The Smetana Trio, founded in 1934, is today’s foremost Czech chamber ensemble. Jitka Čechová (piano), Radim Kresta (violin) and Jan Páleníček (cello), son of the founder - pianist Josef Páleníček.
In spring 2017, the Smetana Trio won the BBC Music Magazine Chamber Award for its recording of the complete trios by Bohuslav Martinů, released by Supraphon Records. The acclaimed recording received other recognition, including BBC Music Magazine’s four times CD OF THE MONTH, Sunday Times Recording of the Week, Diapason d'Or award (September 2006, May 2016), BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE AWARDS 2007 (Dvořák´s Trios).
The Smetana Trio has toured extensively as both chamber music ensemble and orchestral soloists, working with conductors such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Libor Pešek, John Axelrod, Michael Boder, Tomáš Hanus, Jakub Hrůša, Serge Baudo, Zoltan Pesko and orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana Lugano, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Südwestfunk Orchestra Freiburg, Rio de Janeiro Philharmonic, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Montevideo Radio Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, Janacek´s Philharmonic and other.
Festivals and concert series include prestigious stages of all fourcontinents (Europe, Asia, South and North America, Africa).
Recently the Smetana Trio returned from a very successful USA tour of eleven concerts. In the next future the Smetana Trio will be performing at Prague Spring Festival, Dvorak´s Praha, and touring in Switzerland, Romania, Austria, Italy and Poland. At beginning of 2019 the trio will tour again throughout the USA.
With an impressive discography of nearly a dozen albums recorded exclusively for Supraphon since 2000, the group’s recordings include an album featuring the complete piano trios of Shostakovich and Ravel, and an all-Dvořák disc which received BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Award for 2007 and the French Diapason d'Or. Additional discs include among others works by Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Schubert.