Czechia, Pilsen Plzeňský kraj Violin
Kryštof Kohout (*2000, Pilsen, Czech Republic) started playing the violin at the age of five. He has performed numerous times as a soloist with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Chamber Soloists and Junior Guildhall String Ensemble under conductors such as Ondřej Kukal, Koji Kawamoto, Tomáš Brauner and Tomáš Netopil. Having performed at festivals such as the International Chamber Music Festival Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Thaxted Festival (UK), Smetana Days, Music Connexions in Soběslav and Znojmo Music Festival (Czech Republic), Kryštof has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in the Czech Republic, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, the USA and the United Kingdom. He has the privilege to be one of the “Talent Unlimited” artists in the UK.
Kryštof is the winner and laureate of a number of international competitions both in the Czech Republic and abroad, such as the Kocian Violin Competition where he was also awarded the prize for the best Czech participant, the Art-Duo International Music Festival in Vienna and the Muse International Music Competition (Greece) among others. In 2017, Kryštof won the Whitgift International Music Competition, receiving the coveted Headmaster’s Scholarship to study at Whitgift School and a scholarship to Junior Guildhall – the young talent division of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In 2019, Kryštof was accepted directly into the second year of undergraduate course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he now studies as a full scholarship student with professor David Takeno (Eugène Ysaÿe International Chair of Violin).
Kryštof has benefitted from lessons and masterclasses with many distinguished musicians such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pierre Amoyal, Simon James, Gyorgy Pauk, Earl Carlyss, Adrian Brendel, Dalibor Karvay and Josef Špaček as well as members of the Gould Piano Trio and the Endellion, Consone, Chilingirian, Bozzini and Castalian string quartets. He also took part in international courses and programs including the London Master Classes, Liberec International Violin Academy and the Franco-Czech Academy of Music in Telč. In 2017, Kryštof was awarded a scholarship to attend the Meadowmount School of Music in New York where he was a student of Ivan Ženatý and Kevork Mardirossian.
An avid chamber musician, Kryštof is a founding member of the Fibonacci String Quartet, formed in London in 2019. In March 2020 the quartet won both 1st prize and audience prize at the international Beethoven Competition for Young Musicians in London, being the youngest participants competing. Later that same month they also won 1st prize at the Saint James Chamber Music competition in London.
Kryštof has also taken part in side-by-side orchestral projects with members of the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra resulting in performances at Cadogan Hall and Barbican Hall with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Joshua Weilerstein and Richard Farnes.
Kryštof is a two time laureate of the of the “Plzeňský Orfeus” prize that is awarded annually to a young musician in recognition of international achievements and representation of the City of Pilsen in the field of classical music. He is grateful for generous support from the Huddersfield 1980 Scholarship Fund, Velehrad London, The Foundation of 700 Years of the City of Pilsen, Charity of Mary Barnes and Talent Unlimited.