The Czech Philharmonic, in Prague, Czech Republic has this week announced that Concertmaster, VC Artist Josef Špaček will step down from the role - effective from the end of the 2019-2020 season.
Josef, who was appointed to the Concertmaster position in 2011, aged just 24, has indicated he will leave the ensemble to focus on his solo career.
VC ARTIST JOSEF SPACEK | RAVEL | TZIGANE | JIRI BELOHLAVEK & CZECH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | 2014
"Josef came to the Philharmonic at the time of its fundamental transformation and has become the face and soul of the orchestra for the past nine years ..." Philharmonic General Manager David Mareček has this week said.
"His artistic achievements and personal commitment have been exceptional and we've been very lucky to have had such a world class Concertmaster ... his decision to focus on a solo career is the right step forward for him - and we support him and wish him the best," he has said.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Ida Kavafian, Jaime Laredo and Itzhak Perlman, Josef is a former major prize winner at the Michael Hill, Kocian, Queen Elisabeth and Carl Nielsen International Violin Competitions.
He is represented for worldwide general management by Nymus Artists.