Sara Medkova, born Zalcikova

laureate of international competitions

is one of the most talented pianists of the upcoming generation. She has been playing the piano since 5 years of age. After graduating in piano at the conservatory, she moved on to graduate in composition at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno under the leadership of I. Medek. In 2012 she has received her master degree of piano at the Academy of Music in Prague where she studied with P. Toperczer and I. Kahánek. As the Erasmus student she spent one year at the University of Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden with A. Zenzipér.

She was awarded many prizes from both national and international competitions. In the years 2009 and 2011, she received the presitgious stipendums of the Czech Music Fund and a grant from the Ministry of Culture. In 2012 she was asked by Rubinstein Piano Competition to compose an obligatory composition and in the same year she was awarded by the Czech Authors´ Organization as the best young Czech composer. She is a much-sought performer of contemporary music too. Her performances have taken place across the stages of Italy, France, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Great Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia, Egypt, Uganda, Texas, Slovakia, China, USA and the Czech Republic. Her own compositions have been performed in a number of European countries as well as the US. She attended international masterclasses under the leadership of E. Virsaladze, A. Gavrilov, A. Kouyoumdjian, I. Rosar, J. Polack, D. Vandewalle, P. Jasmin, F. Lagarde, M. Primachenko-Moussu, I. Klánský and others.

She regularly performs as a soloist with noteworthy orchestras of both Czech and international acclaim (Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic in Olomouc, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, Academic Chamber Soloists, Brno Contemporary Orchestra, Moscow Contemporary Ensemble, Janacek Academic Orchestra and others under conductors such as A. Vinogradov, M. Tworek, P. Vronský, P. Hanus, L. Svárovský, J. Klecker, P. Šnajdr, A. Kománek, L. Pohůnek and others). In 2009 and 2010 she initiated a unique project of triple concertos for three pianos by J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart and her own triple concerto “Di Ritorno” in cooperation with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague’s Academic Chamber Soloists.

She cooperates with top soloists and ensembles from all over the world.