The violinist Miroslav Vilímec has a successful career as an orchestral player and as a soloist. He was born in Klatovy (1958), Czech Republic and started playing violin with his mother Ilona Vilímcová, the prominent violin teacher and soloist. While still studying with her, Miroslav Vilímec won the final round of a nationwide music school competition and also an audition for the Musical Academy in Prague. Miroslav Vilímec graduated from there in the class of the outstanding Czech violinist Václav Snítil, who studied with Jaroslav Kocian, the pupil of Otakar Ševčík. Straight after graduating, Miroslav Vilímec became a member of the first violin section of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Then in 1992 he was appointed concert master of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has made many solo appearances, including performances with almost all of the Czech symphonic orchestras. The most prestigious is his regular co-operation with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, for example, the Symphony Espagnole by E. Lalo, the Concerto by Saint-Saens, Fantasy by Suk and many other pieces.
There was a fantastic response to his performance of the original three-movement version of the D major violin concerto by Paganini as well as the Concerto No. 4 B flat major by Jan Kubelík - both conducted by Václav Neumann, who was at that time the chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. The performance of the Kubelík´s concerto (in the presence of the famous conductor Rafael Kubelik) was broadcast by Czech and Japanese TV companies. With the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra he also recorded for the Panton label the Concerto by the Czech composer Vilém Petrželka. Recently (2012), he was the guest soloist for the Slovak Philharmonic and in Germany he often appears as a soloist for the Symphony Prague orchestra. Miroslav Vilímec is also artistic leader of chamber orchestra Harmony Prague, which presents a series of concerts in Prague.
Miroslav Vilímec likes to focus on unknown or rarely performed pieces. He has made significant radio recordings, for example, the Fantasy for violin and piano by the Czech composer of the romantic period Josef Klička or the Violin concerto by Franz Drdla with the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Prague. Most interestingly, he has recorded all (14) violin concertos by the up to now unknown French composer Joseph Boulogne - Chevalier de Saint George, which were recorded with the Pilsen Philharmonic for the Swiss label Avenira. Miroslav Vilímec includes in his repertoire the Violin concerto by the Czech composer Viktor Kalabis (1923-2006), which he performed with the Czech Radio Orchestra (chief conductor Vladimír Válek) and in co-operation with the Prague Symphony Orchestra with its chief conductor, Stanislav Vavřínek (in 2012).
In addition to his orchestral collaborations, Miroslav Vilímec very often performs chamber music with his brother the pianist Vladislav Vilímec. Their performance together in the subscription cycle in the Rudolfinum in 2003 resulted in a live CD recording of French and Spanish music. Both brothers are systematically going through all the pieces by the famous Czech violinist Jan Kubelík. For example, in 2010 they performed at the recital in the Rudolfinum to commemorate 130 years since his birth - under the patronage of the Czech Philharmonic. They played the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Jan Kubelík. On other occasions they have performed concertos No. 2. 4 and 5 by Jan Kubelík.
Miroslav has played with some very gifted piano accompanists. He often performs with Mr. Alfréd Holeček, who was the last accompanist of Jan Kubelík, and also with the famous conductor Rafael Kubelík as pianist. With both of them he performed in a special TV project focusing on Jan Kubelík. Miroslav Vilímec has recently devoted himself to other combinations of instruments - for example, with the accordeon player Jarmila Vlachová, with the harpist Jana Boušková or in his family ensemble Tre Violini (with his wife, professor of the Prague Conservatory Jitka Nováková and their son Libor Vilímec who studies with Pavel Hůla and Ivan Ženatý and at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden.).
Miroslav Vilímec is also active in many other music events. He founded the Jan Kubelík Society. As its chairman he is doing his best to maintain the heritage of famous Czech violinists of the past, for example by producing their historical recordings. Among his other activities, he is the promoter of the festival of Music in the Synagogues of the Pilsen Region.
Miroslav Vilímec also teaches at many master classes, including the International Music Academy in Pilsen. He is also a composer, particularly for the violin. He has written many compositions for solo violin including 24 Caprices, inspired by N.Paganini; Bachaniniana in honour of J.S.Bach and N.Paganini; Suite in G minor.
Miroslav Vilímec plays instruments made by Nicolas Lupot (1810) and Otakar František Špidlen (1920).
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