The Smetana Trio is today’s foremost Czech chamber ensemble. It is currently composed of Jitka Cechova piano, Jiri Vodicka violin, and Jan Palenicek cello. The trio has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, and the Far East. They have appeared with orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Paradubice, and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. They have also performed at many festivals including Cambrai, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Munich, Wurzburg, and Tubingen.
In March 2015 the Trio released a new CD of the complete trios of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu which was chosen as the BBC Music Magazine’s June 2016 Recording of the Month, the Sunday Times recording of the Week, and subsequently received the Diapason d’Or award. Their extensive discography includes a superb recording of the trios of Shostakovich and Ravel, and an all-Dvorak disc.
Zemlinsky, Piano Trio, Opus 3
Shoatakovich, Piano Trio No. 1, Opus 8
Mendelssohn, Piano Trio in D Minor