Smetana Trio

The Smetana Trio, founded in the year 1934 by the legendary Czech pianist Josef Páleníček, is today one of the foremost Czech ensembles. In 2024 the Smetana Trio celebrates 90th jubilee of its foundation. It can be seen frequently on leading concert stages both in the Czech Republic (Prague Spring, Janáček´s May, Moravian Autumn, Concentus moraviae, Malá Strana Chamber Festivities, Lipa Musica) and abroad (France, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Benelux, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Japan, Brazil, USA, Canada, South America, South Korea, Egypt).

The Smetana Trio works with leading conductors – i. a. Jiří Bělohlávek, Libor Pešek, Serge Baudo, John Axelrod, Michael Boder, Tomáš Hanus, Stanislav Vavřínek – and Czech and foreign orchestras, including, for example the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana Lugano, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, the ONPL Orchestra Nantes, the Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice, the Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc.

The Smetana Trio has made a number of recordings for Czech and international labels and has recorded regularly for Supraphon since 2000. This cooperation has brought a number of prestigious awards both at home and abroad.

The Smetana Trio performed many times on international and home stages in last times – incl. in England – incl. regularly prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, in Italy, Germany, in the USA – last time in 12 cities for example on renowned stages in Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, in Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and South America. In the Czech Republic on the Prague Spring Festival, the Lipa Musica and Prague Proms, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Series in Prague Rudolfinum. The Wigmore Hall, one of the most prestigious concert house in the world, has chosen the Smetana Trio as the residential ensemble for the season 2024/25. The Czech Music Year 2024 means for the Smetana Trio a great jubilee of Bedrich Smetana, Antonin Dvorak, Josef Suk, Leos Janacek a.o. and also the founder of the Smetana Trio pianist and composer Josef Páleníček (born 1914) and the Smetana trio itself (founded 1934).