Jan Čižmář

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Jan Čižmář je všestranný umělec zabývající se hrou na historické drnkací nástroje. Se soubory jako např. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra či Capella Cracoviensis a pod dirigenty jako Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Giovanni Antonini, Yannick Nézet–Séguin či Christina Pluhar pravidelně účinkuje v Evropě, Asii a USA. Vystupuje také jako sólista s barokním a renesančním repertoárem.

Po ukončení studia hry na kytaru a muzikologie v rodném Brně odešel do Londýna studovat na Royal College of Music, kde se začal věnovat hře na loutnu ve třídě Jakoba Lindberga. Ve studiu pokračoval na Královské konzervatoři v Haagu, kde jeho učiteli byli Nigel North, Joachim Held, Mike Fentross a Christina Pluhar.

Byl zakladatelem a šéfredaktorem českého kytarového časopisu Kytara a pravidelně přispívá i do dalších hudebních periodik. Intenzivně se také věnuje ediční a badatelské činnosti v oblasti staré hudby.

Jan Čižmář vyučoval hru na loutnu a příbuzné nástroje na Hudební akademii Karola Szymanowského v Katowicích v Polsku, v současnosti působí na JAMU v Brně a na Akademii staré hudby při FF MU v Brně. Pravidelně vyučuje na kurzech a masterclass v Evropě i zámoří.

www.jancizmar.com

Marta Kratochvílová

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Marta Kratochvílová studovala hru na flétnu na Konzervatoři v Pardubicích a poté na JAMU v Brně. V roce 2000 zahájila studium ve Francii na Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg, kde se specializovala na barokní a renesanční příčnou flétnu ve třídě J. F. Alizona a N. Hadden a na komorní hudbu ve třídách M. Gestera a P. Blanca. Zúčastnila se mistrovských kursů a stáží vedených významnými osobnostmi jako Paul McCreesh, Barthold Kuijken, Jan-Latham Koenig, Sir Neville Marriner. Ve Francii intenzivně působila jako hráčka na barokní a renesanční příčnou flétnou v souborech Le Parlement de Musique, Bohemia duo, se souborem NotaBene. V rámci renesančních workshopů (Ferrara, Mnichov, Stuttgart, Basilej) pravidelně účinkovala s Consortem renesančních fléten ze Strasbourgu.

Od roku 2010 žije v ČR a nadále pravidelně koncertuje po celé Evropě. Úzce spolupracuje především na komorních a sólových projektech s umělci jako Christophe Coin, Jan Čižmář, Karel Fleischlinger, Joel Frederiksen, Martin Jakubíček, Petr Kolař, Ján Krigovský, Marcin Świątkiewicz, Marc Vonau či Petr Wagner. Je také vedoucí consortu renesančních příčných fléten Tourdion.

Jako pedagožka s dlouholetými zkušenostmi bývá zvána k prezentacím a masterclass po celé Evropě a zároveň vyučuje soukromě hru a dobovou interpretaci na barokní a renesanční traverso.

Laila Cathleen Neumann

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Nizozemská sopranistka Laila C. Neuman studovala zpěv v Miláně a posléze na věhlasném Mozarteum v Salzburku. Vedle vášně pro starou hudbu se intenzivně zabývá historickou gestikou, kterou příležitostně i vyučuje, např. letní škola Sastamala Gregoriana ve Finsku nebo Kurs interpretace staré hudby v Kuníně.

www.lcneuman.com

Jean-Sébastien Beauvais

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Jean-Sébastien Beauvais začal se zpěvem v dětském sboru katedrály v Monaku. Je absolventem Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles a držitelem magisterského titulu v oboru zpěv na Conservatorium van Amsterdam ve třídě Valerie Guillorit a Claron Mac Fadden. Prošel také stáží Dutch National Opera Academy, jejímž vedoucím je Alexander Oliver.

Působí jako zpěvák, varhaník a dirigent. Jeho vokální repertoár sahá od barokního oratoria po současnou hudbu. Vystupuje v prestižních sálech jako je Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Theatre des Champs Elysée (Paris), Toulouse les Orgues (France), Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival (The Netherlands). Pravidelně je zván jako sólista s mezinárodními soubory, např. Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (Aapo Häkkinen), The Netherlands Bach Society (Jos van Veldhoven), Opera Fuoco (David Stern), Currende (Paul van Nevel), Le Concert Spirituel (Hervé Niquet), le Poême Harmonique (Vincent Dumestre). S litevskou varhanicí Una Cintina tvoří Esmera Duo specializované v nové hudbě.

Je zakladatelem souboru Uranie Chamber Ensemble, který se věnuje francouzské a německé barokní hudbě a hudebním ředitelem londýnské společnosti Opera in Space.

www.jsbeauvais.com

Petr Wagner

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Petr Wagner was born on 13.6.1969 in Prague. For over two decades, Petr Wagner, a viola da gamba virtuoso, has been the mainstay on European and world stages. His international reputation is supported by a series of successful records and enthusiastic reactions of expert media and the public. Whether it is during a solo performance with chamber music accompaniment or in the role of the artistic director and conductor of the Ensemble Tourbillon, he always manages to captivate his colleagues to give a supreme performance.
His extroverted musical expression and communication with the public is the fundamental element, allowing the listener of today to fully perceive the passion and diversity of the musical genre that Petr Wagner embodies.

Born in Prague, Petr Wagner studied cello at the Prague Conservatoire with Josef Chuchro. This was followed by studies in musicology at the Charles‘ University in Prague and at the Royal Holloway University of London. There he was introduced to viola da gamba by Richard Boothby, later continuing with Jaap ter Linden at the Akademie für alte Musik Dresden. After having completed his studies in Dresden, Petr was invited to study with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where he received the Uitvoerend Musicus solo diploma.

As soloist, chamber and continuo player, Petr has appeared at numerous European festivals, as well as in other parts of the world – Israel, Japan, Mexico.

In 1998 Petr Wagner founded the Ensemble Tourbillon with internationally acclaimed musicians. Its core activities focus on 17th and 18th century repertoire, with music by Couperin, Bach, Marais, Rebel, Purcell, Finger, Fischer and Handel.

Petr regularly records and broadcasts for BBC, Polish Radio, Czech Radio and Czech TV. He has appeared on nearly 50 CDs – either as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor.

Petr Wagner died 30.12. 2019 after brave struggle with serious illness.

 

www.petrwagner.com

Martyna Pastuszka

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Martyna Pastuszka se na historickou interpretaci zaměřuje od roku 2001. Po absolutoriu Hudební akademie v Katovicích v roce 2004 se umělecky dále rozvíjela dlouhodobou spoluprací s polským souborem Arte dei Suonatori a skrze hudební setkávání s dalšími význačnými umělci, jako jsou Barthold Kuijken, Martin Gester, Stefano Montanari, Kati Debretzeni, Hidemi Suzuki, Rachel Podger, Eduardo Lopez Banzo, Andrew Parrott, Giuliano Carmignola a Konrad Junghänel.

V současnosti se věnuje sólové dráze i komorní hudbě. Je členkou Arte dei Suonatori, ale také pařížského orchestru Le Cercle de l’Harmonie a Le Concert Lorrain ve francouzských Metách a hostující koncertní mistryní orchestru Le Parlement de Musique ve Štrasburku, který vede Martin Gester, a krakovského souboru Capella Cracoviensis (od roku 2010).

V roce 2012 Martyna Pastuszka společně s manažerem Arturem Malkem založila soubor Orkiestra Historyczna, jehož členy jsou mladí hudebníci plní elánu a odhodlání rozvíjet hudební dění ve Slezském regionu zcela novým směrem a stát se kulturními reprezentanty oblasti a celého Polska. V rámci Hudebních lahůdek se v roce 2014 podílela na provedení Sarriho opery Didone Abbandonata jako koncertní mistryně svého orchestru.

Na svém kontě má řadu CD a DVD nahrávek, vystoupení v Polské televizi a na programech Arte a Mezzo. Řada z těchto nahrávek získala ocenění mezinárodní hudební kritiky. Od roku 2007 Martyna vyučuje hru na barokní housle na Hudební akademii v Katovicích.

www.martyna-pastuszka.com

Ján Krigovský

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Ján Krigovský studoval v letech 1990 – 1995 na VŠMU Bratislava (Radoslav Šašina) a v letech 2001 – 2002 na Schola Cantorum Basiliensis specializoval ve hře na kontrabas s tzv. vídeňským laděním (David Sinclair).

Centrem jeho zájmu je interpretace komorní a sólové tvorby stejně jako orchestrální hra. Jako komorní hráč spolupracuje s mnoha soubory (např. Wiener Accademie (Martin Haselböck), Ars Antiqua Austria (Gunar Letzbor), La Cetra Basel (Ciara Banchini), Capriccio Basel, Freitags Accademie Bern, Royal Orquestra Catalunia (Jordi Savall), Collegium Marianum Praha (Jana Semerádová), Collegium 1704 Praha (Václav Luks), La Fioritta Basel, Freiburg Barock Orchester a z domácího souboru pro současnou hudbu Alea (ved. Boris Lenko).

Jeho uměleckými partnery byli mimo jiné Bohdan Warchal, Ewald Danel, Peter Zajíček, Miloš Valent, Alexander Jablokov, Jozef Podhoranský, Magdaléna Kožená a dirigentské osobnosti Claudio Abbado, Serge Baudo, Jordi Savall, René Jacobs, Sigiswald Kuijken a další.

Jako sólista spolupracoval s Capella Istropolitana, ŠKO Žilina, Musica aeterna a s mnohými zahraničními, jako např. L’Orfeo v Linci, Capriccio Basel, Konzerthaus Vídeň a Musikverein Vídeň. Vystupoval na řadě předních evropských festivalů (Wiener Festspielwochen, Salzburger Festspiele, Festspielwochen in München) a na festivalech staré hudby v Itálii, Rakousku, Švýcarsku, Německu, Holandsku a v Španělsku).

Esther Neumann

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Esther Neumann vystudovala obor hra na housle na Wiener Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst a obor hra na barokní housle na Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz ve třídě prof. Michi Gaigg. Ve studiu dále pokračovala u prof. Lucy van Dael v Amsterdamu a ve třídě Petry Müllejans ve Frankfurtu nad Mohanem, kde studovala obor historické hudební interpretace.

Působila v řadě rakouských symfonických orchestrů, se kterými se zúčastnila turné po Evropě a Asii. Nyní působí jako koncertní mistryně v několika rakouských i německých barokních orchestrech. Je také členkou barokních orchestrů, jako jsou např. Freiburger Barockorchester, Ensemble Continuum, Enseble Suavissima Christo, Academia Montis Regalis v Itálii, L’Orfeo Barockorchester. Jako houslistka těchto orchestrů se podílela na vzniku řady nahrávek barokní hudby a mnoha operních produkcích. Mimo interpretaci barokní hudby se rovněž věnuje repertoáru z období romantismu a je zakladatelkou orchestru Originalklang!Orchester.

Grzegorz Joachimiak

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Uniwersitet Wroclawski

Robert Smith

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Robert Smith is an English baroque cellist and viola da gambist. In 2012 he won the Bach-Abel Viola da Gamba Competition in Köthen, taking the 1st Prize, Audience Prize and Special Prize. His performance of a heavy-metal transcription was especially noted. Robert’s ensemble, Fantasticus, has received wide critical acclaim for its recent recordings of stylus fantasticus and French baroque music. In 2013 his playing was described by The Strad as, “Intensely expresive, highly dramatic.” In 2014 Robert released his first solo recording of music for viola da gamba, ‘Tickle the Minikin’. The recording received many enthusiastic reviews and was BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumental Choice in August 2014. His new CD, The Excellency of Hand, is a discovery of English viola da gamba duos together with gamba-virtuoso Paolo Pandolfo. Later in 2017 Robert will release of one of the first ever recordings of Telemann’s newly discovered Fantasias for solo viola da gamba, on Resonus Classics.

Robert studied Viola de Gamba with Mieneke van der Velden (Amsterdam) and Paolo Pandolfo (Basel). He also studied baroque cello with Wouter Möller, Jaap ter Linden and Viola da Hoog. He was principal cellist for the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2005/6. Robert now plays with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the ensemble Fantasticus, amongst many others, from his base in Amsterdam.

Joachim Held

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Joachim Held was born in Hamburg. He received his musical education at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as a student of Eugen Dombois and Hopkinson Smith, graduating with a “Diploma of Period Music” in 1988. From 1988–1990 he studied with Jürgen Hübscher at the Musik­hochschule Karlsruhe, graduating with a “Künstlerische Abschluss­prüfung”. In 1990 he was awarded the second prize at the Concours Musica Antiqua of the Flandern Festival in Brügge, marking the beginning of an an intensive international concert activity as soloist, chamber musician and continuo player.

Since 1993 (L’incoronazione di Poppea in the Salzburg Festival) Joachim Held performed regularly under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Under Harnoncourt he also participated in the production of Henry Purcell’s King Arthur at the Salzburg Festival.

Since 1992 Joachim Held appeared with Il Giardino Armonico (Milan) in numerous concerts and on recordings (amongst others on the Vivaldi Album with Cecialia Bartoli for Decca). Since 2005 Joachim Held’s solo-CDs are released world-wide by Hänssler Classic. That year appeared the Schele Manuskript Hamburg 1619 CD (co-produced with the Swiss Radio DRS2 Zurich) and the Erfreuliche Lautenlust with music by Austrian composers for the Baroque lute. This CD was awarded the “Echo Klassik 2006” for the best solo recording of music from the 17th/18th centuries. In 2006 the CD German Lute Music of the Baroque was released by Hänssler Classic in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk Köln. In 2007 followed Che Soavita, Italian lute music of the Baroque, and in June 2008 Musique pour le roi, French lute musique of the Baroque. In 2010 he devoted the CD Merry Melancholy to the music of the time of John Dowland. His most recent CD with lute music by Johann Sebastian Bach was released in 2013, also by Hänssler Classic.

As a soloist Joachim Held appeared amongst others at the Musikfestspielen Potsdam Sanssouci, at the International Bach Festival Schaffhausen, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Bachfesttage in Köthen, the Concerti a San Maurizio in Milan, the Early Music Forum Budapest, the Hausmusik concert series of the ORF Vienna, the Lute Society London, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Bachwoche Ansbach and the Händel festivals in Halle an der Saale and in Göttingen.

Since September 2007, Joachim teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2010 he was appointed Professor for Historical Lute Instruments at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen.

Christophe Coin

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Christophe Coin, born in Caen, France. He studied in his native city with Jacques Ripoche, then in Paris with André Navarra. He was a disciple of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Jordi Savall, with whom he worked for several years as a member of Hespèrion XX. As a soloist he is regularly invited to appear with the most prestiguous Early Music ensembles, such as Concentus Musicus Wien, the Academy of Ancient Music, and Il Giardino Armonico. He was artistic director of Ensemble Baroque de Limoges for 20 years, winning recognition for instance for its recordings of Bach cantatas. In 1984 he founded the Quatuor Mosaïques, which he has since led. Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert are among their main repertoire; their recordings repeatedly received the prestigious Gramophone Awards. Christophe Coin taught cello and viola da gamba at Schola Cantorum in Basel and at the Paris Conservatory. As a soloist and as a conductor he has performed in many concerts around the globe.

Maria Tecla Andreotti

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Maria Tecla Andreotti was born in Turin, Italy. She graduated from Stanford University with the degree “Bachelor of Art”. Her interest in baroque music developed during her studies in Strasbourg, where she studied harpsichord at the Conservatoire with Aline Zylberajch and flute with Jean-François Alizon. During this time she also studied flute with Philippe Suzanne in Paris. In 1986 he obtained her soloist diploma from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the class of Barthold Kuijken.

She worked as a solo flutist in Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, with whom she recorded many CDs (chamber music by Telemann, Rameau, Bach cantatas, etc.). In 2006 she recorded Bach’s sonatas with the harpsichordist Willem Jansen and subsequently performed at leading Bach festivals (Leipzig, Freiberg, Salzburg, Ansbach). She is regularly invited to give seminars and masterclasses at conservatories and music colleges.

Her passion for baroque dance made her start the project Le Caprice des Passions in 2004 in collaboration with the dancers Edith Lalonger and Gilles Poirier. Since 2005 she works together with Françoise Denieau in the performance Bach Suite to choreography of Bach’s Partitas for Flute. She also created the choreography for the performance Maître à danser in 2008. From May 2012 to January 2013 Maria Tecla Andreotti performed in the production Bourgeois Gentilhomme directed by Denis Podalydès (Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord).

Lenka Horalová

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Lenka Horalová focused for many years primarily on contemporary dance, especially as a member of the ensemble Filigree in Brno. Since 2004, she started to explore the world of Baroque dance, first in the form of occasional seminars and summer schools with local and foreign teachers (Hana Slačálková, Andrea Miltnerová, Dorothée Wortelboer, Béatrice Massin, Françoise Denieau, Bérangère Bodénan, Ludovica Mosca), including participation in the renowned Academy in Sablé-sur-Sarthe (France). She also owes much to the collaboration with her father, the dancer and teacher František Dofek. Since 2012, she devotes herself continuously to Baroque dance under the auspices of Alla Danza Brno. In the summer 2015, they participated in the project Bach 15 of the French choreographer Béatrice Massin, which explores using the principles of Baroque dance in a completely contemporary context.

Alla Danza Brno was founded in 2012 as the Brno section of the well-established Prague historical dance ensemble Alla Danza. While the original Prague group engages in dances ranging from Gothic to the 19th century, Alla Danza Brno under the artistic direction of František Dofek specializes in the Baroque period. It deals primarily with the interpretation of the original choreography of social and theatrical dance of the French Baroque, aimed at its own choreographic productions, for example in last year’s cooperation to bring Purcell’s opera The Tempest on stage at Brno’s educational theatre Divadlo na Orlí.

Martina Komínková

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Martina Komínková plays recorder since childhood, and after graduating in flute from the Conservatory in Brno, she devoted herself professionally. She visited courses and seminars such as the Summer School of Early Music in Prachatice, and took private lessons in Holland with Heiko ter Schegget (Utrechts Conservatorium). She graduated from Masaryk University in the Theory and Practice of Ancient Music. She completed an course with Peter Holtslag at Hochschule für Music und Theater Hamburg and continued her studies with him at the Akademia Muzyczna in Cracow, where she earned a master’s degree. Afterwards, she studied recorder with Carin van Heerden at Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz (2011–2013). Since 2001, she teaches at Veveří Music School, Brno, and since 2009 recorder as main subject at Brno Conservatory. She passes her experience on to other music pedagogs through Brno Conservatory’s “Wind Saturdays” (since 2009) and the summer courses “Bystřická letní fletna” (since 2010).

She performs in solo concerts as well as with chamber ensembles and orchestras at home and abroad. In addition, she performs on baroque and renaissance traversos (Bohemia renaissance consort – Tourdion). She performs regularly with the recorder quartet Flautas de Colores, with whom she recorded the CD Pall Mall in 2014. She has participated in various projects, particularly interesting was a cooperation with Capella Cracoviensis (2012, 2013). She performed with Flautas de Colores in the Bach Organ Festival Brno, in Barbara Maria Willi’s concert series, and in Weimar.

Cristián Gutiérrez

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Cristián Gutiérrez was born in Santiago, Chile, where he studied with Professor Ernesto Quezada at the Conservatory of Music, University of Chile. He was awarded a scholarship to travel to Spain for advanced studies with Juan Carlos Rivera (Sevilla) and Xavier Díaz-Latorre (Girona), and earned his M. A. at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague under guidance of Joachim Held. He has participated in courses and seminars of Early Music, notably under the direction of Hopkinson Smith.

Cristián has recorded more than 15 CDs, including the award winning anthology of colonial music A tocar, a cantar, a baylar and his solo CD Cifras Selectas de Guitarra for the label Carpe Diem, and he has appeared on live broadcasts in Chile, Spain, France, England, Holland and Portugal. He has performed as soloist and ensemble member together with notable personalities such as Monica Huggett, Bruce Dickey, Gabriel Garrido, Manfredo Kraemer, Pedro Estevan, Charles Toet, Michael Chance and Ventura Rico. He has appeared in more than 20 countries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Korea.

He is artistic leader of the trio La Pulsata. Since 2014 he is appointed Professor at the Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago de Chile.

Davide Monti

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After his Primary Degree from the Conservatory in Parma, Davide Monti specialised in Early Music with numerous professors (E. Gatti, E. Parizzi, S. Richie, M. Huggett). Davide’s playing has evolved thanks to collaboration with great musicians of our time: from Ton Koopman to Alberto Rasi, Vittorio Ghielmi to Michael Radulescu, Marcello Scandelli to Roberta Invernizzi, Gemma Bertagnolli to Stefano Veggetti, Stefano Montanari to Sergio Vartolo.

As leader of many ensembles he is known for his energy and charisma, creating a special sound in an orchestra. He has been leader of numerous orchestras including The European Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), Il Tempio Armonico, Athestis e Accademia de li Musici, Il Complesso Barocco, Cordia, Teatro Armonico. He is noted for his work with small chamber groups and chamber orchestras including Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Ensemble il Falcone, le Parlement de Musique and Arparla with the harpist Maria Christina Cleary, — encounters that are precious moments for research and experimentation.

This formed the idea of the score being a canvas, every performance and interpretation is different. Supporting this philosophy, he focuses on the Art of improvising; as in Early Music performing practise the experience of improvising is paralleled to other branches of “cultured” Art (jazz, theatre, traditional music, dance).

Davide has given Masterclasses in Japan, lectured at Makerere University and in Kampala, and at Summer Courses in Italy. He performed as Soloist with the Orchestra of the Arena in Verona. He has recorded for many record labels: Agorà, Bongiovanni, Brilliant, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Dynamics, Naive, Opus 111, ORF, Radio Svizzera Italiana, Sonica, Stradivarius and Tactus. He performs throughout the world (America, Africa, Europe, Japan) and received great acclaim in Argentina and Brazil as director and soloist.

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Markéta Cukrová

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Mezzosoprano Markéta Cukrová belongs to the most sought-for Czech soloists in the field of historically informed music. Her name is frequently found in the programs of Baroque oratorio and opera, chamber music and lieder recitals, as well as those of contemporary composers.

Since 1992 she has been taking part in Early Music projects throughout Europe both as a soloist and a member of numerous ensembles. Her performing abilities range from Medieval (Mala Punica, Club Mediéval) to Baroque (Les Muffatti, Collegium Marianum, Collegium 1704, Czech Ensemble Baroque, Musica Florea, Ensemble Inégal, Arte dei Suonatori) and Classicism (lieder recitals accompanied by hammerklavier).

She appears regularly at the most distinguished festivals of differing genres (Prague Spring Festival, Laus Polyphoniae, La Chaise-Dieu, Sable, Europalia, Prague Summer Festival, Brugge and Utrecht Early Music Festivals, St. Venceslas Festival, Miami Tropical Baroque, Musikverein Wien, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Trionale). She has particiated in more than twenty recording projects, among others Officium Defunctorum and Missa Votiva/Jan Dismas Zelenka/Collegium 1704, Missa Nativitatis Domini/Zelenka/Musica Florea, Missa D-major/Antonín Dvořák/Ensemble Inégal, etc.

In 2015, she was honoured to take part in the project “Pilsen, European City of Culture” where she conceived the artistic programme of the West Bohemia Baroque Summer Festival.

Markéta has taken part in the première setting of Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Euridice) at the Prague National Theatre, Händel’s Rinaldo (Eustacio) at the theatres in Prague, Caën, Luxembourg and Rennes, and in Bohuslav Martinů’s The Miracles of Mary. In 2012 she was invited by the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen to perform Händel’s Amadigi di Gaula (Dardano) under the baton of the widely known musicologist and conductor Andrew Parrott, staged by Sigrid T’Hooft, a performance that claimed wide success both in the public and in the reviews.

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Beatriz Lafont Murcia (ES)

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Born in Valencia, Beatriz Lafont studied Guitar and Singing at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Valencia and at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia. During her studies, she was awarded the “Audience Prize” and the “Best Performer from Valencia Prize” at the V Certamen de Guitarra “Luys Milán” (L’Olleria).

After winning a scholarship from the Instituto Valenciano de la Música she moved to the Netherlands to study a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree in Early Music Singing at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, specializing in the early Baroque Italian Music performace practice of singing and accompanying herself on the theorbo. In The Hague she studied singing with Rita Dams, Michael Chance, Jill Feldman and Peter Kooij, and theorbo with Mike Fentross and Joachim Held. She also attended masterclasses with renowned teachers such as Robert Expert, Marta Almajano, Cristina Miatello, Evelyn Tubb, Lambert Climent, Stephen van Dyck, Johannette Zomer, Fred Jacobs and Margreet Honig.

Beatriz Lafont has performed around Europe with various ensembles such as La Romanina, Harmonia del Parnàs, La Esfera Armoniosa, Musica Poetica, La Academia de los Nocturnos, Le Jardin Secret, Collegium Musicum Den Haag and Música Temprana, and participated in different festivals such as Festival de Música Antigua de Peñiscola, Festival de Música Antiga: Música, Història i Art (Valencia), Fringe Festival Oude Muziek (Utrecht), Festival Classique (The Hague), Festiwal Twórczosci Religijnej (Żory), Dag Oude Muziek (Bilzen), Edizione Pievi & Castelli in Musica (Italy), Hudební lahůdky (Brno) and Kasteelconcerten (Holland). She has participated in radio programs and recorded early music repertoire with various ensembles.

She has been teaching singing (both classical and historical) privately and at institutions such as the Conservatori de Música Isaac Albéniz (Girona). Since 2014 she teaches at the International Summer School of Early Music in Valtice, Czech Republic.

Eliška Tesařová

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ELIŠKA TESAŘOVÁ studied solo singing at the Faculty of Education in Hradec Králové, she also devotes herself to music pedagogy, choir conducting and solo singing with various ensembles.

Radka Kubínová

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Anežka Šejnohová

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Anežka Levová

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Marian Friedl

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Marian Friedl, musician, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, is a member of several music projects of various specializations, in which he sings, plays the double bass, folk flutes, bagpipes, clarinet, small dulcimer and other instruments. He has performed on more than two dozen CDs, often with leading performers on the Czech or foreign scene. In 2014 he recorded, for example, the album NOCZ and Iva Bittová (Hevhetia), in 2016 Divé Husy with Jitka Šuranská and Martin Krajíček (nominated for the Anděl Music Award 2016) or in the same year the album Mateřština with Jiří Slavík (Anděl 2016 in the world music category) . He embodied his personal vision of Moravian world music in the author’s project Lambs and Wolves, whose album of the same name won the Anděl 2017 award in the folk category. In 2019 he released his solo album Beskydy Odyssey (Indies Scope), the neo-folklore project Píseň ZEMĚ (Animal Music), as a sideman he also performs on the albums of the Norwegian-Czech band NOCZ and Choir (Hevhetia) or the Slovak Dances project of composer and conductor Petr Breiner (Naxos).

 

Piotr Wacławik

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Piotr Wacławik was born in 1996 in Katowice. He studied at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the class of prof. dr. hab. Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk (symphonic-opera conducting) and in the class of Krzysztof Firlus (viola da gamba). He is currently assistant conductor of the Krakow Opera and assistant at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno.

Piotr Wacławik is a laureate of many awards, for example in May 2019 it was the 1st prize at the 5th Atlantic Coast International Conducting Masterclass and Competition, in August 2018 the 1st prize at the international conducting competition London Classical Soloists.