FRANTIŠEK NOVOTNÝ studied violin at the Brno Conservatory with Bohumil Kotmel senior, at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts with professor Bohumil Smejkal, and with prominent virtuosos and tutors Zakhar Bron and Viktor Tretiakov. He took part in over twenty competitions, which he either won or received prizes and special awards from (Kocian Violin Competition, Concertino Praga, Beethoven’s Hradec, Ševčík Competition in Písek, Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Prague Spring International Music Festival, Paganini Competition in Genoa, Tokyo International etc.) He has received an award from RAI, an Italian broadcasting company, and a medal at the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. Novotný performs his exceptionally broad repertoire (e. g. over seventy orchestral pieces) with prominent symphonic ensembles in renowned venues in Europe, USA, and especially Japan. Aside from traditional repertoire, he also plays lesser known or completely unknown works by noted composers. He has recorded albums for both international and Czech record labels, such as the unique two disc set of Ernest Bloch’s works. He teaches at the Janáček Academy, the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, he also teaches master classes (Czech Republic, France, Poland, Japan, USA) and acts as a juror at several international violin competitions (Prague Spring, Ernst-Szymanowski and Georg Philipp Telemann in Poland, Balys Dvarionas in Lithuania, Carl Flesch in Hungary etc.). Novotný was awarded professorship in 2009.