milan1facebookMilan Vitek has been professor of violin at Oberlin College Conservatory since 2001, and is Professor Emeritus at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark. He was a professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen from 1974 to 2001, and a guest professor at the Music Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 1992 to 2001. Before moving to Denmark in 1968, Prof. Vítek was a founding member, concert master and soloist with the Prague Chamber Soloists, and a member of the Czech Nonet and the piano trio Pro Camera. In Denmark, he was alternate concert master with the Danish Royal Orchestra. Following two years as a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, Milan Vitek returned to Denmark in 1974 to become Professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy. During this time, he co-founded the Trio Pro Arte, which made acclaimed recordings of the complete Brahms trios and trios by Smetana and Mendelssohn for the BIS label. Prof. Vitek is much in demand as a teacher at master classes such as Aldeburgh (England), Keshet Eilon (Israel), Yokosuka Festival (Japan) a Yuriko Kuronuma Academy (Mexico City), Weikersheim (Germany) and Savonlinna (Finland). He has adjudicated international violin competitions in Denmark - where he was a Chair of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competion - Germany, Japan, Estonia, Italy, Switzerland and USA. His students are winners and laureates of among others the Carl Nielsen, J. Kocian, Heino Eller, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Washington International, Yehudi Menuhin International, the Jean Sibelius Violin Competitions, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Milan Vitek Oberlin Conservatory Faculty Profile

Interview with Milan Vitek

JulieJulie Eskaer is currently 1st. concertmaster of the Danish Chamber Orchestra and has performed as a soloist with several orchestras in Denmark and abroad.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Eskar has been playing in many different major festivals around the world such as Prussia Cove (England), Horten (Norway), Norfolk, USA, Incontri in Terra di Siena, BIMF (Italy), Tivoli (Denmark), etc. performing aside musicians such as Boris Berman, Jeremy Denk, Clive Greensmith, Thomas Demenga, Ralph Kirsbaum, Michael Kannen, Antonio Lysy, Alberto Lysy, Vilde Frang, Ani Kavafian, Ettore Causa, etc.

Julie Eskar is a founding member of the Eskar Trio, an international award-winning ensemble. The Trio has established a reputation for itself as one of the leading ensembles on the Danish chamber music stage and has also enjoyed great success in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Portugal, Japan, China and the Netherlands. The Trio has released several critically acclaimed CDs including the complete Brahms piano trios and works by Ravel and Chausson that was awarded as “Best CD of the Month” in The Strad. The Eskar Trio’s second CD featuring never-before recorded Danish Romantic piano trios was awarded ‘Best Chamber Music Recording’ and ‘Best Classical Recording of the Year’ by the Danish Radio Music Awards.

Beside from being a member of The Eskaer Trio, Julie is a founding member of Arabella String Quartet. The quartet’s debut CD, titled “In the Moment” was released by Naxos Records in 2017 and received glowing reviews. Furthermore the quartet will release their second CD on Naxos in the spring of 2022, featuring works of Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Ms. Eskar studied under Professor Milan Vitek at the Danish Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and with Professor Gerhard Schultz at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. She has also worked under the guidance of Alberto Lysy, Ana Chumachenco, Christian Tetzlaff and Ivry Gitlis.

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