Aleš Bárta is one of the most successful Czech organists. He began his studies at the Brno Conservatoire under the tuition of Josef Pukl and continued at the Prague Academy of Music with Václav Rabas. While still a student he participated successfully in various Czech and later international competitions. He was a laureate of the Anton Bruckner International Organ Competition in Linz in 1982, a laureate of the 1983 Franz Liszt International Organ Competition in Budapest and the absolute winner of the Prague Spring International Organ Competition in 1984. His concert repertoire includes pivotal organ compositions, both of Czech and international provenance, ranging from the baroque period to contemporary music. He performs as a soloist with a number of prominent symphony orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as with chamber orchestras such as the Virtuosi di Praga and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. He cooperates with prominent soloists such as Josef Suk, Ivan Kusnjer, Sergej Kopčák and Miroslav Kejmar.
Bárta is a regular guest in both Czech and foreign concert halls. He has performed in Austria, Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Belgium, Russia, Turkey, the USA, Japan and China. He has appeared as a guest at international festivals in Prague, Bratislava, Leipzig, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Berlin, Avignon, Tokyo, London and Zurich. During his Japanese tour in 1998 he opened the new concert hall in Yokohama with two recitals. Bárta regularly cooperates with Czech Radio and has been an official “Czech Radio Soloist” since 1995. He presents premieres of contemporary organ music.
Aleš Bárta records for the recording companies Arco Diva, Supraphon and for the Japanese firms Pony Canyon and Octavia Records. He has recorded 30 solo compact discs, for which he has received numerous awards (the Supraphon Gold Recording, the Harmony Award, the Prize of the Czech Music Fund). In 1995, his first CD for on the Pony Canyon label – J. S. Bach: Organ Works – received the accolade “best recording” successfully competing against recordings by foremost international soloists and orchestras. Following this success he recorded 16 CD’s of the complete organ works of J. S. Bach for the same company.