Emil Viklicky Trio | Czech Republic


Emil Viklicky | Piano

Cyril Zelenak | Drums

Petr Dvorsky | Double Bass

 

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Born 1948 in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, Emil Viklický started playing piano quite early. While a student, he spent much time playing jazz piano which led to his now lifelong devotion to music. In 1974, he won best soloist at the Czechoslovak Amateur Jazz Festival and got first prize from the Monaco Music Conservatory in 1976. In 1977 Emil was awarded a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music.

 

He has worked with various ensembles performing Moravian folk music, modern jazz and contemporary music. As a pianist, Emil often performs in international ensembles alongside U.S. and other European musicians. He has made frequent appearances in much of Europe, USA, Japan, Mexico, Israel and elsewhere.

 

As a composer, Viklický has attracted attention from abroad and also composes “straight-ahead” modern jazz, chamber and orchestral works as well as film music and TV series.

 

 

“One of the best contemporary pianists, … a good deal in common with fleet, tasteful pianists like Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Rowles and Bill Charlap.”-- Doug Ramsey, Jazz Times

 

“Combine elements of Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson with a deep infusion of Moravian soul and you have Emil Viklický, the patriarch of Czech jazz piano.” --Jack Massarik, Evening Standart, London

 

 

Website: http://www.viklicky.com/

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