Petr Matěják (born in 1988) started playing the violin at the age of 3. When he was 7 years old he began to take violin lessons from Eva Bublová and continued his studies under Jiří Fišer at the Prague Conservatory (2004). In 2006 he was enrolled in the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied under Ida Kavafian. Between 2010 and 2012 Petr undertook a Masters Degree at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin under the guidance of Eva Schönweiß.

Mr. Matěják is a winner of many international competitions, including the Josef Muzika Violin Competition (2003); the Kocian Violin Competition where he also received the special prize of EMCY (2004); the Violin Competition in Cremona (2004); and the Violin Competition in Dubai (2005). In 2011 he won the 2nd prize and a special prize for his outstanding performance of Franz Schubert's "Rondo Brillant" at the Paul Hindemith International competition in Berlin. In September 2012 he also won the 1st prize at the Brahms international competition in Austria.

Petr has attended several summer music camps and festivals in Pilsen, Prague, Luhačovice and Semmering. At the Luhačovice Violin Summer Academy Petr was recognized as the best participant, and was awarded performance opportunities with the renowned violinist Václav Hudeček on a tour of 25 concerts all over the Czech Republic. Mr.Matěják has collaborated and worked with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Roberto Díaz and Gary Graffman. He has also attended Master classes of Ruggiero Ricci and Mark O´Connor.

Petr has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra and Czech Symphonic Radio Orchestra. He has played solo recitals all over Europe, the United Arab Emirates, the East coast of United States and Israel. In summer 2010 Petr took part in ”Curtis on Tour” in the US with the director of the Curtis Institute of Music Roberto Díaz.

Ida Kavafian:
Great style, facility and artistry are all hallmarks of the playing of Petr Matejak. He combines all of these in a most personal way to produce a product uniquely his own.

Václav Hudeček:
Petr Matěják se několikrát zúčastnil mojí luhačovické Akademie, kde se navíc v roce 2003 stal absolutním vítězem. Od té doby sleduji jeho uměleckou dráhu a s potěšením mohu konstatovat, že se v posledních létech zařadil mezi houslistickou špičku svojí generace. Brilantní technika a vyzrálá muzikálnost jej předurčují k dráze sólisty, což potvrzují i jeho mimořádné úspěchy na mezinárodních soutěžích.

Vítěz houslové mezinárodní soutěže Johannesa Brahmse
Anna Šerých, Hudební rozhledy 11/2012, download the interview
Mladý úspěšný vítěz. Na nejvyšším stupínku stanul 9. 9. 2012 - hrál Houslový koncert d moll Jeana Sibelia. To, že je Petr Matěják (ročník 1988) houslista, je v rodině Matějáků jaksi samozřejmost. Pokračuje v tradici.

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