is a Czech cellist
, and conductor
, descended from the 18th Century
Benda family of composers. He performs worldwide both as a soloist and a conductor. His numerous recordings include many classical standards as well as the compositions of his ancestors George Anton (Jiri Antonin) Benda
, Frantisek Benda
, and Jan Jiri Benda. (Another ancestor of his was the conductor Hans von Benda
, who was particularly active between the 1930s and the 1950s.) He serves as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Prague Sinfonia.