Ivana Pokorná was born in 1962 in Olomouc. She began studying harp in Kroměříž and later on attended the Prague Conservatory (Prof. Libuše Váchalová). After graduating in 1983 she was engaged by the National Theatre Orchestra in Prague, where she has worked to the present day. In addition to orchestral activity, she has always devoted to playing chamber music and compositions by contemporary Czech authors such as Ivana Loudová, Petr Eben, Jan Klusák and Zdeněk Lukáš. She has performed Lukáš’s Concerto for harp and strings in world premiere and made a recording of it for Plzeň Radio. She has given concerts with the violinist Bohuslav Matoušek and the violist Jan Pěruška. At the National Theatre she established a duo with the flautist Libor Mikule. She has also performed with Musica Bohemica. In 1986 she joined the ensemble Rožmberská kapela, in which she played various historic instruments at a number of concerts both at home and abroad. Since 1989 she has given concerts with the violist Petr Přibyl, with whom she recorded a CD titled Dialogue Between Harp and Viola. Ivana Pokorná likes cooperating with musicians of different genres. She plays a harp of the German brand Horngacher.
Update: October 2008