Martin Karlicek concerts

Martin Karlíček’s piano playing has been described as “inspiring, rich, sensitive, stylistically taut and arresting, precise, crisp, brilliantly controlled, wonderfully colorful and always imaginative.” He performs and lectures regularly in the Czech Republic, Germany, Canada, U.S.A. and Japan.

Aside from promoting Czech music, Mr. Karlíček performs solo and chamber music works from all periods. Contemporary music is also an important part of the repertoire; one of his last projects was a CD of complete piano works by a young Canadian composer Andrew Yin Svoboda (1977-2004). He also introduced several world premieres such as Félix Frédéric Baril’s piano concerto Déviations, Martin Matalon’s Las siete Vidas de un Gato as a North-American premiere and a world premiere of Tekeni-Ahsen by Denys Bouliane. In 2008 he and a Japanese violinist Mana Shiraishi established Duo Ventapane and in 2011, Creo Trio.

Mr. Karlíček gathered prizes from several international music competitions winning the Bedřich Smetana International Piano Competition, the South Bohemian International Piano Competition, and the Prague-Vienna-Budapest International Summer Academy Competition. He also received awards for performances of contemporary works, chamber music collaborations and for solo performances of compositions by Bedřich Smetana, Béla Bartók, Ferenc Liszt, Leoš Janáček and Bohuslav Martinů.

Martin Karlíček studied at the Academy of Music in Prague (B.Mus., M.Mus.), Utrecht Academy of the Arts in Holland and at McGill University in Montreal in Canada (M.Mus., D.Mus.). Presently, he is a piano professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

Martin Karlicek