Festival Lille Clef de Soleil

Frantisek Vanicek

After graduation from Pardubice´s Conservatoire (J. Rafaja) and Prague´s Academy of Arts (J. Hora), has acquired further skills abroad on the Utrecht´s Academy of Art. The most precious recognition of his mastership (2nd award) went from the jury of A. Schweitzer´s International Organ Competition in Deventer, Holland, in 1991. In the same year, he obtained the prestigious Premier prix – award from the Czech Musical Fund for his representation abroad. Starting from 1989, he gave some 500 full-length soloist-based organ concerts, mainly abroad (e. g. Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway etc.), though preponderantly in Holland, where he fulfilled also a humanitarian message at gathering for the victims of floods in 1997. Both audience and critique are known to appreciate highly his “famous and admirable way of play” (De orgelvriend, 1991), of an “eminent artist” (Corriere di Torino, 1994), or “fascinating playing organ” (Frankfurter Neue Presse, 1999). Starting from 1995, he teaches the art of organ at Hradec Králové´s University.