This week marked the 50th birthday of one of Czechia’s best-known violinists. Pavel Šporcl, often recognised for his signature head-scarf, has had a rich career filled with both domestic and international successes. He has performed with renowned singers and orchestras such as Karel Gott, Vojtěch Dyk, Ewa Farna, the Prague Philharmonic, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, or France’s Orchestre national.
Pavel Šporcl was born in the South Bohemian metropolis of České Budějovice on April 25, 1973. He took part in many competitions during his childhood and his teacher was the legendary Václav Snitl a highly accomplished soloist who was himself trained by preceding Czech violin great Jaroslav Kocian as well as the modernist composer Vítězslav Novák. Šporcl also studied in the United States, for example at Brooklyn College and the Juilliard School in New York.
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