Martin Kasík is one of today’s most prominent Czech musicians. He has given concerts in nearly all of the musical centres of Europe, American, and Japan. He has to his credit a remarkable number of awards: the Chopin International Piano Competition in Mariánské Lázně (1993 and 1997), first prize at the International Piano Competition in Val, Sweden (1994), and victory at the Prague Spring Competition (1998) and the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York (1999). He is the artistic director of the International Chopin Festival and Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition in Mariánské Lázně. He teaches at the Prague Conservatoire and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.