Dora Hájková (*1996)
Dora Hájková, was born in 1996 to the family of non-musicians. However, starting in early age she developed her musical talent (member of "Bambini di Praga" children choir, dancing, playing recorder). At the age of six she chose cello as her instrument number one.
She started to study cello play with Hana Kočí, first at the Music school of Prague, than Prague Secondary Music school (GMHS) from where she graduated "magna cum laude" at 2015. Presently, is Dora a student of Hochschule für Music Detmold, in class of Xenia Jankovic and also a student of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, in class of Tomáš Strašil.
In September 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, 2nd prize at the Davide 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 attends regularly masterclasses with great cellists. She reguralery participates at ISA masterclasses in Austria, where she works with the cellists like Xenia Jankovic, Christoph Richter and Claudio Bohorquez. Other artists, who influenced her strongly where for example Alisa Weilerstein, Dmitry Kouzov, Emil Rovner, Ole Eirik Ree, Jerome Pernoo, Michal Kaňka, Michaela Fukačová, Jiří Bárta, Evžen Rattay and many others.
From early age she is also an active chamber music player, member of ARNYS TRIO PRAGUE. In 2014 she was a guest performer of Chamber music and Vocal Arts festival in Blacksburg, VA in USA - where she performed and studied chamber as well as solo play. She had a possibility to study and perform chamber music with artist as Shmuel Ashkenasi, David and Teresa Ehrlich, Nikola Djurica, Sharon Kam, Min-Sun Yang and others. She enjoys to perform a contemporary music (Ensemble Terrible) as well as old music. In summer 2017 she participated on the festival Bach for All, where she appeared on the Suites for solo cello night.
Since 2014 she is a scholarship holder of "Jiří Kout´s Foundation". She has been a member of European Union Youth Orchestra and the Orchestral Academy member of Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK. She is supported by "Nadace Život Umělce" foundation.
Since the 2018/19 season she became a member of the orchestral academy of the Czech Philharmonic.
She plays the czech instrument made by Miroslav Komár in 2012.