In 1998, Petr Holman successfully completed his studies at the department of mathematics in the Charles University. In 2000 he became the winner of the Beethoven’s Hradec International Viola Competition, and a year later he graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of Prof. K. Doležal. In 1997-2004 he was a member of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, with which he also appeared as a soloist in 2001. At present, Petr Holman is a professor of viola and chamber music at the Prague Conservatory.
Nevertheless, his most important musical activity is located in the field of chamber music. Petr Holman is a founding member of the Zemlinsky Quartet, which has been active on the Czech and international music scene since 1994. Its main focus are performing, recording and teaching activities. Among the ensemble’s important achievements, we can mention numerous awards in the international competitions (Banff, Prague Spring, London and especially the victory in Bordeaux, France), more than 30 CDs containig works by Czech and international composers and numerous recordings for Czech Radio. The Zemlinsky Quartet is only the fourth ensemble in history to record the complete works for string quartet by A. Dvořák. The recording of his early quartets won the prestigious French award “Diapason d’Or”.
For more information about the Zemlinsky Quartet, please visit www.zemlinskyquartet.cz.