Michaela Fukačová

Michaela Fukačová
Michaela Fukacova

Michaela Fukačová violoncello

Michaela Fukacová is a Czech cellist, living in Denmark

Born in Brno into a family of musicologists, she started playing the piano at the age of five. At fourteen, she took up the cello, winning the Beethoven Cello Competition only two years later. Among her many top international prizes was the prestigious 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Among Michaela’s teachers were Bedrich Havlik, Sasa Vectomov, Erling Bløndal-Bengtson, André Navarra, Paul Tortelier, William Pleeth and Mstislav Rostropovich.

She has performed with conductors such as Libor Pesek, Jiri Belohlavek, Petr Altrichter, Jiri Kout, Sir Charles Groves, David Shallon, Aldo Ceccato, Sixten Ehrling, Hans Graff, Gerd AIbrecht, Eliahu Inbal, Michail Jurowski, Valery Gergiev, and others.

Michaela Fukacová frequently performed in a duo with renowned Czech violinist Josef Suk, both in recital and concerto performances. She has recorded extensively for Supraphon (including the Elgar Concerto conducted by Libor Pesek), Kontrapunkt (including the complete works for cello by Martinu) Panton (Dvorák Concerto with Jiri Belohlavek ), Dacapo and Bridge records.

In 1994 she was awarded the Czech Grammy Classic for the Best Solo Performance of the year. Her recording of Peter Lieberson’s Cello Concerto entitled “Six Realms” with the Odense Symphony Orchestra won the Gramophone award in 2006 and was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy in the “Best Classical Album of the Year” category.

Since 1986, Michaela has lived in Denmark, where she was awarded the Danish Music Critics Prize. She has recorded cello concertos by the Danish composers Poul Ruders and Hermann Koppel, and recently premiered two new Danish cello concertos written for her by Anders Koppel in 2009, and Jesper Koch in 2011.

Enthusiastic responses to Michaela’s playing often stress her deeply moving interpretations and amazing ability to captivate the public.

Michaela Fukacová plays a cello by Carlo Tononi.

Michaela has performed throughout Europe, the United States of America, Canada and Japan. She has played numerous concertos with orchestras such as Czech Philharmonic (including a tour of Japan to celebrate the orchestra’s 100th Anniversary), the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the NHK Japan, the Orquestra Sinfónica de Radiotelevision Espanola, the BBC Scottish Orchestra, the English Symphony Orchestra, and the Danish Radio Orchestra, among others.