As soloist and chamber musician, Jan Páleníček is heir to a great musical family tradition that was established by his father Josef Páleníček pianist, world-famous interpreter of Janáček, and founder of the first Smetana Trio. Jan Páleníček was first introduced to the art of cello playing by two of the best teachers of the Prague Academy of Music, Prof. Sascha Večtomov and Prof. Miloš Sádlo. He studied chamber music under Prof. Josef Vlach, first violin with the Vlach Quartet. Close contacts with Paul Tortellier made for a happy culmination to his early development.
His early participation in competitions brought him a number of prizes (for example, the Radio Competition Concertino Praga, the International competition Markneukirchen in Germany, the Otakar Ševčík Competition in Písek, the Beethoven competition in Hradec near Opava etc.).
As the soloist he cooperates with the leading Czech and foreign orchestras: the Prague Symfony Orchestra, the Prague Radio Symhony Orchestra, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, the Lugano Festival Orchestra – Switzerland, the Suk Chamber Orchestra, the Hradec Králové Symphony Orchestra, the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, the Brno State Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra – Zlín, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (Germany), Prague Philharmonia, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic-Durban (South Africa) etc.
He has performed in numerous Europe countries, in America, Africa and Japan.
Chamber music is closest to Jan Páleníček’s heart. He is a member of the Smetana Trio together with the violinist Jana Vonášková-Nováková and the pianist Jitka Čechová, who is his partner by the solos recitals. With the Smetana Trio he received the prestigious awards BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE AWARDS 2007 and DIAPASON D’OR 2006 (the international awards for the best-world CD recording).
Jan Páleníček worked as Professor at both the Prague Conservatoire and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
He has made more than twenty CD for both the Czech and international CD companies. The top of them is recording of Dvořák’s Concerto H minor and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. The recordings of the complete arts of S. Rachmaninov, J. Brahms and B. Martinů received the international recognition from the chamber music area.