Violinist Martina Bačová (b. 1982) ranks alongside the most distinctive members of the emerging generation of artists. She studied at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, and at the Prague Conservatory. In 2008, she graduated from the Faculty of Arts in Ostrava, where her tutor was Professor Zdeněk Gola. From 2008 – 2010 she studied with Ivan Ženatý at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, as a recipient of the Sächsisches Landesstipendium grant.
Still as a child, she took part and won awards in a number of contests, including the Kocián International Violin Competition in Ústí nad Orlicí (first prize), the Prague Junior Note competition for young talented players (absolute winner). In 1999 she won the Meissen Master Classes Award, and in 2002 first prize in the Beethoven International Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí, along with an award for the best performance of a work by Beethoven. A demo recording earned her a scholarship at the Cleveland Encore-School for Strings, where she attended the class of Linda and David Cerone, as well as appearing in local concert productions where she was picked for performance at the WCLV Live Broadcast concert in 2005.
As a soloist, she has appeared at prestigious festivals in the Czech Republic (Prague Spring, Saint Wenceslas Festivities, Mahler Festival in Jihlava) and internationally (Festival de Megève, Festival de Nancy, Festival de la Vézère, St. Gellert Festival).
He is frequently invited to work with the Ostrava Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, and with the Northern Bohemia Philharmonic Orchestra in Teplice. She has appeared with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and with various chamber ensembles, including Camerata Janáček, Czech Virtuosi, St. Gellert Academy, and others. She is a regular collaborator of Czech Radio and Czech Television.
Her recording studio debut, a solo album entitled Elegant Provocation, featuring music by Otmar Mácha, Leoš Janáček, George Enescu and Béla Bartók, won the prestigious award of the International Record Review (UK) for 2009. The recording was likewise acclaimed by the critic of Gramophone magazine who wrote:
“Martina Bačová is a strong, highly communicative player, unnervingly passionate at times, fairly individual too and plainly deserving of the numerous prizes and accolades that have been awarded to her. This is a particularly imaginative debut CD programme, and for most of the time the sound quality does it justice.” Rob Cowan (Gramophone, September 2009)
Photo: Ivan Korč