Ferdinand Slezák

Ferdinand Slezák (*2001) was born in Slovakia. Studied at the Bratislava Conservatory, led by Dalibor Karvay and later by Juraj Tomka. He graduated at the Church Conservatory in Bratislava in the class of Pavel Bogacz Jr. He is currently studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, in the class of prof. Stefan Kamilarov and prof. Alexandra Soumm.
He actively attended masterclasses with e.g. Julian Rachlin, Renaud Capuçon, Dalibor Karvay, Jan Mráček, Midori, Josef Špaček, Shlomo Mintz and Ulf Wallin among others.
He performed as a soloist at several concerts – at the age of 10 with the Bratislava Metropolitan Orchestra, in 2014 with the Sinfonietta Bratislava Chamber Orchestra at the St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava. As 14-year-old, he gave a violin recital at the Slovak Radio. In 2017 he took part in Midori’s Orchestra Residence Program, where he performed double concerto with her. In 2018 and 2019, he played as a soloist with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra at the Slovak Philharmonic and in 2020 debuted with the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic under the baton of Tomáš Netopil as part of the Kroměříž Summer Music Festival.
Among his most important achievements are: 2nd prize at the international competition Talents for Europe 2017, 3rd prize at the International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists 2018 in Brussels. In 2019 he played in finals of the Leonid Kogan International competition for young violinists and won the 44th year of the Nedyalka Simeonova international violin competition in Bulgaria.