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BIOGRAPHY

Soloist Acclaimed around the World  | Soloist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Since September 2019 Professor of ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC in London, also the Professor of the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel since 2005 and Academy of Performing Arts in Prague since 2007 | Member of the Prominent Harp Competitions Juries |

The Only Czech Laureate
of the Most Prestigious Harp Competitions
in the World 

Jana Boušková belongs to the elite category of the world renowned harpists, who are thanks to their distinct artistic qualities invited to the most prestigious world scenes. Furthermore Jana Boušková as an outstanding personality forms the harp repertoire and technique at the world level. The world acclaimed artist from the USA – prof. Susan McDonald – has qualified Jana Boušková as a talent of the century and the world reviewers rate her performances in similar way and emphasize especially breathtaking technique perfection, brilliant precision, esprit, profoundness, etheric sensitivity and power of her expression. Moreover, Jana Boušková together with her professor and mother Libuše Váchalová are discoverers and authors (e.g. Vltava (Moldau) by Bedřich Smetana arr.by Hanuš Trneček),of some adaptations of distinguished compositions of the Czech repertoire (e.g. Vyšehrad and Šárka by B.Smetana or the compositions by Antonín Dvořák or Josef Suk), which considerably enriched the world harp repertoire. Apart from her artistic cooperation with the leading orchestras she devotes to chamber music with the musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, Mstislav Rostropovitch,Christian Tetzlaff, Yury Bashmet, Radek Baborák, Josef Špaček, Emmanuel Pahud, Mathieu Defour, Patrick Gallois, Jiří Bárta, Sharon Kam, Janne Thomsen, Michal Kaňka, Václav Petr, Lukáš Klánský and others.

Jana Bouskova is a brilliant harpist. Her playing has always fascinated me. She is probably the most impressive virtuoso I have ever heard. Her dexterity is phenomenal. As a colleague, one just has to bow down to it. Jana doesn’t use any security nets, goes for risks and likes to always be on the edge. The mixture of her great will power and her Kamikaze streak confers to her performances a tension and a rare intensity.

Marie-Pierre Langlamet | solo harpist of Berliner Philharmoniker

Jana Boušková's technical ability is outstanding and her musicianship is excellent. It was a real pleasure to have Ms. Boušková as a soloist and I wholeheartedly would recommend her to other orchestras as soloist.

Pinchas Steinberg | Chief Conductor Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra

Ever since winning the gold medal at the USA international harp contest, Jana has been thrilling audiences with her superb artistry and amazing musicality. Her performances are always exciting and her sparkling personality infuses each solo with fascinating insights and exciting virtuosity. She is unique and my hope is that audiences throughout the world will have the opportunity to experience her great artistry.

Prof. Susann McDonald | Distinguished Professor of Music Indiana University, Emeritus Artistic Director The World Harp Congress

Jana Boušková’s ability to make musical structures clear, read behind the notes and deliver the meaning of each composition she plays, is fantastic. Unique are her sensitivity and her specially recognizable sound that she gets out of her instrument. Besides that Jana is a wonderful and warm human being and her openness makes it easy for her to connect with the audience right away.

Christian Arming | Music Director, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege

Jana Boušková belongs to the elite category of the world renowned harpists, who are thanks to their distinct artistic qualities invited to the most prestigious world scenes. Furthermore, Jana Boušková as an outstanding personality forms the harp repertoire and technique at the world level. The world acclaimed artist from the USA – prof. Susan McDonald – has qualified Jana Boušková as a talent of the century and the world reviewers rate her performances in similar way and emphasize especially breathtaking technique perfection, brilliant precision, esprit, profoundness, etheric sensitivity and power of her expression. Moreover, Jana Boušková together with her professor and mother Libuše Váchalová are discoverers  (Vltava (Moldau) by Bedřich Smetana in arr. by Hanuš Trnček) and authors of some adaptations of distinguished compositions of the Czech repertoire, (e.g. Vyšehrad, Šárka by B.Smetana, or the compositions by Antonín Dvořák or Josef Suk), which considerably enriched the world harp repertoire. 

Thanks to her distinct artistic successes Jana Boušková rapidly became a very demanded harpist performing on the prominent stages all over the world as a soloist as well as in cooperation with such interpreters like Maxim Vengerov, Jurij Bashmet, Patrick Gallois, Jiří Bárta, Christian Tetzlaff, Sharon Kam or Mstislav Rostropovič. This renowned cello virtuoso asked for the contact on Jana after listening to her performance in radio. Later, Jana premiered with Mstislav Rostropovich the compositions by Ravi Shankar in the frame of the festival in Evian (France) among others.

 

Besides the solo career Jana Boušková devotes herself to pedagogical activity. Since September 2019, she is the Professor of the prestigious music university Royal College of Music in London and also keeps her Professor positions on the Royal Academy in Brussels (Koninklijke Conservatorium Brussels) since 2005 and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague since 2007. Since 2005 Jana Boušková is a solo harpist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. She is being regularly invited to participate in world renowned harp congresses and symposiums including International harp competition in the USA, France, Israel and else where and leads masterclasses all over the world. She teaches at prestigious schools including Indiana University in the USA or Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneve. In 1999 she was the artistic director of the 7th World Harp Congress in Prague. Since 2000 she has been a member of the Artistic Board of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

 Jana Boušková has recorded more than twenty CDs for Czech and international labels, radios and television companies. In 2004 EMI published a recording of her concert in the frame of the German festival Spannungen. The vast repertoire of Jana Boušková includes compositions of all eras. Numerous Czech and foreign contemporary composers have composed pieces for her. Sonata for cello and harp by Ravi Shankar (with Mstislav Rostropovich), Concerto for flute, harp, viola and orchestra by Benjamin Yusupov (with Maxim Vengerov), Concert for two harps by Jan F. Fischer (with Isabelle Moretti – 7th World Harp Congress in Prague, 1999), Concert for solo Harp Praharphona by Kryštof Mařatka (premiered in Kiel, BDR), Solo Harp Concerto by Lukáš Sommer, Jazz Concerto for flute and harp by Emil Viklický etc. rank among world premieres. Jana Boušková is the official player of the prestigious Lyon & Healy harp producer and plays the instrument by this US company that she won on the International Harp Competition in 1992 in the USA.