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Prof. Jan Thuri

Member of the Jury
Oboe / Prague State Conservatory

A leading Czech oboist Jan Thuri was born into a family of musician in Praha in 1975. He came into a contact with art an early age through playing the violin and piano. He has been playing oboe since the age of thirteen. When he graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of his father Frantisek Xaver Thuri, he crowned his studies at the Utrecht College of Music with Ernest Rombout and at the Ostrava University with Dusan Foltyn.

He also took part in a few excellent courses with Jean-Louis Capezzali, Mourice Bourgue, Han de Vries, Jérome Guichard and Jacques Tys. During his studies he won many awards in international competitions (Czech Republic,France, Great Britain, Japan). Jan Thuri is a sought-after solo and chamber music player. He co-operates with the foremost local and foreign orchestras.

As a soloist Jan Thuri has played in virtually all the countries of Europe, in the USA, Japan and Korea. He records for the radio stations Czech Radio, Radio France and the British BBC where he recorded the Richard Strauss oboe concerto in D-Major in live broadcast.

In 2002 he founded the chamber orchestra “Thuri Ensemble” and he plays actively with them at home and abroad. Besides that he is a member of several chamber orchestras, primarily ensembles specialising in the baroque style music and he is also a member of wind trio “Trio DuBois”. In the exceptionally rich repertoire of Jan Thuri there are compositions of all styles and periods including contemporary and also avant-garde ones. The artist is often sought-after for the premiere interpretation of compositions of famous Czech and foreign contemporary composers.

Jan Thuri has made a number of outstanding recordings for EMI, Virgo and Thuri Records. One of the most important pieces of work of Jan Thuri in the recent period of time is a collected recording of his father’s concertos for oboe and orchestra. Since 2004 Jan Thuri has held oboe and chamber music classes at the Prague State Conservatory and gives master-classes in Europe and Asia (Japan, Korea). Jan Thuri is often invited to sit on the juries for international competitions (Chieri, Wroclaw, Prague). Jan Thuri is an official oboe player for the Marigaux-Paris company.

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