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BOHUS HERAN - CELLIST

Autographed 9.25” x 12.25” single sheet broadside announcing a concert by the cellist and his accompanist Alfred Holecek, April 19, 1941.  Both have signed.

Heran (1907-1968) was a leading cellist for several decades of the 20th Century.  He grew up in Usti, the same town as violinist Jaroslav Kocian.  He first studied the piano with his mother, then was sent to study violin with Alois Synchra.  At nine he picked up the cello and was sent to meet the Bohemian Quartet cellist Hanus Wihan in 1919.  He readily accepted Heran and taught him for nearly a year before his death in 1920.  His skill allowed him to bypass two years of the Prague Conservatory and he began to study there with the important Czech cellist Jan Burian.  After his 1925 graduation he took the masters program there with Burian.  He next went to France on a scholarship to study with Gerard Hekking, Pierre Fournier and Paul Tortelier’s teacher at the Paris Conservatoire.  Hekking made a big impression on the cellist and his playing.  He made his professional debut in Winterthur, Switzerland.  In 1930 he went back to Prague where he was the first desk cellist of the Czechoslovak Radio Symphony for 23 years.  He also played regular solo engagements in recital and concert with orchestra.  The cellist taught at the Prague Conservatoire until 1962, when he moved to Brno to become Vice Chancellor of the Janacek Academy there.  In 1959 he helped to start the annual Kocian competition for young violinists.  He also formed a second contest which is given every other year for young cellists in his name.  That contest began in 1968, four months after his early death.