Born in 1996 in Brno, Czech Republic, Jakub Sládek began studying piano at the age of six. After graduating from the bachelor’s program at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, studying with Professor František Malý, he received the Prize of Nadjezda Pochlebina-Sazina for the best graduate of the Piano Department. He is a recipient of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Prize. In March 2021, he finished a half-year Erasmus program with Professor Ronan O’Hora and Professor Noriko Ogawa at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London while finishing his master’s studies in Prague. In September he will begin a two-year Artist Diploma program at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Professor Ronan O’Hora, also becoming an artist of the Talent Unlimited Trust in 2021. He is currently working toward recording the complete piano works of the unjustly forgotten late 20th century Czech emigré composer Jan Novák in a set of three CDs with Toccata Classics in the span of the next five to ten years. Jakub has attended various masterclasses, for example with Imogen Cooper and Andrea Bonatta, where he received one of the three prizes of excellence. He has also studied with professors Marcel Baudet, Naum Grubert, Kirill Gerstein, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Viktorie Švihlíková, Martin Kasík and Grigory Gruzman.
He is a laureate of many national and international piano competitions. He won 1st prizes at such competitions as the International Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte Competition (Grand Prix), International AMADEUS Competition, Prague Junior Note Competition, International Piano Competition Košice and the National Piano Competition of Art Schools in Czech Republic (Grand Prix). He received the 3rd prize at the International A Step towards mastery competition in St. Petersburg and became one of the prizewinners at the Ettlingen Piano Competition in Germany. He became a semifinalist of the Lyon International Piano Competition. He was awarded the 3rd prize at the International Leoš Janáček Piano Competition as well as the prize for best interpretation of a piece by Leoš Janáček. He won the 3rd prize at the Marbella International Piano Competition (first prize was not awarded). He became a finalist at the Campillos International Piano Competition, where he also won the audience prize.
Jakub has performed throughout Europe, in Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, France, Spain, Italy, Norway and Great Britain. He had his first solo performance with an orchestra at the age of ten. He performed as a soloist with the Brno Symphony Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also an active chamber musician, regularly performing with various chamber ensembles and since 2019 is a scholarship holder of the Academy of Chamber Music in Czech Republic. He has performed several times for the Czech Radio and had multiple TV appearances, both in Czech Republic and abroad.