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,
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).
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.
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.
Photo by Petr Kurecka
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 the famous tenor Peter Dvorsky
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.