Czech Dreams 2024
Miroslav Sekera / piano
Miroslav Sekera ranks among the prominent members of the young generation of Czech pianists. His exceptional talent was first spotted at the early age of three years by the distinguished educator, Professor Zdena Janžurová. Miroslav was a child prodigy who was ready to take up at that tender age, along with piano also the study of violin with Professors Zdeněk Vyoral and Josef Novák. Very soon, he began to reap triumphs not only in concert appearances, but also in numerous junior performing competitions, as both pianist, violinist and chamber player. He then made an unforgettable experience which has remained imprinted in his memory to this day: namely, participation in the making of the marvellous film, Amadeus. As it happenned, the film´s director, Miloš Forman, was looking for a child actor to impersonate Mozart in his early years. The six-years-old Mirek proved the ideal choice, thanks to his unique virtuoso skills at playing violin and piano. Those who have seen the movie will surely recall the little boy displaying incredible bravura performing spinet and violin blindfold...
Years later, he graduated the Academy of Music in Prague in 1999. His many awards won in prestigious interpreting competitions at various points of his career have included first prize from the prestigious Chopin Competition at Mariánské Lázně (1991), first prize from the conservatory students contestin Pardubice(1992), first prize from the competition organized by the Prague Academy of Music (1999), where he also received a scholarship from Yamaha: as well as second prize from the international competition at Gaillard, France (2000), and first prize from the Johannes Brahms International Competition at Portschach, Austria (2002).
Miroslav Sekera gives concerts in the Czech Republic and on international stages, not only as an outstanding soloist, but likewise as a chamber ensemble player. Since his student years, he has given many recitals in Prague, as well as in other venues in the Czech Republic and abroad. In 2006 he made a CD recording in the U.S.A., in collaboration with leading American singers from the Boston Lyric Opera.