Kirschner: Music has always been the intention

Jana Kirschner has been on the Slovak music scene for more than 20 years.

(Source: Marko Erd, Sme)

She always knew she wanted to be a singer, ever since she was a little girl. She took singing and piano lessons and participated in many singing contests for children, usually for folk songs. Today, Jana Kirschner stands among the brightest stars in Slovakia’s music scene.

When she was a teenager, she also dedicated her free time to dancing and song-writing. Her break-through came when a photographer spotted her on the streets of her hometown, the historical central-Slovak town of Martin. He shot photos of her for his exhibition.

The first success

Those photos found their way to the organisers of the Miss Slovakia beauty pageant. It was in 1996, and Jana Kirschner was selected as one of 12 contestants. But all the while she was aware that she had always wanted to be a singer and not a model. People from the modelling agency also thought Jana Kirschner could become a pop diva.

The label that emerged back then, the “first lady of Slovak pop music”, has somehow stuck to her. But she considers herself neither the first lady nor a rebel.

“In fact, I have been looking for the courage to be a rebel my entire life,” Kirschner told The Slovak Spectator. “I’m thankful for my hits, but I’m not always in the mood to sing them.”

Without popular radio hits, her later, critically acclaimed albums like Krajina and Moruša would not have existed either.

“It is a part of the jigsaw puzzle that is me,” she said.

In 1997 she released her debut album, titled Jana Kirschner. Between 1999 and 2003, she won several Slávik (Nightingale) awards based on a public popularity poll, in the female singer category. In 2000, 2002 and 2003 she released three more albums, all of them very positively received. She became a star on Slovak radio stations and her songs hit the top positions in local music charts.

“For me, awards and prizes have always been just a bonus to what we were doing, never the intention,” said Kirschner. The only intention has always been music.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Faces of Slovakia

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

News digest: Slovakia to spend three Advent weekends with testing. President wants it to be voluntary

Seven candidates for the general prosecutor post approved. Acting general prosecutor steps down.

Installation of Christmas tree in Trnava

Who was behind the sale of one of the biggest banks in Slovakia

The largest law firms were involved in several innovative projects, too.

UK nationals in Slovakia advised to take action as end of transition period nears

UK Nationals should check the British Embassy's "Living in Guide" for the most up-to-date information.

Illustrative stock photo

Three rounds of testing should take place before Christmas

The first round will be nationwide and should take place in two weeks.