DANIEL VEIS & HELENA VEISOVA
Daniel Veis has been widely recognized as “the finest Czech cellist” since winning the Silver Medal at the prestigious 1978 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Prior to winning the Tchaikovsky, he won the First Prize at the 1976 Prague Spring International Competition. He started his musical studies in his native Prague, after which he proceeded to the Moscow Conservatory furthering his studies with the famous Natalia Shakhovskaya, graduating with full distinction. Since 1979 he has performed regularly as a soloist with many major orchestras in such respected venues as Avery Fisher Hall NY, Royal Albert Hall London, Orchard Hall Tokyo, Auditori de Barcelona, Auditorio de Madrid, and numerous others. He has worked with world famous conductors, namely, Sir Charles Mackerras, S. Baudo, Y.P. Tortelier, G. Delogu, J.P. Saraste and V. Gergiev. In addition to his solo career he is also a member of the Rosamunde Trio, an ensemble of international repute, together with British pianist Martino Tirimo and violinist Ben Sayevich. He plays a Joseph Cavaleri instrument, Genoa, 1740. Daniel joined the faculty at Park University in 2010.
Helena Veisova started her musical studies at age six and at twelve she performed with her father, the violin virtuoso Vaclav Snitil. Her professional career had its natural origin in the musical environment of her family. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, where at 14 she studied with the famous Jan Panenka. She subsequently started her permanent co-operation with her former Trio partner and future husband, Daniel Veis. They appeared together in numerous concerts in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Russia among others. Helena has performed on live Radio and TV broadcasts, and has made numerous Radio and CD recordings. According to the prestigious journal The Strad, “Helena is a pianist who has an excellent command, endowed with a supreme musicality and perfect coordination when playing with other musicians.”