Born in the Czech Republic in 1976, hornist and conductor Radek Baborák was appointed principal hornist or the Czech Philharmonic when he was just 18. He has since been principal hornist of some of the world’s top orchestra’s, including the Berlin Philharmonic from 2002-2011.
Baborák has collaborated with some of the world’s most distinguished conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Simon Rattle, as well as instrumentalists Yefin Bronfman, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin and has appeared as guest soloist with many notable orchestras, including the the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo.
Chamber music is an integral part of Baborak’s life. He founded and has led the Czech Horn Chorus, the Afflatus Quintett and the Czech Sinfonietta and the Baborak Ensemble. His concerts have been broadcast by EuroArts, ARD, NHK, RTVE and he has made numerous recordings for Emi, Sony, Exton, Suprafon.
Baborák has won prizes at numerous competitions, including at the Munich ARD International Music Competition, the Geneva International Music Competition and the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition.
He has taught at Fondazione A. Toscanini, the Academy of Music in Prague, Senzoku University in Tokyo and is the Barenboim-Said Akademie’s principal French horn lecturer.