Tomáš Jamník is a Czech cellist, residing in Berlin. A celebrated soloist, Tomáš won the top prize in the Prague Spring International Music Competition in 2006, as well as being awarded a number of special prizes, including the Czech Radio prize, Oleg Podgorny prize, Gideon Klein Foundation prize, Pro Harmonia Mundi Foundation prize and the Artist’s Life Foundation prize. He was also a finalist at the Pierre Fourniere Award 2011 in London.
Tomáš has performed extensively with top international orchestras. In the 2020-21 season he will appear among others with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Jakub Hrůša performing Martinů Cello Concerto n. 1. His debut album (Supraphon 2007) with pianist Ivo Kahánek (works by Janáček, Martinů, Kabeláč) was hailed by the magazine Harmonie as “the Czech debut of the decade”. In 2008, another CD followed with works by Martinů, Sluka and Eben. In 2010 he recorded the complete works of Dvořák for cello and orchestra with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Tomáš Netopil. This CD includes Dvořák’s little-known Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in A major, which was recorded in a new version edited by Tomáš himself, using orchestrations by Jarmil Burghauser and the original version of the solo-cello score.
Tomáš also has a keen interest in contemporary music, having recorded works by Czech composers including Ondřej Kukal, Slavomír Hořínka, Marko Ivanović and Luboš Sluka. As a chamber musician he has performed with the Pavel Haas Quartet in Reggio Emilia in Italy and with mezzosoprano Magdalena Kožená in the Barbican Hall in London. He is also a founding member of the Dvořák Trio (with Ivo Kahánek – piano, Jan Fišer – violin).
Beside his classical career, Tomáš is promoting classical music to broader audiences. In 2016 he founded a project called Vážný zájem, which is popularizing classical music concerts in people’s homes. To date more than 200 ‘house concerts’ have been organised with hundreds of musicians involved. This success brought Tomáš to many stages, where he speaks about classical music, lately at TEDx Prague.
Tomáš Jamník began his musical training in the Czech Republic (teachers Mirko Škampa, Martin Škampa and Josef Chuchro) and in 2006 was awarded a place at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig under Prof. Peter Bruns. In 2010 he graduated from the Universität der Künste Berlin under Prof. Jens Peter Maintz and in the same year he was awarded a place in the celebrated Karajan Academy in Berlin. As part of the Academy he performed as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic, collaborated with other scholarship holders in chamber concerts, and took lessons with Ludwig Quandt, principal cellist of the orchestra. He has taken part in master classes given by Truls Mørk, Heinrich Schiff, Jiří Bárta and Gustav Rivinius, and at the summer academy in Kronberg, Germany he studied under Steven Isserlis, Siegfried Palm, Young-Chang Cho and Pieter Wispelwey. As of 2015 he is the artistic director of the Academy of Chamber Music in the Czech Republic, which cooperates with the German foundation Villa Musica.