Jana Boušková, harpist
The harpist Jana Boušková is an international phenomenon. Besides taking first prize at the world’s most prestigious harp competition (USA, 1992), her other numerous awards include victory at the Concours International de Musique de Chambre in Paris, at the Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Italy and is 2nd Prize Winner of the International Harp Contest in Israel 1992.
She appears regularly as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles at important Czech and foreign concert stages and festivals. Among her most important appearances have been solo recitals at New York’s Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Berliner Festtage. As a soloist with orchestra she has appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Since September 2019 she has been a professor at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague since 2007. She has made more than twenty CDs for Czech and foreign labels.
In May of this year she released her new solo album Ma vlast by Supraphon in a world premiere with her own unique arrangements of orchestra a piano music, compositions by Czech authors as Smetana, Dvořák and Suk. Since 2005 she has been also the principal harpist of the Czech Philharmonic.