Jan-Filip Tupa


Since his early childhood, Jan-Filip Ťupa, born 1980 in Germany into a Czech musician family, is equally fascinated by music and the sciences. Searching for his own way, he discovers his passion for Contemporary music. Research, critical interpretation and genuine creativity form the three pillars of his work.

The most crucial imprints he receives on the one hand during his studies with Raphael Wallfisch at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and on the other hand as scholarship holder (“Stipendiat”) of the Kunststiftung NRW in the Lucerne Festival Academy and in the International Ensemble Modern Academy 2006/07.

From that time on he maintains a lively contact with the composing avant-garde as chamber-musician with his quartet Praesenz and as a regular guest with Ensemble Modern, musikFabrik and further specialist-ensembles. On the other side he is equally active in the free-improvisation scene. His engagements lead him to festivals such as Biennale di Venezia, Contempuls Prague, ENH Brno, humanoise Wiesbaden, musica Strasbourg, Lucerne Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, to venues such as Alte Oper Frankfurt, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Kwai Tsing Theatre Hong Kong, Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Radialsystem Berlin and to productions for various European radio stations such as Czech Broadcasting Corporation, hessischer Rundfunk or WDR.

As soloist, Jan-Filip is committed especially to the classical repertoire of the second half of the 20th century: for example he played the Czech premieres of Henri Dutilleux’s “Tout un monde lointain” and Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s “Concerto en forme de pas de trios” – the latter one with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bernhard Kontarsky. Current projects include Hans Werner Henze’s „Ode to the west wind“, but also younger works such as Wolfgang Rihm’s “Styx and lethe” (1998) or Matthias Pintscher’s “Reflections on Narcissus” (2005).