Bohuslav Matousek

Biography

Born: 1949; Havlickuv Brod  
Bohuslav Matousek has scored success both as a member of the Stamic String Quartet and as a freelance player regularly appearing in chamber and solo concerts. Not surprisingly, Matousek has been most closely associated with the major Czech repertory, particularly the works of Dvorák and Martinu. Matousek has played and recorded virtually all the works for violin and orchestra by that iconic Czech pair, as well as all their string quartets. He has Read more also recorded the complete Martinu output for violin and piano and much other Czech fare, including works by Smetana and Janácek. But Matousek has hardly limited himself to Czech music: his repertory takes in whole chunks of J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and many composers from the twentieth century. Matousek has made more than 20 recordings as a soloist and countless ones as a member of the Stamic Quartet. Many of his recordings are currently available from Supraphon, Bayer, Denon, Hyperion, Crystal, and Brilliant Classics.

Bohuslav Matousek was born in Havlíckuv Brod, (now) Czech Republic. He was a gifted youth, and from 1967-1972 he studied music at the Prague Academy of Music, where his teachers included Jaroslav Pekelsky and Vaclav Snitil. During breaks Matousek took master classes from Arthur Grumiaux and had private studies with Nathan Milstein.

During his student years Matousek won prizes at several important competitions, but his breakthrough came when he captured first prize at the 1972 Prague Spring International Competition. Matousek subsequently launched his career in Czechoslovakia as a soloist and quartet player, appearing regularly as a member of the Dolezal Quartet, from 1972-1985. From 1977-1980 he spent much time in Japan, making both chamber and orchestral appearances.

Upon the disbanding of the Dolezal Quartet in 1985, Matousek co-founded the Stamic (also spelled as Stamitz) Quartet and served as first violinist until 1995. During his decade in the ensemble Matousek and company received lavish acclaim for their interpretations of Czech music, particularly for their complete sets of the Dvorák and Martinu quartets on Supraphon.

After his 1995 departure, Matousek has regularly appeared as a soloist with major orchestras, as well as with pianist Petr Adamec in duo repertory and as a member of the Antonin Dvorák Trio. Among Matousek's recordings is Vol. 3 of the complete music for violin and orchestra by Martinu, on Hyperion, with conductor Christopher Hogwood leading the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Read less
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  • 1.
    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Czech String Quartets / Stamitz Quartet
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9410 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana,  Leos Janácek,  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Jan Peruska,  Bohuslav Matousek,  Josef Kekula,  Vladimir Leixner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stamitz String Quartet,  Stamitz String Quartet members
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    Mozart Complete Edition [170 CDs + CD-ROM]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94251 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Craig Ogden,  Pieter Schoeman,  Peter Schmalfuss  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Ilmar Lapinsch,  Klaus Arp  ... 
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    Mozart Edition - Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94051 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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    Martinu: Chamber Music For Viola, Etc / Besa, Barta, Bouskova, Kosarek, Et Al
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3952 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Bohuslav Matousek,  Alexander Besa,  Petra Besa-Pospisilova,  Ludmila Peterková  ... 
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    Martinu: Complete Works For Violin And Piano
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3950 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Bohuslav Matousek,  Petr Adamec
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    Martinu: Complete Music For Violin And Orchestra Vol 4 / Hogwood, Matousek, Czech Po
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67674 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Bohuslav Matousek
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Martinu: The Complete Music For Violin And Orchestra Vol 3 / Hogwood, Matousek, Czech Po
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67673 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Bohuslav Matousek
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Martinu: The Complete Music For Violin And Orchestra Vol 2
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67672 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Bohuslav Matousek,  Karel Kosarek
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Martinu: The Complete Music For Violin And Orchestra Vol 1
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67671 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Régis Pasquier,  Jennifer Koh,  Bohuslav Matousek
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Compassion
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57179 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Steve Reich,  Philip Glass,  György Kurtág  ... 
    Performer:  Ulf Hoelscher,  Susan Narucki,  Edna Michell,  Allen Ginsberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Lukas Foss,  Andreas Weiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra,  Karlsruhe Ensemble,  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra cellos
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    Marcello, Cimarosa, Bach, Et Al / Pecha, Paukert, Janacek Co
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 721 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Hermann Schroeder,  Jan Koetsier  ... 
    Performer:  Pamela Pecha,  Karel Paukert,  Marek Zvolánek,  Bohuslav Matousek  ... 
    Conductor:  Petr Vronsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Chamber Orchestra
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