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Beata Hlavenková, a pianist, composer, singer, arranger and producer, is one of the most distinctive contemporary women musicians with an unmistakable authorial voice that transcends individual genres. If we are looking for a single word that would describe her best, it is “courage”: courage to experiment and to look for unconventional harmonies and arrangements. The genre freedom—supported by deep knowledge of jazz, modern classical music, pop and song-writing—blends together in all her projects with a clearly recognisable concentrated and sensitive interpretation.
She has six solo records to her name. Joy For Joel (2009), the piano record Theodoros (2013), also the albums Scintilla (2015), Bethlehem (2017) and albums of songs and poems set to music called Sně (2019) and Žijutě (2021). All the records were nominated for the Anděl award and two records were successful and won (Theodoros, Sně).
Hlavenková collaborates both with Czech and foreign musicians, she composes music for film (Dukla 61, Zátopek, The King of Šumava: The Phantom of the Dark Land) and theatre (VerTeDance and others) as well as for children (Pišlické příběhy, Ó, ó, ó, vajíčko). Last but not least, she arranges songs, from small acoustic pieces or sound design all the way to a symphonic orchestra.
In spring of 2022, she was nominated for the Český lev 2022 award in the Best Music category for the series The King of Šumava: The Phantom of the Dark Land.