Dora Hájková (*1996)

Dora Hájková is young czech prominent cellist based in the city of Prague. Laureate of international competitions, soloist, chamber musician and recently  member of the Pilsen Philharmonic.

Dora started to study cello with Hana Kočí (Music school of Prague, Prague Secondary Music school (GMHS).  Up to date she is a master program student at the Academy of Performing arts in Prague. During her studies she also took part in two Erasmus exchange programs - Hochschule für Music Detmold, in prestigious class of prof. Xenia Jankovic and Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresdne in class of Emil Rovner.

In 2018 she became an Laureat of the Janáček international competition in Brno, Czech republic, she was awarded third prize and a prize "Opus Musicum" for the best czech interpreter in cello. 

She has won a several prizes in national as well as international competitions. From the latest Gustav Mahler Prize in Jihlava; 2nd prize at the David Popper International cello competition in Várpalota, Hungary; 2nd prize and special prize at the International Dotzauer cello competition in Dresden; "Talents for Europe" international competition for strings - Slovakia (1st prize), National competition of conservatories (2nd prize), FINALIST of the "Flame" competition in Paris.

As a soloist she debuted with Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK playing the Tchaikovsky´s Rokoko variations with Marek Šedivý conducting. With world renowned young violinist Josef Špaček she performed Vivaldi's Doubleconcerto for violin and cello in Dvorak hall of Rudolfinum in Prague. She recorded for austrian TV ÖRF accompanied by Webern Kammerphilharmonie and for Digital hall of the Czech Philharmonic she released a recording of Debussy cello sonata together with pianist David Marecek, director of the Czech philharmonic. In 2019 she made her debut in famous Goldensaal in Musikverein, Vienna with Bruno Walter symphony orchestra. 

She attends regularly masterclasses with great and truly  inspiring musicians. Amongst the ones who inspired her the most were for example Alisa Weilerstein, Reinhard Latzko Xenia Jankovic, Christoph Richter and Claudio Bohorquez. 

From early age she is also an active chamber music player. In age of 18 she was chosen as a guest performer of Chamber music and Vocal Arts festival in Blacksburg (VA, USA), where she performed and studied chamber music. She had a possibility to cooperate with artist as Shmuel Ashkenasi, David and Teresa Ehrlich, Nikola Djurica, Sharon Kam, Min-Sun Yang and others.
Her repertoire is variable and in addition to the standard repertoire she enjoys studying and performing new repertoire from the contemporary classical music composers. 

She was presented on festivals as Prague Classics, Pražské jaro, Young Prague and others. In summer 2017 she participated on the festival Bach for All, where she appeared on the Suites for solo cello night.

For two seasons she was a member of European Union Youth Orchestra and member of the orchestral academy of the Czech philharmonic. She is supported by "Nadace Život Umělce" foundation. 

She plays the italian cello by E.Cerutti from the National collection of the musical instruments.