Jan Valta (b. 1977) is a Czech composer and conductor. He is a graduate of the Teplice Conservatoire where he studied with Professor Jiřina Dlouhá. He is also a graduate from the faculty of music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, studying with Professor Jindřich Pazdera. At the age of nineteen he became a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for two seasons.He is the second violinist and founder member of the Herold Quartet which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2009. One of the foremost string quartets from the Czech Republic, the ensemble has undertaken concert tours in Europe including Wigmore Hall in London, Sendesaal in Frankfurt, l'Auditori in Barcelona and in Palau di Musica in Valencia. The Herold Quartet has also performed in Japan, Australia, Brazil and Hawaii. In 2001 the Herold Quartet was awarded the prestigious Czech Chamber Music Society Prize. The Quartet has recorded three CDs. It has also undertaken recordings for Czech Radio, ABC Classic FM Sydney, Hessischer Rundfunk and for Supraphon.As a soloist, Jan Valta performed in Austria, Germany, France, Slovakia, Spain and Japan. Together with his father he recorded a programme of works by A. Dvořák and B. Smetana for violin and piano. Since 2006, he has been a violin professor at the Teplice Conservatoire. He is the artistic leader of the Herold Chamber Orchestra and of the ensemble Ecce Harmonia in Teplice. Jan Valta has created arrangements and orchestrations for ensembles of various sizes and genres including chamber and wind ensembles, big bands and symphony orchestras. His transcriptions and arrangements have been performed in the Czech Republic as well as in Luxembourg, France and Spain.As a composer he enjoys creating artistic relationships with performers, especially the Czech cellist Christopher Lecian for whom he wrote "Zodiac 13" - a concert-length cycle for cello and piano in 2008. He wrote his Sinfonia Concertante "Fulcanelli" in 2009. As well as performing and composing, Jan Valta is also a conductor and musical director. He is an experienced music and recording editor.
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