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Biography

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Josef Skarka and Richard Pohl

Duo Skarka-Pohl in Antonin Dvorak Museum, Prague

The Duo Skarka - Pohl was established in 2003. From this time, they've performed in many cities in the Czech Republic. They were also invited to perform on various festivals abroad (Mexico, Italy, Sweden, Montenegro etc.).
 
They specialize on Art Song repertoire, with additions of Early Music, opera arias and even selected pieces from the contemporary music. Artistic activities of the duo has been supported by the EPOS Company, Mrs. Margita Jezkova (Herrison), Young Artist Foundation, Melodia Art Management, Arte Management Yvetta Tannenberger  and Mr. Cyril Svozil (Fenix Group).

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Josef Skarka, bass-baritone
Photo by Petr Kurecka

Josef  Skarka

Was born in 1981 in Brno. After graduation at the Brno Conservatory, he was accepted to the Academy of Music in Prague. There he obtained Bachelor degree under tutelage of professor Rene Tucek and the Master degree studying with professor Miloslav Podskalsky.

Josef Skarka has established himself as one of the foremost young singers of bass-baritone voice. His repertoir ranges from Gregorian chant (collaborating with David Eben and his Schola Gregoriana Pragensis), or baroque music (projects with Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum, Ars Brunensis), to opera National Theatre in Prague (Bello - Puccini's La Fanciulla del West), National Theatre in Brno and J. K. Tyl Theatre in Pilsen (Mozart: Figaro - Le nozze di Figaro and as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Smetana: Bonifác in The Secret -Tajemství), Theatre of Opera and Balet in Usti nad Labem (Colline - Puccini's La Bohéme, Eremit - Weber's Freischütz), F. X. Salda Theatre Liberec (Donizetti's Viva la mamma - Steffano) and he was double-featured in a highly praised production of Verdi's Rigoletto in Cesky Krumlov (as both Sparafucile and Monterone).

He is favourite performer of many ensembles and orchestras of classical music. Notably he collaborated with Prague orchestra Berg with conductor Peter Vrabel, focusing on modern and contemporary authors (Poulenc, Ravel, Jezek). With Roxy Ensemble and its artistic leader Tomas Hanak he performed selected arias from Mendelssohn‘s oratorio Elias. His succesful co-operation with Zlin Philharmonic Orchestra followed with special Christmas concert series. With the well-known Ars Brunensis Chorus he was invited to perform Vesperi and fragments from the Mass  by L. Boccherini at the International Music Festival
L´autonno musicale di Como in Italy.


He performs regularly well-received recitals, often accompanied by the pianist Richard Pohl. One of their first success includes presentation during International Music Festival Moravian Autumn 2004 (Songs by Dvorak and Janacek) or concert performance at the Festival of Czech Music under the auspices of Sir Charles Mackerras. They were also invited to perform abroad (Mexico, Italy, Montenegro).

He has earned many awards at the International Singer Competition of Antonin Dvorak in Karlovy Vary (in 2002, 2006 and 2009 - including 2nd prize in both Opera and Lieder contest and awards for the best Czech participant and the youngest finalist). He also won the 2nd prize at the International Vocal Conntest Ad honorem Mozart 2009. He performed abroad as Figaro, Papageno, Maggiordomo
 and Ferrando (Japan, France, Germany). Twice he was a guest star at the festival of the famous tenor Jose Cura in Nancy (France).

 

Josef Skarka is now focusing on improving his prominent position among the youngest generation of bass (bass-baritone) singers. He specializes on the Lieder repertoire, but also devote himself strongly to the performance of contemporary works, as well as the early music. He is praised by the audience and reviewers (Harmonie magazine) for his artistic nobility, clarity of style and powerful sense of the expression. 

Richard Pohl
Photo by Petr Kurecka

Richard Pohl
 
Experienced vocal accompanist and chamber player, holder of several prizes on piano accompaniment.
 
To find information about Richard Pohl, please visit the artist's official website www.richardpohl.net.
 

Duo Skarka-Pohl with famous tenor Peter Dvorsky
Duo Skarka-Pohl with the famous tenor Peter Dvorsky

Moravian Autumn 2004
International Music Festival
Moravian Autumn 2004

Czech Music 2004

Celebrating numerous anniversaries of famous Czech musicians, the whole country prepared a great number of concert events and festivals. The 39th International Music Festival Moravian Autumn chose the most famous personalities of Czech: Janacek and Dvorak. The motto of this event is: "Terra, unde orimur" (The land we came from) and some of the many guests are Wiener Philharominker (Harnoncourt), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Belohlavek), Misha Maisky and many others, including Duo Skarka - Pohl.

Duo Skarka-Pohl in Modrice

Repertoire

Dvorak:
Biblical Songs
Gypsy Melodies
Arias

Janacek:
Folk Ballades
Moravian Folk Poetry

Haas:
Four Songs
on Chinese Poetry

Martinu:
Selected songs

Sommer:
Souvrat

Duparc, Boulanger,
Fauré, Debussy, Ravel:
Selected songs

Mendelssohn:
Songs
Arias

Schubert:
Winterreise
Selected songs
 
Schumann, Brahms, Wolff:
Songs
 
Mahler:
Des Knabes Wunderhorn

Mozart:
Selected songs and arias
 
Dittersdorf:
Der Doktor und der Apotheker
(excerpts
 
Smetana:
The Bartered Bride
(excerpts)
The Evening Songs
 
Tosti:
Songs
 
Tchaikovsky:
Romances
 
Bach:
Selected works

Handel:
Selected works

Rachmaninov:
Songs
Arias

Verdi:
Arias
 
Donizetti:
Songs and Arias

Wagner:
Arias

Puccini:
Arias

Further repertoire avalilable upon request.

Josef Skarka
Photo by Petr Kurecka