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Kateřina Váchová-Soukalová was born on 13th March 1975 in Havlíčkův Brod, Czech.

She started to learn the clarinet at the music school in the class of Josef Brožek.

She went on studying the clarinet in 1989-1995 at the Prague Conservatoire in the class of professor Jiří Stárek and then at the Academy of Music Arts in Prague in the class of professor Jiří Hlaváč. She graduated in 2001.

In 1998 she won a 2-year stipend at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She studied with professors Thea King, Joy Farrall, Anthony Pike and Julian Farrell.

She also participated in several Master Classes (M. Arrignon, M. Lethiec).

During her studies she was successful in many international performers' competitions:

1990 - 1st prize in performers' competition in Kraslice, Czech

1992 - 1st prize in the international competition Concertino Praga

1993 - 1st prize in the competition in Kroměříž, Czech

1998 - 1st prize in performers' competition in Chomutov, Czech

To her greatest successes belong the victory in the international competition for the European Music Prize in Lisbon in 1994, the 1st prize in the Concours Européen d'Interprétation Musicale in Moulins, France, in 1999, and the title of the laureate in the 2002 Prague Spring International Music Competition.

Kateřina Váchová-Soukalová has given concerts with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Mariánské Lázně, North Bohemian Philharmonic Teplice and Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc.

Kateřina Váchová-Soukalová has made many recordings for the Czech Radio, Prague.

In 2003 she executed Weber's Concerto in F minor with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Since 2001 she has been a member of the orchestra of the State Opera Prague.