František Bláha

Instrument
clarinet

In Czech Philharmonic
since March 1985

He first started playing the piano in the local music school in South Bohemian village Volyně and aged 12 began playing the clarinet with Bedřich Zákostelecký. He continued at the Plzeň Conservatory with František Vacovský and he was awarded the laureate title at the international radio competition Concertino Praga 1971 as his student. In 1972 and 1973, he won the Dušek’s Bertramka competition in Prague. After leaving the conservatory, he was enrolled at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 1974 and studied the clarinet with Vladimír Říha and Milan Etlík. He took part in a number of interpretation competitions during his studies and among his successes is the 1st prize at the interpretation competition in Chomutov (Czech Republic) in 1975 and 1977. He values most the 1st prize and the laureate award from the Prague Spring competition 1977 and the award of the National Committee of the City of Prague for the overall winner of the competition. After graduation, he became the principal clarinettist of the Prague Symphony Orchestra between 1980 and 1985.

He has performed in many concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, having collaborated with Panocha, Pražák and Stamic Quartet. Some of his recordings were chosen for the radio exhibition OIRT in the early 1980s.