PH Concert Series: S.V.A. Trio


On Tuesday 23 April 2024, the Delegation of Prague to the EU organised another concert from the Prague House Concert Series – Year of Czech Music 2024. This time the stage belonged to the unique and innovative S.V.A. Trio, that focuses primarily on their own work blending jazz, funk, groove and pop.

S.V.A. Trio Alexey Aslamas – Violin, Vladan Malinjak – Viola, Šimon Marek - Violoncello David Hysek - Sound Engineer

SVA Trio is a unique ensemble of the Czech music scene defined by its stylistic range, creativity, precision and passion. It is a formation of three renowned musicians with extensive multi-genre experience. Their compositions reflect the collective musical influences of the ensemble members and respond innovatively to life within the big city. They have named their musical style “urban fusion” a blend of jazz, funk, groove and pop and successfully released their debut album under the same name in 2021.

Alexey Aslamas, violin He studied violin at the Brno Conservatory with prof. Bohumila Kotmel and at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Prof. Pavel Kudelásk. Under his direction, he graduated from the conservatory in 2005 with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 accompanied by the Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. He continued his studies with doc. Jindřich Pazdera at AMU Prague and at the International Menuhin Music Academy Gstaad in Switzerland with maestro Alberto Lysy and Livio Prunar. During his studies, he participated in various master classes (Prof. Semion Jaroševič, Attila Falvay, Bogdan Zvoristeanu, Mihaela Martin, Philippe Graffin, Stanimir Todorov, Ettore Causa, Hagai Shaha and maestro Maxim Vengerov). Alexey studied conducting at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in the class of doc. Hynek Farkač. His achievements include prizes from competitions in Interlaken (Switzerland, 2005), San Sebastian (Spain, 2008), Schwerin (Germany, 2010), Chamonix (France, 2011). Alexey Aslamas is actively engaged in chamber music (Pavel Bořkovec’s String Quartet, Epoque Quartet, S.V.A. Trio). In parallel, he practices the most diverse styles from blues, through funk to psytrance and hip hop (collaboration with bands Cradle of Filth, Acute Dose, producers DJ, Opia, Sirian). As a composer and arranger he collaborates with Epoque Quartet, Apollon Quartet, Michal Pavlíček, Monika Načeva, Dara Rollins, Dasha, Chuck Wansley, DJ Wich, Štěpán Hebík 7x3. He is a conductor at StarRecordings Production and Unique Orchestra.

Vladan Malinjak, viola He graduated from the Pilsen Conservatory (majoring in viola) in 1994. He continued his studies at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory where he deepened his appreciation of jazz (jazz department violin major). Since 2010, he has been a member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He is an active chamber musician (Unique Quartet and S.V.A. trio) and cooperates on various multi-genre projects (Aneta Langerová band).

Šimon Marek, cello He started playing the cello at the age of six with professor Jan Vychytil at the Music School of the Capital City of Prague and continued his studies with Mirko and Martin Škampa. Later on he joined the class of Jan Keller at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague, where, in addition to cello, he studied composition with professor Karel Růžička. He completed his studies at AMU Prague in the class of cellist Mikael Ericsson. In 2016, he founded his own multi-genre string quartet Unique Quartet, which performs and records both independently and in collaboration with leading musicians and singers from the Czech and Slovak music scene. In 2020, he addressed his colleagues and friends, who have similar musical taste and desire to participate in various cross-genre projects and thus Unique Orchestra was born. In the same year he became a member of the S.V.A. trio. He is active in the successful Prague jazz-fusion formation called Ochepovsky Project, in the pop quartet De Facto Quartet and the band Talaqpo, which focuses on alternative music. Šimon has also experience in the theater environment. With his cello he accompanied various performances such as the Concrete Garden in the Švandovo Theater or Black Black Woods by Cirk La Putyka, and also worked in the productions of the Studio DVA or ABC theater.