Jitka Hosprová symbolizes the contemporary and dynamic classical musician. Her passion for the viola makes audiences take notice of this overlooked instrument, she explores the fascinating viola literature and inspires composers to write new works.
Jitka studied at the Pilsen Conservatoire and graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under the tutelage of doc. Jan Pěruška. After completing her studies, she furthered her mastery of the instrument thanks to the guidance of Italian viola virtuoso Luigi Alberto Bianchi. During her studies, Jitka gained valuable international experience and received several significant awards both as a soloist and as a chamber musician.
As the founding member of the Bennewitz quartet, Jitka worked under the guidance of several world-famous quartets – Amadeus Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, Smetana Quartet, and others. In 1999, she facilitated a CD recording in association with the L. Janáček, H. Krása and Pavel Haas quartets. The high quality of her chamber musicianship make her a frequent guest player in leading Czech quartets – Janáček Quartet, Wihan Quartet, Martinů Quartet, Epoque Quartet and the Apollon Quartet. Together with harpist Kateřina Englichová and flautist Carlo Jans, she founded the Bohemia Luxembourg Trio in 2005, giving concerts all over Europe and releasing 2 CDs. Recently, Jitka has expanded the range of her chamber music projects, starting the Grand Duo with Italian violinist Maurizio Sciaretta, and the Pragart Trio with mezzo-soprano Eva Garajová and pianist Ivo Kahánek.
As a soloist, she has performed at various internationally renowned music festivals – Présence, Rheingau Sommer, Kulturtage Dresden, Prague Spring, Prague Autumn, Český Krumlov, Moravian Autumn, Smetana’s Litomyšl , Dvořák Prague, March Music Days in Ruse, Santander, and others. She has given solo concerts in London, Vienna, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Brazil, Hong kong, Washington D.C., and New York. She has played in most European countries.
Jitka is featured on dozens of recordings and live concerts for Czech and French radio broadcasts. Many viola compositions were world premiered by her. Composers Zdeněk Lukáš, Josef Vejvoda, Emil Viklický, Adam Skoumal, Ladislav Kubík, Michal Müller, Tomaž Svete and Gillaume Connesson dedicated their pieces to her. Jitka has released CDs with labels Supraphon, Arco Diva, Neos and Multisonic.
Jitka Hosprová has performed with leading Czech and world orchestras – Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra ORF, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre de Pau, France Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Athanor Rome, Curitiba Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, The Czech Philharmonic Collegium, and many others.
Jitka has shared the stage with various prominent musicians and singers – Luigi Alberto Bianchi, Mario Hossen, Václav Hudeček, Ivan Ženatý, Štefan Margita, Adam Skoumal, Dante Millozzi, Eric le Sage, Jitka Čechová, Lubomír Brabec, and with distinguished conductors – Vladimir Ashkenazy, Elli Jaffe-Israel, Bertrand de Billy, Jacques Mercier, Rastislav Štúr, Massimiliano Matesic, Leoš Svárovský, Ondřej Kukal, Gian Luigi Zampieri, and others.
Jitka is the founder and director of the “Procházky uměním” Music Festival.
She plays a Czech-made viola by Petr Zdražil from 2012.