Jan Valta is a Czech composer and conductor. He is a graduate of the Teplice Conservatoire where he studied with Professor Jiřina Dlouhá. He is also a graduate from the faculty of music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, studying with Professor Jindřich Pazdera. At the age of nineteen he became a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for two seasons.
He is the second violinist and founder member of the Herold Quartet which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2009. One of the foremost string quartets from the Czech Republic, the ensemble has undertaken concert tours in Europe including Wigmore Hall in London, Sendesaal in Frankfurt, l’Auditori in Barcelona and in Palau di Musica in Valencia. The Herold Quartet has also performed in Japan, Australia, Brazil and Hawaii. In 2001 the Herold Quartet was awarded the prestigious Czech Chamber Music Society Prize. The Quartet has recorded three CDs. It has also undertaken recordings for Czech Radio, ABC Classic FM Sydney, Hessischer Rundfunk and for Supraphon.