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Born in 1976 in Pardubice, the Czech Republic, Baborák began horn lessons at age eight. Starting in 1989, he studied under Prof. Bedřich Tylšar at the Prague Conservatory, increasingly coming to distinguish himself by his budding genius. After winning competitions in Prague, Geneva, and Markneukirchen (Germany), he took the grand prize at the 1994 ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Those competitions enabled him to capture worldwide attention, rendering him praise in reviews for his "soft, beautiful timbre" and "perfect performances," and even being pronounced as the "horn boy wonder."
Since then, Baborák has carried out performances worldwide, primarily in Europe and the United States. He has garnered the deep trust of such renowned conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, and Sir Simon Rattle, and has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, naturally, as well as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Czech Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, to mention just several. His masterful technique and mature musicality are topics of broad discussion in concert halls worldwide, as well as at such music festivals as the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, the St. Petersburg White Nights Festival, the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, all to which he has been regularly invited.
To date, he has appeared successively in performances as a horn soloist with the Czech Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony, and the Berlin Philharmonic. In addition, he has participated in such world-class orchestras from Japan as the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO). In the field of chamber music as well, he formed the Afflatus Quintet for wind instruments with fellow Czech musicians, as well as the Baborák Ensemble, and has appeared jointly in performances with such wonderful soloists as Yefim Bronfman, Sir András Schiff, Rudolf Buchbinder, Gerhard Oppitz, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Daishin Kashimoto, Emmanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer, Francois Leleux, Ian Bostridg, Thomas Quasthoff, and Waltraud Meier.
The great master of the horn world, Hermann Baumann, whom Baborák respects greatly, has described him with the following comments: "Radek Baborák takes us away in a festive atmosphere of the 18th century. His charming sound and the ease of his tone is an exceptional pleasure for the ear. The sensitivity and expressiveness of his performance let the horn sing. His interpretation yields natural power and naive simplicity..."
In recent years, moreover, Baborák has turned seriously to conducting, initiating a series of regular concerts and recordings with the Czech Sinfonietta, which he himself founded. After appearing as guest conductor at various venues in Europe, he made his conducting debut in Japan as well in 2013 at a regular concert of the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO), winning the acclaim of both the orchestra and audience alike. In 2015, he wowed listeners with his masterful performance of Reinhold Glière's horn concerto with the New Japan Philharmonic, in which he also served as conductor. In the 2016-17 season, he was also invited to lead such Japanese ensembles as the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, and the New Japan Philharmonic. Additionally, he has just been named principal guest conductor of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, beginning in April 2018.

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