Tomáš Františ

Tomáš Františ, born in 1975, studied at the Brno Conservatory (under the tutelage of Jiří Nykodým) and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (with Jiří Seidl and František Herman). In 1993 he became a bassoonist of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1994 of the newly established Prague Philharmonia. He has won several competitions (Kroměříž, 1994; Chomutov, 1995; Olomouc, 2000) and is a laureate of the 2002 Prague Spring International Competition. As a member of the bassoon quartet Fagotti Brunenses he won second prize at the International Bassoon Ensemble Competition in Potsdam in 1995.

He has given Czech premieres of bassoon concertos by the French composers André Jolivet (1999) and Jean Françaix (2000) and the Czech creators Zdeněk Lukáš (2000) and Martin Hybler (2008). As a soloist he has performed with renowned Czech orchestras, including the Prague Philharmonia, Brno, Pardubice and Plzeň Philharmonics. He is a founding member of the Prague Modern ensemble and a founder of the Haná International Music Festival.

Between 2003 and 2007, he taught at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. Tomáš Františ has been regularly invited to the Prague – Vienna – Budapest Summer Music Academy in Semmering, Austria. Since 2007 he has worked at the Prague Conservatory. He has been a member of the Czech Philharmonic since 2013.