koncert01 400x400Since its foundation in 1997, Collegium Marianum has devoted itself to performing 17th and 18th century music with a focus on Central European composers. In addition to the concert works, it is also involved in stage projects. The artistic leader is the flautist Jana Semerádová. Her research and study of Baroque gestures are a prerequisite for extraordinary dramaturgies and a number of modern premieres. The ensemble works closely with leading European conductors, soloists and directors. The cooperation with the puppet theater group Buchty a loutky (Cakes and

Puppets) with which Collegium Marianum presents original projects is also very important. Collegium Marianum is recognized by foreign and Czech professional critics and records regularly for radio and television stations. In 2008, the ensemble began to cooperate with the publishing house Supraphon, which has already released eight of the recordings of well- known and lesser-known composers. In 2010, Collegium Marianum was awarded the award for merit in quality and distribution of Czech music awarded by the Czech section of the International Music Council UNESCO. Since 2001 the ensemble has been organizing the Baroque Evening series - a unique project, even in an international context. It is also a residential ensemble of Summer Festivities of Early Music.

koncert02 400x400Since 1971 Wilbert Hazelzet and Jacques Ogg have collaborated as a duo and in other formations. They formed a trio together with cellist and gambist Jaap ter Linden and played in ensembles like De Egelentier (1972-1983), Les Eléments Amsterdam (1993-1996) and Quartetto Amsterdam (1995-2002).

They performed all over Europe, from Norway to Portugal and from Ireland to Poland. Often these concerts were broadcasted on radio or television by national companies like BBC (England), WDR (Germany), RTE (Spain), RAI (Italy), RFM (France). They also performed frequently in the United States of America, Canada and México and toured several times South America (Brasil, Argentina and Uruguay). More than 15 of their CD recordings, including the complete works for flute and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach won praise of the critics and audiences. Their recording of Hotteterre's masterworks won the prestigious Ceciliaprize in Belgium.

Many masterclasses (Salamanca, Madrid, Krakau, Prague) and summercourses (Vancouver, Mateus, El Escorial) they have given in close collaboration, and at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (Netherlands) they instructed for over 30 years many professional musicians on their way to a brilliant career. Parallel to their work as a duo they both have a busy schedule performing with other musicians. Wilbert Hazelzet is the principal flautist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman) since its foundation, Jacques Ogg played harpsichord for 20 years with the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Frans Brüggen). Wilbert performed with Musica Antiqua Köln, Les Adieux and Sonnerie; Jacques was frequently heard in solo-recitals and with Concerto Palatino and the Camerata des 18.Jahrhundert; he is artistic director of Lyra Baroque Orchestra in St.Paul, USA. Future plans include several recordings and tours to Canada and the USA, South America and México, and concerts all over Europe.

koncert03 400x400Barocco sempre giovane (Baroque Still Young) is a chamber ensemble whose members are top quality young Czech professional musicians. It was established in 2004. Initially, it was focusing on High Baroque music performance (hence the name of the ensemble). Nowadays, though, its repertoire covers all classical music styles, including those of 21st century. The ensemble has carried out several premiere performances of contemporary authors´ pieces.

The ensemble is regularly invites to significant music festivals both in the Czech Republic and abroad. Its concerts are broadcast by leading TV and radio stations. It has made several CD recordings and organizes its own regular concert cycles.

Barocco sempre giovane cooperates with prominent Czech and foreign performers. It puts special emphasis on the cooperation with young performers, winners of significant international competitions, especially those such as Prague Spring (Pražské jaro), Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

koncert04 400x400We accordionists are grateful to the great composer for leaving so many wonderful songs for us (BACH FOR ACCORDION). Of course, the accordion, as one of the youngest concert instruments, and could not meet the Master directly. This instrument got to know him first thanks to the effective performance of his organ compositions. However, it is only in the last quarter of a century that it’s been realized how unique it is because of the combination of the “infinite tone” and the bellows dispositions, the possibility of the different registers of the three manuals, the perfect articulation work with individual voices, i.e. possibilities, which no other instrument has. It brings a fresh view of Johann Sebastian Bach, who is not “worn out” and will certainly be discoverable for many festival visitors (ACCORDION FOR BACH).

The German organist Wolfgang Zerer was born in 1961 in Passau. He received his first organ lessons from the organist at Passau Cathedral, Walther Schuster. In 1980 he began his studies at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna; organ with Michael Radulescu, conducting with Karl Österreicher, and later harpsichord with Gordon Murray, plus Church Music. He studied harpsichord for two years with Ton Koopman in Amsterdam and church music in Stuttgart (organ with Ludger Lohmann). Wolfgang Zerer has won awards at several competitions, among them Bruges in 1982 and Innsbruck in 1983.

After teaching at the colleges of music in Stuttgart and Vienna Wolfgang Zerer was appointed Professor of Organ at Hamburg´s College of Music and Theatre in 1989. He is also teaching at the College of Music in Groningen/Holland.

Wolfgang Zerer has given concerts and masterclasses almost all over Europe, Israel, the USA, Japan and South-Corea. His growing lists of recordings includes organ music by Matthias Weckmann, J.S. Bach and Max Reger.

Violin Department of the Prague Conservatoire

The Prague Conservatoire was founded in 1811, originally to educate orchestra players. With the arrival of the violinist and pedagogue Antonín Benewitz as a school director in 1884, the violin courses started focused on the education of soloists. After Benewitz, his pupil Otakar Ševčík, a world-famous pedagoge, whose work is still used by violinists all over the world, was appointed head of the violin department. His students included Jan Kubelík and Jaroslav Kocian. At the present time, the Prague Conservatoire is bringing up excellent soloists and chamber and orchestral players in its violin section. During their studies, the students become acquainted with a wide repertoire of all styles, including contemporary music. Great attention is paid to works from the Baroque period, especially sonatas and partitions by J.S.Bach.

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