In 2002 he won the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Portschach, Austria. He had already won prizes at many important competitions in his homeland and abroad – 1st prize at the F. Chopin International Competition in Mariánské Lázně, 1st prize at a competition held by the Academy of Performing Arts (Yamaha Scholarship), and 2nd prize at the Gaillard International Competition in France. In New York he won a prize from the musical society Salon de Virtuosi.
Miroslav Sekera began playing piano at the age of three, when the outstanding teacher Prof. Zdena Janžurová discovered his extraordinary talent. At the same time, he also began studying violin. He devoted himself to both instruments until his admission to the Prague Conservatoire, where he decided in favour of the piano. He was accepted into the studio of Prof. Eva Boguniová. Throughout his studies, he also frequented the class of Prof. Martin Ballý. He then furthered his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Miroslav Langer.
In 2006 he recorded a solo album of works by Johannes Brahms, Domenico Scarlatti, and Moritz Moszkovski. Miroslav Sekera stands out in his peers for his versatile approach to concert appearances and to daily musical practice. Becauseof his renown as a first-rate player of chamber music and in particular his ability to read and interpret difficult modern scores, he was asked by the American contemporary composer Joseph Summer to make the premiere recording of his works.
As a soloist and a performer of chamber music, Sekera has appeared on prestigious stages in Vienna (Konzerthaus, Musikverein), Washington (Kennedy Center), Tokyo (Opera City Concert Hall), and many other cities around the world.
He collaborates regularly with Czech Radio and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Among his regular artistic partners are the violinist Josef Špaček, with whom he has made CD recordings on the Supraphon label, the mezzo-soprano Dagmar Pecková, and the French horn player Radek Baborák. In 2016 he made his debut in the Dvořářák Hall at the Rudolfinum in the “Worldwide Piano Literature” series. In 2018 he appeared at the Rudolf Firkušný Piano Festival. In 2019 he gave concerts in Japan with the legendary cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and that same year he appeared as a soloist at the international music festival in Karuizawa, Japan, where he performed Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83.
Josef Špaček, Miroslav Sekera