonie 11/2004, 11/28, 2004, CD

Sonata No. 3 in G major for 2 Cellos (arr. for Cello and Harpsichord)

The composition was performed 9 times since 5/10, 2004


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OSKAR NEDBAL
Valse triste in G minor, arr. for Cello and Piano

The composition was performed 5 times since 1/5, 2014


2 Pieces for cello and piano, Op. 12

The composition was performed 10 times since 6/29, 2014


Pièce romantique in D flat major for cello and piano, Op. 18

The composition was performed 1 time since 6/29, 2014


VÍTĚZSLAV NOVÁK
Sonata G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 68, No 141

The composition was performed 2 times since 5/24, 2014


JAN NOVÁK
Capriccio for Cello and Piano

The composition was performed 2 times since 2/26, 2004


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SERGEJ PROKOFJEV
Sonata in C major for Cello and Piano, Op. 119

The composition was performed 35 times since 1/17, 2008


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SERGEJ RACHMANINOV
Sonata in g minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19

The composition was performed 4 times since 2/16, 1999


JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU
Pièces de Clavecin en concerts: Concert No. 1

The composition was performed 7 times since 12/26, 2014

Critical reviews:
Frankenpost, 4/13, 2016, koncert

Pièces de Clavecin en concerts: Concert No. 3

The composition was performed 7 times since 12/26, 2014

Critical reviews:
Frankenpost, 4/13, 2016, koncert

Pièces de Clavecin en concerts: Concert No. 5

The composition was performed 7 times since 12/26, 2014

Critical reviews:
Frankenpost, 4/13, 2016, koncert


NIKOLAJ RIMSKIJ-KORSAKOV
The Flight of the Bumblebee

The composition was performed 10 times since 12/8, 1999


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CAMILLE SAINT-SAëNS
The Swan

The composition was performed 11 times since 12/8, 1999


FRANZ SCHUBERT
The Sonata in A minor for Cello and Piano "Arpeggione", D. 821

The composition was performed 15 times since 7/1, 2012


Ave Maria, D. 839 for Cello and Organ

The composition was performed 1 time since 8/4, 2013


JOSEF SUK
Ballade and Serenade for Cello and Piano, Op.3

The composition was performed 15 times since 3/19, 2013


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DMITRIJ ŠOSTAKOVIČ
Sonata for cello and piano in D minor, Op. 40


MILOŠ ŠTĚDROŇ
Banalissimo for cello and string orchestra

The composition was performed 8 times since 8/10, 2004

Critical reviews:
Rozhlas, 6/14, 2004, CD
Harmonie 11/2004, 11/28, 2004, CD

Austerlitz for cello and multimedial accompaniment

The composition was performed 13 times since 8/6, 2011


Ballad for a Bandit

The composition was performed 10 times since 7/17, 2010


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GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN
Sonata in D major for Cello and B.C., TWV 41:D6

The composition was performed 5 times since 12/26, 2013


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ANTONIO VIVALDI
Sonata in F major No. 2 for Cello and B.C., RV 41

The composition was performed 19 times since 3/4, 2004

Critical reviews:
Frankenpost, 4/26, 2017, koncert

Sonata in a minor No. 3 for Cello and B.C., RV 43

The composition was performed 24 times since 7/21, 2007


Sonata in B flat major No. 4 for Cello and B.C., RV 47

The composition was performed 6 times since 7/17, 2010


Il Proteo o sia il mondo al rovescio, Concerto for violin, cello and strings, f minor, RV 544

The composition was performed 6 times since 11/8, 2014


JAN VÁCLAV VOŘÍŠEK
Variations for Hammerklavier and Cello, Op. 9

The composition was performed 1 time since 6/1, 2004


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HAYDEN WAYNE
Dances for Cello and Piano


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EUGÈNE YSAŸE
Sonata for Cello in c minor, Op. 28


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