Prof. JOSEF SUK
The violin virtuoso Prof. JOSEF SUK is recognised around the world as an excellent interpreter with perfect technique, clean intonation, and a spiritual expression. Since 1973, he has also played the viola. He has also earned his prestige among artists as the President of the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Chairman of the Art Council (from 2000), and the President of the A. Dvořák Foundation. He founded the Suk Trio, the Suk Chamber Orchestra, with which he also performs as the conductor. He is the initiator of a number of concerts and festivals.
He was born on 8 August 1929. He is the grandson of the composer J. Suk and the great-grandson of A. Dvořák. He got his first violin lessons from his father; from the age of 10, he studied with J. Kocián and then at the Conservatory and the Prague Faculty of Music. He commenced his concert career in the 1950s and soon earned unique success at home and abroad. In 1961, he was made the soloist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He played on all continents, recorded for the world’s largest labels, won the Grand Prix du Disque in Paris six times, the Wiener Flötenuhr award, the Edison Prize, and several Gold Records, and the World Prize of A. Dvořák. In 2003, he was granted an honorary doctorate at AMU and in 2002 he received the highest French honour, becoming a Knight of Legion of Honour. On 12 August 2009, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, he received the Golden Plaque of the President from President of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus.