Pavla Aunicka - mezzosoprano, Ales Barta -organ, Czech Chamber Orchestra , Gabriela Demeterova - violin, - Martina Hajkova & Jarka Vitovapiano, Vaclav Hudecek- violin, Pavel Hula - violin, Zdena Kloubova - soprano, Ivan Kusnjer - baritone, Bohuslav Matousek - violin, Giedre Luksaite - Mrazkova - organ / harpsichord, Zuzana Nemeckova - organ, Jirina Pokorna - organ, Vladimir Roubal - organ, Stamic Quartet, The PragueTrio, Jaroslav Tuma - organ, Ivan Zenaty - violin

Pavla Aunicka - mezzosoprano

After finishing secondary school in 1986 she became a student of prof.Brigita Sulcova at the Prague Conservatory, where she graduated in 1992. For three years she had attended the International Summer Music Courses in Weimar, where she worked with prof.Lisizian from Moscow. In 1991 she took part in E.Destinova┤s master Interpretation Courses, led by S.Milnes. In 1994 she won the Dvorak┤s singing Competition in Karlovy Vary. During the concert activities, she has worked e.g. with L.Matl, P.KŘhn, M.Kosler, T.Strugala and with Orchestra and FOK men┤s Choir, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. In 1992 she became a soloist of the opera of the National Theatre in Prague, where she creates various characters of mezzosoprano range.

Ales Barta -organ

is considered to be one of the finest Czech organists. A graduate of the Musical College at Prague's Academy of Performing Arts in the class of Prof. Vaclav Rabas, Mr. Barta has participated successfully in many organ competitions (Linec 1982, Budapest 1983, Prague Spring 1984). He appears as a soloist with the foremost symphonic and chamber orchestras in the Czech Republic, among others the Prague Symphony FOK and the Czech Philharmonic. He has concertized in many countries of Europe, the USA, and Japan. His rich recital repertoire includes important works from the early Baroque to the present day.

Czech Chamber Orchestra

The Czech Chamber Orchestrais the successor to the ensemble of the same name founded by Vaclav Talich and active from 1946 to 1948. The first violinof that early ensemble was Talich┤s pupil and colleague Josef Vlach. Ten years later, in 1957, Vlach came back to Talich┤s idea, gathered around him twenty-four outstanding string players and became a teacher and the director of this new orchestra. As part of his work as teacher, concert artist and conductor, Josef Vlach was responsible for bringing up a whole generation of young artists who now play in leading Czech orchestras and chamber groups. And it is presisely these pupils, together with the direct inheritors of Vlach┤s ideas - the New Vlach Quartet - who now continue in the interpretative tradition of Vaclav Talich and Josef Vlach. The artistic director of the Czech Chamber Orchestra Jana Vlachova and the ensemble┤s conductor Ondrej Kukal take as the basic precept for their work the conviction that a chamber orchestra must be guided by the same principles as a string quartet.

Gabriela Demeterova - violin

Photo of Gabriela Born in 1971, she began to play the violin at the age of five. She bacame a private pupil of Jaroslav Foltyn, a member of the Dvorak String Quartet in 1978. Since 1984 she has been studied at the Prague Conservatory and later at the Musical College of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts. In 1992 Miss Demeterova won the second prize in the Prague Spring Violin Competition and in 1993 all the major prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition in the senior section. During her studies she has attended several master classes in different countries and worked with J.Girgold, A.Lysy, E.Grach, D.Schwarzberg, U.Wiezel etc. She gives concerts in USA, France, Germany England and the Czech Republic. She has made several recordings for Czech Radio and ORF and has recorded CDť . She has regular lessons with Josef Suk whom she plays chamber music.

Martina Hajkova & Jarka Vitova - piano

The sisters Martina Vitova-Hajkova and Jaroslava Vitova, after studies at the Prague Conservatory, graduated from the Musical College of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts in the class of the outstanding pianist and pedagogue Valentina Kamenikova. Martina Vitova-Hajkova is a Professor at the Prague Conservatory, and also devotes herself to solo and chamber concertizing. Jaroslava Vitova teaches at the Musical College of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts. In 1994 she founded the chamber orchestra Archi di Praga collegio, of which she is the artistic director.

Vaclav Hudecek - violin

Violinist Vaclav Hudecek (born 1952 in Rozmital pod Tremsin) attracted attention to his extraordinary gifts already in his childhood. He was trained by outstanding teachers: the well-known violin pedagogue Bohumil Kotmel at the music school in Strakonice, then Dr. Josef Micka at the Prague Conservatory. As an exceptional student, he enrolled already at the age of sixteen in the Musical college of Prague┤s Academy of Performing Arts, where he graduated as a student of Vaclav Snitil. Of fundamental importance for his artistic growth was his meeting with great violinist David Oistrach, with whom he studied and consulted in the years 1970-1974. Since 1967, when Vaclav Hudecek won First Prize in the international radio competition Concertino Praga, he was concertized regularly all over Europe as well as in the USA, Canada and Japan. He is often invited to appear with the top world orchestras - with the Czech Philharmonic on a regular basis, as well as with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the NHK Orchestra of Tokyo. He appears in solo recitals with the pianist Petr Adamec, and recently also with guitarist Lubomir Brabec. He is a frequent guest in recording studios, and performs also on radio and television.

Pavel Hula - violin

graduated from the class of Prof. M. Hlou˛ova at the Musical College of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts. He expanded his musical education by studying chamber music with Prof. A. Kohout, a member of the Smetana Quartet, and in master classes with V. Malinin in Weimar. Since 1975 he has been first violinist of the Kocian Quartet, with which he has played more than 2000 concerts in twenty-five countries all over the world, and recorded almost two dozen CDs. As a soloist he appears often with the organist Jirina Pokorna, the pianist Boris Krajny, and with his daughter Lucie, a violinist and student at the Prague Conservatory. He also concertizes with leading Czech orchestras, including the Czech Philharmonic. He is now beginning to devote himself also to conducting.

Zdena Kloubova - soprano

graduated in operatic singing from Prague's Academy of Performing Arts. Already during her student days she was a finalist in the Robert Schumann International Singing Competition in Zwickau (1985). She has appeared in opera productions in Denmark, Belgium, Russia, Japan, and Israel, and concertized with chamber ensembles in Germany, Italy, and France. She is also known for her performances of songs and oratorios. She appears with the top chamber and symphonic ensembles of the Czech Republic. Since 1994 she has been a soloist with the National Theatre in Prague , specializing in coloratura and soubrette roles.

Ivan Kusnjer - baritone

a soloist with the National Theatre Opera in Prague, is today one of the most important operatic singers in the Czech Republic. He has won prizes in international competitions (Geneva 1978, Vercelli 1984). Aside from his extensive operatic repertoire, he is an outstanding interpreter of cantata and oratorio works; his art song repertoire is also extensive. He has appeared on the stages of leading opera houses around the world, including among others the Staatsoper in Berlin, La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera Comique, the Teatro Colˇn in Buenos Aires, and the Vienna Staatsoper.

Bohuslav Matousek - violin

After finishing his studies at the Musical College of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts, and after study residencies in Zurich and Lucerne, Bohuslav Matousek was invited to Japan in 1977 to serve as soloist and concert master for the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, where he performed many violin concertos under the baton of world-renowned conductors. After returning from Japan, besides his solo activities he assumed the position of first violinist in the Stamic Quartet in 1980, and led this ensemble over the course of fifteen years to many important international successes and awards. Starting in 1995 he is devoting himself once more exclusively to solo concertizing activity. His extensive repertoire includes works from the early Baroque to the present day.

Giedre Luksaite - Mrazkova - cembalo / harpsichord

Giedre Luksaite-Mrazkova, born in Lithuania, studied piano and organ at the Musical Academy in Vilnius, later at the P. I. Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow. In 1974 she completed a year's study at the Musical College of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts (AMU) under organist Prof. J. Reinberger. During this time she began to study harpsichord with Z. Ruzickova. Today she works at AMU as a harpsichord instructor. In her 25-year artistic career, she has appeared as organist and harpsichordist in Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, the Baltic lands, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, and other countries. She has collaborated with outstanding orchestras (the Dresden Philharmonic, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra); for 9 years she was a member of Munclinger's chamber orchestra "Ars rediviva". She records for Supraphon, Panton, Melodie, and Arta.

Zuzana Nemeckova - organ

internationally renowned organist, is one of the Czech's brightest musical talents. While completing her studies at the Conservatory of Music and the Musical College of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts under the leadership of professor Jan Hora, she garnered a number of prizes including the title of laureate awarded to her at the International Organ Competition held during the Prague Spring Festival in 1984. Her extensive repertoire ranges from the Baroque masters to a number of contemporary composers. In addition to working with leading Czech orchestras and soloists, Nemeckova regularly performs in Germany, Austria, Russia and Spain. She is a frequent guest on radio and television programs here and has made several recordings.

Jirina Pokorna - organ

is one of the foremost Czech organists. She attracted attention already during her student days, and has concertized regularly since the 1960s not only in the Czech Republic but in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, and Japan. She has complemented her solo activities by collaborating with top Czech instrumentalists, for example with the Czech Philharmonic trumpeter Miroslav Kejmar and the violinist Pavel Hula. She has made many recordings for Supraphon, Panton, Nippon Columbia, Pony Canyon, and other labels.

The Prague Trio

Founded in 1970 at the Prague┤s Academy of Performing Arts under the guidance of Prof.Antonin Kohout, the Prague Trio is recognized as one of the Czech leading music bodies and is highly active in music life of the city and entire country. In 1971at the beginning of its concert activities, the trio won the Czech Interpreters Competition of the Ministry of Czech culture. With more than 1600 concerts during its existence, the ensemble performed in most European countries, in Mexico, India, Egypt, the Far East. Tours throughout USA and Japan have established the Prague Trio as a major first class ensemble of chamber music. They recorded for Supraphon, Panton and Le Chant du Monde labels.

Vladimir Roubal - organ

is a graduate of the Plzen Conservatory, where he studied with Prof. Jitka Chaloupkova, and the Prague Conservatory, with Prof. Jan Hora. He studied improvisation with Prof. Jaroslav Vodrazka. In national competitions of young organists in Opava (1982) and Krnov (1988) he won first prize for organ improvisation. He records for Czech Radio as well as abroad, having made several CDs. Since 1990 he has been Director of Church Music at the Premonstratensian Monastery at Strahov in Prague.

Stamic String Quartet

The Stamic Quartet was founded in 1985. In 1986 it won first prize at the international competition of the EBU/OIRT (European Broadcasting Union/Organisation Internationale de Radio-diffusion et Television) in Salzburg. Labels for which the quartet has recorded include Bayer Records in Germany, for which it has already recorded the majority of the quartet repertoire. It has twice won the Grand Prix Du Disque in Paris, for its complete recording of the string quartets of Bohuslav Martinu and for its recording of string quartets by Antonin Dvorak. The ensemble works with many radio stations around Europe, and regularly concertizes in the majority of countries in Europe as well as in the USA, Canada, and Japan.

Jaroslav Tuma - organ

studied organ, composition and harpsichord at he Prague Conservatory. He graduated from the university studies at the Musical College of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts in 1982. Even before graduating he took part in a number of international competitions. Jaroslav Tuma┤s greatest achievement was the first prize in the world-famous Competition of Organ Improvisation in Haarlem, Holland in 1986. He plays not only organ but also cembalo and clavichord. He has had concerts all over the Europe, USA, Singapore and Japan. Mr.Tuma teaches at the Musical College of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts. He also frequently makes recordings of ancient music.

Ivan Zenaty - violin

The laureate of The Tschaikowsky Contest in Moscow (1982) and the winner of the International Violin Competition Prague Spring (1987) Ivan zenaty is an internationally acknowledged violinist, playing concerts regularly throughout Europe, Asia, and in both Northern and Latin Americas. He is recording in USA (Dorian), Austria (Discover) and Czech Republic and has been invited as a guest soloist by many outstanding world orchestras - Czech Philharmony, Berliner Symfoniker, Radio Stuttgart, English Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra etc. He performed some 50 violin concertos in public. On his iniciative the Capella Sancta Caecilia was formed in 1992, intended to perform the music of the 18th century. The members of this ensemble are at the same time either members of the Czech Philharmonics or renowned soloists.

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