The clarinetist Jana Lahodná is a prize-winner of the 2008 Prague Spring Competition where she was awarded a prize for the best performance of the obligatory piece by Karel Husa as well as the Prize of the Foundation ´Artist´s Life´.
She studied at the Jan Neruda Music School in the class of prof. Jiří Krejčí and at the Prague Conservatoire under prof. Ludmila Peterková and prof Milan Polák. She graduated from the Prague Academy of Music in the class of profs. Jiří Hlaváč and Vlastimil Mareš. In 2008 she spent six months studying with prof. Justus Sanz at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, and three weeks in November 2012 with prof. Jorge Montillo in Boston. Among her other achievements are First Prize in an international competition in Brescia in Italy and a Second Prize at the Czech Conservatoires Competition. In 2011 she was awarded the Leoš Janáček Prize. She perfoms as a soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Czech Chamber Orchestra, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic, the South Bohemian Philharmonia and the Northern Philharmonia Teplice. She performs with international soloists and chamber ensembles, namely André Cazalet, Felix Renggli, Diemut Poppen, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Irina Kondratěnko, Ludmila Peterková, Jan Talich and the Zemlinsky Quartet.
In 2011 Jana Lahodná was the soloist at a concert by the Prague Chamber Philharmonia under Jiří Bělohlávek given at the presentation ceremony of the Trebbia prizes, an event that was broadcast live by Czech Television. Also under Jiří Bělohlávek she took part in the opening concert of the 2011 Prague Spring Festival. She records regularly for Czech Radio and gives concerts at home and abroad.
Since 2006 Jana has been member of the Hradec Králové Philharmonic and in the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 seasons she was artist-in-residence with the Prague Chamber Philharmonia.