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Concert by Czech violonist Jaroslav Šonský and Brazilian pianist Patrícia Bretas

The concert was organized by the Embassy of the Czech Republic on 27th March 2007. On program: works by Czech composers Bedřich Smetana, Oldřich F. Korte, Bohuslav Martinů and Antonín Dvořák.

The concert was organized by the Embassy of the Czech Republic on 27th March 2007. On program: works by Czech composers Bedřich Smetana, Oldřich F. Korte, Bohuslav Martinů and Antonín Dvořák. Both musicians met in 2001, and since that they have participated in concert performances in Scandinavia, Latin America, Czech Republic and other countries of Europe.

In Denmark they offered on 28th March their second concert held by Music Association in Roskilde, with the same repertoire.

Jaroslav Šonský - violin

was born in Czechoslovakia and began playing violin at the age of 7. He later studied at the Conservatory of Music and at the Academy of Music in Prague with Prof. Alexander Plocek. In 1975 he moved to Sweden and took part in master courses for Prof. Semyon Snitkovsky from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (Prof. Snitkovsky was a pupil of David Oistrach).

In Sweden, he engaged himself intensively in performing solo and chamber music concerts. He was a member of the EPOS-TRIO, founded in 1978, which appeared with its vast repertoire in many important concert halls abroad. J. Šonský has performed, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, in many countries and many international festivals. In Europe: Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia, Roumania, Russia, Hungary, Luxemburg. He has also performed several times in Canada and has given concerts in Japan, Kenya, USA and Brazil. He has made recordings with the Swedish Radio in Stockholm, Süddeutsche Rundfunk, Südwestfunk, Radio Athens, Radio Bucharest, Radio Vancouver and CBC, Radio do Brazil, Radio Prague.

Jaroslav Šonský was invited as a guest Professor for the period of six months to teach the violin and chamber music at the Music School of Brandon University in Canada. He has always been highly praised for his musicality, "slavonic sound" and sensitive ensemble playing. In 1995 J. Šonský performed for His Majesty the Swedish King Carl XIV Gustaf in connection with the King's first official state visit in the history to the Czech Republic. In 2002 was elected member of the board of the International Bohuslav Martinů Society. In January 2003 J. Šonský performed at Bellevue Schloss in Berlin, invited then by Federal President J. Rau on the occasion of the last official foreign state visit by former Czech President Václav Havel.

In June 2003 J. Šonský received the award "Gratias Agit" for his efforts of being a "goodwill ambassador" of the Czech Republic, the award named after the former Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Masaryk.


Patricia Bretas - piano

After graduating from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro's Music School with the grade of "summa cum laude", tutored by Maria Yeda Caddah, Patrícia Bretas moved to Paris, where she refined her studies with Eliane Richepin, at the Université Musicale Internationale de Paris (UMIP). She also took part in the Summer Courses of Épinal and Salzburg.

In Brazil, under the orientation of Maria da Penha, Patrícia Bretas won
seven important national and international piano contests, including Arnaldo Estrella/1988, in Minas Gerais, and Dell'A rte/1992. In 1995, P. Bretas was unanimously awarded the 1st Prize at the Art Livre International Piano Competition in São Paulo. Since then, she has received several invitations to record for radio, TV and CD, and has participated in important concert series in Brazil, as well as France and the U.K. In 1996, Patrícia Bretas finished her Master thesis in Piano at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro's Music School with "A cum laude", under orientation of Myrian Dauelsberg and Gertrud Mersiovsky. Her thesis was the first to be translated to another language inside that institution, and today is part of the Max Reger Institut's library in Bonn, Germany.

P. Bretas (born in Rio de Janeiro), Deputy Director of Extensions at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro's Music School, has accumulated a vast musical experience in her curricula, both as a soloist and a chamber performer. Renowned musicians from Brazil (Maria da Penha, Myrian Dauelsberg) and abroad (Eliane Richepin-France, Peter Lang-Austria) can be identified among her professors. Winner of various piano competitions in Brazil and abroad, Patrícia Bretas is today one of Brazil's most prestigious pianists.

As a soloist, she participated in famous international piano festivals, such
as Annecy, Epinal and Salzburg. She also played concerts with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roberto Duarte, UFF National Orchestra under Lígia Amadio, Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra under Túlio Belardi, USP Chamber Orchestra under Monica Meira Vasquez. P. Bretas has also developed a serious chamber work with the prize-winning and acclaimed Bretas-Kevorkian Duo, which is creating its first CD in September - 2002, with brazilian pieces and the pianistic version on Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring".