Vera Hermanová studied organ in Brno and in Paris. She is a graduate from the Conservatoire and the “Janácek Academy of Performing Arts”, both in her native town. In Paris she completed her studies with the famous Gaston Litaize by winning “Premier Prix à l’Unanimité” at the “Conservatoire National de Saint-Maur”. She took part in master classes with prominent European organists (Gaston Litaize, Piet Kee, Ewald Kooiman, Guy Bovet, Lionel Rogg ). She took a postgraduate course in musicology at the Arts Faculty of the Masaryk University in Brno, submitting a dissertation on “Olivier Messiaen – Heir of French Organ Tradition” and receiving her doctorate in 1997.
During her university studies she won several organ competitions and began her career of a solo performer, which later led her to most European countries. She has appeared in a number of European culture centres including Prague, Paris, Vienna, Linz, Berlin, Münich, Hamburg, Dresden, Copenhagen, Oslo, Lublana, Utrecht, Haarlem and others. She has been invited to play at a number of major organ festivals at home and abroad (in Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and in Italy).
Vera Hermanová’s wide repertoire includes music from late Renaissance, Bach and major romantic pieces to 20th century music, which is her favourite. Besides Czech organ music, the interest in which is only natural, her Paris schooling predestined her for special attention to French organ music of all periods.
Considerable success of her recitals soon opened her the doors of radio and gramophone studios: up to now she has made a number of radio recordings, and thirteen gramophone recordings of Czech and French organ music of the 18th to 20th centuries published by SUPRAPHON, BONTON, PANTON and BMG. Two CD recordings of Czech organ works of the 18th and 20th centuries won her the Czech Music Fund Prize.
Although Vera Hermanová focuses on solo recitals she also likes chamber performance, especially together with trumpeters, harpsichord players, singers and brass quintets.