A laureate of the Prague Spring International Music Competition and semi-finalist of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Marek Kozák (b. 1993) is currently studying under the guidance of Ivan Klánský at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He showed his extraordinary talent while still attending the Primary Music School in Brušperk, following which he studied at the Janacek Conservatory and Grammar School in Ostrava (the piano with Monika Tugendliebová and the organ with Martina Zelová). While in Ostrava, he won the Czech Conservatories Competition in Pardubice, received a prize for the best performance of a Beethoven work at the Beethoven Hradec competition, and was announced overal winer of the Brno Piano Competition. He has attended numerous master claases led by world – renowned piano virtuosos (M. Perahia, G. Ohlsson, E. Indjic and many others). Furthermore, Marek Kozák came first at the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano competition 2013 in Mariánské Lázně and third at the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Darmstadt, and won first prize at the Smetana International Piano Competition in Plzeň. He has performed with leading Czech orchestras, including the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Brno Philharmonic, the Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice, the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK and the Hradec Králové Philharmonic, and has appeared at a number of concerst abroad. At last year’s Prague Spring International Music Competition, he received an award for his performance of Adam Skoumal’s contemporary piece The Jongleur.