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Pavel Kohout (Organist)

Pavel Kohout (b. 1976), winner of the prestigious First Prize, Gold Medal and J. S. Bach Prize at one of the world's largest international organ competitions, the International Organ Competition in Tokyo 2000, is regarded today as one of the finest concert recitalists of his generation. He has won additional first prizes at international organ contests in Ljubljana 1998, Vilnius 1999 and several other main prizes and diplomas at competitions in Praha, Poznan, Kaliningrad, Brugges and Lьbeck, including the "Dancing Angel" prize of the European Music Competition for Youth.

He is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory (Jan Kalfus) and the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, under the tutelage of Prof. Jaroslav Tщma. He continued his studies in historical performance practice with renowned specialist Prof. Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He has attended international master classes by Harald Vogel, Ludger Lohmann, Michel Bouvard, Olivier Latry. In 2010 he successfully finalized his Ph.D degree in historical performance practice of the South German and Czech baroque organ music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

He regularly appears as a recitalist and soloist in concert venues throughout Europe, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel, Syria, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. He has performed on international music festivals in Praha, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Moscow, Haarlem, Zaragoza, Lisbon, Monaco, Jerusalem, Sapporo, Tokyo, Sydney, Auckland, Washington D.C. In his second Australian debut (2008), this time with Orchestra Victoria, he performed Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra by Felix Alexandre Guilmant with great success, on the Grand Organ at the Melbourne Town Hall.

His further activities include continued cooperation with Czech National Radio on the project "Historical Organs", presenting international master classes, preparing new music editions and recording on CDs, including the oldest Pragueґ s historical organ (Mundt 1673) in the Church of Our Lady of Tyn in Prague and Katzer & Weltzel organ (1738) in Pragueґs Loreto. The programme of the third CD "Genius J. S. Bach" is fully dedicated to Bachґ s famous music and was recorded in the Benedictine Archabbey in Prague.

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