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).
Oboe (CNSM Lyon, HEMU Lausanne)
Jean-Louis Capezzali began his musical studies with the piano at the age of 9 years. Five years later he knows the oboe in the class of Gaston Longatte at the Conservatory of Versailles where he won the gold medal and the Prix d’Honneur. In 1979, at the age of twenty, get the qualification to the oboe and the same year was appointed First oboe soloist in the Orchestra of the “Concerts Lamoureux” in Paris. In 1984 he became principal oboist Supersolista Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France. Also in 1982 he was awarded the Geneva International Competitions (1982) and Prague (1986).
After being an assistant to Maurice Bourgue at the Superior Conservatory of Paris for four years it happens as Assistant Professor in 1992. Since 1998 he teaches at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Lyon where he is also head of the department of Woods. In 2008 inaugurates a new class at the Conservatory of Lausanne.
Jean-Louis Capezzali place, in parallel with its commitments as a teacher, a career as a soloist and chamber musician that led him to collaborate with the best orchestras and chamber of the world such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse, the Symphony Orchestras of Taiwan, Bordeaux, Montpellier, the Chamber Orchestra of Japan and others.
He’s regularly invited to give concerts and master classes in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Scandinavia, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, USA, Italy, Spain …
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 (Royal Northern College of Music)
Pavel Fischer was born in Zlín in 1965. He heralds from a musical family background, his father, Eduard Fischer, was a well-known composer and conductor who also founded the ŠKO in Zilina. In the years between 1979-85 he completed his studies of the art of violin playing at the Prague Conservatoire, which he further continued at AMU (1985-89) under the guidance of Professor Nora Grumlíková. As a soloist he has performed with a long list of both Czech and international orchestras. During his time at the Prague Academy of Music he concentrated intensively on the study of chamber music and in the year 1988, together with the pianist Ivo Jančik, he became the outright winner of the international chamber music competition in Trapani, Italy. Also during his time at university he became, in 1989, one of the co-founders and the leader of the Škampa Quartet, a group with which he regularly gave concerts in the most famous of the world stages, including Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York and the Santory Hall in Tokyo ( the Škampa Quartet became the first in the history of the Wigmore Hall to be their official resident ensemble between the years of 1994-1998 ). Pavel Fischer has worked with such excellent musicians as – Josef Suk, Jiři Bárta, D. Pecková, Melvyn Tan, Kathryn Stott, Wolfgang Holzmair, Ronald van Spaendonck, Nikolaj Demiděnko, Janine Jansen etc.
In the last while Pavel has become even more dedicated to his teaching activities – giving masterclasses both at the Royal college and the Royal Academy in London, the Concertebouw and the Quartet Academy in Amsterdam, at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and, in the year 2008, he became a violin tutor at the RNCM in Manchester and as of this year also at the Birmingham Conservatoire. His unusual interest in music of other genres produced, for example, a long-term cooperation with Iva Bittová spanning many years, the founding of the cross-over ensemble “Camael” and also the trio “Bardolino.” The premier of the first of these quartets, “Morava”, was heard in April 2008 at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Czech premier in the autumn of 2008, in the chamber series of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. The remaining two quartets had the premiers at the “Lake District Festival” in Great Britain. In May 2016 the premiere of his first Violin Concerto was held in České Budějovice ,in January 2018 his “Temperaments” for Voice,Violin,Cello,Accordion and Strings at Dvorak Hall-Prague and February 2018 (performed by The Pavel Haas String Quartet) his “Tales from Moravia” at Elbe Philharmonie in Hamburg-Germany.
Cello (CNSM Paris)
An open-minded and eclectic musician who plays both the modern and baroque cello, Jérôme Pernoo is also sensitive to the diversity of artistic inventiveness and participates in less traditional projects. For instance, he has collaborated with the choreographer Régine Chopinot in a staged production of Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello, which toured worldwide.
The season 2008/09 was highlighted by the World Premiere of the cello concerto Guillaume Connesson has dedicated to him, with the Orchestre of the Rouen Opera, in Rouen and Paris. In 2011 he will perform this masterwork several times in France and at the Enescu Festival in Rumania. Further plans include, among others, Schumann’s cello concerto with the Ensemble Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi as well as the world premiere of a cello concerto by Jérémie Rhorer.
Jérôme Pernoo is founder and artistic director of the music festival Les vacances de Monsieur Haydn in La Roche Posay, which first edition took place in September 2005.
Jérôme Pernoo’s discography includes Bach’s Suites for cello (live 1998), the Ricercati by degli Antonii and Gabrielli (2002), the Rachmaninov sonata associated with the quatre Pièces, and the Frank Bridge Sonata for cello and piano, which he recorded with Jérôme Ducros (2002), the Cello concerto Nr. 2 by Saint-Saens with the Orchestre de Bretagne under Nicolas Chalvin (Timpani Records, 2006) and the Cello concerto by Offenbach with Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski (Archiv-Deutsche Grammophon, 2006). Just released his new CD-recording (for Ligia digital) with Jérôme Ducros including works by Beethoven (among others Kreutzer Sonata in the transcription by Czerny) and Ducros’s music for DECCA.
He plays a baroque cello and a piccolo cello. Both instruments are Italian and were built in the 18th century by the Milanese School. He also plays a modern cello made for him by Franck Ravatin.
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.