Smetana Trio

 

 

 

 

There is nothing routine about the Smetana Trio’s approach .. Every aspect of their interpretation is carefully considered without losing an ounce of spontaneity. Individual lines are remarkable for their focus and beauty, though the powerful sense of ensemble is never sacrificed to individual display. BBC Music Magazine

The Smetana Trio, founded in 1934 by the legendary Czech pianist Josef Pálenícek, violinist Alexandr Plocek and cellist František Smetana, is today’s foremost Czech chamber ensemble. Currently comprised of Jitka Cechová (piano), Radim Kresta (violin), and Jan Pálenícek (cello), the Smetana reflects the glorious past while reaching the highest artistic aims in the present.

The Trio embarks on the several USA and European tours with performances throughout the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the United Kingdom, where the Trio is presented by London’s Wigmore Hall.

The Smetana Trio has toured extensively in both chamber ensemble and as orchestral soloists, working with conductors such as Jirí Belohlávek, Libor Pešek, John Axelrod, Michael Boder, Tomáš Hanus and Stanislav Vavrínek and orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de Svizzera Italiana Lugano, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc.

Festivals and concert series include Cambrai, Aix-en-Provence and Nice in France, and Munich, Würzburg and Tübingen in Germany. In 2015 the Smetana Trio toured South America with performances in Lima, Medellin, Rio de Janeiro as well as the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.  

With an impressive discography of nearly a dozen albums recorded exclusively for Supraphon since 2000, the group’s recordings include an album featuring the complete piano trios of Shostakovich and Ravel, and an all-Dvořák disc which received BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Award for 2007 and the French Diapason d’Or. Additional discs include works by Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Schubert.

In spring 2017, the Smetana Trio was voted to win the BBC Music Magazine Chamber Award for its recording of the complete trios by Bohuslav Martinů, released by Supraphon Records in March 2015. The acclaimed recording received such recognition as BBC Music Magazine’s June 2016 Recording of the Month, Sunday Times Recording of the Week, Diapason d’Or award, and a review on the ArtsDesk.com: this is the greatest chamber disc I’ve heard in ages, and I can’t imagine a better introduction to Martinů’s music.

Smetana Trio received multiple awards and recording of the month titles, for their recordings, from prestigious magazines: Diapason (2006 and 2016)Le Monde de la MusiqueBBC Music Magazine (2005, 2006, 2007, 2017), The Times (2016) and MusicWeb International (2014)