Amaury du Closel is a leading French conductor and composer. Has conducted many European orchestras (Sinfonia Varsovia, Filharmonie Enescu in Bucharest, Budapest Symphonic Orchestra and others). He intensively cooperates with the Nuremberg Symphony with whom he recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and Sony. He is the director of the "Silenced Voices" festival in Strassbourg
Marian Sobula is one of the most striking Polish pianists of today. Having been awarded many prizes at international contests in Poland, Chile, Italy and or Spain (at the Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona, for example), he receives standing ovations from audiences in all five continents. Most often, however, he performs in Europe and Latin America. He records for Polish TV and German, Italian, Chilean and Australian broadcasting companies. Since 2008 Marian Sobula has been a professor at the Academy of Music in Cracow.
Matyáš Novák (born in 1998) studied under Vovka Ashkenazy in Imola. He is a winner of various international competitions in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, Germany and Poland where he also gave solo recitals. He also undertook two tours in China. He regularly performs with a number of Czech orchestras, for instance with the Brno Philharmonic, Hradec Kralové Philharmonic and the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic.
Reinhard Seehafer is a German conductor, pianist and composer. He studied conducting under Kurt Masur and Leonard Bernstein. When he was only 23 years old, he made his debut in the Komische Oper Berlin after which he got other engagements in famous German and world-famous orchestras, among them in Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Dresden, Arthur Rubinstein Orchestra in Lodz, Orchestra Sinfonica des Estado de Mexico, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Belgrad Symphony Orchestra. He has also composed a number of orchestral compositions. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Gellert Prize for his compositional and organizational activities.
The ensemble Five Star Clarinet Quartet is made up of top class Czech clarinettists who are not only experienced chamber players but also renowned soloists. The members of the ensemble are prize winners of international music competitions and festivals and are distinctive personalities of the Czech music stage. Five Star Clarinet Quartet's repertoire comprises both classical and jazz music and follows the legendary ensemble Barock Jazz Quintet.
Jan Čmejla, being only 14 years old, has already reached a number of achievements – he has won the Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte in Ústí nad Labem, Amadeus in Brno and The Young Piano Competition, after which he gave concerts with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic and got solo engagements as well, for instance in Prague's Rudolfinum.
At the age of 17, American pianist Kevin Kenner participated in the International Piano Competition in Warsaw and was awarded the 10th prize and a special prize from the jury for his promising talent. Ten years later, in 1990 he returned to Warsaw to win the top prize, the People´s Prize and the Polonaise Prize. Earlier that year he won the bronze medal at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, together with a special prize for his interpretation of Russian music. He has performed chamber music with the Tokyo String Quartet, the Endellion String Quartet, the Vogler String Quartet and the Panocha Quartet among many others. Kevin Kenner has recorded the Chopin Scherzos as well as the Chopin Preludes (highly recommended by BBC Music Magazine) as well as a CD of piano works by Maurice Ravel.
Lorenzo di Bella is one of the most significant students of Lazar Berman. The victory in the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Kiev in 2005 opened his way to concert halls throughout the world; he performed in Berlin, Zurich, Hamburg, Prague, Montreal, Beijing, Shanghai, Denver, at the festivals such as the Mito SettembreMusica in Milano, the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, the Franz Liszt Festival in Utrecht etc. Lorenzo di Bella is also concerned with teaching – he teaches in the music schools in Cremona and Recanati and is the founder and art director of the Civitanova Classica Piano Festival.
Michal Šupák is a Czech pianist, composer and producer. His musical life is highly varied. Besides performing in concert halls, he also gives concerts in clubs and festivals where he performs solo and as a member of several music ensembles. He gave a guest life performance in the BBC London Radio, in the Great Escape Festival in Brighton and in the renowned Atmoc Café Club in Munich. As a soloist he won the Bedřich Smetana International Competition in Pilsen and the multi-genre competition The Pianist of the Year.
Shortly after its inception in 1998 at the Music Faculty of Prague´s Academy of Performing Arts, the Bennewitz Quartet became one of the excellent chamber music ensembles on the Czech music scene. The ensemble´s greatest asset for artistic development was without a doubt the personality of Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), with whom the Quartet worked intensively in Madrid in the years 2002-2004 and later Prof. Walter Levin (LaSalle Q.) at the Music Academy in Basel. In 2001 it won the National Presentation Concerts competition in Amsterdam and was awarded two prizes (the Theodor Rogler Stiftung Scholarship and the Bärenreiter Urtext Prize) at the prestigious ARD competition in Munch. The Bennewitz Quartet won the Premio Paolo Borciani 2008 competition.
Piotr Sulkowski is a chief conductor of the Warmia-Mazury Philarmonic in Olsztyn. He was also an art director of the Krakow Opera and of the Opera Wildwood Festival in the USA. Sulkowski is a co-founder of the Krakow Chamber Opera with which he has undertaken several tours round Europe. In 2008-2014, he was the first guest conductor of the Signature Symphony Orchestra in Tulsa in the USA. He was honoured several times for his merits in the Polish culture. (Gloria Artis, Silver Cross).
A new-born star of the Hungarian piano school, Ivett Gyöngyösi, is a student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. She has proven her skills and artistry both at home (she is the winner of the national György Ferenczy Award in Budapest , twofold winner of the international Chopin Piano Contest in Budapest), and elsewhere in Europe, too (Cziffra Prize at the Georges Cziffra Memorial Competition in Austria, Young Steiway Artist´prize awarded by Steinway& Sons company in Hamburg, First Prize and Special Prize of UNESCO at the „New Talent“ competition, first prize from the Darmstadt International Chopin Contest, and first prize from the Krainev International Piano Competition in Kharkov).
The soprano Kateřina Kněžíková made her debut in the National Theatre in Prague in 2015 and a year after she became a permanent member of the company. Her opera repertoire comprises particularly Mozart and bel canto roles. She participated as a guest in a number of Czech and foreign theatres, among them in Opéra Royal de Versailles, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and Opera de Dijon. She performed with the BBC Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and Czech Philharmonic. She is a regular guest of Europeans festivals. Her recordings have received many awards, for instance the German Record Critics' Award.
Martin Kasík (1976) is known as the most conspicuous pianist of the Czech younger generation. He is a winner of various prestigious international competitions (Prague Spring, Young concert Artists in New York) that led to his subsequent accomplishments on the world stages of the Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokio, Berlin Philharmony Hall and more where he played as the guest virtuoso of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin DSO, the Stuttgartner Philharmoniker, the Tonhalle Zürich and the Czech Philharmonic orchestra. His play is reknowned for its emotional intensity with the strong sense of tone and fantasy.
The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra ranks among the leading Czech orchestras, which is confirmed both by the public as well as music reviewers. The ensemble is the welcomed guest at the formost Czech festivals and gained an excellent reputation at the prestigious concert halls in Europe and oversees.
Jan Simon is the laureate of the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, Prague Spring and the Chopin Competition in Valldemossa. These successes were a stepping stone to world-famous orchestras, such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Czech Philarmonic. Simon has made recordings for companies such as Supraphon, BMG Ariola, Radioservis and Clarton. In 1996, he was awarded the Cannes Classical Award for his recording of Schulhoff's piano concertos. He was also a long-time director of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.
PhDr.Ivo Šmoldas is a Czechpoet, editor, publicist specializing in culture, screenwriter, presenter and translator.After graduating from the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague, he worked in the Český spisovatel publishing house. Before becoming one of the founders of the private Apsida publishing house, he worked in Columbus publishing house.Currently, Ivo Šmoldas mainly works on translations from English, occasionally also from Slovakian, too. He cooperates with Czech Television, where he is in charge of the Knižní svět (World of Books) series focusing on books, and works as a presenter of programmes dealing with cultural topics. He regularly cooperates on commenting on current Day Topics for the Rádio Impuls. He also has his own talk show, Lenoška Iva Šmoldase, on the Czech Radio Dvojka broadcasting station.
Marek Kozák is one of the most gifted Czech pianists and organists. He is a graduate of the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, where he studied in the class of Prof. Monika Tugendliebová. Currently, he is a student of. Prof. Ivan Klánský at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has already succeeded in many competitions: he is the winner of the Chopin Piano Competition in Mariánské Lázně, the Smetana Competition in Pilsen, and the prizewinner at the Darmstadt Chopin Competition as well as Prague Spring Competition. He has performed as a soloist with the Brno Philharmonic, the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and the Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc.
Dominik Petr is one of the most famous illustrators of fantasy literature in Czech Republic, collaborating with many publishing houses (such as Laser-books, Triton, Mladá fronta, Books and Cards) and magazines (Ikarie, Pevnost, XB-1, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction – Czech edition). He illustrated for instance acclaimed anthologies edited by Martin Šust, Trochu divné kusy II and III. As an artist he is represented by Galerie Nemesis from Prague. Apart from illustrations, he makes use in his drawings and paintings themes inspired by music (Great Pianists and Composers series). Since 2012 he became the artist of Frederyk Chopin Society in Czech Republic, after Osvald Klappera, academic painter. His works can be found both in Czech and foreign collections.
Richard Urbánek worked after his medical studies first in the Department of Allergy in the University Medical School hospital in Prague 10, later also in the postgraduate education of Doctors, University Hospital in Prague 4 and Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, in 1992 he qualified as an Associate Professor in the field of Allergy and Medical Immunology. In the ’90 he was active as scientific secretary of the Czech Association of Allergists and Immunologists, since 1994 he has been specializing in industrial allergy and coordinating programs of health monitoring in chemical industry, especially where the risk of sensitization or even development of respiratory allergy exists in employees exposed to allergens at the workplace. He is currently active in this field in all of Europe. His top hobby is classical music and, given his profession, he is interested in seeing the musicians also as people and patients…
Petr Altrichter is a major Czech conductor. He held the position of a chief conductor at Liverpool philharmonic, Prague symphony orchestra, Philharmony of Brno and others. His extraordinary musicianship, artistic and human authenticity lead him to the most prominent concert stages – he conducted Berliner Symphoniker, London philharmonic orchestra, Japan symphony orchestra, Krakow philharmonic, Orchestra of Milan, performed at distinguished festivals in Paris, Madrid, Chicago, Zurich, Salzburg, Vienna, Seville, St. Etienne, Avignon, Palermo, Prague, Edinburgh and Athens.
Alexandr Komarnický je mladý, talentovaný a zkušený moderátor s charakteristicky hlubokým a příjemným hlasem. Profesionálnímu moderování společenských událostí, kulturních akcí a různých pořadů se věnuje od roku 2005. Přirozený projev a seriózní vystupování ho řadí jednoznačně mezi tradiční konferenciéry. Svojí flexibilitou a pohotovostí však dokáže uvádění mistrně přizpůsobit charakteru dané akce. Oblíbeným a žádaným průvodcem nejedné slavnosti se stal pro svou všestrannost, doprovázenou bohatými zkušenostmi, a také pro pestrou nabídku cizích jazyků, v nichž moderuje. Kromě českého jazyka hovoří plynně anglicky, německy, rusky a maďarsky. Celá tato kombinace jej činí bezesporu jedinečným. V současné době je navíc moderátorem Rádia Impuls - jediného milionového rádia v České republice.
WEST BOHEMIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MARIÁNSKÉ LÁZNĚ is one of the oldest orchestras in the Czech republic. It has been performing continually since 1821. During the 19th century it changed from being a small chamber group into a large, seasonal orchestra, capable of performing masterpieces of the orchestral repertoir. Since 1954 the orchestra has performed all year round, regularly giving symphony, spa and colonnade concerts. Every year it participates in Czech music Festivals, as well as performing abroad.
The Prague string was founded at the beginning of 1999 by former members of the Apollon and Odeon quartets. Four excellent soloists and chamber musicians with a broad experience of performing were brought together not only by their similarity of opinions and artistic dispositions, but by their exceptional enthusiasm for genres not usually classified as „classical music“ – jazz, rock and funk. Although the classical quartet repertoire is an integral part of this young ensemble´s programs, a sensitive approach to untraditional arrangements brings the quartet new possibilities of using string instruments and the same time allows them an uncommon breadth of repertoire, which is on our stages.
Klára Gibišová is just 8 years old. She won more then 10 first prizes at piano competitions, performances with North Bohemian Orchestra and Hradec Králové Philharmony. She studies with prof. Taťána Vejvodová at Ilja Hurník school of Music in Prague.
Denis Stefanov is a student of Music School of the Capital City Prague in the class of prof. Peter Toperczer. He is a winner of multiple Czech and international competitions. He performed with Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Jan Schulmeister is thirteen years old pianist, who studies with prof. Eva Zonová at Music School in Kroměříž. He has had extraordinary success at international competitions, performed at Prague Spring and Smetana´s Litomyšl festivals.
Dang Thai Son is one of the most celebrated pianists of our times. His victory at the Chopin Contest in Warsaw in 1980 opened the doors of the most prestigious concert halls and orchestras. He has worked with conductors, such as Sir Neville Marriner, Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons and Paavo Järvi. His playing is filled with inward expression, unrivalled colour and technical brilliance. Dang's interpretations of Chopin and his contemporaries have been recorded by Deutsche Grammophon and Sony.
Sopranistka Lucie Vagenknechtová pochází z Turnova. V roce 2012 absolvovala Konzervatoř Pardubice ve třídě Mgr. Miloslava Stříteského. V současnosti je v magisterském studiu na AMU Praha. Získala několik ocenění v soutěžích např. 1. cena v Mezinárodní pěvecké soutěži Pražský pěvec, 2. cena v Písňové soutěži Bohuslava Martinů, 3. cena v 31. přehlídce konzervatoří ČR, 2. cena v Pěvecké soutěži Olomouc. V roce 2017 získala 2. cenu na Mezinárodní pěvecké soutěže Antonína Dvořáka v Karlových Varech. V rámci své umělecké činnosti spolupracovala s Komorní filharmonií Pardubice, s Filharmonii Hradec Králové, s orchestrem Severočeského divadla opery a baletu, Moravskou filharmonií Olomouc a dalšími. Vystupovala na mnoha významných hudebních festivalech např. Smetanova Litomyšl, Pardubické hudební jaro, Festival Harriet Parish, Svátky hudby v Praze. Vystupuje v divadlech v Plzni, v Liberci, Opavě, v Národním divadle Praha.
Daniel Klánský Je laureátem několika pěveckých soutěží, finalistou Mezinárodní pěvecké soutěže Antonína Dvořáka a absolutním vítězem a držitelem Ceny Českého rozhlasu na Mezinárodní písňové soutěži B. Martinů. Od května 2015 hostuje v opeře Národního divadla. Účinkuje ve Státní opeře Praha, v Divadle J.K.Tyla v Plzni, v divadle F.X.Šaldy v Liberci, v Národním divadle Moravskoslezském… Od podzimu 2013 je posluchačem HAMU. Často vystupuje se svým otcem, světoznámým klavírním virtuosem Ivanem Klánským, na koncertním turné se představil společně se svým bratrem Lukášem Klánským a houslistou Janem Mráčkem. Vystoupil také na celé řadě tuzemských hudebních festivalů, například: Smetanova Litomyšl, Akademie Václava Hudečka v Luhačovicích, Svátky hudby v Praze, dále pak Olomoucké barokní slavnosti, Klášterní hudební Slavnosti Šumperk a další.
Francine Kay New York-based Canadian pianist Francine Kay has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, North America, and Asia, at venues as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center, Salle Gaveau in Paris, The National Gallery in London. She has been soloist with orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony, New York chamber orchestra, Orchestra London. She is currently on the faculty of Princeton University.
Ivan Ženatý is a top violinist of world renown. His playing style can be characterized by its intensity of expression, purity of style, technical impeccability and exquisite tone. The career of this musician started in Moscow, where he was awarded a prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition, and first place at the Prague Spring Competition. He has appeared on the most prestigious stages of the world, i.e. in London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, Tokyo, New York, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Jerusalem, and cooperated with famous artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Serge Baudo, Valery Gergiev, Neville Marriner and many more. Currently, he teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the USA.
Thanks to his outstanding musical intelligence and the sophistication of his sound, the pianist Lukáš Klánský is acknowledged and sought after not only as a soloist, but as a musician for chamber ensembles. He is a laureate of many piano contests (EPTA 2002, Agropolli 2003, Karl Drechsel fordepreise 2007, Beethovenův Hradec 2007, International Rotary Piano Competition 2012, Darmstadt Chopin International Wettbewerb 2013). When he was only fifteen he debuted in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague. He played Mozart's Piano Concert F-Maj with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, which propelled his career to stardom and resulted in his being a guest in leading Czech orchestras.
MassimoMercelli studied with the famous flautists André Jaunet and Maxence Laurrie. At the age of just 19 he became the principal flautist of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. His musical mastery soon took him on a journey of world stages including, Carnegie Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmony Hall, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and others. He also performs with various prominent orchestras (WienerSymphoniker, PraguerChamberPhilharmony) and soloists (Yuri Bashmet, Jean- Pierre Rampal). He is also a founder and musical manager of the festival Emilia Romagna.
Marina Samson started to play piano at the age of three with her mother, herself a professional pianist and then, with Elena Gougel. At 7 she entered and completed the full cycle 11 years of study in the prestigious Central Music School in Saint Petersburg. On the completion of her academic studies, Marina Samson graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov State High Conservatory. After which she continued in Moscow to completed the study with the famous pianists Lyubov Timofeeva and then Boris Petrushansky. In 1994 Marina Samson was awarded the "Grand Prix" of the Pierre Lantier International Piano Competition in Paris. She then moved to Czechoslovakia, where she pursued her artistic and pedagogic career in South- Czech Conservatory two years. Based in France since 1993, where her maternal ancestors came from, Marina Samson performed in many European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and UK).She pursued her teaching activities at the "Schola Cantorum" in Paris, gives master classes to young pianists all over Europe and is a jury member in many international competitions.Besides her large piano solo repertoire, Marina Samson loves to promote some rather unknown musicians such as, Fanny Mendelssohn, Meczislaw Weinberg, Boris Pasternak.
Shortly after its inception in 1998 at the Music Faculty of Prague´s Academy of Performing Arts, the Bennewitz Quartet became one of the excellent chamber music ensembles on the Czech music scene. The ensemble´s greatest asset for artistic development was without a doubt the personality of Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), with whom the Quartet worked intensively in Madrid in the years 2002-2004 and later Prof. Walter Levin (LaSalle Q.) at the Music Academy in Basel. In 2001 it won the National Presentation Concerts competition in Amsterdam and was awarded two prizes (the Theodor Rogler Stiftung Scholarship and the Bärenreiter Urtext Prize) at the prestigious ARD competition in Munich. The Bennewitz Quartet won the Premio Paolo Borciani 2008 competition.
Ivan Klánský is a leading Czech piano virtuoso. Between 1967 - 1970 he became widely acclaimed for his performances in international competitions in Bozen, Naples, Leipzig, Barcelona and Warsaw. His career spans more than 5000 concerts on world stages as both a soloist and as member of famous Guarneri trio. His play is characterized by tonal refinement, his gentle touch and his mastery of musical structure. He is currently a teacher at the AMU /Academy of Performing Arts/ in Prague and at the Conservatory in Luzern. He is also the chairman of many international competitions.Prof. Ivan Klánský has been the dean of the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague since 2018
Jacek Rogala graduated at the Academy of Music in Wroclav and further developed his talents during his scholarship stay at the Cleveland Symphonic Orchestra. In 2001 he was appointed as the chief conductor of the Kielce Philharmonic Orchestra. His artistic engagements lead him to concert stages in Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, Argentina, Mexico, Canada and Vietnam. He received distinguished awards for his recordings of Polish romantic and contemporary music.
Zeurítia (alias Vendula Šmoldasová), excelentní zpěvačka s procítěným výrazem a jemným hlasem. Kromě působení v Čechách vystupuje na festivalech v Irsku či Austrálii. V současnosti připravuje vydání své již třetí desky.
Libor Šmoldas, dnes již mezinárodní hvězda jazzové kytary. Jeho koncertní aktivity zahrnují čtyři kontinenty, mezi významnými kluby kde vystupuje nechybí Ronnie Scott's v Londýně, berlínský B Flat či Iridium v New Yorku.
Pianista Jiří Levíček, držitel Artist Diploma z Univerzity Of North Texas, koncertující na mnoha místech Severní a Jižní Ameriky, Kanady, také v Číně, Egyptě a Saudské Arábii, v Čechách známý především jako člen tria Roberta Balzara.