Founded in 2001 by pianist Markéta Janáčková, the JANÁČEK TRIO made its first public appearance in the same year. Since then the Trio has represented Czech music in successful concert performances both at home and abroad. The Trio is composed of violinist
Irena Herajnova (Czech Philharmonic 1st assistant concertmaster), cellist
Jan Keller (Czech Philharmonic member), and
Marketa Janackova - pianist. The Trio assumed the name of the famous Czech composer in 2005 with the agreement of the Leoš Janáček Foundation.
The Janáček Trio´s most prestigious performances include the following:
their concert as part of the “Concerts autour de Janáček” in the Opera National-Studio Bastille in Paris; a concert of the Fundación Juan March in Madrid where the Trio was invited as the only Czech ensemble to perform for the conclusion of a Czech Music series; the Trio´s appearances in the Prague Premieres series held by the Czech Philharmonic in the Rudolfinum Concert Hall Prague; a concert in the Suk Hall of the Rudolfinum as part of the Czech Chamber Music Society playing the Czech premiere of The Piano Trio by Alfred Schnittke; participation in the Janáček´s May festival, in the Nocturnos of Třeboň festival, the Ludwig van Beethoven´s Festival, to name but a few.
The Janáček Trio has also been presented at the MIDEM Music Fair in Cannes, France, where it appeared in the Talent Only series; the Trio made concert tours in Canada, Germany, and Denmark. With the support of the Alianz Insurance Company, the Leoš Janáček Foundation and the Artist´s Life Foundation, the Janáček Trio held a series of chamber music concerts in Prague´s St Lawrence Church, a traditional Prague Spring venue, where it performed complete works for violin, cello and piano by Leoš Janáček.
The Trio´s repertoire is wide, spanning from Baroque Music to the 21st century, focussing on the works by Czech composers, and also premiering contemporary Czech music. Thus in February 2007 the Trio premiered Trio Boemo by Zdeněk Lukáš in the Opera National, Paris, and in 2008 new compositions were dedicated to the Trio, written by Jiří Gemrot, Ivo Bláha and Milan Slavický respectively.
The Janáček Trio makes frequent recordings for the Czech Radio, and has cooperated with such orchestral bodies as the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc (at the Music Olomouc Festival). With the support of the Alianz Insurance Company, in 2006 the Trio made their first CD of the works of Antonín Dvořák, Josef Suk and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This successful disk paved the way to another recording, this time a CD of Alfred Schnittke´s chamber works for Praga Digitals (French label of Harmonia Mundi stores) which was made to mark the tenth anniversary of the composer´s death. This CD has received high critical acclaim in prestigious international music magazines such as Diapason, Ensemble, Strad, Opus Haute Definition, as well as in local ones, such as Hudební rozhledy, and in the Czech Radio programme called Rondo. The Trio´s most recent CD is a digital recording of complete piano trios by the Czech composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster which was released under the Supraphon label in 2012 to positive critical acclaim.
In 2014 the Janáček Trio will appear in a concert of the Prague Spring Festival and also one which marks the 120th anniversary of the foundation of the Czech Chamber Music Society. The latter event will take place in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague.