- Instrument: Bassoon
Czech-born bassoonist Petr Sedlák grew up in Jihlava, a small town in the middle of the Czech Republic. He studied at Brno Conservatoire with Pavel Zatloukal and Roman Novozamsky. After one year at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he joined a second year of the Bachelor programme at the Royal College of Music. His teachers include Julie Price, Sarah Burnett, Andrea de Flammineis, Roberto Giaccaglia, Emily Hultmark and Martin Filed. He is a winner of the International Interpretative Competition for Wind Instruments (2013, 2015, 2017), Pro Bohemia Ostrava, and the Cheri International Competition competition. He has been attending masterclasses with some of the best bassoonists including Sergio Azzolini, Giorgio Mandolesi and Bence Bogányi.
Petr is a very enthusiastic chamber player. He was a member of the Chamber Music Academy for three years. He has performed alongside Adam Walker, Sophie Dervaux, Václav Vonášek, Tomáš Jamník or Andrej Žust. In addition, he has been a guest player with the Belfiato Quintet, Trio Auric and Ensemble Solaire amongst others. Since 2018 he has a member of the very successful and award-winning Slavic Trio. During his studies he has been supported by the Ministry of Culture in the Czech Republic, Bakala Foundation, Hattori Foundation and several awards and scholarships from RCM. Petr is an extra player at both BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, he was also a member of ENO’s Evolve scheme and since 2020 he is on trial for Sub-Principal Bassoon at BBC Philharmonic. Apart from performing, he studies conducting and has led several amateur, semi-professional and school orchestras. He is currently studying on the Master of Music course at the Royal College of Music, supported by the RCM and a Musicians’ Company Award. Petr plays a Fox Renard 260D.