Biography
Miron Šmidák (b. 1980) belongs among the most outstanding personalities of the young Czech musical generation. At present he is studying at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of professor Emil Leichner. He is the winner of several international piano competitions: Concertino Praga (1st Prize), Smetana Piano Competition (1st Prize), European Music Prize for Youth (2nd Prize), Greta Erikson European Piano Competition (4th Prize), Gustav Mahler Piano Competition (2nd Prize), Martinů Piano Competiton (1st Prize).
Some of his most notable performances include his concert tour of Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland and Poland. He has also performed at prestigious festivals (Young Stage, Days of Conterporary Music Praha, Young Smetana´s Litomyšl, Daniel Music Days, Young Prague). In the Czech Republic he co-operates with prominent orchestras (Chamber Prague Orchestra, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice etc.) and he records regularly for Czech Radio.

Press reviews:

...Technically sovereign, tonally sophisticated, deeply rapt. The way, in which he mastered, with inner energy, explosivity as with such superior command, Stravinsky's virtuos fireworks, evoked well-earned ovation.
Dr. Zdeněk Pachovský, musical critic
Hudební rozhledy, 1998
Karlovarské noviny, 1998
     Miron Smidak is most persuasive in Bach, which he plays with great life and clarity. Not only does he demonstrate an absolute command of rhythm, but also impresses for his obvious familiarity with baroque performance conventions. That he does without even the remotest trace of academic dryness, or fetishizing detail is to his credit. Smidak's Bach that is always alive and engaged. Much the same can be said about his Chopin playing, which is remarkable for its elegance, depth and idiomatic savoir faire.
     ...In Czech music Miron Smidak may well be peerless: his readings of works of Slavicky and Martinu were breathtaking.
John Bell Young (USA), concert pianist and critic
(review of recital in Karlstad, Sweden, 2000)
     He played music of Martinu like his own music. Safely, naturally and with pleasure he gave to listeners.
Jan Šmolík
Hudební rozhledy
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