Marek Švejkar (1995), the first Czech clarinetist to be accepted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris is a winner of multiple international competitions and a member of the Chamber Music Academy in Prague.
Marek graduated from the Prague conservatory in class of Milan Polák and Ludmila Peterková and Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris in class of Franck Amet (Assistant professor at the CNSM de Lyon) and Paul Meyer (a worldwide famous clarinet soloist). Right now Marek studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with Philippe Berrod (the Principal clarinet at the Orchestre de Paris).
Marek has gained a lot of positive experience in important competitions, such as: Concorso Internazionale per Clarinetto Carlino (IT) (2011) – 1 prize; Markneukirchener Wettbewerb (DE) (2012) – absolute winner; Contest of Conservatories (CZ) (2012) – 1 prize; International Woodwind Competition (PL) (2012) – 1 prize; Concorso Internazionale per Clarinetto Bari (IT) „Saverio Mercadante“ (2012) – 1 prize; Clarinet Competition „Czech Clarinet Art“ in Hořice (CZ) (2013) – 1 prize; Concorso Internazionale per Clarinetto Breno (IT) (2013) – 2 prize.
Numerous victories at important music competitions have helped Marek to start gaining performing experience at a professional level. In 2013 he was nominated to participate at the Eurovision Young Musicians Contest where he acquired a third place. In January 2014 Marek played as a soloist with Czech Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek in the series of “Play with Czech Philharmonic” concerts. In the same year he was chosen to participate in one of the biggest clarinet competitions in Paris – “Concours Debussy”, which helped him to go to study abroad. A few years back Marek won the audition to join the Chamber music academy in Prague where he still acts as a soloist. Many concert opportunities came along, such as: Prague Spring festival, Za poklady Broumovska, Chamber music festival in Český Krumlov, Mittelrhein Musik Festival, Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz Festival, Břevnov musical encounters, Lux festival (Scène nationale) and many other concerts in the Czech republic and abroad. Prague Spring festival has invited Marek to perform within the scope of its 2017 season where he gave a solo debut recital at the Rudolfinum in Prague. During this year he became a member of the Ensemble ECCE (Contemporary Ensemble of collective work) created by IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) a world-famous Parisian institute dedicated to contemporary music.
Marek Švejkar undertook many international master classes under a leadership of considerable artists, for instance – Martin Fröst, Charles Neidich, Yehuda Gilad, Florent Charpentier, Pascal Moragues, Karl Leister, Paolo Beltramini and others. His musical collaborations include prestigious musicians and orchestras such as, Czech Philharmonic, North Czech Philharmonic, Hradec Králové Philharmonic, Ivo Kahánek, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vojtěch Spurný, Bruno Mantovani, Boris Garlitsky, François Regis, Hae-Sun Kang, Philippe Bernold, Làszlo Hadady etc. Cooperated with singer Eva Garajová on her album for ArcoDiva. As a member of the Ensemble ECCE he has participated in the project Le Mystère Picasso where Marek helped to create the music for a document about Picasso. He was also invited to record an album with Philippe Berrod and had a chance to play with Orchestre de Paris and Ensemble Intercontemporain in Philharmonie de Paris conducted by Daniel Harding.