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Concert activities of Jiří Bárta, one of the foremost cellists of his generation, have taken him to most of European countries, North & South America, Australia, Japan and Korea as well as Africa and Middle East. He has appeared at festivals such as Edinburgh, Kuhmo, Lugano, Newport, Prague Spring Festival, Schubert Festival Salzburg, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival. As a concerto soloist or in recital he has performed in venues such as Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Buenos Aires Teatro Colon, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Dublin Concert Hall, Edinburgh Queen Elisabeth Hall, L’Auditorio in Barcelona, Los Angeles Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, London Wigmore Hall, Royce Hall at UCLA, Prague Rudolfinum, Tokyo Suntory and Casals Halls, Paris Theatre Chatelet, Paris Auditorium de Louvre, Salzburg Mozarteum, Soul Arts Center, Washington National Gallery with instrumentalists such as Quatuor Ebene, Ilya Gringolts, Chloe Hanslip, Martin Kasík, Piers Lane, Konstantin Lifschitz, Hamish Milne, Vadim Repin, Dmitri Sitkovetski, Josef Suk or Antoine Tamestit, with orchestras such as Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Symphony, Prague Philharmonia, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic London, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Glasgow, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and, finaly, with conductors such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Charles Dutoit, Jakub Hrůša, Gianandrea Noseda, Libor Pešek, Gennadi Rozhdestvenski and Maxim Shostakovich.
As a recording artist on a Supraphon label Jiří Bárta has released Dvorak Celloconcerto with Czech Philharmonic/Jiří Bělohlávek, live recording of performance commemorating Dvorak‘s 100 year’s anniversary televised throughout Europe by Arte Channel. Both CDs with Kodaly Cello works and Martinu/Foerster/Novak concertos respectively have been awarded Gramophon Editor’s Choice. His other Supraphon recordings include Bach Cello Suites and Shostakovich concertos, two discs for Hyperion include sonatas by Moscheles, Hummel and Rubinstein Sonatas. He has collaborated with mezzosoprano Magdalena Kozena on her Deutsche Grammophon Lieder project awarded by Gramophone Award.
As an enthusiastic chamber musician Jiri has co-founded Kutna Hora Chamber Music Festival, festival aimed at both worlds of contemporary and classical music which gained instant recogition as one of the top classical festivals in the Czech Republic.
Jiří Bárta studied in Prague with Josef Chuchro, in Cologne with Boris Pergamenschikow and in Los Angeles with Eleonore Schoenfeld. After winning number of national competitions he has been awarded the Europäische Förderpreis für Musik in Dresden and the Rostropovich-Hammer Award in Los Angeles. Jiří was featured in Czech TV documentary „Můj pokus o mistrovský opus (Bárta versus Bach Cello Suites)“ which won Prix CIRCOM of 2015 in Ireland.
Just recently he has become member of leading Czech ensemble Eben Trio (Patočka – Bárta – Fialová).
Jiří Bárta currently plays violoncello built by Dietmar Rexhausen in 2012.
Viola, Chamber music (CRBruxelles, HfM Dresden)
Vladimír Bukač is one of the foremost viola players in the Czech Republic. He was born in 1964 and started playing violin at a very early age. He continued his studies with Nora Grumlikova at the Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and then with Wolfgang Marschner at the University of Music in Freiburg, Germany. Already during his studies Bukac gained attention by winning prizes in several domestic and international competitions.
Between 1990 – 1993 Vladimir was engaged in Japan as soloist and chamber music player performing in all prestigious venues of Japan, as well as touring Australia and New Zealand. After returning to Europe Vladimír Bukač was invited to join the renowned Talich string quartet , which has been considered for many years to be one of the world´s finest string quartets. Over the past few decades, the Talich string quartet has been representing Czech musical art through the whole of Europe, Japan, North & South Americas, and South Korea, making records and giving master classes.
Apart from Vladimir’s string quartet playing, he performs regularly as soloist and chamber music player at major music festivals in Europe (Helsinki, Sardegna, Prades…) and also in Israel, USA and Japan.
He has made several acclaimed recordings on viola for the Czech Radio and BBC. Some of his CDs were voted one of Classic CD magazine’s “Choices of the Month” and were also praised with similar enthusiasm from The Strad Magazine and the Gramophone.
Since 2002, Vladimir Bukač is also a much sought-after professor of viola at the Music University in Dresden (Germany) and is regularly guest teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and giving master classes in Europe and the US. Apart from these activities, Vladimir Bukac has been repeatedly invited to judge international competitions (L.Tertis, ARD Munich etc…)
He plays a rare Italian instrument built by maestros Santini Lavazza (1725) and G.P. Guadagnini, Milan (1775).
French horn (CNSM Paris)
André Cazalet begins his studies of music at an early age and wins two first prizes at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris. After having been a soloist in Pierre Boulez’ l’Ensemble InterContemporain, he has been the first principal horn in l’Orchestre de Paris since 1980. At the same time he is pursuing a soloist career that leads him to perform with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Semyon Bychkov, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Peter Eotvos,John Nelson, Michel Plasson, Antonio Papano, Walter Weller etc.
Being a sought-after artist in chamber music he has performed in particular with musicians such as Daniel Baremboïm, le Quatuor Talich, Pascal Rogé, Gérard Caussé, Maurice Bourgue, Katia et Marielle Labèque, Jean Pierre Rampal, Emmanuel Pahud, Schlomo Mintz, Christoph Eschenbach, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Christian Tetziaff, Boris Berezovsky, Julian Rachlin.
His repertoire spreads from the 18th century through to today and he also does research work with composers of the upcoming generation. He is the dedicatee and creator of numerous works for his instrument.
André Cazalet has been teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris since 1985 and has also been invited to teach at well-known institutions such as: the Tchaikovsky conservatory in Moscou and Rimsky Korsakov conservatory in St Petersburg, universities of Vienna and Tokyo, Musikhochschule in Hamburg, Freiburg, Munich etc.
His discography comprises amongst others Haydn’s and Mozarts concerti and his recording of the trios for piano, violin and horn by Brahms and Ligeti has received the Grand Prix du Disque. Nominated at the Victoires de la Musique 2011, André Cazalet is Chevalier n the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Violin (CNSM Paris, Essen)
“Boris Garlitsky is an extremely lively musician of high intelligence and flexibility, with a wonderfully round tone and solid reliable technique … Concert Master of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Garlitsky measures up to every Concert Master of the world’s top orchestras, such as New York, Vienna, Berlin etc., and can play an outstanding role in all leading international orchestras.”
These are the words of Kurt Masur, one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, with whom Boris Garlitsky worked together throughout many years. And still, Mr. Masur’s words grasp but a part of Boris Garlitsky’s musical richness.
In 1982, Boris Garlitsky won the Italian Paganini Competition and began his career as a soloist. Since then, he has played, among others, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia as well as the Milan based Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra and the British Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His interpretations of Shostakovich’s violin concerto with the Orchestra National de Lyon were praised in the press. “The intensity and irresistible force of persuasion brought to it by all the skill of Boris Garlitsky was worthy of the work’s first interpreter, David Oistrakh”, the Lyon Figaro commented.
Mr. Garlitsky is an active participator in several international music festivals. He regularly takes part in the Pablo Casals Festival in France, Mostly Mozart in New York, the London Proms, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Gidon Kremer’s Chamber Music Festival at Lockenhaus in Austria. Also, Mr Garlitsky performs for the BBC, Radio France as well as a number of radio stations in Italy, Russia and the United States. He has recorded for RCA, Naxos, Chandos and Polymnie.
“Boris Garlitsky was a worthy partner of Anne-Sophie Mutter in Bach’s double concerto, performed together with the London Philharmonic… Let us concentrate on the gigantic chaconne from the partita in d minor for violin solo: Mr. Garlitsky’s interpretation as such made this a concert of outstanding class. Highly differentiated and uniquely colourful in play, Mr. Garlitsky’s brilliant intellectual understanding of the piece and expressive characterisation of the individual variations reflected the authenticity and individual depth of the artist’s Bach interpretation” (Dr. Karl Georg Berg).
Garlitsky is an outstanding chamber musician and member of the Hermitage String Trio, praised right and left in critical reviews: “… undoubtedly one of finest of its type, with discipline and musicianship second to none”(www.classicalsource.com); “true brilliance! This ensemble will do much to put more string trio repertoire on the musical map” (Strad); “with virtuosic elegance and, above all, affection” (Hexham and District Music Society); “that gentle exaltation of chamber music which passes by the dramatic gestures of symphonic music but rather expresses intimate and the profound, which goes straight to the heart and transports you to a dream” (Nice Matin).
Mr. Garlitsky’s repertoire is amazingly rich. Among his partners are Pinchas Zuckerman, Gidon Kremer, Marta Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin, Truls Mork, Maria-Joao Pires. Last but not least, Mr. Garlitsky is so popular among his colleagues due to his amiable character. “Garlitsky’s charisma is glaringly obvious. And how! A first violin of such imposing presence is a blessing for any ensemble” (La Montagne).
Born in Russia, Mr. Garlitsky received his first music lessons from his father, the author of the standard textbook for young violinists, “Step by Step”. He studied with Professor Yankelevich at the Moscow Conservatory, and afterwards worked as the Concertmaster for the Moscow Virtuosi and the London Symphony Orchestra, the Covent Garden Opera, the Vienna ORF Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic and many more.
Today, Mr. Garlitsky devotes a large amount of his time to education. He holds a chair at two outstanding music Institutes, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and the Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen (Germany). In addition, Mr. Garlitsky offers master classes on a yearly basis at the most renowned music institutions including the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Peabody Conservatoty in Baltimore, Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin and Kronberg Academy.
“He is also very successful as a teacher and his instruction would be an enrichment for any musical institution, be it orchestra or music academy. His knowledge, his energy, his honesty and his ability to connect with people and create harmony are in my opinion the quintessence of why he can serve as a role model and ‘leading light’ for the young generation.” (Kurt Masur)
Flute (HfM Dresden)
Stéphane Réty began his musical studies in his birthplace Lorient, France.
Further studies took him to the conservatory of Nantes (Guy Cottin’s class) and finally to the Paris Conservatory (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris) in Michel Debost’s class, winning a unanimous first prize in flute and chamber music(Cristian Larde’class) in 1989. First prize winner of the Vierzon international competition, prize winner of the Rampal competition, he has held the position of flute solo in various orchestras including the orchestre de Paris, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, orchestra of the Zürich Tonhalle, Stuttgart Philharmonic. In 1991, he was appointed principal flutist of the Basel Radio Orchestra. Currently he is principal of the Basel Simphony Orchestra, and of the Zürcher Kammer Orchester in Switzerland.
As a soloist, he frequently appears throughout Europe, America and Asia with Musicians like Augustin Dumay, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Wolfgang Holzmair etc…. Amongst other premieres, he gave the first performance of Joachim Rodrigo’s flute concerto in Belgium in 1985 and also the first performance of “Nocturnes2” for flute and string orchestra by Wim Hendericks in Brussels, conducted by Barth Van De Velde in 2001. In May 2005, he gave the world premiere of Lourié’s (russian composer) duo for flute and piano.
He has made several recordings, including Johann Sebastian Bach’s «Suite No 2 », under the conducting of Rudolf Barshai, the “Brandenburg Concertos ” with the Seoul Chamber Ensemble for EMI, a CD devoted to Debussy for flute and harp with Nicolas Tulliez on the french label Skarbo.
His latest CD release, nominated for the Grammy Awards 2007, is devoted to J.S.Bach with flute concerto BWV 1056, Trio sonate from Musical Offering and Brandenburg 5 on Traverso, for Naxos.
Stéphane Réty has been invited throughout the world to give master classes (Europe,U.S., South Korea, Brazil…). In addition, he has been assistant conductor of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, and has composed film music, such as the score for the documentary “A star called Ayrton Senna” distributed by TF1 Video.
Stéphane Réty is Professor at the “Musikhochschule” in Dresden in Germany.
Pianist Miloslava Machová graduated at Prague conservatory as a student of Mrs. Eva Boguniová and after that she continued her studies at the Musical faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in class of Mr. František Malý.
Having finishing her studies, she focused on chamber music and piano accompanying, playing mostly with wind instrument players. She co-worked with a number of both Czech and European leading artists and she recorded also a plenty of records with them. In 2008, she was named as the official accompanist of the Prague Spring International Music Competition.
She currently works as a research assistant at the Musical faculty of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and at the brass departement of Prague conservatory.
Since 2006, she regularly accompanies the students at the Summer courses of the French-Czech Music Academy in Telč.
Pianist Iva Návratová is appreciated by the audience and critics in the first place for her poetic and sensitive playing, which captures the attention.
Born in Ostrava, this Czech pianist began her musical studies at the age of five. After graduating of the State Conservatory in her home town, she proceeded to Prague, where she gained her Master of Arts degree at the Academy of Musical Arts under the direction of the great teachers and performers, Professors Jan Panenka and Ivan Moravec.
Even at the beginning of her career, she was already appearing as soloist with orchestras such as the Prague Symphony (FOK), Janacek Philharmony Ostrava, State Philharmony Brno and others.
Immediately after completing her studies, Mrs. Navratova was appointed as a teacher for Piano, Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at the Janacek Akademy of Musical Arts in Brno, Czech. She quickly became a sought-after chamber music partner and performed regularly in concerts, radio and television with numerous soloists, singers and chamber ensembles. As a member of Society of Czech Composers and Concert Artists, she gave frequent premiers of new works.
In 1989 Iva has accepted the offer from the University of Music in Trossingen, Germany, where she teaches at the Piano Accompaniment Department. Since then she has continued to collaborate internationally with many well-known soloists and performs regularly in concerts, international symposiums, master-classes and competitions. With a vast repertoir, spanning a large range of styles, periods and chamber music formations, she has become one of today´s most indemand pianists. Her activities have included performances in Japan, South Korea, China, USA, Cuba, Turkey and in almost all European Countries.
Iva Navratova is also appreciated as a piano teacher. After moving to Trossingen, she has taught at Music Schools in Konstanz and Singen and during summer semester 2001 as a guest teacher at the University of Nothern Iowa, USA. Since 2002 she has been responsible for piano education at the Hohner Conservatory, Trossingen.
Jakub belongs to the best known pianists amongst the Czech young generation. Coming from a musical family, he started to study piano at the age of five with Mgr. Božena Slancova at Bohuslav Jeremiáš Music School in České Budějovice. Jakub continued his piano studies at Conservatoire České Budějovice in the class of Magda Štajnochrova and at HAMU (Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts) with Ivan Klansky. Just now is he close to finish his PhD. Degree.
During his studies he undertook a year long placement at the Norwegian Academy of Music of Oslo in the class of Havard Gimse, with lessons from Leif-Ove Andsnes. Jakub made his debut in tender age with first place at Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte International Piano Competition and multiple laureateships at Prague Junior Note.
He followed his early successes with a series of achievements: double victory at National Competition of Conservatoires, title of absolute winner from ProBohemia piano contest as well as with awards from Smetana International Competition, Chopin Piano Competition in Mariánské Lazne and others. Jakub gained laureateships of Beethoven’s Hradec International Competition, Mahler’s International Piano Competition and International Competition of Rudolf Firkusny. Most recently he became laureate of Bohuslav Martinu International Piano Competition. He attended international master classes with Jiří Hlinka, Kurt Seibert, Irina Lein-Edelstein, Frederic Lagarde, Lars Vogt, Avo Kouyoumdjian, Pierre Jasmin and Jelena Galinina.
Jakub has performed under the batons of many significant Czech conductors: Jakub Hrůša, Stanislav Vavřínek, Jaroslav Krček, David Švec, Petr Chromčák, Marek Ivanovič and others.
Jakub has performed at renowned festivals: Janáčkův Máj, Musik Festival Koblenz, Sicilia Musica, Ti nejlepší, Talentinum Zlín, Chopin Festival, etc. Until now he has given more than 600 concerts for audiences in Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, China, Croatia, France, Russia, Germany, Greece, Turkey and Norway. He has recorded for Czech TV, Czech Radio and Bipp art. So far he has published a CD and 2 DVDs with live concert performances. At present Jakub resides in the Czech Republic.
The atmosphere of historical town is inspirative and calming. Telč and its surrounding offers real architectional masterpieces but also a beautiful nature and a lot of possibilities for leisure activities. It is up to students wheter they will spend their free time sitting at the chateau park or paddling across the lake.