The winner of the Concertino Praga International Radio Competition in the chamber category was the duo Matejča-Schulmeister, winner of the prize of the Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Růžičková Endowment Fund. The diploma and the award were handed over by the director of the Viktor Kalabis and Zuzana Růžičková Endowment Fund, Aleš Březina, after the Concertino Praga concert on Saturday, 16 September 2023. We heartily congratulate the winners and wish them many more successes in their promising careers!

Daniel Matejča was born in 2005 in Liberec, he started playing the violin at the age of four under the guidance of his mother Olesia Voličková. After a year, he joined the class of prof. Ivan Štraus, with whom he is currently studying at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He participated in masterclasses led by Jiří Vodička and Christian Tetzlaff organized by the Czech Philharmonic. He also studied at the Imola Academy where he worked with Maurizio Sciaretta and Boris Belkin.

His greatest achievements include winning the Kocian International Violin Competition and the Jugend Musiziert in Halle in 2019. In 2020, he won the Georg Phillip Telemann International Violin Competition in Poznań, Poland, and won second prize at the Concertino Praga International Competition, when in the final he performed Prokofiev’s 1st Violin Concerto in Prague’s Rudolfinum, accompanied by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. His most recent achievements include winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Montpellier, France in 2022. He has performed in France, Italy, Poland, Germany, Austria, the UAE, Turkey, Singapore and other countries. In April 2023, he released his debut album Ysaÿ’s Six Sonatas for Solo Violin.

Jan Schulmeister (*2006) has been playing the piano since he was five years old. He began his artistic journey at the ZUŠ Kroměříž under the guidance of Eva Zonová, and is now a student at the P.J. Vejvanovský Conservatory in Kroměříž in the class of Martina Schulmeisterová. Since the age of seven, he has been regularly participating in national and international piano competitions, in which he has achieved remarkable results – he has won first prizes or absolute victories in more than thirty prestigious competitions across Europe. Just to name a few: César Franck Piano Competition (2019, Belgium), Piano Talents (2014, 2017, Italy), North International Music Competition (2021, Sweden), Manhattan International Competition (2022, USA), Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021), Amadeus (2016, 2017), Broumovská krystala (2019), Beethoven’s Teplice (2019) and other competitions in Estonia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Luxembourg, Italy or North Macedonia. At many of these competitions, he also won a number of other special prizes.