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Katerina Englichová

As one of the most sought-after European harpists of her generation and recent winner of the Prague Music Prize, Kateřina Englichová performs throughout Europe, North America, Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand. She has collaborated with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovitch, Josef Suk, Gerard Causee, Cynthia Phelps, Carol Wincenc, Michel Lethiec, Robert Stallman, Michael Kofler and with many ensembles including Skampa Quartet, Prazak Quartet, Haas Quartet and Wihan Quartet.

Mrs. Englichová regularly collaborates with the Czech oboist Vilém Veverka and the Bohemia-Luxembourg Trio with flutist Carl Jans and violist Jitka Hosprová. She served on the jury of the Israel Harp Competition and is a professor of harp playing at the Prague Conservatory.

She has performed at many international festivals such as Tanglewood and Tucson Music Festival in the USA, Music by the Red Sea in Israel, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Rencontres Musicales d'Evian and Festival d'Ile de France and in the Czech Republic. The Republic in Prague Spring, Prague Autumn, Dvořák's Prague, B. Martinů Festival and many others.

Ms. Englich made her American recital debut at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York in 1998. Her debut with the Czech Philharmonic took place in January 2008. Other notable venues where she has performed include the Beethoven Saal in Bonn, the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, Auditorio Nacional de Musica de Madrid, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, City Hall Hong Kong, Longy School of Music Boston, Rudolfinum in Prague, etc.

She performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra hl. Brno Philharmonic, George Solti Chamber Orchestra, Talich Chamber Orchestra, Suk Chamber Orchestra, Haas Chamber Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, etc.


Kateřina Englichová often initiates new works by contemporary composers such as Jiří Gemrot, Zdeněk Lukáš, Eric Sessler, Luboš Sluka, Jindřich Feld, Sylvie Bodorová, Patrick Zimmerli and others. Kateřina Englichová gave the Czech premiere of Schnittke's concerto for oboe and harp in Prague. For the Prague Spring Festival, she performed the Czech premiere of Murray Schafer's Dance of Ariadne for harp and percussion, as well as Isang Yun's concerto and chamber works. Ms. Englich gave the Czech premiere of Frank Martin's Trois danses pour harp et hautbois in 2010. She performed in Karl Jenkins' Concerto for 2 Harps and Bach's Concerto for 4 Harps in Hong Kong. Christopher Coleman's Autumnal Mountain premiered in Hong Kong.


Katerina Englichova has been heard as a soloist or chamber musician on more than 40 discs with labels such as Supraphon, Harmonia Mundi, Discover International, and New World, Exton Japan, and Arco Diva.


 Her recording (Jolivet, Pierné, D ́Indy, Francaix) with Carlo Jans and the Martinů Quartet received the Supersonic Award. In 2015 she was a part of a new recording "Cosí fan flauti" - project of the renowned American Flutist Robert Stallman with whom she recorded the Mozart Concerto. The CD was very highly praised by critics and was selected as the CD of the month on several classical radio stations throughout North America. In 2016 she released her solo album "Musica per arpa" where she introduced some unknown Czech compositions as well as new premiere works written for her in a confrontation with the Britten's Suite.


She has cooperated with the well-known American Flutist Carol Wincenc, Pianist Martin Kasik and Oboist Vilem Veverka with whom she also launched her CD "Impressions" in 2018. They introduced music by Debussy, a new adaptation of Ravel's "Tombeau de Couperin" for Oboe and Harp by Otomar Kvech and premiered works by the Czech Composer Lubos Sluka.

Her recording of Britten's Ceremony of Carols with the Prague Children Philharmonic Choir was selected as the CD of the year 2019. She released a new CD with Soprano Kateřina Kněžíková, in 2021 and in 2022 a new recording with Violinist Silvie Hessová called “Nocturne”, with repertoire for violin&harp  including compositions by A.Rubinstein, M.Ravel or John Williams' Schindler's list, Krakow Ghetto and Rememberances. She is releasing her solo album “As time goes by” in the fall of 2023 and she just finished editing her recording of Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Beitten with the Prague Philharmonic Choir and Lukáš Vasilek as the Choir Master.



Originally a pianist, Katerina Englichova is a dedicated adapter of keyboard music of all kinds for the harp. Harp, in her opinion, is a wonderful instrument with many layers still to be discovered, but also has some limits. There is a lot of low quality repertoire written for the instrument and Katerina would like to inspire composers as well as harpists to present the harp in the best possible way to prevent certain separatism from the rest of the music world.

Mrs. Englichova worked with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallish, Simon Rattle and others, with Claudio Abbado (in GMJO) and as a soloist with Zdenek Macal, Jiri Belohlavek, Ondrej Kukal, Heiko Matthias Forster, Marek Stilec, Veiga Jardim , Jakub Hrusa, to name just a few.


Katerina Englichova won the Pro Musicis International Award, 1st prize in the Torneo International Competition in Italy, Prague Radio Broadcast Competition, Concerto Soloists Competition in Philadelphia, Vienna Music Competition, E.Herbert-Hobin Harp Competition in USA, and the Laureate Prize of the Chamber Music Society of the Czech Philharmonic.

She studied at the Prague Conservatoire, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, (she is a Fulbright recipient) and at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.


She has given master classes in the USA (Juilliard School of Music, Miami Uni., Arizona State Uni., etc.), Canada (Toronto, Montreal), Hong Kong, Grat Britain (RAM), Italy, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic . Katerina Englichova teaches harp and chamber music at the Ameropa International Summer Courses, since 2005 she has been teaching at the New York University Prague and from 2010-2013 at the Music School of the City of Prague. She is the professor of Harp at the Prague Conservatoire since September 2020.


Katerina Englichova has been a member of international competition juries and the Head of Jury of the first Czech "Karel Patras Harp Competition" in Prague, the last Patras Harp Competition held in 2022. She has been also in the jury of the biggest Harp Competition in Israel in 2018.


She is a member of a committee in the "Plavacek Foundation" which supports disadvantaged children in their cultural activities.

She is a member of the Dvořák Society as well as the WHS.

Katerina Englichova has been the Face of the cosmetic company Avon Czech Republic – in a campaign against breast cancer.