Cellist Jan Palenicek, as soloist and chamber musician is heir to a great musical family tradition that was established by his father Josef Palenicek, pianist, world-famous interpreter of Janacek, and founder of the first Smetana Trio. Jan Palenicek was the pupil of the greatest Czech cellists of their generation, Saša Večtomov and Miloš Sádlo, and studied chamber music with Prof. Josef Vlach (first violin of the Vlach Quartet). His meeting with Paul Tortelier, the French cellist of world renown, represented the culmination of his artistic training. His early participation in competitions brought him a number of prizes and accolades.
Major concerto performances have been given with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Brno State Philharmonic, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, the Lugano Festival Orchestra, the Suk Chamber Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, Symphony Orchestra Brasilia.
Festival appearances include Prague Spring, Janáček May, Moravian Autumn and others. He has given concerts in most European countries as well as in Japan, America and South Africa.
He has recorded more than two dozen CDs for home and international labels, highlights from which include concertos by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Triple Concerto by Beethoven, Double Concerto by Brahms and the complete cello works by Brahms, Martinu and Rachmaninov.
Chamber music is closest to Jan Páleníček’s heart. He did after all grow up in a chamber music environment par excellence. Jan Páleníček is a member of the world-famous SMETANA TRIO together with the violinist Jan Talich and the pianist Jitka Čechová.
For a number of years he taught at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts.
He is also prominent as an artistic director and organiser of cultural events. He is Artistic Director of the cycle of festivals “Czech Culture Festivities” and director of the art agency “TRIART Management”.