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Mikulás Skuta

Mikulás Skuta was born 1960 in Komárno (Slovakia). He studied at the Bratislava Conservatoire with A. Elanova and E. Fisherova and between 1983-1984 with C. Helffer in Paris. In 1985, having been awarded a scholarship from the Slovak Music Fund he took master classes with M. Lapsansky.
He is a prize winner of many competitions both at home and abroad including the Beethoven Competition in Hradec (1982, Second Prize), the Slovak Ministry of Culture Competition for best interpretation (1982, Third Prize), the Smetana International Piano Competition (1982 First Prize overall), the Maria Callas International Piano Competition in Athens (1983 Third Prize), the Young Concert Artists' Forum in Trenčianske Teplice (Slovakia 1987) and the 'Prague Spring' International Piano Competition (1987 Special Award from the Slovak Music Fund).
Since 1986 he is a free-lance artist, performing and composing both classical and contemporary music (John Adams, Marek Piaček, Dusan Martineček) as well as jazz and 'pop' music. In each of the genres he collaborates with distinguished musicians such as B. Schmid, B. Warchal, D. Lockwood, D. & W. Muthspiel, J. Stein, P. Herbert and others. He has given solo recitals and appeared in concerts with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz, Slovak Philharmonic, the State Philharmonic in Kosice, the Vienna Flautists Ensemble, the 'Veni' Group, the B. Schmid Group and 'Octet Ost' at such festivals as the Braunschweiger Kammermusik Podium, Zurich Jazz Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, 'Melos-Ethos' Bratislava Music Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival and the Internationale Musikfestival Davos.
Apart from archival recordings made for Slovak Television and Radio, he also has many cd recordings, including Beethoven's sonatas recorded for opus.
Since 1996 he has played in a piano duet with his wife Eleonora. Their repertoire spans both classical and 20th - century avant-garde music including works by Olivier Messiaen, György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Henryk Miko≥aj Gůrecki, Tomasz Sikorski, Michael Blake, Steve Reich, Patrick Morris, Kevin Volans and many Slovak composers of the older (Ilja Zelenka), middle (Juraj Benes) and younger (Daniel Matej) generations.



Saturday September 29, 12.00 noon