MONIKA URBANOVÁ violin
HEDVIKA MOUSA BACHA harph
Duo „Beautifil Strings“ was founded in 2010 during studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Harpist Hedvika Mousa Bacha and violinist Monika Urbanová have rich concert experiences as soloists and chamber players.
Connection of violin and harp appreciates audience for its beautiful and colourful sound.
The interprets have rich repertoir- original compositions as well their own arragements, works from baroque till contemporary music.
In 2013 Duo Beautiful Strings“ recorded CD "Beau Soir" with works by french composers (C. Debussy, M. Ravel, C. SAint-Saens etc.)
2011-2013 they perfrormed in performance Easy Living in Theater Mlejn. It was unusual concert of classic music with a connection of vertical acrobatics.
They cooperate with singers -sopranists M. Mátlová, K. Janů, M. Keiko.
Duo „Beautuful Strings“ is giving concerts in Czech Republic as well abroad.
Violinist Monika Růžková Urbanová graduated as a Master of Arts of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2011, where she was in a violinclasses of Prof. I. Straus and L. Cepicky. Previously, she studied with Prof. J. Foltýn and D. Zarubova at the Prague Conservatory. 2009 – 2010 Monika studied with Prof. P. Schuhmayer at Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
Monika's awards include first prize at the violin competition of J. Muzika, third prize at the 2005 Competition of Czech Conservatories, first prize at the B. Martinu Competition in 2006, 2010 she won 3rd prize at the Stephanie – Hohl Wettbewerg in Vienna.
She has attended the International Summer Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest, the French-Czech Music Academy, Meadowmount school of music in the Usa, Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander, Summer courses in Austria.
Monika is a member of Eve quartet and Prague Symphony orchestra. As a soloist she performed with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic of Hradec Králové, Pavel Haas Chamber orchestra.
Monika is taking part in unusual musical procejts in Theater Mlejn – show Easy living with vertical acrobatics or Vivaldi show, where she plays solo in Quatro Staggioni by A. Vivaldi.
She plays regurarly with organ - 2011 she recorded a CD „Violin and Organ“. She performs also with harpist Hedvika Mousa Bacha, their new CD „French music for violin and harp“ hass been presented this year 2014.
Hedvika Mousa Bacha As graduate of Jan Neruda Grammar School under guidance of Hana Müllerová-Jouzová, then Prague Conservatory and continued at the Music Faculty of The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where she studied with the famous Czech harpist Jana Boušková.
She had one year of intensive traineeship in Lausanne, Switzerland, with Chantall Mathieu. Hedvika Mousa Bacha regularly continues her music education by taking part in master courses for harpists under the tutelage of the prominent French harpists, Isabelle Moretti and Isabelle Perrin.
In 1999 she won the competition “Music at High School” and in 2002 she also earned the Anna Hostomská award at Preludium, the young interpreters' festival in Šumperk
Hedvika Mousa Bacha's repertoire includes both compositions for solo harp and for harp and orchestra. She dedicates herself intensively to chamber music, cooperating with young talented artists such as violinist Monika Růžková-Urbanová and violist Jitka Hosprová, with whom she used to have concerts in Czech Republic also in Germany, France, Switzerland and Hungary. In 2014 presented her first CD “Beanu Soir” compositions of French masters of impressionism and romanticism, was recorded together with violinist Monika Růžková-Urbanová. In addition to the classical genre her interests take place in contemporary and popular creation. She became a demanded interpret for contemporary composers, She performed compositions premieres of authors like Z. Zahradnik and M. Müller, also invited to projects of Lenka Dusilova, Iva Bittova, Dara Rolins and Dan Barta. An integral part of of her activities is orchestra and pedagogical, periodically cooperates with prominent orchesras as FOK, BERG, Talich chamber filharmony and state opera Prague. Since 2008 she has been teaching the harp at the Lounských Music School in Prague.
In 2009-2010 she was a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Hradec Králové.