Slávka Vernerová - Pěchočová
After studying in his early years with Prof. Martin Hršel, Slávka Vernerová Pěchočová studied piano at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts with Ivan Moravec from 1998 to 2003. Afterwards, in 2007 she completed her doctoral studies, focusing on the complete Janacek works. In 2002, she completed the graduate programme at the Royal College of Music in London. That same year, the National Czech television broadcasted a 40-minute documentary about her life, directed by Jan Mudra.
She won the Smetana International Piano Competition in 1996 and is a laureate of several other domestic and foreign competitions: Wrocław 1995, Missouri 1998, and Wales 2001. She played repeatedly for the Youth Podium Festival in Carlsbad and in 2004 was invited as soloist in Prague Spring Festival.
Vernerová – Pěchočová has played with various orchestras, from Czech Philharmonic to Gunma Japan Symphony Orchestra in Japan or Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In the summer of 2009 she was a guest soloist with the BBC’s Symphony Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London during the Proms Festival.
She released an all-Janáček album for PRAGA DIGITALS in 2010.
The pianist also pursues chamber music: she plays in The Spring Duo and Dvořák Piano Quartet and she is a sought-after partner for collaboration among leading instrumentalists and ensembles in the Czech music scene.