The oboist Vilém Veverka (born in 1978 in Prague) is one of the most
acclaimed Czech musicians. He studied at the Prague Conservatory (with F. X.
Thuri), the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (with Liběna Séquardtová)
and attended several master classes given by the renowned French oboist
Jean-Louis Capezzali. His artistic development was significantly influenced by
his being a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester and his subsequent
study with the prominent German oboist Dominik Wollenweber at the Hochschule
für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. A major role in Veverka’s professional
development was also played by the two years spent with the Berliner
Philharmoniker (as a stipendiary of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation).
Furthermore, he was inspired by the top-notch oboists Albrecht Mayer, Hansjörg
Schellenberger, Maurice Bourgue and Heinz Holliger. In 2003, he won the
prestigious International Oboe Competition of Japan (Sony Music Foundation,
Tokyo). As a soloist, Veverka has drawn attention by performing contemporary
music, yet his repertoire encompasses works ranging from Baroque to present-day
music. He has collaborated with leading Czech and foreign orchestras, primarily
the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio
Symphony Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra, the Bayerisches Kammerorchester, the Münchener
Kammerorchester, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Krakow Philharmonic, etc. Veverka
has recorded and performed in Czech premiere a number of demanding pieces dating
from the second half of the 20th century (by L. Berio, B. Britten, E. Carter, W.
Rihm, I. Yun, B. A. Zimmermann), including concertos by Bohuslav Martinů and
Marek Kopelent (A Few Minutes with an Oboist). Bearing witness to his
versatility is the first Czech complete recording of Georg Philipp
Telemann’s Twelve Fantasias (Supraphon) and the first performance of all Jan
Dismas Zelenka’s Trio Sonatas, with the Ensemble Berlin-Prag, which he
founded in 2011 together with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Vilém
Veverka is a soloist of the Brno Philharmonic and an ambassador of
France’s Buffet Crampon. In 2014 he was an Artist in Residence at
Germany’s Mitte Europa festival.