Although he performs on a modern cello Jirí Bárta has always been interested in period instruments and interpretation. He also has a long history of advocating new music, and has premiered works written for him by leading Czech composers such as Petr Eben, Marek Kopelent, Petr Pokorný, Peter Graham and Pavel Zemek.
Jirí Bárta’s recordings include Dvorák’s two cello concertos (both the famous B minor and the first recording, in its original version for cello and piano, with Jan Cech, of the earlier A major); Bach’s Cello Suites; and a live recording of the cello concertos by Dmitri Shostakovich, conducted by Maxim Shostakovich. He also appears on a song-recital disc by Magdalena Kozená on DG, which won a Gramophone Award in 2004, and has made several discs with the Czech violinist Josef Suk.
Jirí comes from an artistic background, his father being a painter and architect, his mother a fine amateur pianist. He is an enthusiastic motorcyclist and enjoys cruising through the Alps. He is also an avid photographer, taking his camera with him on concert tours.
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|Cello Sonata in A major, Op 104 (Hummel)|
|Cello Sonata in E major, Op 121 (Moscheles)|
|Cello Sonata No 1 in D major, Op 18 (Rubinstein)|
|Cello Sonata No 2 in G major, Op 39 (Rubinstein)|
|Melodisch-contrapunktische Studien, Op 137 (Bach/Moscheles)|