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Robert Pacourek

Robert Pacourek (born in 1967 in Strakonice). He started playing the clarinet in the class of Professor B. Zakostelecký at the Elementary Artistic School in Strakonice when he was 9 years old. After completing secondary school he was accepted into the National Conservatoire in Prague, in the class of Professor J. Starek, where he graduated in 1993.

He started teaching during his studies and he worked with the Bohemia symphony orchestra in Podebrady. In 1994 he founded the chamber trio Musici Bohemiense (piano, clarinet, violoncello), which gave a number of concerts, and made recordings for the Czech Radio. During 1995 and 1996 he actively participated in the music courses of the German Mozart Society in Augsburg, Bavaria. He does not focus on classical music genres alone, but he also devotes his time to folk music.

In the period 1999-2004 Robert Pacourek collaborated with the pianist Karel Prokop, Professor of the Prague Conservatoire. They have jointly performed plenty of concerts both in Prague and in other regions of the Czech Republic. Their collaboration resulted in their album entitled Clarinet Recital, which came into being in 2001 and which contains notable titles from the 19th and 20th century clarinet literature. The soprano Ivana Török also participated in this project.

R. Pacourek has been co-operating with a piano player Daniel Wiesner since the spring 2004.Together they have realized a lot of home and foreign concerts in Sophia and Budapest. And also together with a soprano Klara Novotna they established an ensemble Trio con Canto.

Robert Pacourek together with an agency SP Production have been holding summer concerts Around the South Bohemia Castles since 2004.

He published his second album in May 2007 A Clarinet of the 19th and 20th centuries. It consists of important clarinet and piano pieces from the romantic period (R. Schumann, J. Brahms), impressionism (C. Debussy) and the music of the 20th century (J. Palenicek, M. Arnold).

In June 2009 he graduated with pianist Michal Rezek successful performance at the Czech Centre in Paris. This concert was included in the international project Martinů Revisited and Après Festival '89.

Recently Robert Pacourek has dedicated himself to his pedagogic and concert work and has also co-operated with a number of important Czech artists. He is the art director of chamber ensemble Prague chamber trio in which he performs with professors of the Prague Conservatory, the pianist Michal Rezek and the cellist Tomas Strasil. This trio followed the activity of ensemble Musici Bohemiense from the mid-1990s and performs at concerts all over the Czech Republic. In Dezember 2011 he performed at the prestigious international music festival Czech Touches of Music.

Robert Pacourek actively participated 3. European clarinet festival in Belgian Gent which was held by European clarinet association in January 2013.

Robert Pacourek plays the Selmer Privilège clarinet.

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