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Martiník, Jan (bass)
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Jan Martiník (bass)

Born in the Czech Republic, bass Jan Martiník has won several prizes, including—in 2009—the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize.

For the past eight years, Jan has been a soloist of Berlin’s Staatsoper Under den Linden, the oldest opera house in Germany, singing in the roles of Brander (La damnation de Faust), Colline (La bohème), Eremit (Der Freischütz), Father Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Pistola (Falstaff), Sarastro (The Magic Flute), and many others. He has also worked with Komische Oper Berlin, Prague’s National Theatre, Vienna’s Volksoper and other opera houses.

A regular guest with the Czech Philharmonic, Jan has recently made appearances with the Bamberger Symphoniker, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and Staatskapelle Dresden, among others. He has sung under some of the world’s most prominent maestros, including Daniel Barenboim, Jiří Bělohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, and Sir Simon Rattle. Future plans include concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, both under Semyon Bychkov; Czech Philharmonic with Sir John Eliot Gardiner; NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra with Alan Gilbert; and with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich and Paavo Järvi.

Jan’s recording of Schubert’s Winterreise (on Supraphon) received a five-star review from Diapason, and his recording of Dvořák’s Biblical Songs with the Czech Philharmonic and Jiří Bělohlávek was released recently on the Decca label. He is also one of the soloists on the Czech Philharmonic’s recording of Martinů’s The Epic of Gilgamesh (released by Supraphon in 2017) and on Collegium 1704’s recording of Donizetti’s Messa da requiem.


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