KAREL DOHNAL  clarinet

Karel Dohnal
  • is laureate of many international competitions (Prague, Roma, London, Sevilla, Ostende, Bayreuth).
  • he studied in Prague, London, Berlin, Hilversum and St.Petersburg.
  • Karel Dohnal giving concerts through Europe, North America and Asia, he performs wide variety of repertoire from Mozart, Weber, to Penderecki, Nielsen, Francaix, and world premiere concertos.
  • Karel was invited as one of the soloists for the premiere of the composition of great Polish composer in may 2012.
  • Karel also regularly engages in chamber music, cooperating with Tokyo, Haas, Talich, Wihan String  Quartets, Prague PhilHarmonia Octet, famous soprano Edita Gruber  and others.
  • He is a member of PhilHarmonia Octet Prague, Prague Clarinet Ensemble, Trio Amadeus, and also Prague State Opera.
  • Last but not least, he intensively studies and performs contemporary music. His doctorate was focused on contemporary clarinet techniques. His performance of Stockhausen`s Harlekin, containing also dancing and pantomime, has been highly acclaimed.
  • He regularly gives masterclasses both in Czech Republic and abroad.
  • He has numerous recordings in Czech Radio and on CD’s.
  • Karel plays on Selmer Recital clarinets and Rico Reserve reeds.

Karel Dohnal

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Harlekin

  • unique project of Karlheinz Stockhausen was composed for American clarinetist Suzanne Stephens. It was begun at Easter 1975 in Moricci.
  • performance for solo clarinet, 50‘ minutes of the music, dance and improvisation…
  • Karel Dohnal performed Harlekin in Czech premiere in 2011, since this around the world!

Record of performance:

Karel Dohnal

One of the acclaims:

Karel Dohnal's performance of Karelheinz Stockhausen's Harlequin was, quite simply, one of the most astonishing 45 minutes I've experienced.....

Keith Bruce 2013 Glasgow

Karel Dohnal, records on Youtube