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Ivan Vokáč

Ivan Vokáč graduated from the Prague Conservatory and is currently studying violoncello at The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Professor Miroslav Petráš.

As a soloist Ivan Vokáč twice won 2nd place in the Heran Violoncello Competition (Ústí nad Orlicí, 1997 and 2003) and 3rd place in the Dotzauer Competition (Dresden, 2001). He won the Dotzauer Competition in 2005. He also won the Violoncello Competition in Liezen (Austria, 2002). He took third place in the Beethoven Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí in 2005. In 2006, he and Jakub Junek, a violinist, were crowned the absolute winners of the International Round of the International Radio Competition for Young Musicians (Concertino Praga). Ivan Vokáč went on to win the prestigious Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Interpretation Competition (Prague, 2008). He won the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship Competition in 2010 and his latest success has been his participating in the Prague Spring Competition, in which he got through to the semi-finals and became the most successful Czech participant. As a member of the Taras Piano Trio he won the Internationaler Johannes Brahms Wettbewerb (Pörtschach, Austria, 2007) and the Rovere d'Oro (San Bartolomeo, Italy, 2008). He founded the Böhmia Trio, a piano trio, together with Jakub Junek and Veronika Böhmová in the autumn of 2010; it won 3rd place in the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Interpretation Competition in the same year. He recently became a member of two new chamber ensembles, namely the Prague Cello Quartet and the Escualo Quintet – interestingly enough, he plays the piano here because he has been studying piano as his second field of study since he was a child. But he has always inclined to jazz and other non-classical genres when it comes to this instrument and that is why the Escualo Quintet is exactly what he has been looking for.

International Dotzauer Competetion Dresden, International Competetion Leos Janacek Brno