Jiri Kollert – pianist

portrait of Jiří Kollert

Graduated from Prague Conservatoire and from Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he studied also in Paris with excellent Eugen Indjic and with Germaine Mounier †, professor at Conservatoire National Superieure de Paris. He worked moreover with great professors as The Juilliard School’s Jerome Lowenthal and other outstanding artists.

Jiří Kollert gives concerts all over the Europe and often also in Japan. Extended is his collaboration with leading conductors as Jiří Bělohlávek, Leoš Svárovský, Jakub Hrůša, Serge Baudo, Sachio Fujioka. He performed with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Slovak Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic and others. He was invited to perform at international festivals as Prague Spring, Martinu, Yokohama International Piano Concert, EXPO 2005 in Aichi etc.

He has been soon recognized as an excellent performer of Czech music by Japanese company Octavia Records. At first was released an album with Bohuslav Martinů’s piano works followed with Josef Suk’s compositions CD. The same time he edited album of Suk’s piano works for Zen-on publishing house. In “Mozart year” 2006 he participated at numerous projects e.g. recording of CD with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and a number of concertos and recitals.

Jiří made a set of recordings with Czech music for Japanese TV NHK. The program called “PianoPia” introduced beauties of piano music performed by world’s pianists. Extraordinary success was including Kollert’s performances to selection of “Pianopia” programs released on its DVD by Sony Music International.

Next to concert career he is also often invited to give masterclasses and to serve in piano competitions’ jury.