Michal Vanoucek

Michal was born on October 4th 1977 in Zilina, Slovakia. Besides the basic school of education he also attended the Elementary School of Music in Zilina. He has studied piano for 8 years and cello for 3 years. In 1992 he enrolled as a student of orchestral conducting at the Conservatory of Zilina.

After a few years he transferred to the Conservatory in Bratislava, where he graduated in 1998. In 1999 he was accepted as a student at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands where he studied first and second fase jazz piano as his major. Michal finished in 2003 with Bachelor of Music degree and in 2005 with Master of Music degree.

For over 15 years now Michal has worked both as a piano/keyboard player and a conductor with different musical productions in Germany and in The Netherlands.

He released a CD with the project ‘To Be Or Not To Bop’ entitled ‘Live in Nuoro’ (Splasc(H) Records) together with Italian pianist Augusto Pirodda in 2003. Michal participated too as a conductor of the string orchestra in Charlie Haden’s project ‘American Dreams’ (also with Michael Brecker, Jorge Rossi and Brad Mehldau) at the North Sea Jazz festival 2003. He was engaged as a side man on the debut CD’s of Anka Koziel Quartet (“Tales Of The Forest, O.A.P. Records 2008) and Ruben Samama (“Hotaru”, O.A.P. Records 2007)

In June 2008 Michal won Deloitte Jazz Award, competition for the best soloist held in Bimhuis, Amsterdam.

Together with Chad McCullough, a Seattle based trumpet player and composer, Michal recorded CD “Where The Sky Cries” (released 2010 on Origin Records) and has toured major venues in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Presently Michal is active as a composer, arranger and a musical director in The Hague Ethospheric Orchestra. Project started in the fall 2010 and hosted famous players such as Eric Vloeimans, Frits Landesbergen, Jesse van Ruller, John Ruocco and Yuri Honing.