Frantisek Novotny was born 1964 in Znojmo in the former Czechoslovakia. He studied violin at the Brno Conservatory and the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts. Additionally, he has taken part in master classes with both Zachar Bron and Victor Tretjakov. He has participated in more than twenty competitions both at home and abroad with great success, including the Tchaikovsky Competition, the Prague Spring competition, and the Premio Paganini. From 1987 - 1995 he was the principal soloist for the State Philharmonic Orchestra in Brno. Presently he is the principal soloist for the Prague Chamber Orchestra and an associate professor of violin at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts. He has given concerts on the most famous stages of Europe, Japan and the USA, including Carnegie Hall. He records with leading radio companies and, since 2001, has been working with the largest Japanese television network.

Of his playing on Jett Hitt's Yellowstone for Violin and Orchestra, the British publication Music and Vision writes:

. . . first class performances by Czech violinist Frantisek Novotny and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra under their principal guest conductor Kirk Trevor . . .

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