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Barbora Kolářová is recognized as one of the foremost young violinists to emerge from the Czech Republic, having received widespread acclaim for her ability to move audiences with her passionate performance, inherent musicality and comfortable command on stage. Co-founder and Artistic Director/General Manager of the Lake George Music Festival, Barbora is a Manhattan Concert artist, Lincoln Center Stage artist and a visiting Co- Principal Second Violin of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Kolářová’s 2019/2020 season highlights include the world premiere of a solo violin composition by GRAMMY Award nominated composer Pascal Le Boeuf written for Barbora, a premiere of David Ludwig's Violin Concerto No.2 "Paganiniana" for solo violin and chamber ensemble as well as world premiere of Sheridan Seyfried's "Capricio" for solo violin. Barbora will be returning to the Curtis Summerfest as contemporary faculty/artist, debuting with Orchestra Santa Monica under Maestro Roger Kalia performing Brahms Violin Concerto, giving solo recitals and outreach events in Washington DC, New York, Europe, Southeast Asia and performing chamber music concerts as part of Lincoln Center Stage in Hawaii, Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia. Ms. Kolářová’s will be releasing a solo violin album "Imp in Impulse" including works that have not been previously recorded in the fall of 2019.
Spotlight winner for Lincoln Center Stage, Barbora was awarded laureate prizes at the Golden Classical Music Awards International Music Competition in NYC, the Manhattan International Music Competition, and the Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Salzburg, Austria.Recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize and a holder of The Special Diploma at the Vadim Repin Master class Scholarship Competition, Barbora is also a laureate of the New York International Artist Association Competition, the Remember Enescu in Bucharest, Telemann Competition in Poland, of the Prague Junior Note and the Grand prize winner of the Michigan ASTA Solo Competition.
Barbora Kolářová appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra performing throughout Europe and the United States and has also performed solo concertos with the Czech Radio Symphony, the Czech National Theatre Orchestra, the West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, the Limoges Orchestra and the Academy Sinfonietta Orchestra where she also served as a concertmaster (2013-2015). Miss Kolářová is also a former visiting performing artist of the Czech Philharmonic (2013-2016) and visiting concertmaster of the Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais in Brazil (2017-2018).
Performance highlights include a solo concert at the 2005 Haydn Music Festival and the 2006 Young Prague Festival, a presentation on “Czech Music of the 60’s” in the National Arts Gallery in Washington DC as part of the 2012 Miloš Forman Festival, a solo debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2014, a premiere of Brendan Faegre’s “Lys- Slatt” for solo violin as part of the 2015 Lake George Music Festival Winter Series and numerous solo and chamber music performances and appearances on television and radio shows as violin faculty of the 2015 The Sound of Piano, Strings & Voice China International Music Festival in Xi’an. Most recent performances include solo recitals and outreach events in the The Strand Theater, The Park Theater in USA, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, non traditional venues in Malaysia and Philippines and chamber music debut in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur.
As an active soloist, chamber musician, and member of numerous prestigious orchestras she has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Cultural Centre in Hong Kong, Dewan Philharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Musikverein and the Wiener Kozerthaus in Vienna, Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, and the Dvorana Hall/ Union Hall in Maribor, Slovenia. She has collaborated with many notable artists such as the Ying Quartet, the Johannes Quartet, Ruggiero Ricci, Sir Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Andre Previn, Yannick Nezget-Seguin, Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi, Neeme Jarvi and many others.
A native of the Czech Republic, Barbora Kolářová holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Her major teachers include Pavel Prantl, Charles Avsharian, Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt and Ani Kavafian.
Barbora plays 1700 Antonius Josephus Laske violin and her performance wardrobe is provided and sponsored by Malaysian designer Alia Bastamam, styled by Shahrezzan Ezani and Jimmy Najeem.