The brilliant Czech pianist has music in his genes. He is receiving awards all over the world

“My mother, who is a teacher at the conservatory, brought me to the piano. That connection with music was already there from childhood,” says Jan Schulmeister about his musical beginnings. Music is in his blood, his father is a concert violinist, a founding member of the Wihan Quartet, with whom he performs all over the world.

“Music has accompanied our family for six generations. One of my ancestors was a bandleader, another founded a music school in Olomouc. My grandmother was a solo singer and my grandfather was a violinist and professor at the conservatory. Music has accompanied our family for six generations,” he explains. It is also interesting that the friend of his great-ancestor František Černý was the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, with whom he studied music with Antonín Liehmann.

Photo: Archive of Jan Schulmeister

Pianist Jana Schulmeister during the performance

Although his mother is a piano teacher herself, his parents enrolled him in an elementary art school in Kroměříž, where he studied BcA. Eva Zonová.

“Eva is my former classmate, we know each other well, so I knew that Honzík would be in good hands,” adds the gifted pianist’s mother, Martina Schumeisterová, according to whom her son’s success is based not only on the talent he inherited, but also on a great teacher, a huge diligence and a good family background.

He trains five to six hours a day

“I used to train for about an hour a day. Today, when I’m playing professionally, I spend five to six hours at the piano every day. But I never felt like I was missing out on anything because of it. I perceived the piano as my own toy,” adds Jan, whose piano skills have been recognized by judges at prestigious competitions in Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Estonia, Luxembourg and the USA.

He knew from an early age that he would devote himself to music in the future. He therefore welcomed the opportunity to participate in the MenArt scholarship art program for gifted children, where he could further develop his skills under the supervision of professional pianist and music teacher Ivo Kahánek.

Photo: archive of Jan Schulmeister

The young pianist admits that he would like to make a living from music one day

“Our lecturer was kind, but at the same time also strict, which I appreciate. Every meeting was very inspiring for me, Mr. Kahánek helped me clarify some technical aspects of the game and gave me a new perspective on how to interpret music,” adds Jan.

Thanks to the program, together with other participants, he was also able to play smaller concerts at the prestigious Czech festivals Prague Spring and Smetanova Litomyšl.

“Honza is very talented. He is doing well in the field, it is already known about him. I believe we will hear from him again. We wish him that his passion for music lasts,” adds Dana Syrová, founder and director of the MenArt Academy.

He prefers serious music

Today, Jan often performs not only on Czech, but also on foreign stages, he cooperates with important Czech orchestras, such as the Brno Philharmonic or the Symphony Orchestra of the Czech Radio and others. He already has 3 solo CDs with recordings of well-known classical music pieces.

I also had a period when I enjoyed composing new melodies. I created my first composition when I was about 11 years old. Today, however, I think that my greatest potential is in the interpretation of classical music, which I like the most. My favorite composers are Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludvig van Beethoven or Franz Schubert,” explains Jan, who is now preparing for the second year of the conservatory in Kroměříž.

The article is in Czech

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