Guest of the Opera
“Pianist Marek Kozák is in possession of the faculty to convince his audience, and to convey to them with a good deal of due humility the message from the composer. He does so without ostentation.” (Opera plus, January 2017)
Prizewinner of the 2016 Prague Spring International Music Competition and semifinalist of the 2015 Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Marek Kozák (b. 1993) is currently a student in the piano class of Professor Ivan Klánský at the Prague Academy of Music. He has attended numerous master classes with some of the world’s foremost virtuoso pianists (Eugen Indjic, Murray Perahia, Garrick Ohlsson, Ivan Klánský and others). He gave early proofs of his exceptional talent at the age of four, when he became a pupil of the Basic Art and Music School in Brušperk. From then on a regular and successful participant in various piano competitions, he simultaneously manifested his gift as organist and student of composition. As a fifteen-year-old he pursued his schooling at the Janáček Conservatoire and Gymnasium, studying piano with Monika Tugendliebová and organ with Martina Zelová. While a student there, he won a conservatories competition in Pardubice, received the award for performance of a work by Beethoven from the Beethoven Hradec International Competition, as well as becoming absolute winner of the 2011 Brno Piano Competition where he also won the prize for performance of a work by Franz Liszt. Marek Kozák’s other major competition triumphs include first prize from the 2013 Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Mariánské Lázně; and still in the same year, third prize from the Chopin Competition in Darmstadt; first prize from the 2014 Bedřich Smetana International Piano Competition in Plzeň; and in February 2018, first prize from the European Piano Competition Bremen.
Marek Kozák works with leading Czech orchestras, including among others the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, Brno Philharmonic, Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, PKF – Prague Philharmonia or Hradec Králové Philharmonic. He regularly tours on the international concert circuit as a soloist.