At the age of fifteen he entered the State Conservatory in Brno, where he studied with the celebrated Czech pedagogue Eva Horakova, former member of the Bohuslav Martinu Trio. Under her tutelage, he took part in the International Competition Concertino Praga and received a honorary award (as part of a piano duo with fellow-student David Schmied).
In 2004 Pohl was accepted at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, where he studied with Zdenek Hnat, one of the greatest Czech pianists of our time, a pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus. After his retirement in 2006 Pohl entered class of celebrated professors Alena Vlasakova and Jan Jirasky; now studying Master level degree with Jan Jirasky only. He also attended masterclasses with Antonin Kubalek (Canada), Jan Gottlieb Jiracek (Austria), Stefan Vladar, Sontraud Speidel, Thomas SteinhŲfel, Iva Navratova (Germany), George Kanev (Bulgaria), Petr Sefl and Ivo Kahanek (Czech Republic).
Pohl's main interest is the chamber music, especially his collaborations with singers. In 2002 he established a partnership with one of the most talented singers of his country, the bass-baritone Josef Skarka. They created a duo focusing on performing art songs, and together took part in such events like the International Music Festival Moravian Autumn, the International Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition (Paris), The Days of Young Performers (Brno), Bravo Mozart (Prague, Olomouc, Jesenik) and many others. In 2004 he took part in several events of the national cultural project Czech Music 2004" (www.czechmusic.org). They were also invited to perform at various festivals abroad (Montenegro, Italy, Mexico). Richard is also collaborating with many important ensembles, like Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra or Matl Academic Choir.
As an excellent accompanist, Richard Pohl earned many prizes and awards in that field. He was also appointed as an official accompanist of voice, strings and winds department at Frantisek Jilek Music School in Brno. He collaborated with many respected artists (J. Dvorsky, M. Zhang, J. Pustina, E. Weissova, R. Fujii, J. Dolezilkova...) In 2006, he participated at the International Smetana Piano Competition in Pilsen, where he finished at sixth place in the third category.
Since 2003, he's been regular participant of the International Kubalek Piano Courses (www.kubalekpianocourses.com) where in 2004 he received a special prize for the best performance of a piece by a Czech composer and in 2006 for the best performance of a Mozart piece. He's been awarded with full scholarship for the International Sommerakademie Prag-Wien-Budapest 2006 and invited to perform at the opening concert of that festival (www.mdw.ac.at/isa/indexf.html). There he also took part in an orchestral workshop focusing on interpretation of Mozartian concerto (with Stefan Vladar and Vladimir Kiradiev). His Bachelor thesis on that topic was awarded by the highest possible rank of 100 points during the defense process.
He records both solo and as an accompanist on CD's and for broadcast. Pohl is proud to present his live recordings at the Piano Society,
appreciating the idea of the site as a source of sharing the classical piano recordings by pianistic community from the entire world.
BcA. Richard Pohl
Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts
Member of Piano Society
602 00 Brno
Phone: +420 602 354 579
ICQ: 228 155 927
(Photo by Petr Kurecka)
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