A professional ensemble dealing with historically informed performance of early music, was founded by Roman Válek, the conductor, in 1998 as a chamber orchestra originally designed for performing Renaissance and Baroque vocal – instrumental works. Today the ensemble consists of four parts: orchestra, choir, soloists and vocal quintet and its scope covers all genres of Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism. The members are professional singers and instrumentalists coming from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Germany, presenting authentic period performances.
The leading authority and conductor is Roman Válek. Peter Zajíček and Elen Machová cooperate as the concertmasters and Tereza Válková as the chorus master. The cooperating musicians include e.g. Adam Plachetka, Richard Wiegold, John Holloway, Jean François Lombard, Romain Champion, Vilém Veverka, Krystian Adam, Luise Haug, Barbara Maria Willi, Roman Janál, Jaroslav Březina, Marie Fajtová, László Borsódy, Pavel Šporcl, Gyorgyi Farkas, Joel Frederiksen, Ludmila Peterková, Kateřina Kněžíková and many others.

The ensemble holds its own subscription cycle “Bacha na Mozarta” (“Watch out for Mozart”) and an international interpretation workshop, Summer school of Baroque music. Furthermore, it is a residential ensemble of the prestigious festival Znojmo, and it regularly records for Česká televize and radio, EBU and the Supraphon records. The ensemble focuses on the works of F. X. Richter.


The recorder player Sheng-Fang Chiu, born in Taichung, Taiwan, studied recorder with Michael Posch and Anna Januj. Active as both a soloist and chamber musician, Sheng-Fang has performed across Europe and Asia, played at numerous International Festivals, recorded for Austrian and Slovenian National Radio and performs regularly in venues such as Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein.

Besides her concert activities, she has held master classes in Taiwan, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech republic and South Korea. Since 2014 she has been teaching recorder and chamber music at Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, and since 2017 she is also teaching at University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig. 
(Photo Credit: Theresa Pewal & Andrej Grilc)


Nicholas Parle was born in Sydney and upon completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Sydney he moved to London in 1985. In 1989 he won the First Prize in the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, Belgium - only the third time in the thirty year history of the competition that a first prize had been awarded. Since then he has appeared as both a soloist and continuo player throughout Europe, Japan and Australia and has worked regularly with many of the leading baroque orchestras and chamber groups in England.

Nicholas now finds himself devoting more time to teaching. In addition to giving courses regularly in Poland, Hungary and Japan, since 1998 he has been teaching at the Guildhall School of Music, London, since 2004 he is s Professor of Harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, and since September 2018 he is a Professor of Harpsichord at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität in Vienna.

Jakub Kydlíček

After finishing his studies in recorder and orchestral conducting at the Conservatory in Pilsen (CZ) he continued in postgraduate studies at Schola cantorum basiliensis with Corina Marti.During his studies, Jakub participated in masterclasses and lessons with leading personalities of early music (Peter Holstlag, Ashley Solomon, Carin van Heerden, Bert Honig, Jostein Gundersen, Patrick Ayrton). He devoted himself to further opera studies with G. Ch. Sandmann as well as historical improvisation and continuo (P. Ayerton, M Erhardt, J. Gundersen). In 2018 he gained his Ph.D. in History.

Soon after graduating, he was appointed a teacher at the Prague Conservatoire. In 2012 he was appointed a director of the Prague Conservatory Baroque orchestra whith whom he became the laurate of Concerto Bohemia – czech radio competition. In 2010-6, he taught at the Conservatory in Pilsen where he performed a number of opera projects (including Pergolesi, Purcell, Martinů, Pauer). As a lecturer, he is often invited to lead seminars and courses of early music (Valtice, Holešov) and is a frequent guest of jury competitions. Since 2018 he holds a position as recorder lecturer at Masaryk university Brno.

As a recorder player, he performs regularly with a number of early music ensembles such as Collegium 1704, Capella Regia, Collegium Marianum, Czech Ensemble Baroque,... with whom he performed in prestigious European scenes (Prague Spring, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Arriaga, Grand Theater de Luxembourg, Salzburger festspiele, Concentus Moraviae, ...). With Schola gregoriana pragensis he recorded a CD devoted to the music of Charles IV.

In 2009 he founded his own ensemble CONCERTO AVENTINO and is also a founding member of the TRE FONTANE trio. As a conductor he performed some of the baroque masterpieces such as Zelenka´s Sub olea Pacis or Purcell´s semi-opera The Fairy Queen. Recently he did perform Czech.premieres of Pigmalion by J. Ph. Rameau or Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at by G. F. Haendel at Smetana's Litomyšl festival. In upcoming season he will lead the performances of Bach´s Actus tragicus or Gluck’s Paride ed Elena.

jsJiří Stivín (born on November 23rd, 1942 in Prague) is an accomplished Czech jazz musician, multi-instrumentalist and a composer, his former occupation being a filmmaker (a camera operator). He performed with the rock band Sputnici. In the 60s, Jiří Stivín founded the Jazz Q ensemble in collaboration with Martin Kratochvíl. Between the years 1970 and 1973, he went from being a member to being a soloist, and eventually ascended to the position of a conductor of the dramatic orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague. Later, he set up a Jazz formation System Tandem with Rudolf Dašek. Throughout the 80s, Stivín performed primarily as a soloist, participating on numerous personal or other people’s projects. In 1981, his double album „Výlety“ („Trips“) was listed among the most extraordinary European Jazz projects of the year. Form the 80s onward, Stivín together with Collegium Quodlibet focuses on performing works of classical music, specializing on Renaissance and Baroque eras. He regularly holds concerti towards the end of November in honor of St. Cecilia, the patron of music. Jiří Stivín has founded a non-profit organization „Centrum pro improvizaci v umění“ („the Center for improvisation in art“) in Všenory near Prague, where improvisation weekends focusing on music, visual art and multimedia activities are being organized. On October 28th 2007, he was decorated by the then president of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus for merits in the area of culture and art.


Karel Košárek’s successful career of a piano virtuoso has been launched by a stipendium on Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he studied under the supervision of the renowned pianist Joaquin Achúcarro (the holder of the most prestigious award in the area of art “The Gold Medal of Fine Arts”). While already being a known soloist in the Czech Republic and a laureate of many international competitions, he set off to gain experience on the American continent and a tour across Europe and Japan. The climax of the stay in America was his presence in the finale of the Walter Naumburg competition in New York (1997). After his return to the Czech Republic, he began to focus on interpretation of various works, especially those composed by Bohuslav Martinů, whose pieces Košárek recorded for the Hyperion, Naxos and Supraphon records. Due to his delicate and sensitive abilities of interpretation, Karel Košárek soon became a very sought-after musical associate of a whole range of instrumentalists and singers, namely for example Magdalena Kožená, Soňa Červená, Roman Janál, the violinists Ivan Ženatý and Bohuslav Matoušek, cellist Jiří Bárta, guitar player Pavel Steidl, and others. Košárek performs with almost all Czech orchestras in their concerto cycles as a soloist. Furthermore, he is often invited to participate on music festivals such as the Prague Spring, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Concentus Moraviae, and others. In the last season, Košárek performed Bach’s piano concerto D minor together with the Hradec Králové philharmonic. He also performed a concerto C major for three pianos in collaboration with Igor Ardašev and Michael Mašek, accompanied by the philharmonic of Bohuslav Martinů. Together with the Carlsbad symphonic orchestra he interpreted a Concerto for piano and orchestra of a contemporary composer Jiří Genrot, and he also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the republic in the new concert hall of the Petrof Company with jazz repertoire in cooperation with Petr Malásek. A collaboration with the tenor Topim Lehtipuu, who has prepared and performed a selection from Antonín Dvořák’s song cycles, was extremely successful. In 2018’s Prague Spring, Košárek has performed Bohuslav Martinů’s work together with the Theremin soloist Carolina Eyck and the Benewitz’s quartet.

Karel Košárek lives in Kroměříž, where he engages in pedagogical activities at the Conservatory of P. J. Vejvanovský, while also occupying the position of the director of Musica Holešov festival in nearby Holešov. He actively participates on the revitalization of cultural life in South-Moravian cities, which used to rank among the most prestigious music centers in Europe in the 18th century.

Jaroslav Tůma (born 1956) is a concert organist and a professor at the Music and Dance faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He performs concerts on cembalo, clavichord, pianoforte and other keyboard instruments. He devotes his time to composing and publication as well.

A student of professor Jaroslav Vodrážka, Tůma finished his studies at the Prague conservatory, and later completed his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, led by professors Milan Šlechta (organ) and Zuzana Růžičková (cembalo). He is a winner of competitions in organ improvisation in Nurnberg in 1980 and in Haarlem in 1986, while also being a laureate in various other organ improvisation competitions, such as a competition in Linz (1978), the Prague Spring competition (1979), Johann Sebastian Bach’s competition in Leipzig, and many others.  

Jaroslav Tůma performs regularly at domestic festivals, such as Prague Spring International Music festival, Smetana’s Litomyšl, Leoš Janáček International Music festival, International Music festival Český Krumlov, as well as on other prestigious stages such as the Rudolfinum or the Smetana Hall in Prague. Since 2016, Tůma conducts annual organ courses with an international participation of Mekka organists, which employ extraordinary organs such as those in Brno, Doubravník, Svatá Hora in Příbram or those in Zlatá Koruna Monastery. He is the titular organist of the Basilica of the Assumption on Svatá Hora.

In Tůma’s repertoire one can find pivotal works of both Czech and foreign composers, the spectrum of styles ranging from Renaissance to the 21th century. His discography until 2018 comprises 56 solo titles, and he participates on tens of others. Among his long-time chamber associates is for example the Japanese flautist Yoshimi Oshima. The Supraphon records have published a series of compact discs labeled “Historical organs of Bohemia,” which capture the authentic sound of valuable organs of various epochs from Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century. Tůma’s last title so far, published by Arta in December 2018, includes the works of Petr Eben such as “the Sunday music,” “Laudes” and others. Several of his CDs have been published in Germany and Poland, too.

Jaroslav Tůma also composed the original score for the documentarist Pavel Koutecký’s movie “The transformations of the Prague Castle,” and he is the author of two collections of organ compositions inspired by Adam Václav Michna’s work (Svaté lásky labirynth aneb Česká mariánská muzika 2014 a Loutna česká 2016).

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