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Upbeat Strings: Jakub Trasak & Jiří Nedoma

Date: 06 August 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Venue: Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

This is not your ordinary violin and piano duo but a groovy acoustic and electric experience across the genres. The concert, showcasing Jakub Trasak (violin) and Jiří Nedoma (piano), features virtuosic arrangements and an emotionally packed delivery of music by Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Coldplay, and more. 

Event Details:

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

RSVP is not required. Admission is free.

This performance is featured as part of the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series on its Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer: http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/upcoming

We regret that as the theater reaches capacity, seats cannot be saved for patrons who have not arrived or are not next in line. 

No free parking is provided for this event.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.kennedy-center.org/pages/visitor/directions

More about the Artists:

Jakub Trasak is one of the most talented and versatile violin players and producers of his generation. With more than 2,000 solo and ensemble performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Puerto Rico Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Old Town Square, as well as three solo CDs and countless appearances on national television in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and the United Kingdom, Trasak is a prolific performer and an accomplished artist.

Trasak grew up in the Czech Republic and began playing the violin at the age of three and his inborn talent for the instrument became quickly apparent. He attended the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp in Nashville, TN, where he studied with Mark O’Connor, Darol Anger and Matt Glaser among other notable fiddlers. Trasak graduated at the Conservatory of Jaroslav Jezek in Prague, and in 2007, he won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston to study with the finest teachers in contemporary music. In December 2009, Trasak won a competition to perform Mark O’Connor’s Double Violin Concerto alongside O’Connor himself during the launch of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program. In November 2010, Trasak produced the first ever String Department Showcase in the history of Berklee College of Music. It featured 60 musicians from 13 Countries in 13 musical acts. This event and other successes earned Trasak a full scholarship for the last year of his studies.

Since 2011, Trasak have been extensively touring around the US and the world. He believes that music instantly changes the energy in the room and how people feel. That is why he passionately persuades the creation of magic moments that will create the most cherished memories.

Jiří Nedoma was born in Prague, Czech Republic. He began piano lessons at the age of five and was soon after introduced to wind instruments, which later led to his studies on the trombone. After high school, he enrolled at the Conservatory of Jaroslav Jezek in Prague, where he focused simultaneously on classical and jazz music. During his studies, he became a member of the prominent Czech Radio Big Band, performing with many jazz and pop artists across Europe. Nedoma was a finalist in Belgium’s Jazz Hoeilaart International Contest, and he also represented the Czech Republic at the Visegrad Alliance meeting of four central European states.

After receiving a significant scholarship to Berklee College of Music, he left Prague for Boston, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and the Claire Beskind Award for outstanding achievement and contributions to the piano department. Following the completion of his studies at Berklee, he received the Helena Foundation Presidential Scholarship to pursue his master’s degree at the New England Conservatory.

Nedoma has appeared at major music festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival and San Jose Jazz Festival. He has performed at venues and concert halls worldwide, including Jordan Hall, Berklee Performance Center, Smalls, ShapeShifter Lab, Jazz Dock, Regattabar, Scullers Jazz Club, among others. He has collaborated with Grammy award-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, jazz luminary Hal Crook and Grammy nominee Donna McElroy. He has also made multiple recordings with renowned artists Gabrielle Goodman, Albino Mbie, Jeannie Gagne, Nadia Washington, and others. His recording with vocalist Yvonne Sanchez, “My Garden,” was nominated for Album of the Year and Jazz Record of the Year in the Czech Republic.

Currently, he is an active performer, accompanist, and teacher throughout the New England. He is a highly sought-after pianist, keyboardist, and arranger who blends jazz, classical, R&B, and gospel into his own personal musical language.