Praha, Czech Republic
Czech cellist František Brikcius was born in Prague, into a family with a distinguished cultural background. From early childhood he began to play the cello and quickly developed into a competent student. He was accepted into the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in Brno after completing his study of the absolutory at the Prague Conservatoire. As a student at JAMU, František studied in Bedřich Havlík’s cello class. He furthered his study at the Toho Gakuen Academy in Japan, and continued his studies under the guidance of Professor Anna Shuttleworth in the United Kingdom. He graduated from JAMU with an MgA degree, with Professor Evžen Rattay.
He has performed at many festivals including Lotherton Hall Young Artists Platform (UK), Festival Czech and Slovak Music in London (UK), Festival History, Music & Memory (Israel), Festival Music in the Valley (Israel), Violoncello in Brussels (Belgium), Spring in Russia (Moscow), LFŠ (Czech Republic), Year of Jewish Culture – 100 Years of the Jewish Museum in Prague (Czech Republic), Weinberger Tour (Czech Republic), Dvořák’s musical Nelahozeves (Czech Republic), Musicale delle Nazioni (Italy), Premières rencontres avec Paul Bazelaire (France), Chotěboř’s Spring (Czech Republic), Boskovice (Czech Republic), Baščaršijske noći (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Duo Brikcius – 2 Cellos Tour, 54th Dvořák’s Festival, Festival Theatrum Kuks, European Days of Jewish Culture, Století andělů a ďáblů v Pošumaví, Daniel Pearl Music Festival, Festival Rádia Devín (Slovakia), 2e Festival Culturel International de Musique Symphonique (Algeria), Smetana’s Days Festival, Festival Brikcius.
František Brikcius was the winner of the Anglo-Czech Competition in London (1999). He was a fellow of the Czech Music Foundation (ČHF) in the 2001 and 2002 for the interpretation of contemporary Czech composers.
He chose to dedicate his life to the interpretation of cello compositions written by composers of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, with special consideration given to compositions for cello solo. He also allows concentrates on works by Czech, Terezín and contemporary composers.
František Brikcius plays a “George Kriwalski” cello made in 1904. Together with his sister Anna Brikcius, he is a founder member of the “Duo Brikcius”. They are both appearing as part of the “Duo Brikcius – 2 Cellos Tour” in the Czech Republic (Praha, Brno, Chotěboř, Lidice, Točník, Velké Březno, Veselí nad Moravou, Jičín, Telč, Boskovice, Praha – Šeberov, Klatovy, Praha – Chodov, Praha – Vysočany, Praha – Slivenec, Radnice, Louny, Turnov, Frýdlant, Praha – Petrovice, Polešovice, Tábor, Beroun, Rájec-Jestřebí, Plzeň, Kladno, …) and abroad (Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, USA and the United Kingdom).
Since 2012 he is artistic director of the “Festival Brikcius” – Chamber Music Concert Series at the Stone Bell House in Prague.
More information about František Brikcius and his projects Prague – Brno: 6 Contemporary Composers for Cello Solo is available on websites www.Brikcius.com and/or Festival.Brikcius.com .
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