Czech violinist Josef Špaček has gradually established himself as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation. He studied with Ida Kavafian, Jaime Laredo, Itzhak Perlman and Jaroslav Foltýn. He won top prizes at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, International Queen Elisabeth Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
As soloist he appears with orchestras across Europe, the US and Asia, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Essener Philharmoniker, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
He collaborates with conductors such as Thomas Adès, Marc Albrecht, the late Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Roy Goodman, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, Eliahu Inbal, Jun Märkl, Tomáš Netopil, Michael Sanderling, Thomas Sanderling, Thomas Søndergård and David Zinman.
Josef Špaček gives recitals and takes part in chamber music festivals in Europe, Asia and the USA.
He has recorded CD’s for among others Supraphon and Naxos. He has served as concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the youngest in its history. The orchestra has named him “Associate Artist” as of January 2016.
Josef Špaček performs on the ca. 1732 “LeBrun; Bouthillard” Guarneri del Gesù violin, generously on loan from Ingles & Hayday.