Roman Rusňák / 1984

Roman Rusňák (1984) was born in Rožňava, Slovakia.

He began playing violin at the age of nine, attending the Elementary Art School in Rožňava.

In 1999 he enrolled at the Conservatory in Košice (Slovakia), where he started playing viola under command of Professor Mgr. Art. Vera Lipatova.

He attended during his studies twice Slovak Conservatories competition – first in Banská Bystrica (he won 1st place in category I.) and two years later in Bratislava (he won 1st place in category II.).

Also he participated 6th year of International competition of Bohdan Varchala THE QUEST FOR TALENT in Dolný Kubín (Slovakia), where, together with Quartet, he won 3rd place and prize for the best interpretation of the current author.

He graduated successfully at the Conservatory in Košice. Then he entered in Janáček Academy in Brno (Czech Republic), managed by Professor Mgr. Art. Karl Prochádzka and he earned a Bachelor’s degree (BcA). He continued his Master’s program at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Czech Republic), leaded by Prof. Lubomír Malý and in 2010 he successfully gained degree Master of Arts (MgA).

He was a member of the international youth Orchestra – Visegrad Young Philharmony (V4) and too member of the State Philharmonic Orchestra in Košice, also member of the Janacek Opera in Brno.

Besides Brahms Competitions in Austrian Poertschach (2009) and Festival Bled in Slovenia (2007), he actively took part in international master viola courses in Leipzig (in Mendelssohn House and Museum), headed by renowned Russian violist Tatiana Masurenko.

After his studies in Prague he became not only a member of the State Chamber Orchestra in Žilina (Slovak Sinfonietta), but also a director and solo performer of viola group for two concert seasons.

In the next three years he became a member of the viola group of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. Likewise at the same time he completed his graduate degree studies in viola at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, headed by Univ.Prof. Hans Peter Ochsenhofer (ex-member of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra). On the present he is working as a member of the viola group in the Slovak Philharmonic and chamber orchestra Hilaris.