Petr Zelenka

Detailed biography of Petr Zelenka

1977 Born in Ústí nad Labem
1992 Music theory and rock guitar lessons with Vítězslav Štefl in Ústí nad Labem
1994 Succesfully finishes high school, specialisation: arts studies guitar with Lubos Andršt (jazz workshops in Frýdlant and Prague) and with Jon Damian at Berklee jazz workshop
1995 Begins to perform on Prague jazz scene, start of a professional career
1996 Plays in bands of Yvonne Sanchez, Najponk, Robert Balzar, Jaromír Honzák, Antonín Gondolán, and with foreign artists as James Zollar, Piotr Baron, Macziej Sikala, Milosz Rutkowski performs at various jazz festivals in Czech Republic and abroad (Novosibirsk, Jekatěrinburg, Wroclaw)
1999 Receives The 1st Prize for the best jazzband at the Junior Jazz Contest in Ústí nad Labem, CZ
2000 His first CD is released („Mafiosi“ ,label Cube-Metier)
2001 Continues to perform with his quartet (Radek Zapadlo,Jaromír Honzák, Pavel Zbořil)
2003 Settles down in Paris where he accompanies artists as Xavier Richardeau, Fabien Mary, Olivier Zanot, Nicolas Moreaux, Yoni Zelnik, „Coda“ tentet and plays with his trio (Yoni Zelnik, Arnaud Lechantre) at the international jazz festival in Trouville-sur-Mer, and in spring 2005 a tour in Czech Republic
2007 He is invited to participate in an international project „V4 Oktett“(organized by Hungarian cultural center KultúrPont ), with whom he performs in Budapest and for which he composes a composition influenced by czech folk music. Based once again in Prague, he stars playing with his new quartet (Jaromír Honzák, Marcel Bárta, Tomáš Hobzek)
2008 Performs in Czech Republic with his french quartet with whom he also records a cd with his own compositions. The cd will be released in September 2008 by the label Animal Music

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