He began playing cello at the age of nine. From 1977-82 he studied at the Conservatory in Kosice and consequently at the Prague Conservatory. Mr. Koci studied from 1982-87 at the Academy of Music in Prague in class of Prof. Milos Sadlo and chamber music with Prof. Antonin Kohout from the Smetana Quartet. After graduation he was the principal cellist of the Prague Chamber Opera. From 1988-89 Mr. Koci was imprisoned, and freed in 1989 during the "Velvet Revolution" as one of the political prisoners on the list of
Amnesty International.

In 1990-91 he was a member of the Danish Piano Trio, 1993-95 the principal cellist in Virtuosi di Praga, 1994-97 a member of the Czech Nonet, 1996-2002 a member of the Dolezal quartet and was a member of the Art trio Bohemia. Mr. Koci is a member of a Prague Chamber-Duo (cello and harp) with a well-known harpist, Katerina Englichova who graduated from the Curtis institute.

He has recorded for such companies as Harmonia Mundi, Music Masters, Supraphon, GZL, Claves, Radio France-Paris, Czech radio etc. He performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over Europe (Paris, Vienna, Bruxelles, Berlin, Madrid, Genf, Prague, Bratislava, etc.) and overseas in USA, Japan and Korea.

From 1996 he is a professor of cello and chamber music at the Prague Music Grammar School and from 2000 a professor at the Prague Conservatory.

Excerpt: http://www.cellist.nl/database/showcellist.asp?id=2469

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