Miroslav Vilímec

Instrument
violin

In Czech Philharmonic
od října 1982

Also plays in
Harmonia Praga
He first started playing the violin with his mother, violinist and teacher Ilona Vilímcová, and later graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in Professor Václav Snítil’s class. He joined the Czech Philharmonic straight after school and was the orchestra’s associate concertmaster and concertmaster during his career. He has played with most Czech orchestras, including performances with the Czech Philharmonic of Josef Suk’s Fantasy, Édouard Lalo’s Spanish Symphony and concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Camille Saint-Saëns, Vilém Petrželka among others. His interpretation of Paganini’s Concerto No. 1 in D Major and Kubelík’s Concerto No. 4 in B Major, which he also recorded with the Plzeň Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a soloist, he performs with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and is the artistic director of the Harmonia Praga Chamber Orchestra, which organises annual concert series “Style Evenings” at the New Town Hall in Prague. In 2018, he recorded Zdeněk Šesták’s concerto with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra for the Czech Radio. Most recently, he recorded 18th century violin concertos with Harmonia Praga.

He is the chair of Jan Kubelík Society, which looks after the memory of Jan Kubelík and other significant Czech violinists. He currently plays Nicolas Lupot violin from 1810.

He likes table tennis (he won the first ever table tennis cup Rudolfinum Open), tennis and chess (for the Sokol Kdyně team which competes in the Plzeň regional tournament).