Štěpánka Balcarová is a jazz trumpet-player, composer and conductor. She graduated as a jazz trumpetist from the Jazz Academy in Katowice, Poland, and afterwards studied composition and arrangement with Ed Parytka at the Jazz Academy in Graz, Austria. She is the leader of Czech-Polish quintet Inner Spaces, whose album “Light Year” was awarded best jazz album of the year 2012 by the Czech musical award “Anděl”. In 2017, in collaboration with the Polish singer Malgorzata Hutek, she released the album Life and Happiness of Julian Tuwim with the poems of the famous Polish author Julian Tuwim. She is currently teaching at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory and at the jazz department of the Music Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.