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Courses are taught by renowned scholars, artists, and musicians in various fields of interest. NYU Prague cooperates closely with prestigious music schools such as the Prague Conservatory and the Music Academy.

String Instruments:

Radim Kresta

Radim Kresta studied in the violin class of Prof. Bohumil Kotmel at the Conservatory of Brno and with Prof. Václav Snítil at The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. During his studies at the Academy he took private violin lessons with Kogan´s pupil, Prof. Valery Gradow in Mannheim. After The Academy he studied with American violinist Emi Ohi Resnick in Amsterdam. He took lessons in master-classes by Václav Hudeček, Felix Andreievsky, Pinchas Zukerman and Semion Yaroschevic.

During his studies he achieved a number of successes in solo competitions (1st prize at the Competition of Czech Conservatories 1993, 2nd prize at the “Prix Mercure" in Semmering, Austria 1996, Honorary Mention in the “Prague Spring Competition 1997”, etc.). During his music career he became one of the founders of the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, was concert master of the Berg Chamber Orchestra Prague and worked as a member of the first violin section of Holland Symfonia Amsterdam. He also performs as a soloist in the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra (Sibelius Violin Concerto) and other Czech ensembles and orchestras. Kresta devotes himself to chamber music very intensively. His piano trio "Taras Piano Trio" won First Prize in a chamber music category at the "Internationaler Johannes Brahms Wettbewerb 2007" in Austria, First Prize in the chamber music competition, "Premio Rovere d´Oro 2008" in Italy, and First Prize in the "Val Tidone Competitions 2010" in Italy. At present, Radim Kresta is holding the post of Concertmaster, Soloist and Artistic Director of the "Haas Chamber Orchestra Prague" (which was founded by him in 2005). Radim Kresta teaches violin at Prague Basic School of Music and Prague Conservatory.


Adéla Štajnochrová

Adéla Štajnochrová graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of Dana Vlachová (1998), and then continued her studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, in the class of Prof. Petr Messiereur. She got her posgraduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied violin with Krzysztof Smietana and Baroque violin with Rachel Podger. In 1994, she was a finalist in the Beethoven International Violin Competition (CZ) and in 2002 she was a semifinalist in the Gesselschaft Competition held in Munich. She took part in many international master classes in the USA, Austria and France held by L. Kaplan, S. Ashkenazi, I. Levin, and J. Holloway. As a member of ArteMiss Piano Trio, she focuses mainly on chamber music, but she also performs as a soloist with orchestras, gives recitals, and cooperates with early music ensembles (The Sixteen, Musica Florea, Collegium Marianum, Collegium 1704). In 2012 she finished her doctorate studies at the Academy of Performing Art.

Vít Nermut

Vít Nermut completed his studies at Charles University in Prague (MA in musicology) and at the University of Music in Trossingen, Germany (MA in Baroque violin). In 1999-2000 he took part in Charles University's exchange programme as a scholar at the Jazz Department of the University of New Orleans (LA).

Since 1999 he has been mainly active in the fields of music education and performance. As a musician he has worked with numerous ensembles, and his musical range runs from classical music and jazz to music for film and theater (e.g. Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra, L‘Orchestra Barocca della Mitteleuropa, Neue Hofkapelle Müchen, Armonico Tributo Austria, Instrumenta Musica, Capella Regia, Musica Florea, Ensemble Inégal, Societas Incognitorum, Musica Figuralis, The Czech Ensemble Baroque, Paul Novotny Trio, Golem Theatre).

Karel Doležal

Prague-born viola player Karel Doležal studied music at the State Conservatory under professors Vincenc Zahradník and Lubomír Malý. He supplemented his artistic education by studying under distinguished professor and viola player Ladislav Černý (the Prague Quartet member) in 1972-1975. Doležal founded his own string quartet when he was twenty-four, which won the title of Laureate at the Prague Spring competition in 1975. He was awarded the silver medal at the International Festival of Young Soloist in Bordeaux, France, in 1977. He frequently performs as a soloist in many European countries and records for television and radio (including BBC and others). Doležal´s main activities are still focused on the artistic direction of, and performance with, Doležal Quartet. The ensemble has made successful tours of the United States and Japan. His role as teacher is also important: he has conducted masterclasses in Finland, in the Czech Republic as part of the Bohemia Festival, and elsewhere. He teaches at the Prague Conservatory. Many of his students are successful in their artistic careers at home and in the international context as well (they continue their careers in France, Germany, et al.). His students originate from various countries (e.g., Norway, Italy, Japan, Korea).

Miroslav Petráš

Professor of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and a pupil of Saša Večtomov, Miroslav Petráš is a laureate of the International Competition, "Prague Spring" and winner of the national Beethoven Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí /CZE/, and others.

He has presented concerts in most European countries, in North and South America, Japan and Taiwan. He became a concert master of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, with which entity he played solo cello concertos at many concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad.

His characteristic interpretation of concertos by Dvorak and Saint-Saens are also recorded on CDs. His recordings featuring sonatas by Z. Kodaly Op. 8, and R. Strauss Op. 6, bear out his excellence as well. Miroslav Petráš also teaches at Prague Conservatoire and is a member of juries of many music competitions. He is member of the Czech Trio and Bohuslav Martinů Piano Quartet. He used to act as a lector of seminars and masterclasses every year.

 

Alžběta Vlčková

Alžběta Vlčková graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of J. Páleníček (1993), and at the Musical Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of Prof. M. Petráš (2002). In 1992, she was a finalist in the International Violoncello Competition Beethoven‘s Hradec. In 1994, she won the second prize in the International B. Martinů competition in Semmering (Austria). She participated in international master classes held by A. May, Z. Nelsova, St. Apolín, T. Kühne and studied with Prof. Roland Pidoux during her half-year stay at the Conservatoire Nationale Superier in Paris. She is a member of ArteMiss Trio. She often cooperates with orchestras as a soloist or chamber music player.

Patrik Hlavenka

Patrik Hlavenka appeared on the Prague jazz scene for the first time with the group Simply Said, and later with the quartet Power of Jazz, where he had already introduced himself not only as a guitarist but also as a composer. In 2004, he acquired a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, majoring in jazz composition and arranging. During his studies he had the opportunity to cooperate with musicians such as Ernie Watts, Dave Berkman, Adam Kolker and Bob Wiener. In the Czech Republic, he works with notable artists such as Jaromír Honzák, Jiří Slavíček, Leona Prokopcová and many others. In 2000, he participated in "Guitarfestival," organised by the magazine Muzikus, and he won in the category "Jazz and Blues Guitar". In 2003, he was selected to take part in the prestigious "Betty Carter Jazz Ahead" residency for young jazz artists at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He studied privately with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Ben Monder in New York City.

Jiří Valenta

Jiří Valenta (1955) studied double bass with Miloslav Gajdoš in Kroměříž and at Prague Conservatoire with František Pošta. Further musical education he adquired at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he graduated with the assistance of Zdeněk Benda. In 1978 Jiří Valenta got the first prize at the František Gregora Double Bass Competition in Kroměříž. For a short time he played with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and since 1985 he has been member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He cofounded important chamber ensembles Basetti Boemi (unique double bass quartet, with which he took part in numerous concerts and made many TV and radio recordings) and philharmonic ensemble Virtuosi di basso (8 violoncellos and 2 double basses), with which he presented himself not only in the Czech Republic but also in Germany and Japan.

Since 1995 he has been teaching at the Prague Conservatoire; since 2006 as the head of the double bass department. Frequently, he is invited to be the jury member at various interpretation competitions and since 2001 he has regularly taught at the International Double Bass Courses in Brno, where he also plays solo. In 2005 he presented himself within the cycle “Prague Conservatoire Professors” with the solo recital in Rudolfinum in Prague. In 2008 he took part in the Third World Double Bass Festival in Wroclaw in Poland, in 2013 in Banská Bystrica in Slovakia both as the solo player and the teacher at the international master classes.He held masterclasses in Tokyo,Seoul and Melbourne.

With Jana Holmanová he recorded Adolf Míšek´s sonatas for the Czech Radio. On the ocassion of 200th anniversary of the foundation of Prague Conservatoire he recorded CD “200 hundred years of the Czech Double Bass” in cooperation with well known pianist Martin Kasík.

Jaromír Honzák

Bassist and composer Jaromír Honzák was born in Litoměřice in 1959. He began his musical studies on the piano at the age of six, on the double bass at age 14, and graduated from the Conservatory of Teplice in 1982. After completing two years of then-mandatory military service -- luckily spent in a prominent army band in Prague -- Honzák quickly became a versatile and sought-after bassist, performing with virtually all of the major figures of the Czech jazz scene. Honzák co-founded Naima Group, which fast became one of the most significant Czech jazz groups of the 1980s. Throughout the years he has appeared with international artists such as Art Farmer, Phil Wilson, Don Friedman, Alan Praskin, Giovanni Bassso, Amina Claudine Myers and Victor Lewis.

He has performed at a number of international festivals including Sea Jazz Helsinki, Ingolstadter Jazztage, Levekusener Jazztage, the Jazz Jambore Warsaw, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. In 1989, Honzák was awarded both Berklee and Fulbright scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied with Bruce Gertz, Hal Crook, John La Porta and Rick Peckham, and performed with fellow students Jorge Rossy, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Roy Hargrove, Mark Turne and Chris Cheek. Since returning to the Czech Republic in 1990, Honzák has documented his work as a bandleader, bassist and composer in three recordings: "Getting There Together" (1995, PJ Music); "Earth Life"(2000, Cube Metier); "Present Pas" has been praised as "one of the most significant events in the history of Czech jazz” (Harmonie Magazine).

Honzák collaborates closely with a range of international artists, including Kuba Stankiewicz, Piotr Baron, Michal Tokaj, Lukasz Zyta, Christian Rover, Jorge Rossy and David Dorůžka. He performs extensively in Poland where his friend Kuba Stankiewicz has introduced him to many of leading musicians of the Polish scene.

Honzák's recordings and compositions have been awarded numerous prizes in the Czech Republic and abroad. His CDs "Present Past" and "Earth Life" were each awarded the Harmonie Magazine prize for the best Czech jazz recording of 2000 and 2003. His tune "Constant Struggle" is featured in the European Realbook (Sher Music).

Presently, Honzák leads his two bands: Jaromír Honzák Quartet and trio Face of the Bass. He works frequently with the young guitarists Petr Zelenka and David Dorůžka. He is also a member of the Eben Brothers band and collaborates with free improvised theatre group Vizita.

http://www.jaromirhonzak.com/

Tomáš Liška

Born October 1979 in Rakovnik, Czech Republic.
2000 - Studied the double-bass at the Conservatorium of Jaroslav Ježek in Prague, under the leadership of Prof. Petr Kořínek and soon became a presence on the local jazz scene, appearing with an array of musicians at the city's most important jazz clubs and festivals.
2003 - Took part in the music project of Milan Svoboda’s Kontraband, following the tradition of Prague Bigband.
2004 - Finished studies at the Conservatorium and simultaneously is accepted at the Prague Jazz College of Jaroslav Ježek, where he studied under Prof. Jaromír Honzák.
2005 - With David Dorůžka’s trio, Tomáš took part in the finale of the International Jazz Festival in Getxo, Spain.
2006 – Played in a duo with vibraphonist Radek Krampl at the prestigious international jazz festival, "Sofia Jazz Peak" in Bulgaria.
2007 - Worked in cooperation with Matej Benko’s trio. The trio later grows into a quintet in 2007, and in February 2009 publishes a CD called "Time Against Us".
2007 - Took part in the International Jazz Workshop in Polish Leszno, taught by leading Polish jazz artists, such as Michal Tokaj, Piotr Baron, Piotr Wojtasik, Michal Baranski and Lukasz Zyta. Tomáš Liška was awarded as the best bass player there.
2008 - Worked with a great performer of South-American music, Mara Topferova, touring around Europe.
2008 - Participated in the masterclass workshop in Italy with the best american players lika Joey DeFrancesco, Benny Golson, Bobby Durham, Jimmy Cobb, Alberto Marsico and Buster Williams. Also at this workshop, Tomáš is granted the award for the best double-bassist of the workshop.
2009 - The quartet, Points, won in the 22nd Year Competition of Jazz Standards in Siedlce (Poland).
2009 - Was awarded Winner of the International Competition of Soloists in Łomża (Poland). Tomáš Liška was the only one who plays solo - without rhythm section!
2009 - With the jazz band, Points, won a very prestigious international jazz competition at Spanish Getxo, the first Czech jazz band to do so in the whole Czech jazz history! Points reached the finale whilst being chosen from over 80 other competitors from Europe, the Middle East and Russia. The fact that Points won at Getxo ensured their presence at other great jazz festivals.
2009 - Was awarded The Best Bass Player title of a prestigious international competition in Hoeilaart, Belgium. His quartet, Points, received Second Prize within the bands category, and trumpetist Miroslav Hloucal was awarded The Best Soloist title.
2009 - Released first solo CD, "Invisible World". Tomáš invited David Doruzka (acoustic guitar) and Daniele di Bonaventura (bandoneon) to the recording session, as well as guests Marta Topferova (vocal) and Tomas Reindl (tablas).
2010 - Czech Jazz Society announced the results of its Best Album of the Year poll. The jury, compromised of over sixty musicians, jazz club owners, record company producers, publicists and managers selected "Invisible World" for Second Place. Recorded by Tomáš Liška and featuring guitarist David Doruzka and bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura (IT).
2010 – The album, "Invisible World" was nominated in the Czech Grammy music awards - Andel 2009.
2010 - Toured the US several times as a member of the band "Druha trava".
2011 - Recorded the albums "Marzipan from Toledo" and "Shuttle To Bethlehem" with the band "Druha Trava", receiving critical acclaim and a very positive response. The album "Marzipan" received the "Angel Awards" (Czech grammy) in 2011.
2012 - Released the album "Daily Specials" with American guitarist Steve Walsh.
2012 - Participated in Masters program study in a prestigious Berlin University, Jazz Institut Berlin, under the direction of renowned American teachers Greg Cohen and John Hollenbeck.

During international jazz performances, Tomáš appears at various jazz festivals, for example in Bulgary, France, Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Russia, South African Republic, Morocco, Spain, Germany, Austria, Poland, England, USA, Mexico and others.

On the musical scene, Tomáš cooperated with musicians like David Dorůžka, Steve Walsh (USA), Beata Hlavenková, Cyrille Oswald (NL), Marta Topferova (USA), Lenka Dusilová, Eternal Seekers, Yvonne Sanchez, Pražský Bigband, Najponk, Dan Tepfer (USA), Bryson Kern (USA), Sam Sadigursky (USA), Mark Aanderud (MEX/USA), Hernan Hecht (ARG) and many others.

http://www.tomasliska.com/index.php?lang=en


Woodwind Instruments:

Daniel Havel

2000-2006: Conservatory of Music in Brno

2004, 2005: Masterclasses at Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno with Václav Kunt

2004: CD recording for Czech radio in Brno:
J. Ibert - Piéce pour flute seule, O. Mácha - Variations for Flute and Piano

2005: Masterclass in Paris with Philippe Bernold

2005: International Flute competition in Bucharest

2006-2011: Music and Dance Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

2006: Masterclass with Carlo Jans (Prague)

2007: Masterclass with Peter Lukas Graf (Switzerland)

Since 2007: Member of the Orchestra of National Theatre in Prague

2008: ISA – International summer academy Prague-Wien-Budapest

2008: Masterclass with Philippe Bernold (Nice)

 

Orchestral Experience

2000-2006: Symphonic and Wind Orchestra of the Conservatory in Brno

2003-2004: Moravian Chamber Orchestra

2005: Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olomouc

2006: Czech Chamber Soloists

2007: Prague Philharmonia

2007, 2008: Academic Chamber Soloists

Since 2007: National Theatre in Prague (Piccolo and 2nd Flute)

Since 2008: Ostravská Banda (modern and new music orchestra)

Since 2011: National Theatre in Prague (1st Flute)

Since 2011: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (1st Flute substitute) Diplomas

 

Educational Experience

• Diploma Specialist -- Conservatory in Brno

• Master of Arts -- Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

• Cambridge ESOL -- FCE Diploma

Jurij Likin

Jurij Likin, a Czech oboist of Byelorussian origin, studied at the Byelorussian Conservatory in Minsk with legendary professor, Boris Nichkov. He later worked with famous french professor and soloist Maurice Bourgue in Paris (1992-1993) and in Prague at the Prague Mozart Academy. He also used to work with Nicholas Daniel, Ives Poucel, Michael Faust, Jess Read, André Cazalet, Wolker Altmann, Hatto Beyerle. He was the solo oboe of the Byelorussian Philharmonic in Minsk, Petersburg Symphony, Minsk Chamber Orchestra. A winner of several national and international competitions (Concertino Praga 1984, Baltic republics-Byerorussia-Moldova International Competition 1986, USSR National Competition 1987), Jurij moved to Prague in 1994, first taking up the position of Solo/Principal Oboe in the Prague Philharmonic before accepting the same position in the Prague Symphony Orchestra, a post he holds to date. As a soloist and chamber music player, he is often invited to music festivals in Europe, Asia and North America. As a member of the Prague Wind Quintet, he won the prestigious annual French critics' prize, Choc 1999, of the "La Monde de la Musique", for the recording of chamber music by Leos Janacek. He is teaching oboe, oboe reed making and oboe repairing master-classes in France, Great Britain, Japan, Russia and USA regularly. Since 2009 Jurij Likin is a professor of oboe at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno. Jurij Likin plays Fossati-Paris oboe model 20th Anniversary.

Vlastimil Mareš

The beginnings of V. Mareš’s artistic career are connected with the Plzen Conservatory, at which he started studying the clarinet in the class of Professor J.Hlaváč in 1972. Having graduated from the Academy of Music Arts (AMU) in Prague, he became the first clarinet of the FOK Prague Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Prague Wind Quintet, a renowned solo clarinetist, and he is Professor at the Academy of Music Arts. Mostly winning first prizes, he has shown his exceptional musical talent at various international competitions, such as Concertino Praga, the K.Kurpinski competition in Poland, Markneurkierchen in Germany, and at the Prague Spring festival.

He was also very successful at competitions in Paris and Rome, where he advanced to the narrow four-member finals. Today his recordings are renowned and sought-after both at home and abroad (the CD of the Year 1996 in Paris, Grammy Asia 1997 - Soul, Grammy classic 1993 - Prague).

As a solo player or member of the Prague wind quintet, Mr. Mareš has appeared on the concert platforms of a number of countries, including the United States, Japan and England.

http://www.vlastimilmares.wz.cz/

 

Jaroslav Kubita

Jaroslav Kubita studied at the Prague Conservatory under J. Rezác and at the Academy of Performing Arts under F. Herman and J. Seidl. He is the winner of international competitions in bassoon at the Prague Spring Festival (1991) and in Wloszakowice, Poland (1988); a laureate of the C. M. von Weber Competition in Munich (1987) and the IDRS Competition in Manchester, England (1989). A former solo bassoonist of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra in Prague, he has been a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996. He devotes himself to solo and chamber performances.

He has released the CD "18th-Century Czech Bassoon Concerti" (Vanhal, Pichl, Schimpke); performed at prominent festivals (e.g., the Prague Spring Festival); and collaborated with leading orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra in Prague, Dortmunder Philharmoniker and Jenaer Philharmoniker. He regularly records for Czech Radio. In addition to the Czech Wind Harmony, he is a member of the chamber associations In Modo Camerale (www.musica.cz/imc) and the Prague Baroque Ensemble.

František Kop

1959: Born on August 9 in Prague, Czech Republic.

1972: Started to study clarinet under Prof. J. Stárek.

1979: Took up tenor saxophone and theory of jazz improvisation at the Prague Jazz Conservatory under the tutelage of distinguished jazz vibe player and teacher, Karel Velebný.

1980: Started playing with professional jazz groups and big bands.

1981: Did two years of service in the Army Arts Ensemble; joined up with several other young jazz musicians to form Naima - 3 times the winner of Best European Jazz Group Award.

1983: Teamed up with Emil Viklický Quartet - a prominent jazz group in the Czech Republic.

1984: Took a job as a musician on a cruise ship in the U.S.; recorded with Joe Newman and Lou Blackburn.

1985-8: Toured Europe with Naima and Emil Viklický Quartet; worked as a studio musician playing various styles of music.

1993-5: Taught jazz improvisation and interpretation at the Prague Jazz Conservatory.

1995: Founded his own group, concentrating on original compositions influenced by various styles of contemporary music, transcending the boundaries of jazz.

1996: Started working in the Committee of the Czech Jazz Society - an organization dedicated to support the nationwide advancement of jazz (tutoring and education, information services, contests).

1998: Elected as president of the Czech Jazz Society; composed various kinds of music (jazz, film and TV music, etc.).

1999: Working with his own quartet, recorded numerous studio sessions (with EBU Big Band in Canada, with F. Wesley).

2000: Released CD "Twinkle" with František Kop Quartet.

2011: Started teaching at jazz department of Prague Music Academy (HAMU).

http://www.kopjazz.cz

 


Brass Instruments:

Ladislav Kozderka

The trumpeter Ladislav Kozderka was born in 1974 into a family of musicians in Brno. He graduated from the conservatory there and continued his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He subsequently became principal trumpet with the Opera Orchestra of the National Theater in Prague and since November 2008 he has also been principal trumpet with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist he has performed with leading symphony and chamber orchestras in the Czech Republic and abroad. At present, he focuses on concert activities, improvisation, the performance of contemporary music and the creation of music and stage projects for various composers.

http://ladislav.kozderka.sweb.cz/


Drums and Percussion:

Tomáš Hobzek

Tomáš Hobzek (born 1980) began drumming sessions at Pilsen Conservatory, and during his studies became part of the Pilsen theater orchestra, gained experience through playing classical music, and also through playing with various student bands.

In 2004 he began attending Prague secondary post college of Jaroslav Ježek (Jazz major). Tomáš soon started to penetrate the jazz scene, as he became part of David Dorůžka Trio, Ondřej Pivec Organic Quartet, Vojtěch Procházka Trio, and others.

As a drummer in the David Dorůžka Trio, Tomáš took part in the International Getxo Jazz Festival in 2005. In the same year he won 'Best Band' Award with the Organic Quartet at Philips International Jazz Festival. A year after that he managed to get the Czech Musical Academy Award (Anděl) in the category 'Jazz and Blues' with the CD "Don't Get Ideas", recorded with Ondřej Pivec Organic Quartet.

Tomáš has performed in many International Jazz festivals with Organic Quartet, such as Cheltenham, Sibiu, Kishinev, Prague Spring, Jazz Fest Brno, Peking, Athens, or Greece, where the band was the sole representative of the Czech musical scene. In July of 2008 Organic Quartet performed in Getxo Jazz Festival, Spain, where the band earned an impressive audience’s prize as the Best Band (over 17,000 visitors and jazz fans were present during the festival).

For further experience, Tomáš headed to New York, where he took private lessons with drummer Kendrick Scott and Gregory Hutchinson. There, with the hammond-organist Ondřej Pivec, Tomáš recorded a CD, "Overseason" – also in cooperation with guitarist Jake Langley and saxophonist Joel Frahm. He also met pianist Dan Tepfer, who plays on Tomas’s first solo album “Stick It Out” (2009).

In the summer 2009, together with the band Points, Tomáš was awarded a first prize in Getxo Jazz Competition (Spain) and later they also earned the second prize in a jazz contest in Hoeilaart (Belgium).

http://www.tomashobzek.com/

 


Piano:

Patricia Goodson

American pianist Patricia Goodson is active as a solo recitalist and chamber musician throughout Europe and North America. Her playing, praised by critics as 'powerful and seductive' and 'breathtakingly virtuosic' has been featured on radio (NPR, BBC, Czech Radio and others) and television (US, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic). Her solo CD of contemporary American music, 'Strange Attractors', for Albany Records, received uniformly enthusiastic and positive reviews. She records also for Czech Radio and Czech Television, and in spring 2010 began to record a three CD series of the complete solo piano works of Czech composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster.

Ms. Goodson has lived full-time in Prague since 1991, and her broad repertoire encompasses music by Czech composers of all periods such as Fibich, Suk, Tomášek, Janácek, Foerster, Fišer, Kapr, Loudová, Matoušek and Dvorák, in addition to masterworks by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and others. She works actively with contemporary composers, and has had many pieces written especially for her.

Ms. Goodson has performed with leading Czech artists such as cellists Petr Nouzovský and Jirí Bárta and pianist Milan Langer. Upcoming projects include a tour of Europe with Mr. Nouzovský, showcasing music by composer Geraldine Mucha, and recordings of music by Mrs. Mucha, Debussy, Fauré, Arnold Bax and others.

In addition to performing, Ms. Goodson wrote and co-hosted 'Encore', a radio show about Czech music for Radio Prague, the English-language service of Czech Radio. She has also collaborated on radio shows for the BBC. She has written extensively about music and musical life for the English-language weekly the Prague Post, for Strings magazine and other publications.

Ms. Goodson received her education at Duke University (BA, with honors) and at the Peabody Conservatory (MM). She currently serves on the piano faculty of New York University in Prague.

http://www.patriciagoodson.com

Beata Hlavenková

Pianist and composer Beata Hlavenková (born 1978), studied composition in classical music at the Janácek Conservatory in Ostrava.

In 2004 she graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA, with a Master’s Degree in composition, jazz composition and arranging. In 2003, during her American studies, she was selected for The Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residential program for young composers and players in the Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC. There she met Curtis Fuller, John Clayton and others.

At present, the composer has her own jazz music trio, working with leading players like drummer Martin Novák and bassist Rastislav Uhrík, as well as drummers Pavel Bady Zboril, Jirí Slavícek, Roman Vícha and bass players Tomáš Liška and Martin Lehký. In October 2005, she and the trio (R. Uhrik and R. Vicha) won the Jazz Junior prize 2005 for “Band of the Year, composition and arrangement.”

She has appeared in the “S’aight” project where she collaborated as composer with the guitarist and composer Patrik Hlavenka and, in 2004, released an album of the same title with Jaromír Honzák, Daniel Šoltis and Rostislav Fraš. It was one of the first albums to belong to the new wave of Czech original composition jazz records. She was also a founding member of the Jaromír Honzák trio "Face of the bass", together with Roman Vícha, with whom she played during 2006 and 2007. In the spring of 2010 she participated in the recording of their album, which will be released in 2011 by Animal Music.

In the summer of 2005, she was a member of the winning ensemble “S’aight and Vertigo Connection” at the prestigious International Music Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. The ensemble continued to give occasional concerts under the name “Open Sextet”.

In December 2005, at their Czech premiere, as guests, they performed with the world’s leading jazz musicians including trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Rich Perry. In 2008, she again played with Rich Perry at the Jazz Fest in Brno and for an international radio transmission by EBU, and in the autumn of 2009 Rich toured with The Beata‘s Trio.

In 2006 she won an anonymous composer competition organized by Czech Radio, with her composition “Jazvecík vo hmle za stlpom” (sausage dog in the fog behind a pillar) or “Monday Meeting”. Her musical activities range beyond jazz and classical music. The focus of her work in the field of pop music since 2005 has been collaboration with the enfant terrible of the local Czech scene, Lenka Dusilová, which resulted in a unique project called Eternal Seekers, and together with the band The Clarinet Factory, Beata was co-composer as well as arranger. Other major artists with which she has worked, or is working with, include Iva Bittová, for whom she is currently arranging songs for symphony orchestra.This cooperation began in 2009. She has worked on two albums with country & western singer Vera Martinová, with whom she toured in 2006. Then there is her cooperation with personalities and groups such as Yvonne Sanchez, The Vertigo Quintet, Toxique, Ondrej Ruml, Ondrej Konrád, Josef Štepánek, Katka Šarközi, Triny, Benedikta, David Doružka, Leona Prokopcová and more.

The keynote album "Joy for Joel" (2009 Animal Music), was recorded in the U.S.A where she again met Rich Perry and Ingrid Jensen, as well as the pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley and others. In the same year she went on tour with Ingrid Jensen, Jon Wikan and the leading Polish bassist, Michal Baranski. In addition to very positive reviews, she received a nomination for the music award, Andel (Angel).

She has worked as a music teacher at The Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory and Higher Specialised School, and is currently doing so at New York University in Prague. She has participated on the curriculum for the first Czech university study of jazz music in the Czech Republic, begun at the Janacek Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, in 2010. On the Czech jazz scene, she is one of the most sought-after pianists. Besides the piano, which she prefers to play and collaborates with the Petrof makers – she often plays a Fender Rhodes piano.

http://beatahlavenkova.com/

 

Petra Matějová

For more than a decade Petra Matějová combines in her career modern piano and fortepiano playing. Her interest is to approach each repertoir with the maximum care for the sound and interpretation aesthetics of the time when it was conceived, which includes also the choice of instrument. Lead by her strong interest for the music of late 18th and early 19th century, Petra Matějová started to be active in the field of early music after graduating from the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in modern piano. She was studying the fortepiano in Paris and Amsterdam, and currently she is finishing her PhD thesis on Voříšek´s piano works and the early 19th century piano style in an international doctorate programme at the Janáček Academy in Brno, Paris IV-Sorbonne and Paris Conservatory under Barbara Maria Willi, Jean-Pierre Bartoli and Kenneth Weiss.

Petra Matějová divides her musical interest between the early repertoir on historical instruments and the 20th century repertoir on modern piano. As a chamber music player in modern repertoir she often appears together with the first flutist of the Symphonic Orchastra of Prague FOK Hana Brožová, members of the Škampa and Kocian quartets; in early music her main partners are the cellist Marek Štryncl and the ensembles Musica Florea, Ensemble Inégal, or singers Franziska Gottwald and Irena Troupová. She forms a piano duet with the polish fortepianist Katarzyna Drogosz.

Petra Matějová appeared in the main recital series of her country, including two consecutive performances at the Prague Spring festival and a solo recital on both instruments at the major piano series in the Rudolfinum in Prague. She appeared in most European countries and is regularly invited to the festivals in Central Europe. In France, she has made a recording for the Mezzo TV as well as a solo CD with works by Schubert, Beethoven and Voříšek. She records frequently for the Czech Radio and has recorded pieces by Rejcha, Mozart, Janáček, Fibich, Voříšek, Tomášek, Franck, Haydn, Mendelssohn.

Since 1995 Petra Matějová gives regular masterclasses in piano, fortepiano and chamber music. In 2007-2009 she lead the fortepiano class at the Valtice Early music Summerschool and since 2008 has taught fortepiano at the Janáček Academy in Brno. She plays classical repertoir on the copy of Anton Walter & Sohn instrument from 1805 made in 2007 by Paul McNulty in Divišov.

 

Jana Holmanová

Jana Holmanová graduated from the Conservatory in Teplice (class of V. Vlková and P. Slavík) and in 2001 she finished her studies at the Musical Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (class of Květa Bilynská). In 1993, she won the first prize in the international piano competition of North London Music Festival. She successfully participated in the Piano Competition of Conservatory Students as well as in the Chopin Competition in Mariánské Lázně. She performs as a soloist with many Czech orchestras, but chamber music itself represents the most significant part of her musical activities. She is a member of ArteMiss Trio, which received several international prizes. ArteMiss Trio performs regularly in Czech Republic and abroad and it has recorded several CDs.

Alice Fiedlerová

Alice Fiedlerová studied at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague with Professor Boris Krajný. She has performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and the USA.

In 2012, she presented her American piano solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

In 2000, Alice Fiedlerová was invited to collaborate on the "In Memory of the Czech Terezín Composers Project" as the featured performer for the opening concert. Under the sponsorship of the Hans Krása Foundation, she has also presented numerous programs of works by Terezin composers Pavel Haas, Hans Krása and Viktor Ullman. In 2001, she performed with Czech mezzo-soprano Olga Černá at the Brücken für die Zukunft Festival in Germany.

Alice Fiedlerová has collaborated with many outstanding soloists. She has worked with Yossi Arnheim, principal flutist of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Vadym Borysov, concertmaster of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Canadian opera singer Melanie Gall, American bass-baritone Andrew Schultze of Columbia College Chicago, soprano Lynn Eustis of Boston University and tenor Brian Nedvin of Old Dominion University.

Since 2006, Alice Fiedlerová has been a featured artist for the International Dvorak Society's American Spring Festival, held each year in venues throughout the Czech Republic. She specializes in Czech piano literature for four-hands, together with American pianist Joan DeVee Dixon. Their program of Czech Dances was hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, DC, for the Festival of Mutual Inspirations: Antonín Dvořák in 2011.

Martin Vojtíšek

Pianist and composer Martin Vojtíšek (born 1950) studied piano performance at the Academy of Music in Prague as a pupil of Ilona Štěpánová-Kurzová. He has played for audiences at a large number of concerts in various European countries including France (Paris), Spain (Sevilla and Córdoba), Italy, Germany, Greece, Holland (Rotterdam) and Poland.

Besides the numerous recordings he has made for radio stations he also appears on CD recordings of works by Chopin (Sonatas, Ballades, Scherzos, Waltzes and Nocturnes), Liszt (Sonata in B minor) and of his own compositions (Sonata and the Prelude, Chorale and Toccata). He has made the first complete recording of Vítězslav Novák’s piano works. The first CD, featuring Songs on Winter Nights, Reminiscences and Youth, was released in 1998 (Supraphon/label Panton 81 9007), the second one,featuring Sonata Eroica, Barcarolles, At Dusk, Serenades and Bagatelles, was released in 2001 (Supraphon SU 3575). Since 1974 he has taught at the Prague Conservatory, and he has directed courses at conservatories in the Netherlands, Greece and Switzerland.

Compositions: Concerto for piano and orchestra, Concerto for alto saxophone and string orchestra, The Gardener – 3 songs for soprano and orchestra set by R. Tagore lyrics, Trio for flute, cello and piano, Sonata for violin and piano, Sonata for flute and piano, Three Pieces for clarinet and piano, Sonata for piano, Prelude, Chorale and Toccata for piano, Hommage a Bach and 7 Bagatelles for guitar.


Vocal Instruction:

Karolína Berková

Karolína Bubleová Berková graduated from the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of René Tuček. On the basis of a scholarship awarded by the Italian Cultural Institute Berková she completed singing studies in the first half of 2001 at the Conservatorio di Giuseppe Verdi in Milan in Italy (Prof. Stelia Doz, Prof. Sonia Turchetta).

In 1997, Berková won the International Singing Competition of Ema Destinn and in 2001 the was the laureate of the International Singing Competition of Antonín Dvořák in Karlovy Vary.

Among her most significant successes are: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro – tour with the National Theatre in Japan; Leoš Janáček: The Diary of a Vanished Man – Paris, France; in May 2004, she represented the Czech Republic at the Berlin gala concert of singers from the ten countries entering the European Union accompanied by the Berliner Symphoniker orchestra conducted by Lior Shambadal; in September 2004, she appeared with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimír Válek in Mahler's 4th Symphony and in November 2004, she gave concerts of religious music in Israel. In 2005, she interpreted the mezzosoprano part in the oratorium Ecce Homo by Jan Hanuš during the Prague Spring Festival. Since 2010, she has become a guest soloist for educational recital programs held by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra production in Rudolfinum. A solo recital together with harpist Laura Caramellino in Milano, Italy, has crowned their co-operation in May 2011.

www.berkova.cz

Jana Jonášová

Professor at Prague Music Academy - HAMU, Soprano soloist at Prague States Opera, guest artist at Berlin States Opera, Simper’s Opera in Dresden, and Amsterdam’s Opera, Jana Jonášová has attended festivals in Prague, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Madrid, Moscow, and Japan. Her opera roles include Queen of the Night, Gilda, Zerbinetta, and Konstance; she has won awards such as Artist of the year 1985, UNESCO Award - 1968, Wiener Flötenuhr - 1970, Professor of the year in Voice class - 1999, and Masaryk Academy of Science Award – 2004.

Hana Pecková

Hana Peckova was born in Prague. She graduated from the Conservatory and the Academy of Arts in Prague, where she took classes from professor Bela Chalabalova, a former student of the famous Italian singer Totti dal Monte.

Peckova took several lectures with Professor Lisiziana in Weimar during her studies at the Conservatory and the Academy. She is a laureate of the Prague Mozart Competition at Bertramka and of the International Opera Singers Contest BRT TV in Belgium.

She had performed the majority of her roles at the State Opera Theatre in Prague, the F.X.Salda Theater in Liberec, the J.K. Tyla Theater in Plzen, and at the Ceske Budejovice, Opava and Bratislava theaters. As a guest she has performed at Czech, Moravian and Slovak theaters.

Presently, she is in concert cooperation with the Italian tenor Gaetano Bardini and the Ukrainian bass singer Jurij Kruglov. Meanwhile, she has held several concerts in the following countries: Hungary, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, former Yugoslavia, France and others.

http://www.hanapecka.wz.cz/

Marta Fadljevičová

Marta has played the piano since her childhood and sang in the Kühn children's choir when 12.

She started to learn solo singing at music school, graduating as a soloist in 1997 from the Prague Conservatory under the guidance of Antonia Denygrová.

She devoted further study to singing under the tuition of Vlasta Hudecová, Professor of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

Since 1994 she has been engaged in the authentic interpretation of early music (performance courses led by Marius van Altena, Howard Crook, etc.). She works with ensembles Musica Florea, Ensemble Inégal, Collegium 1704 and Collegium Marianum Hipocondria, with whom she not only performed in concerts in Czech and European stages, but also recorded CDs and performed in Baroque operas.

She is a member of Collegium Vocale 1704 and since 2008 has performed with the medieval music ensemble Tiburtina Ensemble.

Marek Valášek

Marek Valášek, MgA (MA), Ph.D. (born in 1969) teaches choir direction at the Faculty of Education at the Charles University in Prague and leads three of Prague Conservatoire’s choirs. In 2004 he conducted the Czech premiere of the oratorio, Ecce Homo, by Czech composer Jan Hanuš at the Prague Spring International Music Festival. In 2009 he conducted Hanuš’s Requiem. 

Between 2002 and 2006 he also worked as a choirmaster at the Prague State Opera. In 1996 he founded the Piccolo coro & Piccola orchestra.


Composition:

Michal Rataj

Michal Rataj (born 1975) studied musicology at Charles University in Prague and composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (with Prof. Ivan Kurz and Prof. Milan Slavický), where he earned his Ph.D. in 2005 in the field of electroacoustic music and radioart. Since 2006 he has also been an Assistant Professor, running the electroacoustic music theory and composition classes there.

Michal Rataj was awarded scholarships to study musicology and composition at the Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK in 1995, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in 1998 and Universität der Künste in Berlin, 2002. In 2007 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to guide research in the field of electroacoustic music and real-time sound applications at CNMAT, University of California Berkeley, CA.

Michal Rataj also works as radio art producer at Czech Radio, Prague, where he curates a program slot Radioatelier and website rAdioCUSTICA for contemporary radioart activities. Since 2012 he has been vice-chair of the EBU Ars Acustica producers group and teaches composition at the NYU in Prague and other art schools. He has written music for number of TV productions and movies as well as large amount of radio plays & features and theatre and dance performances.

Michal Rataj composes mainly electroacoustic and chamber or orchestral instrumental music and gives performances throughout Europe and broadcasts worldwide. Recently he has been active as real-time performer of his acousmatic music and he gives sound performances alone and with different music partners.

http://www.michalrataj.com/

Luboš Mrkvička

Since 2006, the Czech composer Luboš Mrkvička (born Dec 18, 1978) has been a lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), where he teaches composition and lectures courses focused on compositional techniques of 20th and 21st century music.

He has taught composition at New York University Prague since 2006. After three years of studies at the Prague Conservatoire with professor Bohuslav Řehoř, he studied with professor Milan Slavický and professor Marek Kopelent at HAMU, where he received his Ph.D. in 2009. Besides many workshops and compositional courses, he completed a scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London with professor David Sawer.

Beata Hlavenková

Pianist and composer Beata Hlavenková (born 1978), studied composition in classical music at the Janácek Conservatory in Ostrava.

In 2004 she graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst USA, with a Master’s Degree in composition, jazz composition and arranging. In 2003, during her American studies, she was selected for The Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residential program for young composers and players in the Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC. There she met Curtis Fuller, John Clayton and others.

At present, the composer has her own jazz music trio, working with leading players like drummer Martin Novák and bassist Rastislav Uhrík, as well as drummers Pavel Bady Zboril, Jirí Slavícek, Roman Vícha and bass players Tomáš Liška and Martin Lehký. In October 2005, she and the trio (R. Uhrik and R. Vicha) won the Jazz Junior prize 2005 for “Band of the Year, composition and arrangement.”

She has appeared in the “S’aight” project where she collaborated as composer with the guitarist and composer Patrik Hlavenka and, in 2004, released an album of the same title with Jaromír Honzák, Daniel Šoltis and Rostislav Fraš. It was one of the first albums to belong to the new wave of Czech original composition jazz records. She was also a founding member of the Jaromír Honzák trio "Face of the bass", together with Roman Vícha, with whom she played during 2006 and 2007. In the spring of 2010, she participated in the recording of their album, which will be released in 2011 by Animal Music.

In the summer of 2005, she was a member of the winning ensemble “S’aight and Vertigo Connection” at the prestigious International Music Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. The ensemble continued to give occasional concerts under the name “Open Sextet”.

In December 2005, at their Czech premiere, as guests, they performed with the world’s leading jazz musicians including trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Rich Perry. In 2008, she again played with Rich Perry at the Jazz Fest in Brno and for an international radio transmission by EBU, and in the autumn of 2009 Rich toured with The Beata‘s Trio.

In 2006 she won an anonymous composer competition organized by Czech Radio, with her composition “Jazvecík vo hmle za stlpom” (sausage dog in the fog behind a pillar) or “Monday Meeting”. Her musical activities range beyond jazz and classical music. The focus of her activities in the field of pop music since 2005 has been collaboration with the enfant terrible of the local Czech scene, Lenka Dusilová, which resulted in a unique project called Eternal Seekers, and together with the band The Clarinet Factory, Beata was co-composer as well as arranger. Other major artists which she has worked, or is working with, include Iva Bittová, for whom she is currently arranging songs for symphony orchestra.This cooperation began in 2009. She has worked on two albums with country & western singer Vera Martinová, with whom she toured in 2006. Then there is her cooperation with personalities and groups such as Yvonne Sanchez, The Vertigo Quintet, Toxique, Ondrej Ruml, Ondrej Konrád, Josef Štepánek, Katka Šarközi, Triny, Benedikta, David Doružka, Leona Prokopcová and more.

The keynote album, "Joy for Joel" (2009 Animal Music), was recorded in the U.S.A, where she again met Rich Perry and Ingrid Jensen, as well as the pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley and others. In the same year she went on tour with Ingrid Jensen, Jon Wikan and the leading Polish bassist Michal Baranski. In addition to very positive reviews, she received a nomination for the music award Andel (Angel).

She has also worked as a music teacher at The Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory and Higher Specialised School, and currently at The New York University in Prague and has participated on the curriculum for the first Czech university study of jazz music in the Czech Republic, begun at the Janacek Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, in 2010. On the Czech jazz scene, she is one of the most sought-after pianists. Besides the piano, which she prefers to play and collaborates with the Petrof makers – she often plays a Fender Rhodes piano.

http://beatahlavenkova.com/

 


Electroacoustic Composition:

Michal Rataj

Michal Rataj (born 1975) studied musicology at Charles University in Prague and composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (with Prof. Ivan Kurz and Prof. Milan Slavický), where he earned his Ph.D. in 2005 in the field of electroacoustic music and radioart. Since 2006 he has also been an Assistant Professor, running the electroacoustic music theory and composition classes there.

Michal Rataj was awarded scholarships to study musicology and composition at the Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK in 1995, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in 1998 and Universität der Künste in Berlin, 2002. In 2007 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to guide research in the field of electroacoustic music and real-time sound applications at CNMAT, University of California Berkeley, CA.

Michal Rataj also works as radio art producer at Czech Radio, Prague where he curates a program slot Radioatelier and website rAdioCUSTICA for contemporary radioart activities. Since 2012 he has been vice-chair of the EBU Ars Acustica producers group and teaches composition at the NYU in Prague and other art schools. He has written music for number of TV productions and movies as well as large amount of radio plays & features and theatre and dance performances.

Michal Rataj composes mainly electroacoustic and chamber or orchestral instrumental music and gives performances throughout Europe and broadcasts worldwide. Recently he has been active as real-time performer of his acousmatic music and he gives sound performances alone and with different music partners.

http://www.michalrataj.com/

Eric Rosenzveig

Eric Rosenzveig (b. Montreal, Canada) is an artist, curator music producer and educator.

Currently the Department Chair of FAMU's Center of Audiovisual Studies (CAS), he teaches courses on open narrative structures, new media histories, sound for moving image and practical workshops on contemporary art making. At NYU he teaches electro-acoustic music comoposition. In addtion to his own art practice, he is Director of the Liz Gerring Dance Company in New York City.

His past art projects include a series of consumer electronics devices as artworks (FUNTV and others); playListNetWork, an online system for collaborative media making and public display that also included artwork of the same name (2001-2004); the Appearance Machine, an artificial life system that streamed continual animated media from garbage collected in his neighbourhood (1998-2002; winner of Vida 3.0 prizes for artificial life artworks and The Telefim Canada Prize at Images Festival Toronto for best film and video in Festival, exhibited at The Kitchen and The New Museum, NYC and other venues internationally).

In 2001-2002 he was Artistic and Managing Director of the sound art gallery Engine 27 in New York. His music productions have included Pharoah Sanders & Mahmoud Guinia, The Trance of Seven Colors (recorded in Morocco, winner Downbeat magazine 'Beyond Category' Album of the Year).

In 1992 he produced the series "Musiques et Traditions du Monde", a series of 17 free public concerts for the City of Montreal's 350th anniversary.

He has lived in Prague since 2007.

http://www.w----e.net/

 


MUSIC THEORY and HISTORY CLASSES


Aural Comprehension III, IV

Tony Ackerman

Tony Ackerman attended Harvard University, studied classical guitar in Italy for many years, and received a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His performing career as a guitarist has spanned over 40 years and many musical styles, including jazz, modern avant-garde art music, and American roots styles. After receiving an IREX grant to study Czech contemporary music in 1983, Ackerman remained in Prague, creating an original acoustic duo with the Czech jazz pianist Martin Kratochvil, combining the sounds of his 7-string guitar with Kratochvil’s adventurous explorations on the grand piano. The duo, which has expanded to include multi-ethnic percussionist Imram Musa Zangi, has recorded nine albums and performed thousands of concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Ackerman has taught music theory and history at UC Santa Barbara, and was music teacher and chair of the Fine Arts Department at the International School of Prague from 1985-2012. During this time he also taught Aural Comprehension at the NYU Prague campus (2006), and gives frequent lectures to visiting American university groups about Czech music, focusing on the underground music scene during the Communist 1980’s.


Music Theory III, IV

Miroslav Pudlák

Miroslav Pudlák is a Czech composer and musicologist who lectures at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he teaches music theory and analysis. He is currently the director of the Czech Music Information Centre, a research institution that promotes Czech contemporary music (www.musica.cz). Under his leadership, the center has developed into a non-profit modern arts management facility. It publishes two music magazines (in English and Czech), music directories, books and CDs, as well as running an information service on Czech music and managing archives and databases. Pudlák also works with MoEns, another contemporary music group (www.musica.cz/moens), as a conductor and composer.

Professor Pudlák's research concentrates on contemporary and 20th century Czech music. He has published a monograph and many articles on this topic. In 1985 he founded the contemporary music ensemble Agon, for which he was the artistic director until 1991. He is the author of many orchestral and chamber compositions, and he has also written music for theatre performances and electro-acoustic music. His music has been performed at contemporary music festivals in the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Finland, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Mongolia and France and has appeared on the label Arta Records.

www.musica.cz/pudlak


Music History II, III

Dita Hradecká

Dita Hradecká is currently working on her Ph.D. dissertation on 19th century piano music at Charles University in Prague, where she received a Master's degree in musicology in 2006. Since 2000 she has been the editor of the cultural section of Lidove noviny, the daily Czech journal, covering classical music. As an employee of the Czech Ministery of Culture between 2012-2013 she was responsible for the state support to music arts. Hradecká regularly contributes to music magazines Harmonie, Hudebni rozhledy and Czech Music Quaterly, for the daily newspaper Hospodarske noviny, and provides radio programmes and reviews, moderates public discussions and is involved in the Czech musical life as a critic and organizer of musical events. Additionally, she does German, French and English translation.

Ourania Menelaou

Pianist and musicologist Ourania Menelaou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. She graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of V. Topinka in 1996 and continued her studies at Charles University in Prague, from which she received her Master’s degree in Musicology. In 2003, Menelaou was awarded a Teaching Assistantship from the University of Iowa. There, she studied piano with Professor Uriel Tsachor and got her postgraduate degree on Piano Performance in 2006.

Menelaou has performed extensively, both as a soloist and as a pianist in chamber music recitals. She holds the diploma Laureat de l'Academie de Lausanne and has been invited to participate in music fesitvalsi n the U.S., where she has performed with internationally recognized musicians, including Peter Zazofsky, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Terry King, Annette-Barbara Vogel and others. Ourania has given recitals in Greece, Cyprus, Germany, Norway, Iceland and the U.S. She has recorded for the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), the Icelanding Radio, KNPR in Las Vegas and for Český Rozhlas.

As a musicologist, Menelaou has been researching and studying the piano music of the 19th and 20th century as well as the music of the Czech composer Leoš Janáček. During her studies in the U.S., she gave several lecture-recitals on Janáček's piano music and on the Czech piano music of the 20th century. Currently she is studying the work of the Greek composes Nikos Skalkottas (1904-1949).


Music History IV, Topics in 20th Century Music

Tereza Havelková

Currently, Tereza Havelková is working on her Ph.D. dissertation on contemporary operatic theatre at the Charles University in Prague, and she is a member of the ASCA (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis) theory seminar.

Havelková received a Master’s degree (summa cum laude ) in musicology from Charles University in Prague in 2001. In the same year, she founded HIS Voice, a contemporary music magazine, and she served as editor-in-chief until September 2004. She also regularly contributed to the music magazines Harmonie and Czech Music and to the Czech daily newspaper Lidove noviny. From 2002-2003, she was a Fulbright scholar at Columbia University, and in the spring of 2005 she was a visiting research scholar at Amsterdam University.

Matěj Kratochvíl

Matěj Kratochvíl is a Czech musicologist and music journalist. He works at the Institute of Ethnology of Czech Academy of Sciences, where he does research in ethnomusicology. His main interests are: historical recordings of folk music, traditional music and technology, current developments of musical traditions in Central Europe. He has published a 5CD edition of recordings of Czech and Slovak folk music from 1920s and 1930s and several other publications concerning these topics. He also lectures at Charles University, Faculty of Humanities.

Since 2004, Matěj Kratochvíl is editor-in-chief of HIS Voice magazine which concentrates on contemporary music and covers topics from contemporary composition as well as improvised music, electronic, noise or sound art. Together with Jaroslav Šťastný and Radek Tejkal he has translated John Cage’s seminal book, "Silence".

 

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