Beseder Gallery

Date: 30.4.2024 od 20:00 hodin / Vstupné: 300,- Kč

"Generation of Czech Jazz Piano"

On the occasion of the International Jazz Day, the Beseder Gallery will for the first time host the matador of the Czech jazz piano Emil Viklický and the representative of the youngest jazz generation Daniel Bulatkin in a piano duo format at the Steinway & Sons grand piano. In the first half of the concert both pianists will present themselves as soloists with their own programme, in the second half they will play together on two pianos a selection of jazz standards that have accompanied them throughout their career on stage.

Emil Viklicky

Emil Viklický is a leading Czech jazz pianist and composer. He comes from an artistic family from Olomouc (his father was an assistant to the painter Jan Zrzavý in 1946-49). After graduating from the Slovanský Gymnasium in Olomouc (1966), he studied numerical mathematics at the Faculty of Science of Palacký University in Olomouc (1966-71, graduated mathematician), but he did not pursue the field later, because he had already transferred his interest to music and especially jazz during his studies.

Viklický made his debut in 1977 with the album V Holomóci mesto. The synthesis of the modal practices of 1970s jazz soon merged with the study of Moravian folklore and, of course, the work of Leoš Janáček. This trajectory culminated in his studies in Boston, and Viklický increasingly imaginatively combined jazz impulses with the field of compositional techniques of the second half of the 20th century. He gradually worked his way into opera and other artistic music and became a symbol of the ideal union of both worlds - nonartistic and artistic music. Emil Viklicky's biography and discography are very extensive and his lifelong contribution to the arts is absolutely unique.

Daniel Bulatkin

Daniel Bulatkin is the youngest professional on the Czech jazz scene. He was born in 1999 in Prague. Already at the age of 15 he won the third place in the prestigious Pianist of the Year competition organized by PETROF. He participated as the youngest competitor in history. He also defended his third place in 2016 at the Rudolfinum, when the winner was his later teacher Vít Křišťan. In 2018 he received the individual talent award at the Central European Jazz Competition in Brno. Daniel is currently studying for his Bachelor's degree at the Jazz Department of HAMU in Prague. As part of his studies, he had the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev (RU). Daniel's composition Lady of the Lake, arranged for big band by Andy Schofield, is now part of the repertoire of the prestigious Jazz Dock Orchestra. In 2018-20 he taught at the International Conservatory in Prague.

Entrance fee: 300,- CZK

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