IMF Kutná Hora 2017
Terezie Fialová

Pavel Šporcl

Czech Republic


Pavel Šporcl is the only Czech violinist of the younger generation to be named in Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to the 21st Century, a major work by the world-renowned critic and historian Henry Roth. Following his performance of Dvořák’s violin concerto with the Czech Philharmonic at the Rudolfinum in Prague in the 2001/2002 concert season, critics lauded Pavel Šporcl as a talent the likes of which is born only once in a century.

Audiences from around the world have had the opportunity to hear his violin play in prominent concert venues, such as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, or Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. He enjoyed a highly successful debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall in February 2016. He also “sold out” the legendary Prague concert venue Lucerna several times. He has performed at some of the greatest music festivals in the world (Salzburger Festspiele, Prague Spring, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festival Radio France, Brucknerfest, Festival international de Colmar). He has worked with world-famous orchestras (Czech Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Prague Philharmonia) and eminent conductors (V. Ashkenazy, L. Pešek, J. Bělohlávek, V. Fedoseyev, Y. P. Tortelier, A. Nelsons, R. Minczuk, J. J. Kantorow, J. Axelrod). Pavel Šporcl also performs with other brilliant musicians (J. Suk, S. Mintz, N. Lugansky, M. Esfahani, M. Rysanov, P. Gallois, V. Larderet, J. Boušková, J. Bárta). He is not afraid to collaborate with artists from different genres (K. Gott, E. Pilarová, L. Filipová, V. Dyk, E. Farna, and music bands: Kryštof, Čechomor, Olympic, Hradišťan).

The extensive repertoire of this leading Czech violinist consists of over 40 violin concertos and a myriad of sonatas, chamber works, and virtuosic compositions. Besides accentuating the great figures of Czech music, he also works with contemporary composers, and his core classical repertoire is augmented by works from other genres. His admiration for the accomplishments of Gipsy violin virtuosos led to two successful albums, Gipsy Way and Gipsy Fire. He established a Gipsy cimbalom band, Gipsy Way Ensemble, with which he has performed more than 350 concerts in numerous countries all over the world, including the US and China. 

Šporcl persistently popularises and promotes classical music. Throughout his career he has played scores of concerts for schools and children, which are extraordinarily well received by young people. Through his art he supports fundraising projects for charities and non-profit organisations (Srdce pro děti, Nadace Adra, Kapka naděje, Naše dítě, Běh pro Paraple, Pomozte dětem, and much more). 

Šporcl’s recordings are keenly received by both critics and the broader public. He has released 16 solo albums, with overall sales exceeding 200,000 units. Many of them have won awards (Gramophone, The Strad, The Diapason). His latest album, Christmas on the Blue Violin, was released by Universal Music and placed in the TOP 10 of 2017 across all genres and performers. Most of his records have been certified gold or platinum for sales. Besides major labels like Universal Music, Supraphon, Warner, or EMI, Šporcl has also recorded for Cedille, Three Fold Record, Arco Diva, Šporcl Arts Agency, and other music publishers.

Recent years have brought further success to Šporcl as a composer and arranger. His works can be heard both at live performances and on a number of his albums (SporcelainMy Violin LegendsGipsy WayGipsy FireChristmas on the Blue ViolinKde domov můj). His Bohemian Nostalgia for violin and piano won the OSA Award for Classical Music in 2015. 

Pavel Šporcl takes an intense interest in the history of the Czech violin school and famous Czech violinists. Besides his superb skill, Šporcl is also famous for his open approach to classical music, which he uses to promote the art among audiences from all generations.

Pavel Šporcl was born in České Budějovice. He attended a conservatoire and studied at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Professor Václav Snítil. He furthered his violin education at prestigious institutions in the US (Juilliard School, Brooklyn College, SMU Dallas) and under the guidance of eminent teachers (D. DeLay, I. Perlman, M. Kawasaki, E. Schmieder). He has been teaching the violin at his alma mater in Prague since 2011.

Šporcl plays on a unique blue violin, made for the twenty-first century by the best Czech contemporary luthier, Jan Špidlen, which he commissioned in 2005.