Bona Fide Tango is a Czech ensemble established to present informed interpretations of the works of Piazzolla. In terms of instrumentation, it closely resembles the original ensemble used by Piazzolla. The members of Bona Fide Tango also work with other leading ensembles, including the Suk Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the National Theatre Orchestra, the Czech Radio Big Band, and the Prague Philharmonia, and devote themselves intensively to teaching, composition, and arranging as well. Together with Soňa Červená and Vlastimil Harapes, they organize concerts with melodrama in the spirit of the Argentine tango. Their repertoire also includes original Czech tangos, for example, by Jaroslav Ježek (1906–1942) and Emil František Burian (1904–1959).
Petr Grau (1971) attended secondary school and Faculty of Pedagogy at Charles University. In 1990, he was enrolled in a flute class at Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory and studied with Alena Křiklánová. In 1996, he founded an ensemble Bona Fide Kvartet, principally oriented towards music of the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla (tango nuevo style) and contemporary music. This ensemble, performing with accordionist L. Horák, became a semi-finalist of X. Piazzolla Music Award in Milano. Their live recording of the piece S.O.S.Q. by Vít Clar was chosen for a prestigious annual CD of Přítomnost, the Association for Contemporary Music. Petr Grau plays with Prague National Theatre Orchestra and Dejvice Theatre. Her regularly concertizes at International Melodram Festival, premiering works composed by recognised contemporary Czech composers (J. Teml, J. Matys and others). He has performed in many European countries, as well as in Brasil (1996) and Japan (2001). At present, he is a flute teacher at Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague. His long-term collaboration with a harpsichord-player B. Kürstenová has led to the foundation of the Ensemble Bona Fide. Petr Grau performs on a V. Q. Powell silver flute with a 14 k golden J. R. Lafin headjoint.
Jakub Jansky (1975)started to play violin when he was 7 years old. He took part in a tour of Germany, France, England and Scotland as a tutti as well as a solo player with the school orchestra. Then he studied at the Prague Conservatory by Prof. Pavel Kudelásek. He graduated in 1995 and has continued his studies up to now with consultation by Prof. Nora Grumlíková. Since 1999 he has been a member of an ensemble „Bona Fide Tango“ specialize in Tango Argentino. In 2000 he became a member of the Suk Chamber Orchestra and since 2007 started collaborate with Talich Chamber Orchestra. In Suk Chamber Orchestra he occupied the position of the leader of the second-violin section and performs as a soloist as well there.
Ladislav Horák (1966) is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory and University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. During his studies, he won the national competition in Hořovice (1990), as well as many international competitions. He performs as a soloist, in Piazzolla Soloists and Bona Fide Tango, chamber orchestras, as well as other chamber and orchestral groups (e. g. Prague Symphony Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, Suk Chamber Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Dvorak County, Praga Camerata, and others). He‘s done recordings in the studios of the Czech Broadcasting Corporation, for Czech, Spanish, Italian and even American television corporations. He recorded a CD entitled the Colorful World of Accordion dedicated to contemporary music and CD Václav Trojan´s Century. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Prague Conservatory where he also teaches. More on website www.ladislavhorak.cz
Jaroslav Novák (1968) vystudoval Pražskou konzervatoř v oboru kytara (prof. V. Kučera) a skladba (prof. B. Řehoř). Je laureátem soutěže Mladá Praha 1995. V témže roce vydal spolu s flétnistou J. Pelikánem autorské CD „Mlčenlivé příběhy“. Je stálým členem souborů Musica a Tre, Tres Bona Fide, Jers-duo ( s J.Pelikánem ) a pravidelně spolupracuje s orchestrem Národního divadla, Pražskou komorní filharmonií, komorními orchestry Berg a Virtuosi di Praga, souborem Agon a dalšími. Rovněž působí v kytarovém duu s M.Hromkem („Keltská kytara“) či s D. Holým (mj. spolupráce s E. Adlerovou na projektu „Carmen a flamenco“). Věnuje se časté studiové práci ( mj. Fisyo, ČNSO, ČT), podílel se např. na albech P.Milcové, C + K Vocalu, J. Suchého, J. Dědečka, D. Kolera či Ravena. Jako skladatel se orientuje jednak na tvorbu pro kytaru ( 2 kyt. koncerty, suity, sonáty, etudy apod. - na mezinárodním kyt. festivalu „ Mikulov 1998 “ byla provedena jeho komposice pro kyt. orchestr), jednak na zhudebňování moderní české poezie (na 250 písní). V současné době vyučuje na Pražské konzervatoři a vystupuje jako sólista s vlastním autorským programem, kombinujícím jak jeho písňovou, tak kytarovou tvorbu. More on website www.jaranovak.cz
Petr Dvorský (1966) Graduated The Jazz Conservatory of Jaroslav Ježek in Prague and studied classical music by Prof. Jan Kment, Prof. Vaclav Fuka and Prof. Jiri Valenta. He was a member of the debut jazz quartet “The Four” together with Karel Růžička Jr., Stanislav Mácha and Jiří Slavíček, which won the competition of The International Jazz Festival Karlovy Vary in 1990. In 1992, he was rewarded by the third price with Pavel Wlosok Trio at the international competition Jazz Juniors in Krakow in Poland. Since 1991 he has been an integral member of the Czech jazz scene and has been collaborating with many great Czech and abroad jazz musician, such as Karel Růžička, Emil Viklický, Štěpán Markovič, František Kop, Sandy Lomax, Mark Vinci, Steve Lacy etc. to name some of them. For several years, Petr Dvorsky has been nominated in The Czech Jazz Society Award as a talent of the year. In the last year, he performed at The Prague Jazz Open festival with Beata Hlavenková Trio and Ingrid Jensen, Canadian trumpet player, a member of The Maria Schneider Bigband. In March of this year, he has been touring with Emil Viklický Trio and a great trumpet player Markus Printup, a member of The Lincoln Jazz Orchestra Winton Marsalis. In these days, Petr Dvorsky plays with Miriam Bayle Band, with Elena Suchankova & Jocose Jazz, with Rostislav Fraš Q and is a member of a new project Infinity Q together with the most talented members of a new Czech jazz generation musicians. Among international projects, there are “Trio Music” with Welsh tenor saxophone player Osian Roberts and drummer Martin Sulc and the Czech-Finnish project “The Connection“, to name some of them. Since 2004, he is a member of The Czech Radio Bigband. P. Dvorsky is also active in jazz education and publication area – in 1999-2003, he was an editor of Jam, a jazz magazine and in 2004-2005 he was a director of The Summer Jazz Workshop in Prague, organized by the Czech Jazz Society.