Czech pianist Jan Bartoš is described by the international press as a “one of the best European pianists" and "an emotional and sophisticated interpreter." As SUPRAPHON exclusive artist, all of his albums have earned international acclaim from critics at Gramophone, Diapason, BBC Music Magazine, The Sunday Times, American Record Guide, and many others. His Janáček album was selected in the Gramophone Editor's Choice: „Jan Bartoš draws you closely into Janáček’s compelling sound world, music both exposed and somehow personal, lines and details delivered from the very beginning with imagination and deep thought.“
The album was also selected among 10 Classical Albums To Usher In The Next Decade by National Public Radio (USA). His Beethoven double album received ***** 5-star review in BBC Music Magazine: "Everything in this recording is outstanding... The Arietta of Op. 111 is here gorgeous beyond words...".
During the next two seasons, he will be Prague Chamber Orchestra Artist-in-residence. This will also include performances of The Complete Five Piano Concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven. Other appearances include the solo recital
at the Rudolf Firkušný Piano Festival (with Evgeny Kissin, Marc-Andre Hamelin, and Beatrice Rana), and complete Janáček's piano works at the International Festival Janáček Brno. Jan Bartoš has given concerts at prominent venues throughout Europe, in Asia and the USA (including Carnegie Hall). He made his New York debut in 2009 playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Manhattan Philharmonia.
The late Jiří Bělohlávek was a keen supporter of Jan Bartoš and regularly appeared together in concerts with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Philharmonia. Together with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Bartoš recorded Mozart Piano Concertos. The Times wrote: "These live recordings come with Alfred Brendel's endorsement. The late Bělohlávek and his superb orchestra revel in Mozart's dark, dramatic harmonies, recalling Don Giovanni, while the soloist's crisp articulation and singing legato are never far from the spirit of the composer's sunnier comedies.". Other conductors, he works with include Jakub Hrůša, Kristjan Järvi, and many others.
He is the winner of three competitions in New York - 2009 Mieczyslaw Munz, 2008 Zaslavsky-Koch, and 2004, Peter S. Reed - as well as the Rotary Musikförderpreis in Nuremberg and the Concertino Praga in the Czech Republic. Moreover, he has received the prestigious accolades and scholarships from the Czech Ministry of Culture, the Rucorva Trust Award in the Netherlands and the Schimmel Prize
Jan Bartoš was the last pupil of the legendary pianist Ivan Moravec. Following his studies in the Czech Republic, with Martin Ballý and Miroslav Langer, he continued to hone his artistry abroad, under the guidance of Zenon Fishbein, James Tocco, and
Leon Fleisher. In recent years he has been mentored by Alfred Brendel. He studied chamber music
with Juilliard String Quartet's Robert Mann
and Emerson String Quartet's Lawrence Dutton.
He has a Professional Studies Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and
a doctorate from the Academy of Performing Arts
Jan Bartoš is the Founder and Director of the Prague Music Performance, an innovative festival
and institution, which combines concerts with master classes, lectures and residencies.
In 2019, he became the Artistic Director of the American Spring Festival in the Czech Republic.
Jan Bartoš is one of my most impressive and interesting younger colleagues. In him, virtuosity is coupled with deeply serious musicianship.
Jan Bartoš is a very rare type of a musician, a real personality.
Jan Bartoš is an extremely talented artist, who has proven his qualities on numerous occasions.
Jan Bartoš has always shown a wonderful talent combined with an admirable approach towards any artistic task chosen by or given to, him. His interpretations always represent a unique marriage of heart and brain and are very touching.