Praised for his remarkable range of colors and virtuosity, Josef Špaček has emerged as
one of the leading violinists of his generation.
He has garnered many international prizes and awards, including at the prestigious
Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (2012). As a soloist, he has performed with
numerous distinguished conductors and orchestras in Europe, the Americas, Asia and
Australia, and appeared at prestigious festivals, including in Verbier. From 2011 to 2020,
he served as Concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic, which in the spring of 2016
named him Artistic Partner.
His Supraphon recordings of music by Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček, Suk and Prokofiev
(2013, 2015) have been lauded by critics and listeners. The newest album of Czech duos
for violin and cello (Paths, Supraphon 2022) has also gained praise worldwide.
Together with Tomáš Jamník, Josef Špaček is Artistic Director at the Ševčík Academy,
whose training is based on the methods devised by the legendary Czech violinist Otakar
Ševčík. At the age of 17, while attending the Prague Conservatory, he enrolled at the
Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the Juilliard School in New York, in the
class of Itzhak Perlman.
Josef Špaček plays a LeBrun-Bouthillard violin made by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù in