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Kvapil Radoslav


Radoslav Kvapil was born in Brno, Moravia and was taught privately from his childhood by Dr. Ludvik Kundera, Janáček´s successor and Director of the Brno Academy. He later became a graduate at the Academy under the guidance of Dr. Kundera.

In 1967-69, R. Kvapil recorded Antonín Dvorák's complete piano works (Supraphon) for the first time in history. The complete piano works by Leos Janácek (Panton), and the complete piano works by J.H. Vorísek (Supraphon) followed in 1975. A second complete recording of L. Janáček's piano works followed in 1989 (ADDA/Paris), and in 1990, the first two volumes of Bohuslav Martinu's complete piano works were released (ADDA/Paris).


Between 1993 and 1996, Unicorn - Kanchana Records (London) released eight volumes of Radoslav Kvapil's comprehensive Anthology of Czech Piano Music containing works by A. Dvorák, B. Smetana, B. Martinu, J.H. Vorisek, Z. Fibich, L. Janáček and J. Suk.


He recorded a CD containing piano and chamber music works by V.Novak for ASV (London), piano works by F.Schubert for Paradisum London and a CD containing F.Chopin's complete Etudes, In 1998, he also recorded two CDs on Dvorak's 1879 Bösendorfer piano, containing the piano works by A.Dvorak, of which Volume 1 was released by Accord (Paris) In 2000, he recorded a further CD in the United States for Farley´s House of Pianos, containing major works by F. Chopin. In 2002, he recorded the last three Piano Sonatas by V. Ullmann, which was released by Praga Digitals (Paris), in Autumn 2002. In 2002, he recorded all V. Ullmann's Piano Sonatas for Czech Radio. He has made frequent live broadcasts for numerous international television and radio stations.


Radoslav Kvapil has performed in major concert halls throughout the world, in 47 countries and in 26 States in USA. He has given concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre (London), Carnegie Recital Hall (New York) the Théatre des Champs-Elysées, the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Concert Hall of The Seoul Arts Center the Henry Crown Symphony Hall (Jerusalem), the Rudolfinum and the Smetana Hall(Prague)...


He is the Chairman of the International Dvořák Society.


In 2002, the French Ministry of Culture awarded him the title of "Chevalier dans l´Ordre des Arts et des Lettres."