Radek Baborak is one of the most exceptional horn players, winner of ARD Munich, Geneve and many other international competitions and a former principal horn player for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He will be a judge in the grand finale, which will be broadcast live from Vienna on Friday 11 May 2012.
Aged just eight years old Radek started to play the horn thanks to professor Karel Krenek in his hometown of Pardubice, which was in the then Czechoslovakia. His teacher led him to winning all the national competitions of the time, and at the age of 12 Radek became an absolute winner of the Concertino Praga (1989).
From 1989 to 1994 Baborak continued his studies at The Prague Conservatory with renowned Czech horn player, prof. Bedrich Tylsar. In 1992 Radek finished third at the annual Prague Spring festival’s competition and was also awarded with the UNESCO Grand Prix as well as many other international prizes including a Classical Grammy Award in 1995.
Since 1996 Radek has been a key member of the A_atus Quintet with whom he won his second ARD prize, and in the meanwhile started his own Radek Baborak Ensemble (consisting of the horn and a string quartet). In the year 2000 Baborak became the principal horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic, with whom he played as the soloist at the Salzburg Easter Festival. . As a soloist he still performs with the Berlin Baroque Orchestra, and remains a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet.
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