KATERINA ZLATNIKOVA made the cimbalon, which was considered as a pure popular instrument, an instrument for the concerthall and the public as well as the press at home and abroad appreciated her artistic performance.
For Katerina Zlatníková's development, her mother, Marie Zlatníková
(1901-1985), was of great importance. Then, after the completion of her
studies at the Art academy, she stood in the center of cultural life in Prague
for sculpture, painting and for poetry. She set up her own studio and received
orders. In 1937 she attended professional seminars in Paris and especially admired
the work of Auguste Rodin.
The German occupation and the second world war had for the family Zlatník decisive consequences. However, Marie Zlatníková nevertheless persued her artistic work. On the 14.2.1945, her studio and apartment was bombed whereby most of her work was destroyed. Only a small, damaged statue in bronze of Katerina was found. In the following years Marie Zlatníková continued her creative work. Her greatest interest in sculpture applied to individual portraits as well, so that her instinctive sense for the final representation earned her the most recognition.
She chose significant persons of the cultural life in Czechoslovakia (many of them were friends), artists (including composers and musicians) and scientists.
She drew and painted children. Also her own three children often stood for a model. She painted still life, flowers and landscapes.
Katerina Zlatníková was born in Prague and her musical talent was noticed at an early age. Five years old, she was admitted in Jan Kuehn's children's choir and worked in concerts and opera performances with (ex. Rafael Kubelik`s "Veronika", A. Dvorak, "Jacobin"and other). At nine years of age she began to play the piano, at 15 the guitar.
After she graduated, at age 16, she continued her studies at the Prague conservatory with the cimbalon - dulcimer (with Albert Pek), the recorder, the guitar (with Stepan Urban) and the piano. She finished with honours.
In 1960 she obtained the first prize in playing cimbalom by the interpretations competition in the Conservatory of Brno.
Katerina Zlatníková became a versatile interpreter of ancien and new music. She worked together with many known ensembles (ex. Laterna Magica, the Prague madrigalists, Musica viva Pragensis), theater, symphony orchestras and performed at many concerts, radio and recording studios.
The popular instrument, the cimbalon, became her favourite, and she consequently brought the instrument it`s concert validity.
Through her mother she became aquainted with the composers of Prague and appeared in public performance with her. Alois Hába was the first to write a composition for dulcimer solo in 1960, after her mother Marie Zlatníková made a bust of him. Others followed, including Václav Kucera, Jan Kapr, Sláva Vorlová (see: dulcimer solo).
In 1964 -1967, she attended courses in baroque music in Cologne (recorder by H.-M.Linde) and in 1967 in contemporary music In Darmstadt, where she acquired further compositions for her instrument.
In 1970 she moved to Stuttgart. Since then, she has performed with numerous groups and many renowned orchestras all over Europe: in Germany,Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, France, Austria, Stockholm, Helsinki (the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin and Vienna, the Ensemble Kontrapunkte Wien, the Scala of Milan, RAI Roma, Venice, BRT Brüssel, l'Orchestre de Paris, Opera and Radio symphony orchestras in Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Oldenburg, Munich, Frankfort, Cologne). (see: cimbalon orchestral)
The surprising varieties in sound and expression, which Katerina
Zlatníková is able to produce with the cimbalon have inspired quite a number
of modern composers to write pieces for this instrument for her
(over 70 compositions) which they dedicated to the artist. In her solo
and chamber music concerts, on radio and television, she is requalary performing
these new compositions with great enthusiasm. Her artistic achievement brings
her, in public and in the national and international press, full recognition.
"A charming and amiable ambassadress of music is the cimbalom player Katerina Zlatníková, who, with natural ease conquers all the difficulties
of her instrument. She know how to produce the sound colors of a whole orchestra, so that the cimbalon, which is almost unknown in our countries, does not only arose interest, but given a lot of pleasure and enthusiasme." WoFr. (Waiblinger Kreiszeitung). (see: rewiews)
As virtuos recorder player, Katerina Zlatníková had already in Prague numerous chamber music concerts played and organized herself. In Stuttgart she was heard playing Bach`s Brandenburg concertos as a partner to Igor Oistrach.
From 1972 to 1982 she has been performing in the "Duo scelto" with Willy Freivogel (flute), since 1984 with Stephan Zilka (flute), since 1988 with the violinist Jenny Abel, and since 1997 with the Hungarian pianist Tibor Dimeth. Futher programmes include harp and recitation. (see: duo and more)
Already in Prague she began her activity as pedagogue with the guitar. Further in 1970-75 in the music school in Stuttgart, and since 1975 in the school for music, theater and dance in Sindelfingen with the guitar, dulcimer, piano, keyboard and recorder.
In 1991 she was one of the founding members of the "Cimbalom World Association" in Budapest, who's goal is to promote the different kinds of cimbalom instruments (santur, yanquin, dulcimer, Hackbrett, salterio), news concerning members and distributing music, the organization of concerts, congresses and festivals, on which Katerina Zlatníková participates (Pecz, Brno, Bratislava).
In November 1991 she took part on the "First Cimbalom World Congress"
in Pécs, Hungary.
In a concert there she premiered with overwhelming success Georg Lawall's composition "Anderseits" (" Love all ") written for her.
She became a foundation member of the "Cimbalom World Association", whose aim it is to promote the different types of the family of the cimbalom worldwide (Santur, Yangqin, Dulcimer, Hackbrett, Salterio).
She took part in the Second Congress in Brno (on October 1993), in the First International Festival of the cimbalom (on May 1995) in Valasské Mezirící - Czech Republic.
She was performing her new composition "Landscape" (cimbalon with electronic music) on the Third World Congress in Bratislava, Slovakia (on October 1995), also a new concertino of Markus Lehmann (Freiburg) "Racconti" for cimbalo with chambre orchestra.
She took also part in the Sixth Congress in Lviv, Ukraine in 2001 and Seventh CWA Congress in Appenzell. She was performing there her new compositions for dulcimer.
Katerina Zlatníková is a member of the Union of artists
In 1994 she was awarded the Johann-Wenzel-Stamitz-Prize for interpreters in honour of her achievementes.