The CZECH STRING DUO was formed by Lucie Hůlová and Martin Sedlák in 1994, while they were students at the Prague Conservatory. Since then they have given many successful concerts in the Czech Republic and also at festivals abroad (Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Greece, Russia, Mexico). In 1998 this Duo won the first prize in the competition for the outstanding interpretation of Bohuslav Martinů´s work in Austria. The Duo has made several recordings for Czech Radio and played liveconcerts for Austrian Radio ÖRF 1 and Mexican Radio Nueva Leon. Their repertoire encompasses a broad range of duo literature, from the baroque era through to the present time. In 2002 they produced the debut CD for Czech label Musicvars with famous duos of 20th century composers (Martinů, Ravel, Honegger). Both members, together with the pianist Veronika Böhmová, form the piano trio known as the Kinsky Trio Prague. Lucie and Martin are also members and soloists of the chamber orchestra Praga camerata. With these ensembles they have performed with great success all over the world and recorded several CDs.
In 2000- 2004 Lucie and Martin were members of the international UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra whose conductors have included J. Levine, Z. Mehta, V. Gergiev, P. Järvi, Ch. von Dohnányi, W. Sawallisch, K. Masur and others. With this orchestra they performed not only at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, but toured Europe, North and South America and Asia. They performed in halls such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Musikverein in Wien.
Violinist LUCIE SEDLÁKOVÁ HŮLOVÁ, a graduate of the Prague Conservatory and the Prague Academy of Music, has to her credit an impressive list of solo appearances with Czech orchestras as well as with partners in various chamber music combinations. In 2004 she featured as a soloist in the Dvořák Violin concerto with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra under Jiří Malát on their highly successful tour of the USA. The critics admired particularly the beauty of her tone and the warmth of her musical expression. Besides playing with the Czech String Duo and Kinsky Trio Prague, she frequently plays with her father, Pavel Hůla (former first violinist of the Kocian and later also Pražák Quartet). She engages herself also in performing baroque music in authentic interpretation on authentic instruments. While still studying, Lucie received several awards in various competitions and attended several master classes. In the summer of 1997 she was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink. She has also made number of recordings for Czech Radio and on CDs. She plays an 18th-century Italian violin and a copy of baroque G. Guarneri violin made by Dalibor Bzirský.
Cellist MARTIN SEDLÁK graduated from the Prague Conservatory and the Prague Academy of Music, where he studied with Professor Josef Chuchro. He took part in master classes by some of the most famous cellists of our time (M. Mlejnik, E. Arizcuren, T. Kühne, M. Perényi, M. Rostropovich). M. Rostropovich said about him: “He is an excellent cellist, who has his instrument under perfect control.” He is a winner of the international cello competitions in Liezen (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic) and won a special prize for the best interpretation of Martinů´s work. In 1998 he was inscribed, as a soloist, on the prestigious list of young artists issued by the Czech Music Fund. Apart from his career as a soloist, he is a sought-after partner in various chamber combinations. He has made more than twenty solo recordings for Czech Radio as well as a number of CDs. In 2005 and 2006 he collaborated with violinist Maxim Vengerov. He performs on a O. F. Špidlen cello of 1928 and F. A. Homolka cello of 1859.