Biography

prof. Jan PěruškaJan Pěruška is a graduate of the Ostrava Conservatory and the Prague Academy of Musical Art. He has prize-winning performances at Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic competitions in 1975 and 1979 to his name and was a winner at the International Viola Competition in Markneukirchen in 1981.
Between 1977 and 1985, Pěruška worked as a solo viola artist at the Symphony Orchestra in Prague FOK and has been a member of the Stamic Quartet since 1985. This quartet won at the International Competition for String Quartets in Salzburg as organized by the EBU and OIRT in 1986. This success began the major artistic career of the quartet that was accompanied by a plethora of successful, internationally - acclaimed recordings - Grand prix du Disque Ch. Chrosse (1988 and 1991) and the Diapason d'Or in 1992. The Stamic Quartet recorded the string quartet ensembles of A. Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, B. Smetana, B. Martinů, and A. Hába for Bayer Records and the ensembles of L. Koželuh, P. Vranický opus 16, and J. Klusák for Panton.
As a solo artist, Jan Pěruška has performed with a number of notable artistic personalities: J. Suk, J. Panenka, and D. Pecková, as well as the Talich, Kocian, and Pražák Quartets. He recorded the Stamic family viola concerto for Panton and Dvořák's piano quintet for Lotos together with J. Suk, I. Ženatý, J. Hála, and J. Bárta. He also recorded P. Eben's "Pisně nelaskavé" (Songs of Unkindness) with D. Pecková.
Jan Pěruška is a much sought-after performer of 20th century compositions. In the year 2000, he once again caught the eye with re-opened premieres of A. Hába's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra and R. V. Williams' Flos Campi for Viola, Chamber Choir, and Orchestra.
His latest exploits include recordings of viola compositions for ARTESMON, which has released CDs of such work under the names of "Mistrovské kusy pro violu a kontrabas" (Masterpieces for the Viola and Double Bass) or "Šílenství 1" (Madness 1), "Krásná viola" (The Beautiful Viola), "Ruská viola" (The Russian Viola), and "Viola B. Martinů" (The Viola of B. Martinů).
Jan Pěruška is professor of viola playing at the Academy of Musical Art.


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