Jan Talich studied at the Prague Conservatory and then at the Prague Academy of Music with Václav Snítil. He obtained a scholarship which enabled him to continue his violin studies in the United States with Shmuel Ashkenasi, then in England with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music.
In 1989, he won first prize at the “Václav Huml” international violin competition in Zagreb, a prize that launched his international solo career, leading him to play with numerous orchestras and give recitals throughout Europe.
He recorded several discs of Czech music as well as Concertos by Mozart and Beethoven. A great pedagogue, he regularly gives masterclasses in various European cities, particularly in France (Dijon, Paris, Angers) and in the Czech Republic.
In 1992, Jan Talich created the Jan Talich Chamber Orchestra, of which he is concertmaster and artistic director. He is also a founding member of the Trio Kubelík, with whom he plays throughout Europe and records the complete Dvořák Trios, as well as pieces by Smetana, Suk and Novák. He left the trio in 1997 to become 1st violin of the Talich Quartet, founded in 1964 by his father. The ensemble performs with great success all over the world: in Japan, South America, Mexico and South Korea...
Musical director of his own ensemble since its creation, Jan Talich has, in recent years, developed his career as a conductor. The musician is more and more often invited to conduct orchestras, in the Czech Republic and elsewhere. Since 2008-2009 he has conducted the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of South Bohemia.
Jan Talich plays a 1780 Italian violin by Joseph Gagliano of Naples.
Jan Talich is known nowadays an exceptional figure not only on the Czech cultural scene, but also internationally recognised. In his rich career he is able to connect, at the highest level, his knowledge and experiences of several professions. He performs as a soloist, chamber player, conductor and pedagogue the world-over.
His longest path has been that of his solo career. Whilst still at the Prague Academy he won the both national and international competitions. ( Zagreb 89 ). These helped him begin his solo career, which lasts until today. He has performed with piano partners such as Itamar Golan, Gottlieb Wallish, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jean Bernard Pommier.
For 5 years he was a member of the Kubelík Trio, with whom he recorded the complete Czech writings for piano trio. He left to take up the post of first violinist of the Talich Quartet.
The quartet, founded by his father in the year 1964, is one of the world's best ensembles. During the 20 years of his time in the quartet they have performed regularly in the best concert halls of the world and have recorded tens of CDs.
In the last 15 years he started down the track of conducting. He began with Libor Pešek, Sir Charles Mackerass and Jiří Bělohlávek. In the year 1992 he founded the Talich Chamber Orchestra and at the present time he is the Chief conductor of the Jihočeské filharmonie. He is in demand as a conductor not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Europe and the USA.
As a pedagogue he uses the influences gained during his career. As a representative of the Czech School (Ševčík, Kocián, Suk) he strives to achieve a combination of this tradition with the different interpretational traditions of his teachers from abroad. Ashkenasi, Feher, Zimbalist and Neaman, Rostal and Flesch.
He is regularly invited to give Masterclasses around the world.
He regularly gives masterclasses in Manchester, London, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Brussels, Prades Casals festival, Semering-Reichenau, Montreal and LA.
As a soloist he will be performing in Italy, Germany, Holland and the USA.
As a conductor he will be a guest in Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain and the USA.
With the Quartet he will tour Switzerland, Germany, France, Great Britain, the USA and Canada.
During the course of his career he has studied innumerable scores of solo, chamber and orchestral works and has also interpreted many premieres of present-day composers. In the past while he has also dedicated himself to the period interpretation of Baroque music.
His experiences as a solo and chamber player and his role as a conductor make him a very significant figure in the cultural life not only of the Czech Republic, but also on an international scale.
He is the president of the Talichův Beroun festival.
His discography is very comprehensive.
He has recorded tens of CDs with the Talich Quartet. (Calliope, BMG-Rca, Prima Volta,) eg. the complete recordings of the quartets of Mendelssohn, Kalivoda, Smetana, Janáček and Shostakovich's complete chamber music writings with piano, the quartets of Brahms, Dvořák, Shulhoff etc.
Many CDs with his orchestra (Supraphon, Calliope, Emi, Subterra label, Radio service). The symphonies of Mendelssohn, Jírovec, Dvořák, Schostakovich's works for string orchestra, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Janáček, Dvořák, Vaňhal etc.
The complete recordings of Czech works for piano trio. (Bonton) Smetana, Dvorak, Fibich.
As a soloist he recorded the Mozart violin concertos and Ronda, (Calliope)
Mozart – Synfonia concertante + 2 duets for violin and viola (with his father) Calliope
Koncert L. van Beethoven, (Calliope)
The complete smaller works of B. Martinů ( Gramofonové závody)
CD of Czech music – Dvořák, Suk, Janáček (Bonton)
Shostakovich – Violin sonata (Calliope)
Dvorak – Romance
Vivaldi – Four seasons (Live from Prague spring festival)
Bartok – Violin duets – complete
CD inspired by gypsy music
In 2019 he released his newest CD of Czech music. Dvořák, Smetana, Martinů and Suk with the pianist Petr Jiříkovský.