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Emil Viklicky

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: November 23, 1948    

Emil Viklicky

Emil Viklicky was born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), where in 1971 he graduated from Palacky University with a degree in mathematics. While a student he devoted much time to playing jazz piano. In 1974, he was awarded the prize for best soloist at the Czechoslovak Amateur Jazz Festival, and that same year he joined Karel Velebny's SHQ ensemble. In 1976, he was a prizewinner at the jazz improvisation competition in Lyon, and his composition “Green Satin” (Zeleny saten) earned him first prize in the music conservatory competition in Monaco, where in 1985 his “Cacharel” won second prize in the same competition....
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Awards

1976 - prize for jazz improvisation at competition in Lyon, France
1976 - first prize in jazz composition competition in Monaco (for "Green Satin")
1978 - Supraphon prize (for LP In Olomouc Town)
1985 - second prize in Monaco jazz composition competition (for "Cacharel")
1991 - FITES (Film and Television Association) prize for music for animated film
1994 - second prize at Marimolin contemporary music competition in Boston (for "Tristana")
1996 - special prize for electroacoustic music, Prague (for "Paradise Park")
1996 - special Czech Music Fund prize for use of folk music in art music
2000 - first prize in international composition competition in Prague (for opera Phaedra)
”Combine elements of Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson with a deep infusion of Moravian soul, and you have Emil Viklicky, the patriarch of Czech jazz piano.”
--Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard, 10 Dec. 2007

“Emil Viklicky's chiming chords and poignant melodic turns on Moravian love songs had a Keith Jarrett-like eloquence.”
--John Fordham, Guardian, 21 Jan. 2007

“Emil Viklicky is one of those European jazz pianists who has successfully incorporated elements of his indigenous folk culture into jazz. When he performs his original compositions with their indebtedness to Czech and Moravian folk forms, a very distinctive and rewarding synthesis occurs. ... beautiful and thrilling music with ... aria-like purity that no doubt derives from Viklicky's parallel career as a composer of opera.”
--Euan Dixon, Jazz Views UK, 2006

”One of the best contemporary pianists, Viklicky's soloing and comping, his touch, voicings and intervals have a good deal in common with fleet, tasteful pianists like Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Rowles and Bill Charlap.”
--Doug Ramsey, JazzTimes, Dec. 2004
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    Mraz & Viklicky: Together Again

    ACT Music
    2014
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    Emil Viklicky: Emil Viklicky 60

    Multisonic Records
    2009
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    Emil Viklicky Trio: Ballads And More

    Arta Records
    2008
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    Cookin' In Bonn

    Dekkor Records
    2006

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