23rd Ameropa 2016
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~ FACULTY, ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS ~
Jaroslav Svěcený Jitka Navrátilová M. Nostitz Quartet Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir Václav Slivanský Pavel Tylšar Vratislav Vlna Nikola Djurica Alberto Rodríguez Acuña Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir Vadim Mazo David Ehrlich Debbra Wood Schwartz Li Kaixiang Ada Slivanská Petr Bernášek Jue Yao Qing Yanyan Qian Chen Věra Binarová Nancy Buck Jiří Poslední Eduardo del Río Robles Mingwei Zhao Miroslav Petráš Kateřina Englichová Teresa Ehrlich Monika Pecikiewiczová Jana Chaudhuri Václav Mácha Tsutomu Masuko Lily Zhang Miloslava Vítková Ayal Adler Jonathan D. Green Slavomír Hořínka Ondřej Kukal Jiří Havlík Hideo Miyajima Xinben Huang Zdeňka Krejčová

Ameropa Special Guests
Solo Masterclass - concert July 18
Jaroslav Svěcený | CR
Jitka Navrátilová | CR

Chamber Festival - concert July 24
M. Nostitz Quartet
Petr Bernášek, Václav Vacek - violin,
Pavel Hořejší - viola, Martin Havelík - cello

Organization
Vadim Mazo | USA | Artistic Director
Ada Slivanská | CR | Executive Director

Flute
Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir | Iceland
Václav Slivanský | CR

Oboe
Pavel Tylšar | CR
Vratislav Vlna | CR

Clarinet
Nikola Djurica | Serbia
Alberto Rodríguez Acuña | Spain

Bassoon
Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir | Iceland

Violin
Vadim Mazo | USA
David Ehrlich | USA
Debbra Wood Schwartz | USA
Li Kaixiang| China
Ada Slivanská | CR
Petr Bernášek | CR
Jue Yao | China
Qing Yanyan | China
Qian Chen | China

Viola
Věra Binarová | CR
Nancy Buck | USA
Jiří Poslední | CR

Cello
Eduardo del Río Robles | Spain
Karen Becker | USA
Mingwei Zhao | China
Miroslav Petráš | CR

Harp
Kateřina Englichová | CR

Piano
Teresa Ehrlich | USA
Monika Pecikiewiczová | CR
Jana Chaudhuri | CZ

Piano accompaniment
For Solo Week Masterclasses participants
Václav Mácha | CR
Hideo Miyajima | Japan

Chamber Music with Voice
Tsutomu Masuko | Japan
Lily Zhang | China/USA
Miloslava Vítková | CR

Composer Program
Ayal Adler | Israel
Jonathan D. Green | USA
Slavomír Hořínka | CR
Ondřej Kukal | CR

Summer Orchestral Academy
Filarmonietta Praga

Jiří Havlík | CR
Hideo Miyajima | Japan

Art program
Chinese and Czech Fine Arts
Calligraphy, paintings, workshops and lectures
XingBen Huang | China
Zdenka Krejčová | CR


Flute

Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir | Principal flute, Iceland Symphony Orchestra | Iceland
Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir
Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir studied flute playing with Bernard Wilkinson at the Reykjavik College of Music, completing both a Teacher’s Diploma and a Solo Diploma. She then studied with Kate Hill, Trevor Wye and Pat Morris at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for a year, receiving a Postgraduate Diploma. Two years followed of studies with William Bennett as well as Michie Bennett and Sebastian Bell at the Royal Academy of Music in London, finishing with a Diploma of Advanced Studies. Hallfrídur finally had a year of studying privately with Alain Marion in Paris before returning to her home country, Iceland.
After five years of freelancing and teaching, Hallfrídur won the position of the Piccoloplayer of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 1997 and two years later the Principal Flute of the ISO. She also teaches at the Reykjavik College of Music and the Icelandic Arts Academy.
Hallfrídur has performed three Nordic flute concerti with the ISO, the Nielsen Concerto for Flute, Rautavaara’s Dances with the Winds and Colombine by Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson as well as Mozart's Concerto in G. She is founding member of the chamber group Camerarctica and directs the Icelandic Flute Ensemble. Hallfríður has recently taken up conducting and can be seen on YouTube, conducting some of her colleagues at the Iceland Symphony Orchestra playing "Eldur" (Fire) by the Icelandic composer Jórunn Viðar.
Hallfrídur has two children, for whom she wrote the best-selling and awarded books with CDs about Maximus Musicus. These are entertaining stories for young children about Maxi the musical mouse. The first book, “Maximus Musicus Visits the Orchestra”, is already published in seven countries. The second adventure, is called “Maximus Musicus Visits the Music School”, the third book is "Maximus Musicus Saves the Ballet" and the fourth one, "Maximus Musicus Joins the Choir", had its publication in April 2014. The concert programmes based on the books are being performed at venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia, The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2002 Hallfrídur was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London (ARAM). She has on several occasions taught master classes at the flute department of the RAM as well as at other educational establishments. On June 17th, 2014, the Icelandic National Day, Hallfridur was awarded the Icelandic Knight's Cross of the Order of the Falcon for her contribution towards musical education of children. Author of the Maximus Musicus Children’s Project.
Václav Slivanský | State opera Prague | Quartetto con flauto | Czech Republic
for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available & Youth Program
Václav Slivanský
Václav Slivanský studied at the Prague Conservatory with Jan Hecl and at the Academy of Performing Arts with František Čech, where at the same time he also took part in the founding of the chamber ensemble Quartetto con flauto. Since completing his studies, he has been the first flutist of the orchestra of the Prague State Opera, and he has been active as a pedagogue for many years. He appears frequently as a soloist and a performer of chamber music.
In 1973 he founded Quartetto con flauto together with his future wife Ada Slivanská while they were studying at the Prague Conservatory. The ensemble, at 2008 year celebrating its 35th year of existence, was very successful right from the beginning, participating in several competitions and winning such honors as the Dušek Competition of the Mozart Foundation in Prague and the title of laureate at an international competition in Kroměříž. Over the years of its artistic activities, the ensemble has become highly regarded, giving concerts not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Belgium, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Denmark and the United Kingdom. The ensemble has toured the USA twice and has represented the Czech Republic in Sakai, Japan, on the occasion of an Alfons Mucha exhibition. Quartetto con flauto has made several recordings for Czech Radio (this CD contains a selection of those recordings) and for Czech Television. Two of its radio recordings represented Czech Radio in Paris in 1993 and 1994 at an international festival of contemporary music. The ensemble has a very large repertoire. Although the ensemble’s instrumentation predetermines its choice of musical material from the baroque and classical periods, this is counterbalanced by 20th-century music. Many works have been composed for and dedicated to the ensemble. The ensemble’s interpretations have been recorded on three separate compact discs ("Czech Classical and Contemporary Music" - Bonton 1990, "Czech Sonata" - Bohemia Music 1993, "Czech Contemporary Music" - Bohemia Music 1995 and "Quartetto con flauto" - Radioservis 2008). Compositions by Jan Jirásek and Lukáš Hurník dedicated to the ensemble are also found on CDs profiling those composers.

Oboe

Pavel Tylšar | Prague Conservatory | Gymnasium and Musical school City of Prague | CR
Pavel Tylšar
Pavel Tylšar, nar. v roce 1964 ve Zlíně,vystudoval hru na hoboj na Pražské konzervatoři a pražské HAMU. Získal řadu ocenění na domácích soutěžích a v letech 1986 a 1991 se zúčastnil mezinárodní soutěže Pražské jaro. V letech 1985-1999 byl členem Pražského komorního orchestru a od roku 2000 je členem orchestru opery Národního divadla v Praze. Současně působil od roku 1991 do roku 2011 v orchestru Solistes Européens de Luxembourg. Pedagogicky působí v současné době na Pražské konzervatoři a Gymnáziu a Hudební škole hl. m. Prahy.
Pavel Tylšar was born in 1964 in Zlín and studied the oboe at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Music in Prague. He was awarded in numerous competitions and participated at the international competition Prague Spring in years 1986 and 1991. He was the member of the Prague chamber orchestra in 1985-1999 and since 2000 he is a member of the orchestra of the National theate in Prague. Simultaneously he collaborated with the Solistes Européens de Luxembourg from 1991 until 2011. He works at the Prague Conservatory and Gymnasium and Musical school City of Prague.
Vratislav Vlna | Solo oboist at National theatre | soloist | CR
Ameropa Solo Masterclasses only
Vratislav Vlna
Vratislav Vlna studied the oboe at the Prague Conservatory under professor František Kimel (many years‘ Solo-Oboist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) and at the Prague Academy of Musical Arts under professor Jiří Mihule (also former Solo-Oboist of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). He has taken part in the interpretational classes in Germany (Bonn 1993) and in Switzerland (Vevey 1993) and he was the winner of the international competition Concertino Praga 1992. Since 1996 he has been the first oboist in the Opera Orchestra of National Theatre in Prague and simultaneously since 1999 he has collaborated as a Solo-Oboist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Solistes Européens Luxemburg and with the Virtuosi di Praga. As soloist Vratislav Vlna appeares regularly together with the Virtuosi di Praga and the Prague String Orchestra, with the Orchestra of the National Theatre, the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra.

Clarinet

Nikola Djurica | graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music | Serbia, USA
for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available
Nikola Djurica
When Nikola was five, and heard and saw clarinet for the first time, he shouted: "I will play this!". And naturally, Nikola enrolled Music school "Davorin Jenko" Belgrade and started learning the instrument that would carry him through life.
In April 2003 and 2005, on a republic contest, Nikola became a laureate of Serbia, as a best performer in his category. During 2003 to 2006, on competitions in Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Russia and Serbia, as a soloist he won 14 special prizes (100 points out of 100) and 9 first prizes, and as a member of nonstandard duo he won 4 special prizes and one first prize on a Republic Contest, competing in a category with oldest contestants (16-18 age). Also, as a member of clarinet quartet Nevski, Nikola won 6 special prizes. He recorded a video shoot for a national television and went to a large number of radio shows where he played. Nikola participated in charity concerts in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Podgorica-Montenegro with an organization called "Music Of Angels", as well as in “Kolarceva Zaduzbina” in Belgrade ("Pupil to pupil"). Nikola’s carrier of "Belgrade's angel 2004", "Best pupil of his Generation 2001-2005" and "Holly Sava award 2005" gave him an opportunity to play principal clarinet on "Requiem" in honor of 250 years of Mozart’s birth. Mr. Djurica was the youngest one to play a solo recital on the most prestigious music festival in Serbia- on the 38th BEMUS in October 2006. Mr. Djurica attended chamber music master classes such as: Prague (Ameropa), Spain (Mozzart-issimo) and in Italy (Amalfi Coast). In 2007 Nikola attended Waimar Master Class with Dr. Charles Neidich (Julliard School of Music) where he was the youngest clarinetist on the festival. That same year with the EMCY he played five-concerts throughout Austria and Germany. In 2008 Nikola played a solo concert where he opened the Festival “Passau” in Passau Germany with his pianist Jelena Popovic. During his senior year at Interlochen Arts Academy, Mr. Djurica was invited to come back to Belgrade for 3 days by the Serbian Government and received the award “New Face of Serbia” as one of 200 most successful Serbians in his field.
As a Concerto winner at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2010, Nikola performed music from his native land by Ante Grgin, and has developed into a passionate advocate for music from many cultures around the world. During his first year at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Djurica was the prizewinner of the International Milhaud Competition. During the summer of 2011 Nikola performed a concert in the prestigious “66th Prague Spring” music festival in conjunction with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently won the first prize on an International Music Competition “Ohrid Pearls” in Macedonia as a youngest clarinetist in his category. He has performes regularly at the City Hall of Belgrade with an international cooperation of musicians (Anthony Charles Bracewell-CANADA), where his concerts are live on air and broadcasted on the National Radio Station of Serbia. In 2012, Mr. Djurica was selected to play at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as a part of the “Conservatory Project”. Since the summer of 2012, Mr. Djurica was invited to teach clarinet and chamber music on an International Chamber Music Festival in Prague called “AMEROPA”. In Prague, Nikola was the winner of the Concertante competition, which gave him an opportunity to play as a soloist in “Rudolfinum”-Dvorak’s Hall in Prague with the Camertata Filarmonica Bohemia.
For the past 3 years, Mr. Djurica has been a part of an improvisational ensemble called “The Contranuities Quartet” which he is one of the founding members. “The Contranuities Quartet” is dedicated to bringing diverse people together by exploring the intersections of musical genres and the cultures of the world.
Nikola finished his studies at the prestige Interlochen Arts Academy (Michigan). After 3 years of his studies in Michigan, where his first two years he was a pupil of Dr. Nathan Williams and the last year he studied with Ms. Deborah Chodacki, Mr. Djurica finished his bachelor studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Mr. Franklin Cohen-The Principal Clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Alberto Rodríguez Acuña | Spain
Alberto Rodríguez Acuña
Born in Caibarien (Cuba), Alberto Rodriguez studied the clarinet in Santa Clara Province Conservatory, then at the National School of the Arts in Havana. He pursued post-graduate studies at the Superior Academy of the Musical Arts in Prague while specializing in music education, psychology and teaching methodology, then concluded his post-graduate studies in Brno (Czech Republic). Rodriguez has taught at Havana Municipal Conservatory and at the Cuban National School of the Arts. He was appointed to the faculty of Havana Superior Institute of the Arts and served as the Cuban Ministry of Culture’s national advisor in clarinet education, also presiding the jury in national clarinet competitions. Rodriguez has taught master classes in Cuba, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, the UK, France and Spain.
Apart from having served on the jury of numerous international competitions, he was a member of Cuba’s Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional and orchestral soloist at the Great Theater, Opera and Ballet of Havana. In the Czech Republic he played solo clarinet at the Mozart Opera (Prague) and also co-founded that orchestra’s wind ensemble. He also played as soloist of the Czech "Bohemia" Symphonic Orchestra, going on tour to Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, the Ukraine, Latvia, Bulgaria, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. Rodriguez now lives and works in Madrid, where he has founded the "Recital" Clarinet Quartet. He not only founded, but also directs the Madrid Clarinet Ensemble and the Madrid Chamber Soloists Orchestra.
He is one of the founding professors of the "Julian Menendez International Clarinet Courses" and of the "Spanish Association for Study and Development of the Clarinet". He is currently president of the Madrid Chamber Music Association and has served as artistic director for an ongoing series of annual international chamber music courses: "Boccherini 2005", "Mozartissimo 2006" and from 2007 "CHAMBERart".

Bassoon

Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir | general manager of Harpa International Music Academy | Iceland
for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available
Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir
Bassoonist, Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir, holds a Masters Degree from Yale University School of Music and a Certificate Diploma from Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She spent almost seven years in Hong Kong from 1991-1998 as a freelance musician and teacher, including playing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for a full year, before moving back to her native Iceland. As a freelance bassoonist Kristin plays regularly with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Opera Orchestra, Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra and is active in the local chamber music scene. In 2003 she formed her own chamber group, Hnukatheyr Wind Octet, which has commissioned several new Icelandic works. In 2007 Kristin received a six month stipend from the State of Iceland to perform and record Icelandic music for solo bassoon. In 2009 Kristin premiered Chamber Concerto V by American composer Elliot Schwartz with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir has been influential in Icelandic music life, as chairman of the Society of Icelandic Musicians in 2008-2012 and a board member of the Federation of Icelandic Artists in the same years. She has acted as independent project manager and producer for several artistic projects and is now the general manager of Harpa International Music Academy.

Violin

Vadim Mazo | viola and violin | Illinois Wesleyan University | USA
Ameropa artistic director, Violin and Viola, for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available
Vadim Mazo
Vadim Mazo has pursued a career as conductor, soloist and chamber musician. He is professor of violin and viola at Illinois Wesleyan University as well as music director of the University Camerata Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Mazo studied at the Byelorussia State Conservatory in Minsk with Michal Goldstein (disciple of Pyotr Stoliasky) and in the USA with the Fine Arts Quartet. Before immigrating to the United States in 1980, he performed on radio, television, and concert tours in the former Soviet Union with such international artists as O. Kagan, M. Rostropovich, L. Kogan, and M. Shostakovich, among others.
Since coming to the USA, Mr. Mazo has held teaching and conducting positions in several music schools in the mid-west, and has continued his career as guest soloist and conductor in Europe and the USA. With the strong belief that music is an international language that crosses all borders, Mr. Mazo founded the AMEROPA Musical Arts Festival in 1993, an organization dedicated to the collaboration of American and European chamber musicians and ensembles. The fact that Mr. Mazo has selected Prague with its central location in Europe and rich musical heritage to be the venue for such projects, greatly enhances the harmony and understanding pervading this unique form of art experience. Vadim Mazo has collaborated with the Suk Chamber Orchestra in the Prague Spring Festival and Virtuosi di Praga.
David Ehrlich | Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia | USA
David Ehrlich
David Ehrlich was raised in Israel, where he studied violin with the famous Ilona Feher. He started concretizing at the age of 8, and soon became the recipient of an annual scholarship awarded by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. While studying in Tel Aviv University he served as concertmaster and soloist with the Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra and toured as guest soloist with other Israeli chamber orchestras.
In 1972 he moved to the United States to study with Shmuel Ashkenasi at Northern Illinois University. In 1975 he became the first non-American to win first prize in the Young Artist Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. This resulted in appearances in concerts and recitals throughout the United States, as well as engagements on radio and television. Mr. Ehrlich served as concertmaster and soloist of the Colorado Festival Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica de Caracas, and for several seasons was acting concertmaster and associate concertmaster, as well as soloist, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1984 he joined the Audubon String Quartet as first violinist, a position he held for 17 years. With the quartet, Mr. Ehrlich toured all over the world, performing on many of the most prestigious series and appearing regularly on radio and television, including WFMT, WQXR, BBC, CBC and NPR. Mr. Ehrlich conducted master classes/ lectures at New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Chautauqua-NY, USC, Arizona State University, Tel Aviv University, Ireland, Venezuela, and many others. He has recorded on RCA, Telarc and Centaur labels. In 1993, he and his wife, Teresa, founded the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, a non-profit community music school located in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a member of the violin faculty and conducts the youth chamber orchestra.
Mr. Ehrlich plays on a rare violin by Carlo Bergonzi circa 1735 through the generosity of Virginia Tech University, where he is a Fellow of Fine Arts. Since 2001 David has been Artistic director as well as performer with Musica Viva! Chamber music concert series. He is a founding member of the Avanti Ensemble.
Debbra Wood Schwartz | private studio in Berkeley | USA
Debbra Wood Schwartz
A native of Chicago, Debbra Wood Schwartz was privileged to study at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University with the renowned Morris Gomberg, a student of Leopold Auer, on full-tuition performance scholarships for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. While still an undergraduate student she was invited to join the faculty of that institution, where she became Chair of the String Instrument Department. Her students won such competitions as the solo auditions of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, while still others became teachers and members of some of the major symphonies in the U.S. and abroad. Under her tutelage, her student Tracy Silverman, who has now garnered fame as, among other things, the violinist for whom John Adams wrote his violin concerto Dharma at Big Sur, appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was the first winner since Michael Rabin of the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. While maintaining her teaching studio at the Chicago Musical College, Debbra was an active performer as soloist both in her Chicago community, with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, and in Central America, where she regularly appeared as recitalist. She was a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago under Ralph Shapey, and the Rockefeller Chapel Orchestra. She has recorded with CRI and Windham Hill. In 1979, finding herself in the midst of the vibrant music community of the Oakland East Bay, California, Debbra played in local orchestras and joined boards of several music organizations, forging a consortium through which local youth music programs found strength through cooperation. She was the first Artistic Director of the Crowden Center for Music in the Community. She taught violin and chamber music for the Virtuoso Program at San Domenico School, where she remains an affiliate faculty member and member of the Advisory Board. Debbra maintains her private studio in Berkeley, where she has many promising students, some of whom are planning to pursue careers in music. She frequently adjudicates competitions and helps fledgling youth music groups with their organizational structure and helps them find support. In that capacity, she has recently started a beginning strings program at a local church in collaboration with her program, Summer Music Berkeley, and funded by a Yale University Alumni Ventures grant. Stepping out of the East Bay, Debbra has taught at the Bowdoin Summer School of Music in Maine and for several summers in the Kobe, Japan, Music Festival, where she also adjudicated the Osaka International Competition in Violin. Debbra’s daughter Margot is a violinist in the Milwaukee Symphony. Her son Noah is a composer, pianist, and violinist. Michael Morgan, conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the guiding light of much of what goes on here in music education credits Debbra with having a “genius for nurturing the young string player from promising beginner to rapidly developing young artist…Once she has gotten them to that point, they are string players for life.”
Li Kaixiang | Sichuan music institute | China
Kaixiang Li
Li Kaixiang, Sichuan music institute professor, graduated from Shanghai college of music. The head of the wind & string instrument department of Sichuan conservatory of music, vice President of the violin art research institute. Sichuan musician association, Sichuan outstanding young and middle-aged expert.
Has won the ministry of culture the 7th "Area Yong Xian excellent music awards", "Higher education teaching achievement prizes" in Sichuan province, the ministry of culture awarded the "Outstanding instructor award" and the Sichuan music institute awarded the title of "Teaching masters with outstanding contribution" of professional honor and special award, etc. In addition, also has won a ministry of culture of the first "National Chinese violin works play the game" won third prize, and all the personal best performance award "the fifth festival", the fourth "autumn of Argo" music festival in Sichuan province to play the first prize, and other major awards.
After years of education career has trained a group of students with high level, they have better success in both domestic and international, in different types of competition awards. In 2001 by the German DAAD funding as a senior visiting scholar to Germany for further study, major in violin and chamber music. Once successively in the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and other countries and Taiwan, Hong Kong carrying out professional lecture, academic exchange and access performance. With domestic and foreign famous composer, conductor, performers and professional music groups extensive cooperation and exchange, by experts from home and abroad colleagues high praise and praise. In 2008 was invited as the Italian international judges. In 2009 the ministry of culture and "wenhua prize - the ninth national youth violin competition" judges.
Ada Slivanská | solo and chamber activities | Quartetto con flauto | Czech Republic
Ameropa executive director, for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available - Youth Program
Ada Slivanská
Ada Slivanská is a graduate of Prague’s Conservatoire where she studied violin and composition, and of the Charles University School of Liberal Arts where she read musicology. Even during her studies she established a chamber ensemble named Quartetto con flauto with which she has cut four compact discs and has appeared on many domestic and foreign stages (Spain, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Italy, USA, Japan). Following her graduation and a one year stint with the Central Bohemia Symphonic Orchestra at Poděbrady she joined the Czech Radio Symphonic Orchestra with which she remained until 1999 and several years she was member of Prague’s State Opera Orchestra.
Since 1989 she has also been pursuing managerial and production activities. This is why at present – apart from performing as solo and chamber orchestra player, she was associate pedagogue and adviser conductor of the International Madrid’s Boccherini Festival 2005, Moz-artissimo 2006 and 2007 “ChamberArt” and is also manager of several soloists and chamber ensembles.
Ada Slivanská is executive director of the Ameropa International Music Festival and Chamber Courses and the co-organizer of the The Prague Horn International Music Festival, Podblanický hudební podzim in which she also participates as performer. Since 2007 she is artistic director of "Terezin International Music Centre" (TIMUC) in Czech Republic. Thanks to her wide range organizational experience she distinctly contributed to the forming of the Camerata filarmonica Bohemia chamber orchestra and presently she works as orchestra manager since its founding in 2002.
Petr Bernášek | Nostitz quartet | Czech Republic
Petr Bernášek
During his violin studies at the Prague Conservatoire, Czech Republic, in the classes of Professors František Anděl and František Pospíšil, Petr Bernášek participated in the Academy of Y. Menuhin in Switzerland under Professor Alberto Lysy. In the years 1992-1996 he continued with his studies at the Academy of Music in Prague, Czech Republic, in the violin class of Professor Joří Tomášek and in the chamber music class of Václav Bernášek. During his university studies he participated in a four-month study at CNSMDP in Paris, France, with Professors Jacques Ghestem and Joseph Golan. Under the guidance of the members of the Alban Berg Quartet, he continued to study chamber music together with the M. Nostitz Quartet in Vienna, Austria, in the years 1996-1998. Petr Bernášek is a founder member of the M.Nostitz Quartet, which participated in the International Chamber Music Masterclasses in Semering, Austria, under the Amadeus, Bartok, and Alban Berg Quartets. As a student, Petr Bernášek won the Third Prize in the Competition of Beethoven´s Hradec, Czech Republic, and together with the pianist Petr Jiříkovský he was a finalist in the International Sonata Competition "Vierzon" in France. With the M. Nostitz Quartet he won the Second Prize and the Prize of Bohuslav Martinů in the International Competition of Prague Spring and in the year 1997 the ensemble won the International Competition in Cremona, Italy. Since 1995 Petr Bernášek has been tutoring regularly at the International Chamber Music Courses "La Pellegrina" in Bechyně and České Budějovice, Czech Republic. In the years 2006-2012 he taught violin at the Conservatoire in Teplice, Czech Republic, and since the year 2011 he has been teaching at the Music School of Jan Hanuš in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 1994 Petr Bernášek has been a primarius of the M. Nostitz Quartet.
Jue Yao | Yao Jue Music Academy | Hong Kong Children’s Chamber Orchestra | soloist | China
Jue Yao
Born in Shanghai, China, Ms Yao is the only violinist to be included in the 1995 book "China's Famous Females" published by the International Women's Congress in Beijing. Her photo graces the cover with the caption "Jue Yao's playing shows that the Chinese have reached a world class level in music making." Ms Yao was awarded a full scholarship by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to continue her violin studies with Zaven Melikian. Later she graduated from the Juilliard School of New York where she studied under Dorothy DeLay. Music critics since then have universally employed phrases such as, "technically impressive and intensely moving", "impeccable technique", “captivating", "poetic", "stylish" and "lustrous" to describe her performance. Miss Yao's professional career has been punctuated by widely acclaimed performances throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Orchestras with which she has performed in concert are: Brooklyn Philharmonic; Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra; Russia Philharmonic; Honolulu Symphony; Prague Chamber Orchestra; Suk Chamber Orchestra; National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba; Century Symphony Orchestra of Japan; Singapore Symphony; Little Orchestra Society of New York; Central Philharmonic of China; China National Symphony; China Broadcasting Symphony; Radio Orchestra of Shanghai; Shanghai Symphony; Shanghai Philharmonic; Shanghai Chinese Orchestra; Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. In 2000, Ms Yao was the featured Soloist with the China National Symphony Orchestra on their Mexico concert tour. Ms Yao made her New York recital debut before a standing room only audience at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1993. She has performed in numerous international festivals and major concert halls. They included The Ravinia Music Festival, The Aspen Music Festival, The Yachats Music Festival; The Avery Fisher Hall, The Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Herbst Theater and The Tchaikovsky Hall etc and others.
In a relatively short period of time Ms Yao has performed numerous concerts and at music festivals world-wide and has also appeared on radio and television both in China and the United States, including national “live” telecast concerts in Los Angeles, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Her expanding discography includes many classic works of the Chinese repertoire. Her most popular compact disc, Butterfly Lovers Violin Concert, with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra was also filmed as an MTV music video. Until present, Ms Yao has released total of 9 CD & DVD solo albums. Ms Yao founded the "Yao Jue Music Academy" and the "Hong Kong Children’s Chamber Orchestra” in 2002. She is also the first Chinese musician to be received by President Castro of Cuba. Ms Yao was awarded the “Outstanding Violinist Rado Timeless Award” in 2002, the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong" in 2004, the “Ten Most Successful Women” in 2005 and the “Outstanding Women Professionals Award” in 2008. Last but not least, the “Outstanding Women of the Year” in 2012.
Ms Yao served on the International Jury Panel for the Montblanc Arts Patronage Award in 2003. She was appointed as the University Artist of Hong Kong University in 2008 – 2010. Ms. Yao was the council member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Chairlady of the Academic Affairs Committee in 2000 - 2006 and the council member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council from 2005 - 2010. Currently, Ms Yao serves as council member of Shanghai Political Consultative Committee, the Board of Trustees of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund and member of the program committee of the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Ms. Yao plays on the 1713 Stradivarius violin.
Qing Yanyan | Sichuan Conservatory of Music | China
Special program for youngsters musicians
Sabrina Qing
Qing Yanyan, violin teacher in the Department of Orchestra in Sichuan Conservatory of Music; researcher of Sichuan Conservatory of Music Violin Art Research Institute; member of CMS. Qing started learning violin from an early age ; won prizes in lots of competitions and gained violin performance master degree in Sichuan Conservatory of Music.Qing has been awarded as excellent guidence teacher several times by domestic and international violin competition organizing committees,such as Hongkong International String Competition,Chengdu Outstanding Artistic Talent Contest,China-Singapore Art Contest,China-Korea Youth Art Contest,China the Youthful Talent Selection Contest and so on.The students of Qing also won first prizes in all kinds of domestic and foreign competitions.

Viola

Věra Binarová | Chamber musician | Czech Republic
& violin | for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available
Věra Binarová
Věra Binarová studied at the Conservatory in Pardubice and Academy of Music in Prague. She continued her studies in music at the School of Music in Vienna (Hochschule für Muzik) and through private lessons with Prof. Marie Hlounová. As part of her education, she attended interpretation courses (Germany, Austria) and played in the orchestra of the Yehudi Manuhin Foundation (France 1991-92). In 1994-2010, she was a solo violist at the Talich Chamber Orchestra where she performed in concerts in many European countries and Japan, and also participated in multiple CD recordings. Věra Binarová is also an active chamber musician. In 1998-2002, she was a member of the Jupiter string quartet and currently cooperates with the Capella Sancta Caecilia (Art Manager Ivan Ženatý). She is often asked to perform in chamber concerts as a chamber partner. Her first solo performance was in 1996 at a festival concert in Wiesbaden, Germany. Besides regularly performing solo with the Talich Chamber Orchestra, she cooperates with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Pilsner Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of Western Bohemia in Marianské Lázně, Philharmony of Košice (Slovakia) and Sant Gellert Festival Orchestra (Hungary). She also collaborates with well-known violists including Jan Talich and Shizuka Ishikava. She records for Czech Radio and performed in the Cycle of Chamber Concerts for the Czech Philharmonic at the Bohemia Magica Festival (France 2002), Sarajevos winter (2005) and the International music festival in Český Krumlov 2011. Since 2006, she has been periodically performing with the Salzburg Chamber Philharmony. Her repertoire covers all the major works of the viola as well as works of contemporary Czech composers such as J. Filas, O. Mácha, A. Skoumal, J. Teml, L. Sluka. Besides all of her performance responsibilities, Věra Binarová has maintained a healthy viola studio and truly enjoys teaching. Since 2014, she has been a member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK.
Nancy Buck | Arizona State University | USA
Nancy Buck
Violist Nancy Buck is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively. Currently, she is on the faculty at Arizona State University, where she teaches applied viola and coordinates the string chamber music program. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU, Ms. Buck taught for eight years at Bowling Green State University, where she served as the Assistant Chair for the Department of Music Performance Studies and was a member of the Bowling Green String Quartet and the Toledo Symphony.
In Arizona, Ms. Buck performs regularly with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Bach Festival and the Arizona MusicFest Festival Orchestra. She has traveled the world as an artistic collaborator and artist teacher, touring France, Germany, Italy, and, this summer, in Korea. Ms. Buck is consistently acclaimed for her extraordinarily insightful studio teaching and is frequently cited for her outstanding musicianship skills in chamber music coaching. She has adjudicated for the Primrose International Viola Competition and the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competitions.
Ms. Buck presents lectures, performances and master classes throughout the country. Each year, she is invited to present for the American String Teachers Association National Conference and for the American Viola Society. In 2008, Ms. Buck served as Host Chair and Artistic Director of the 36th International Viola Congress, held at Arizona State University, coordinating a vast array of concert events and presentations by leading performers and pedagogues in the field.
Jiří Poslední | Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Czech Philharmonic Quartet | Czech Republic
Jiří Poslední
Jiří Poslední (born in Prague) studied viola at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Professor J. Zíka (member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) and graduated in 1987. During his studies he had already very strong affection for chamber music, which he studied under the guidance of Professors Viktor Moučka and Josef Vlach, members of the famous Vlach Quartet. In the years 1989-1997 he was a member of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1997 has been a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Jiří Poslední has performed both in the Czech Republic and around the world as an orchestra player, as well as a chamber musician. For several years, he was a member of the Johannesberg Quartet and Joseph Trio. He is a member of the Czech Philharmonic Quartet, founded in 2000 under the name Philharmonic Quartet Prague; the latter, presented by the London agency Connaught Artists Management, performed with a great success in many European countries.

Violoncello

Eduardo del Río Robles | Cello Soloist and Chamber Music | Composer | Professional Conservatory “Rodolfo Halffter” Móstoles | Spain
Eduardo del Río Robles
Was born in Madrid, received the first cello lesson with the Spanish Master Pedro Corostola (student of P. Casals, G. Cassadó and P. Bazelaire)at Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, he obtained the Superior Prize of Violoncello and Chamber Music. He played in Lima (Perú-2002), Río de Janeiro & Florianopolis (Brasil-2003). He teaches cello and chamber music in “Ameropa” (2008 - 2014), Biwako chamber music camp in Otsu City at Biwako Hall and Figaro Theatre (2008, 2009). Played duet (violin-cello) with his wife (the violinist Chika Izumi) in Japan (Tokyo and Hyogo-ken).
As soloist he played Elgar’s Cello Concerto at National Auditory of Spain (1994), Haydn in D major with the Bamberg’s Foundation Orchestra (Madrid 2009), Haydn in C major at Guggenheim Museum in Shioya city (2012), Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky Rokoko Variations , Vivaldi double cello concerto and Boccherini cello concertos (B flat, G major, D major) at Teatro del Bosque in Mostoles Madrid 2014-2015 (Madrid 2007-20015), Vivaldi Double Concerto with Camerata Philarmonica Bohemia in Prague (2008), and Dvořák Cello Concerto (2012-2013). His three Suites for cello solo at Nautic Superior School in Santander (2008) that he recorded on CD with Tañidos Records in 2015.
Since 2011 he recorded 4 CDs of Spanish Nationalism Music for cello and piano “Jewels of Spanish Cello” with the pianist Angel Huidobro under the seal Tañidos Records. He made compositions for cultural programs to spanish TV channel, TVE 1, TVE 2, Tele5, Antena 3. A lot of composition for Contemporain Ensemble “Cosmos S. XXI” since 2008. In Italy at the Teatro Sociale di Como in 2011 his first Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra conducting José Luis Gómez Río with Orchestra 1813.
Since 1999 he´s teaching Chamber Music and violoncello at Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Rodolfo Halffter” de Móstoles of Madrid.
マドリード、Rodolfo Halftter 音楽院教授。チェロと室内楽の教鞭をとる。
スペインの名チェリスト Pedro Corostola( 同氏はカザルスの弟子)について学び、マドリード王立音楽院で名誉賞を得る。様々な室内楽コンクールで受賞する傍ら、ソリスト又室内楽奏者として国内外で精力的な活動を行なう。Ameropa2008よりチェロと室内楽教授を務め、2008年滋賀県大津で催された室内楽講習会に講師として招かれて以来、度々来日し日本においても演奏活動を行っている。
ソリストとして、1994年スペイン国立ホールにてエルガーの協奏曲、2009年マドリードにてBamberg財団オーケストラとハイドンの協奏曲ニ長調、2012年神戸市 旧グッケンハイム邸にてハイドン協奏曲ハ長調、2007年モストレス市のTeatro del Bosqueにてサンサーンスの協奏曲とチャイコフスキー ロココの主題による変奏曲、2008年プラハにてカメラータ フィルハーモニア ボヘミア とヴィヴァルディの二重協奏曲、2012~14年マドリードのオーケストラとドヴォルジャークの協奏曲を演奏。2010年サンタンデールにて開催された独奏リサイタルでは、彼自身の作曲による3つのチェロ組曲が発表された。近年、タニードスレコードよりチェロとピアノ(又はチェロソロ)によるスペイン音楽集 Joyas del Violoncello Españolシリーズを録音発表し、好評を博す。作曲家として自作品をTVやCD録音にて発表、また他アーティストに提供する等、多方面で活躍している。
Mingwei Zhao | Sichuan Conservatory of Music | soloist, chamber musician | China
Mingwei Zhao
Mingwei Zhao lives in a music family, began to learn cello with his mother at the age of four. From 1997 to 2003, he studied at the Music School Affiliated to the Sichuan Conservatory, Chengdu, China. During that period he joined the Morning Side Music Bridge Summer Program at Calgary, Canada twice as the first cello student from the Conservatory. At the fall, 2003, he won the admission and full scholarship to study the undergraduate program at the Bowling Green State University, Ohio. He is the first prize winner of numerous regional and state competitions. Graduated as cum laude at May, 2007, he continued to study with Prof. Stumpf at the Thornton School of Music at USC with the full scholarship. At the summer of 2006, he was invited to join the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival Orchester in Germany, under the batons of Eschenbach , Dohnanyi, Eiji Que, and toured Switzerland, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Luebeck. From January 2008, he began to play the string quartet with Midori Goto. While at USC, Mingwei Zhao also played as the principal cellist in both symphony and chamber orchestras, and has collaborated with conductors such as M. T. Thomas, Hermuth Rilling and Carl St.Clair. After obtained master degree and graduate certificate in 2011 with honor from USC, Mr. Zhao was invited to teach and play in the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in his hometown Chengdu as the cello faculty and the principal cellist of the symphony orchestra there. Since then Zhao has performed all over the country as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra principal. In July, 2014, after successful and acclaimed series of master classes, private lessons and recital at University of Xiamen, Fujian, he was offered the position of guest professor from the university, and became one of the youngest persons ever received such honor.
Miroslav Petráš | Academy of Music of Music, Conservatory of Music | Prague trio, Piano quartet Bohuslav Martinů | CR
Ameropa Solo Masterclasses only
Miroslav Petráš
Professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, a pupil of Saša Večtomov, is a laureate of the international competition Prague Spring and winner of the national Beethoven Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí, and others. He has presented concerts in most European countries, but also in North and South America, Japan and Taiwan. He became concert master of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, with which entity he played solo parts 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 compact discs featuring sonatas by Z.Kodaly op.8, and R.Strauss op.6, bear out his excellence. Miroslav Petras also teaches at Prague Conservatoire and is a member of juries of many music competitions. He is member of the Czech Trio and Martinu Piano Quartet.

Harp

Kateřina Englichová | solo harpist | Czech Republic
for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses and Chamber Ameropa first week available
Kateřina Englichová
One of the most sought after harpists of her generation, Katerina Englichova performs all over Europe, North America, Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand. She has collaborated with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovitch, Joseph Suk, Gerard Causee, Cynthia Phelps, Michel Lethiec, and Robert Stallman, and with many ensembles, including the Prazak Quartet, the Wihan Quartet and the Martinu Quartet. She has performed at numerous international festivals such as Tanglewood and the Tucson Music Festival in the USA, Music by the Red Sea in Israel, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian and Festival d’Ile de France, and in the Czech Republic at Prague Spring, Prague Autumn, and Festival B. Martinu.
Ms. Englichova made her American recital debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York in 1998. Other distinguished venues where she has played include the Beethoven Saal in Bonn, Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, Auditorio Nacional de Musica de Madrid, and the Rudolfinum in Prague. She has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Philharmonia, the Czech National Symphony, the Brno State Philharmonic, the Moravian Philharmonic of Olomouc, the Talich Chamber Orchestra, the Suk Chamber Orchestra and others. She has been heard as a soloist or chamber musician on more than 25 discs with labels such as Supraphon, Harmonia Mundi, Discover International, and New World Records, and most recently, for the Japanese label Exton (September 2003) and Arco Diva (October 2004).
Katerina Englichova won the Pro Musicis International Award in 1995, 1st prize in the Torneo International Competition in Italy in 2000, Prague Radio Broadcast Competition 1997,Concerto Soloists 1994, Vienna Music Competition 1998, E.Herbert-Hobin Harp Competition, 1992,1993 and the Laureate Prize of the Chamber Music Society of the Czech Philharmonic in 2001. She studied at the Prague Conservatoire and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia,(she is a Fulbright recipient), and has given masterclasses in the USA, Hong Kong and Italy.
Ms. Englichova’s website address is www.englichova.cz

Piano

Teresa Ehrlich | Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia | USA
Teresa Ehrlich
Teresa Ehrlich began her musical training at the age of four. Born and raised in the Midwest, she received her master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University as a student of Donald Walker. She has also worked with teachers Gyorgy Sebok, Menachem Pressler , and Leon Fleisher. She has received critical acclaim throughout the United States, Israel and South America, where she has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras including the Sinfoica de Maracaibo and the Filarmonica de Caracas in Venezuela.
In addition to her solo and orchestral engagements, she is active as a chamber musician and has performed as a guest artist with the Audubon, Vermeer, Cassatt, and Vanbrugh quartets. Teresa has been a participant in the Banff Festival in Canada, Yale Chamber Music Festival, Music at Gretna Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, Chautauqua Festival in New York, and the Sanibel Island Festival. She has performed on live broadcasts for radio station WFMT in Chicago and has been heard on National Public Radio.
In 1993, she and her husband, David, co-founded a non-profit community music school in Blacksburg, Virginia, named the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia. Teresa is Executive Director of the school and a member of the faculty, teaching piano and chamber music. Her students have won top prizes in national and international competitions. She is a member of the Avanti Ensemble, which performs thoughout Virginia, and performs annually in the Red Rocks Music Festival in Arizona.
Monika Pecikiewiczová | Quartetto con flauto | Czech Republic
Ameropa Solo Masterclasses only - Youth Program
Monika Pecikiewiczová
Monika Pecikiewiczova studied at the Prague Conservatory under Prof. Vladimir Topinka and the harpsichord under Prof. Jaroslav Přikryl. From the beginning of her studies, she took part in a number of international competitions, being especially successful at the international competition "Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte", where she was awarded a third and a second prize.
She has devoted a lot of her time to pedagogical work ever since she graduated. Presently is teaching at the Music School Šimáčkova in Prague 7, and is well acclaimed like accompanist. Since 2010 is she attending seminars devoted piano methodology and interpretation (Brno Conservatory), and in the methodological center of AMU in Prague program of lifelong learning course in music pedagogy, psychology and methodology piano (2006 - 2009).
She is very actively involved in concert making, not only as an accompanist for soloists, the renowned international boy’s choir Pueri gaudentes (over seven years), but also as a member of a piano duo (records for Czech Radio). Since 2000 she is a member of the Quartetto con flauto. With this ensemble she made lot of concerts in the Czech Republic, but also abroad (USA, Japan, Spain, Poland, etc.), as well as recordings for radio and CDs.
Jana Chaudhuri | soloist | International Conservatory of Prague | Czech Republic
available for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses
Jana Chaudhuri
Jana Chaudhuri Jana Chaudhuri ranks among the most outstanding talents of the next generation of pianists. Already during her studies at the Conservatory of Ceske Budejovice (under MgA. Marie Simkova Kotrcova) and her higher studies at the Janacek Academy in Brno (with Prof. Alena Vlasakova), she drew great attention as a result of critically acclaimed concert performances as well as honours and awards in both national and international piano competitions. The Czech National Foundation of Music placed her in their prestigious Roster of Young Artists and she has also repeatedly been awarded the title of Talent of South Bohemia.
She has performed in numerous concerts all over the Czech Republic as well as Europe for example, England, Italy, Portugal, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Belgium etc and, China and North America. In fact she was the first Czech woman to have had public concerts in India as well. On the request of the Indian Ambassador in Prague, Jana Chaudhuri presented special concerts on the occasion of the birth anniversaries of the great Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore as well as Swami Vivekananda. She also began a unique project with Bharatnatyam dancer Rasabihari in which two dramatically different worlds of art meet and communicate – Indian Classical dance and European Classical music. She performed in the Rudolf Firkusny Festival of classical music to honor the great Czech pianist as well as his music which was also the first concert in the Art Deco Tugendhat villa in Brno.
She won 1st Prize in a string of national and international piano competitions for example, absolute winner in the International Smetana Piano Competition in Plzen in 2006, in addition to the Czech Radio award. First Prize and the Joseph Seidler Prize in the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust Competition in London, 2004 as well as First Prize in the International Forum for Young pianists in Portugal in 2009. Absolute winner in the Pro Bohemia Competition in 2002, Ostrava. 1st Prize in the Gradus ad Parnassum Competition in Lithuania in 2001 and 1st Prize in the International Novak Piano Competition, 2010 in Kamenice nad Lipou. She is also the recipient of a Yamaha scholarship in 2008. 2nd Prize in the Mozart Competition in Rome, 2008 and was awarded the Special Prize for the best interpretation of Janacek's composition in the Janacek Competition in 2008.
She has also been a laureate in various competitions such as Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte, The International Piano Competition of Kosice, The Mozart Competition Amadeus, Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf Competition, the National Music Schools Awards, Inter-Conservatory competitions as well as 5-time winner of the Prague Junior Note competition. She has participated in master-courses under famed names such as I. Cernecka, W. Groppenberger, E. Indjic, P. Jasmin, J. Jirasky, A. Kouyoumdjian, C. Moniuszko, V. Nosina, E. Solar-Kindermann, V. Svihliková, P. Toperczer, A. Zenziper etc.
Apart from her solo career, she also devotes time to chamber music and regular appearances as a soloist with symphony orchestras for example, the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, South Czech Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of Trebon etc.
She is married to Indian conductor Debashish Chaudhuri with whom she has performed in several successful concerts both on the national and international stage. Her father is a singer for over 30 years in the South Bohemian Opera and her brother-in-law Raj Chaudhuri is a successful painter based in Denver, USA. She is also a Professor of Piano at the International Conservatory of Prague.
Debashish Chaudhuri | Conductor | India/Czech Republic
Debashish Chaudhuri
Debashish Chaudhuri´s musical experience and expression is a unique blend – born in Calcutta, India and living in Central Europe for the last 14 years. He has a rich European repertoire, 15 years of professional experience with various orchestras and 19 years of professional teaching experience. His passion for the search of symphonic music that is either inspired by India and Asia or written by Asian composers has enabled him to premiere several original works to critical acclaim. He firmly believes that Western and Eastern musical cultures in their purest and highest form though totally different in their conception, can truly communicate. He also enjoys finding and doing master works from the symphonic repertoire that have been largely forgotten.
Debashish Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in 1975, where he was head of music at St. James‘ School. He conducted their four choirs and played a prominent role in music scene. He founded the St. James‘ School Orchestra and the Calcutta School of Music Chamber Orchestra. He has studied in India, USA, Singapore, England and in the Czech Republic where he was the first Indian to study at the Prague Conservatory. It is there his close contact with the family of Antonin Dvorak started. In 2003 and 2004 he studied with Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti in the renouned Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena, Italy following the footsteps of Zubin Mehta. Gianluigi Gelmetti himself studied closely under Sergiu Celibidache, Franco Ferrara and Hans Swarovsky. In 2004 he won 1st prize in the Conducting Competition of Lausanne and in 2005, as the first Indian ever, was among the finalists in the most prestigious Conducting Competition in Besancon, France.
He has worked with both Czech and International Orchestras for example The Orchestre de Franche-Comté, The Sofia Festival Orchestra, The Masterplayers Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, The Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava, The Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Zlin, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, The Chamber Philharmonic of South Bohemia, The Camerata Moravia, The Imperial College Sinfonietta etc.
In 2006 he initiated a special annual concert under the auspices of Lions Club honoring visually handicapped people, its 8th year welcomed a top virtuoso Vaclav Hudecek. On request of the Indian ambassador in 2012 he conducted a special symphonic concert for 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore as well as a symphonic concert for 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda one year later. In 2006 and 2013 he created orchestral concerts entitled Asian Inspirations. The Namaste India philharmonic project he envisaged in 2013 brought together the sitar and the tabla as solo instruments with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra in addition to the Czech premiere of John Mayer´s Shiva Nataraj. In addition to this repertoire 2013 also saw him at serial concerts championing the music of Edward Elgar, Albert Roussell, Sergej Rachmaninov, Maurice Ravel, Franz Schubert, Antonin Dvorak, Jan Krtitel Vanhal, Vilem Blodek, Jaroslav Jezek etc.
He is married to pianist Jana Chaudhuri. In addition to their musical activities they enjoy supporting various good causes – Fair Trade, sponsoring children in India & Uganda and outreach concerts for children and new audiences. His brother Rajat Chaudhuri s a successful artist in Denver, US and his parents still live in Calcutta.

Piano collaboration

Václav Mácha | soloist | Czech Philharmonic | Academy of the Perforing Arts | Czech Republic
for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses only
Václav Mácha
Václav Mácha was born in 1979 in Prague (Czech Republic). He learn to play piano from 6 years old. Since his young age he got many prizes in International Piano Competitions. When he was 15 years old, he had solo debut concert (recital) in Dvorak Hall in Prague. He graduated from the Musical School of the capital city Prague in 1994 as a pupil of Prof. Jan Tůma. He entered Academy of Perfoming Arts in Prague in class of Prof. Ivan Moravec as the youngest student in the history of academy(15 years old). After successful finishing his study he advanced on Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hannover (Germany) by Prof. Karl-Heinz Kammerling, where he finished in 2001. Now he continues in Soloklasse.
Although young, he participated in many international piano competitions. In 1991 he won first prize at the international competition „Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte“ in Ústí nad Labem. He became second prize in the Radio competition Concertino Praga 1994 in the national round and he received a Place of Honor in the international round. One year later he became a finalist of the International Platform of Young Artists UNESCO at Bratislava Music Festival, where he was sent by the Czech Radio. In 1996 he got the 3rd prize in international competition for the „European music for youth prize“ in Dublin. For the excelent interpretation of work of Leoš Janáček (On an Overgrown Path) he became in 1997 special prize of Leoš Janáček Foundation. In 1998, he won 1st prize in international competiton Viotti-Valsesia in Italy. On the same competition he became also special prize for the best interpretatiton of works by Beethoven. He received 2nd Prize in Karl-Bergemann Conpetiton in Hannover (Germany) in 2000.
His life as professional pianist started from his young age, not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Europe, USA and Japan etc. He performed in the season series of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He played also with many orchestras (Prague Philharmonie, Czech National Symphonic Orchestra, Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra, Suk Chamber Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philhamonie, Czech Chamber Orchestra, West Czech Symphony Orchestra, Pardubice Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonie, P.Costantinescu di Ploiesti Orchestra etc.).
He made many recordings with Czech Radio, Slovakian Radio, Czech TV, Deutsche Welle (Germany), Japan NHK-FM and CD. In 2006, he recorded Mozart Piano Sonatas for EBU (European Broadcasting Union). Recently he is a member of the Czech Philharmnic Orchestra.

Chamber music with voice

Tsutomu Masuko | vocal conductor and coatch, music therapist | Mukogawa Women’s University | Japan
Tsutomu Masuko
Prof. Tsutomu Masuko completed his Doctoral Course of Art (All but Dissertation) at Ball State University, Indiana. He has been active as a baritone throughout the world and, recently he is under great demand to conduct orchestras and choruses. Besides his artistic activities, Masuko is also a certified Music Therapist by JMTA and by Institute of Neurologic Music Therapy, Colorado State University. Masuko has been known as an outstanding baritone not only in Japan but also through out the United States and European Music Circles. Masuko appeared as a soloist in such International Music Festivals as Berlin Musik Tage, Dresden International Music Festival, Festival de Wallonie, Greco 85, Palau de Musica Festival, and Barcelona.
Tsutomu Masuko conducts orchestras such as “Camerata filarmonica Bohemia” (Czech), “Mozart Chamber Orchestra” and “Ensemble Sakai”. He is also known as a choral conductor and he regularly conducts “Mozart Choral Ensemble Japan”, “Osaka Symphonic Choire” and “Nishi-Kobe Choire”. Prof. Masuko has been teaching voice and Opera at Mukogawa Women’s University since 1977 and is the founder of the Music Therapy Department. He has been a guest professor at such universities as Eastern Washington State University, Ball State University (U.S.A), Pollenca International Music Academy (Spain), Osaka University, Osaka University of Arts, Osaka University of Education, Kobe University, Kyushu Hokenfukushi University, Kohnan University (Japan), Dresden Semper Oper Opernstudio, Weimar Musik Hochschule (Germany), Conservatory of Barcelona (Spain), and Novosibirsk National Conservatory-Glinka (Russia).
Prof. Masuko has published theses on Music Education, Music Therapy, Sociological Research and Aesthetic of Music. He has also published CDs for Medical Purpose and music Therapy. His Gospel-Musical has been performed more than 20 times, and he has completed a 4-act play, “Underground Railroad” with Ensemble in Orchestra Pit.
Lily Zhang | soprano | Colorado State University at Pablo | China / USA
Lily Zhang

Dr. Lily Zhang is the first Chinese voice professor who was granted honorary doctorates by William Penn University, USA and Lincoln Christian University, USA in 2002 and 2009 respectively for her outstanding achievements in Vocal Performances and Teaching. Solo Recital and Master Class at China National Grand Theater, Beijing, China in 2008; “Super Star Halo Award”, the Southern California Motion Picture Council, Hollywood, USA; “Certification of Award”, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., USA; “Lily’s Day”, City of Southfield, Detroit, USA.
Lily was from 1999 serving as Visiting Scholar and teaching position in the Colorado College, USA; Full professor and Deputy Chair and Chair of Vocal department with Opera department in Sichuan Conservatory of Music at Chengdu 1983-2013; Full professor in Music department of Colorado State University at Pablo 2013-15.
Lily continued her operatic study with the famous voice teacher and Met. Soprano Madame Martile Rowland for 17 years in Colorado Spring, the Rocky Mountain Opera Company.
Her Debut in Prague, the Czech Republic when Lily performed at the Silvestra concert, with the Talich Chamber Orchestra, in 2011 of the Spanish Hall (with the audience of the former President Vaclav Klaus), she sang solo concerts with the North Czech philharmonic orchestra, performed in Smetana Hall in March and July 2014, and she appeared frequently in the US with famous orchestras and conductors i.e. solo soprano in Mahler's Um Mittelnacht with the Collorado Symphonic Band in Dennver in 2015, solo Soprano in the Samuel Barber's A Summer of 1915 with the Camerata Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles in 2003.
Her operatic repertoire including Cio Cio San in Madame Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Liu in Turandot, Violetta in La Traviata, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Hana in Die Lustige Witwe, Ms. Fan Yi in the Chinese masterpiece Thundersorm, the title role Ms. Jiang in the famous opera The Red Rock. Lily also appeared in many concerts both in Europe and US, sung in the Beethoven's 9th Symphony (with the Martinu Chamber Orchestra in Wien), and the Messiah in sacred music. She held many solo recitals with Chinese art song and lieder, opera gala with orchestra in NCPA, Beijing and in the Performing Center of Shanghai, Chengdu, Tianjin, Taiyuan, Shijiazhuang, Hangzhou etc. many cities of China. She is invited frequently in the jury for many voice competition in China, and Hong Kong.
She has performed the Rusalka aria in front of the Czech audience at the Smetana Hall with great reception.

Miloslava Vítková | soprano | founder and choirleader women choir Buburezza | Czech Republic
Choir leader, Youth program
Miloslava Vítková

After secondary school Miloslava graduated in "Music oriented on education and Choir conducting" at Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague. She also graduated in solo singing at GHMS (general and music secondary school of Prague) in class of prof. Magda Bělohlávková. She earned wide range of awards in both solo and choral singing. She is founder of mixed scout choir Cantuta and female choir Buburezza, a GHMS project, with which she earned multiple awards on both Czech and international choral competitions. As a choirmaster of Buburezza, she actively collaborates with Czech contemporary composers like Jan Bernátek, Jan Rybář, Hanuš Bartoň, Jiří Gemrot and many more. Since September 2012 she is also choirmaster of Children's Choir of Cathedral of St. Vít, Václav and Vojtěch in Prague. She works as specialist on children choirs in NIPOS - ARTAMA, teaches musical theory at GHMS and is lecturer of workshops for choirmasters.

Po maturitě na esteticko-výchovném gymnáziu nastoupila na Pedagogickou fakultu Univerzity Karlovy,kde vystudovala obor Hudební výchova - sbormistrovství. Zpěv absolvovala na Hudební škole hl.m.Prahy ve třídě prof. Magdy Bělohlávkové. Získala řadu ocenění v sólovém i komorním zpěvu. Založila skautský smíšený sbor Cantuta, ženský pěvecký sbor Bubureza, který funguje pod Gymnáziem a Hudební školou hl. m. Prahy, a se kterým získala řadu ocenění na národních i mezinárodních soutěží a s kterým uvádí díla současných českých autorů (Jan Bernátek, Jan Rybář, Hanuš Bartoň, Jiří Gemrot a další). Od září vede Dětský sbor při katedrále sv. Víta, Václava a Vojtěcha v Praze. Pracuje jako odborná pracovnice NIPOS - ARTAMA pro dětský sborový zpěv, učí hudební teorii na Gymnáziu a Hudební škole hl. města Prahy a je lektorkou seminářů pro sbormistry.


Composition class

Ondřej Kukal | Conductor, composer and violinist | Czech Republic
Ondřej Kukal
Ondřej Kukal is an exceptionally versatile musician and a distinct member of his generation of artists. He is active as a conductor, composer and violinist. He studied at the Prague Conservatory and pursued his schooling at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied violin with Josef Vlach, (a course from which he graduated with the performance of his own violin concerto), composition with Jindřich Feld, and conducting, which he completed with an account of his Danse symphonique for large orchestra. Between 1985 and 1995, he was a member of the New Vlach Quartet (later Vlach Quartet); from 1991–1996, he was chief conductor of the South Bohemian State Orchestra; and in 1993, he became conductor of the Czech Chamber Orchestra. During the period from 1996–1999, Ondřej Kukal was engaged as permanent conductor of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra with which he has continued to work to this day. His other commitments have included the post of leader of the Prague Chamber Orchestra Without Conductor (1996– 2003), with which he guest appeared at, among other venues, New York’s Lincoln Center, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Musikverein in Vienna. Since 2002, he has been principal conductor of the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from that, he has conducted the majority of Czech symphony orchestras, including among others the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia, the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, and since 1998 he has received regular invitations to conduct the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Touring extensively, he has worked with The Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice, or the BBC Symphony Orchestra, among others. His successful opening of the 2006 edition of the Prague Spring Festival, at the helm of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the critics likened his reading of My Country to that of Rafael Kubelík. He has built up an impressive catalogue of CD and radio recordings. Most of his compositional output (over 30 opus numbers) have been published and regularly performed in this country and internationally. In 1999, he received a scholarship from the Bavarian government, under which he composed, during a longterm visit in Germany, his Symphony No. 1, Op. 15, which earned him the annual OSA Award in 2005. His concerto for clarinet, Clarinettino, received the Classic Award in 1994.
Ayal Adlera | Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, composition and theory| Israel
Ayal Adler
Born in Jerusalem. After receiving a diploma in piano and composition from the Rubin Conservatory, he enrolled in the Jerusalem Rubin academy of Music. There, he completed a B.Mus. and an Artist Diploma in composition (with Honors). He then pursued a Doctoral degree in composition at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Adler is a senior lecturer of composition and theory at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 2001. He held the positions of: Dean of Students of the Academy; Head of the composition department of the Cross- Disciplinary music program. He served at various committees, such as: Board of Trustees - Prime Minister Award; Doctoral Committee; Academic Affairs Committee, and others. He is currently a board member of the Israeli Composers' League (ISCM), and serves at the Board of Trustees - Prime Minister Award.
Mr. Adler wrote music in various genres, including solo, chamber, vocal and orchestral works. His recent work Resonating Sounds for large orchestra was premiered by Daniel Barenboim and the West- Eastern DIVAN Orchestra in August 2014 at Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival and BBC Proms in London, and Colon Theater, Buenos Aires.
His music was performed in the United States; Canada; Germany; Finland; England; Spain; Czech Republic; Russia; Rumania; Croatia; Taiwan and South Korea. His works were performed in Israel by: Israeli Philharmonic orchestra (IPO), conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta; Camerata orchestra; Sinfonietta orchestra; Meitar Ensemble; Israel Contemporary Soloists, etc.
His works were performed in the International Festivals of ISCM (2005) and ACL (2008 and 2011). His work Gate of Darkness was performed in the 2012 Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, and Colors of dust was premiered at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival in Berlin, April 2013.
He won several awards, including: Prime - Minister Award for Composers, 2008; "Achievement of the Year" award (Acum) for "Quintet" (2012); an Acum prize for: Crystallization for large orchestra (2003); a Fulbright Grant for Doctoral Studies (1997); Dean's Honorary Prize (1996), etc.
He was also nominated Composer-in-Residence for: McGill Symphony (2000), McGill Chamber Orchestra (1999) and Visby International Center for Composers (summer of 2011). Four compact discs containing his works were released in recent years. His music is published by the Israeli Music Institute (IMI) and the Israeli Music Center (IMC). His works are often recorded and played in the Israeli Radio, and were played in Radio France and others. His works were commissioned by the Divan Orchestra; Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival; Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund; Israel Camerata Orchestra; Jerusalem Music Center; America -Israel Cultural Fund; Israeli Composers' League, and others.
Ayal Adler was the composer-in-residence for Meitar ensemble from 2006 -2012. Currently, he serves as the Ensemble's Advisor.
More information at Ayal Adler website
Slavomír Hořínka | Academy of Performing Arts in Prague | Czech Republic
for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available - Youth Program
Slavomír Hořínka
Slavomír Hořínka (*1980) is composer working and living with his wife and four children in Prague (Czech Republic). He is composing vocal and instrumental music focused primary on reducing of means and transparence of structure. As material he often uses melodic line, harmony or rhythm derived from sound analysis or music without copyright (plainchant, ethnic music etc.). In his most recent works he is exploring early instruments and the spatial aspect of music.
Slavomír Hořínka is assistant professor at composition department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He graduated as a violinist from the Pardubice Conservatoire (Czech Republic). Following that he studied composition at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts with Ivan Kurz (1999–2004). In 2008 he graduated with a PhD in composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, under the guidance of Hanuš Bartoň. His compositions have been performed by the Czech Philharmonic, the BERG Orchestra, the Bennewitz Quartet, Cappella Mariana, Tiburtina Ensemble, Solamente naturali and others on major both domestic and international stages.
More information at Slavomír web page
Jonathan D. Green | Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Illinois Wesleyan | USA
Jonathan D. Green
Jonathan D. Green is a native of upstate New York. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Fredonia School of Music, studying voice with David Evans; a Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts where he was an Ornest Fellow, studying voice with Jon Humphrey and Dorothy Ornest, and composition with Robert Stern and Salvatore Macchia; he completed additional studies at Oxford University and Chautauqua Institution. He received the Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was a University Excellence Fellow, studying conducting with William Carroll, Richard Cox, and Robert Gutter; and composition with Eddie Bass.
Dr. Green is Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University having previously served as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sweet Briar College, where he received the 1999 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
As a composer, he has received awards from ASCAP, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His compositions include numerous songs, choral works, three piano concertos, and seven symphonies. Among his many commissions is "Riding the Winds of December," which was performed by the school children of Dare County as part of the centennial celebration of first flight. A number of his works have been published by C. Alan Publications, Bernel Editions, Ltd., and Treble Clef Press.
Dr. Green is the author of seven music-reference books: A Conductor’s Guide to Choral-Orchestral Works: The Twentieth Century, parts I and II, A Bio-Bibliography of Carl Ruggles, A Conductor’s Guide to the Choral-Orchestral Works of J. S. Bach, A Conductor’s Guide to the Choral-Orchestral Works of the Classical Period, Part I: Mozart and Haydn, A Conductor’s Guide to 19th-Century Choral-Orchestral Works, and A Conductor’s Guide to Selected Baroque Choral-Orchestral Works.
He is a member of ASCAP and the Conductors Guild, and he serves on the boards of the American Conference of Academic Deans, the Illinois Symphony, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He has given numerous presentations on a variety of topics in higher education for the Council of Independent Colleges, the Annapolis Group, and the American Council on Education.


Summer Orchestral Academy
Filarmonietta Praga
Jiří Havlík | Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Czech Republic
Conducting and French horn
Jiří Havlík
Jiří Havlík is a member of the Czech Philharmonic orchestra since 1979. He studied French horn and composition at Prague Conservatory and at the Academy of Musical Arts in Prague. He won several prizes at international music competitions (Concertino Praga, The Prague Spring), as well as Special Award of the Czech Ministry of Culture for the composition and performance.
He is actively engaged in solo and chamber music, teaching work, conducting and composition. Is known for his compositions such as Concerto for Horn and Strings, Three Fugues for Three French Horns and Piano, or a piano cycle titled (Anti)Claviernesses.
Co-founder / co-organizer of the “Hornclass” and “The Prague Horn” international music festival in Czech Republic. In 1991-1992 he was member of artistic board in Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, in 1997-2007 managing director and faculty of “Ameropa” International Chamber Music Festival. Since 2006 faculty, conductor and artistic adviser of the international music festival “ChamberArt” in Madrid (Spain), and chairman of “Terezin International Music Center” (TIMUC) in Czech Republic.
In 2002, Jiří founded chamber orchestra “Camerata filarmonica Bohemia”, whose he is an artistic leader, and is also active as a permanent conductor of “Benda Chamber Orchestra” in Usti nad Labem. Beside of co-operartion with Czech orchestras and choirs, his recent abroad conducting & solo playing appearances included also Germany, Holland, Spain, USA and Japan. Solo horn recital was recorded and introduced 2008 in Japan, more of by him conducted CDs were published in Czech Republic and also in USA.
Hideo Miyajima | Tokyo Chamber Orchestra “Baumkuchen” | Japan
Conducting and vocal coach | for Solo Masterclass available
Hideo Miyajima
Hideo Miyajima was born 1981 in Ishikawa / Japan. He started to play the piano the age of six and after studying voice at the College of Music Osaka / Japan, he began to study conducting. Upon graduation, in 2005, he went to Europe to study at the University of music and performing Arts in Graz / Austria, main subject orchestra conducting with Martin Sieghart and Korrepetition with Wolfgang Doerner. Others, He had a Private lesson with Jean Perisson in Paris, and worked as a Assistant Conductor with Jonathan Nott at the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
From the time Hideo Miyajima grasped the responsibility of the baton, he was guest conducted several opera projects in Japan, including “Dido and Aeneas” (H. Purcell), “Orfeo ed Euridice” (G. W. Gluck), “La serva padrona” (G. B. Pergolesi), “Cosi fan tutte” and “Le nozze di Figaro” (W. A. Mozart), and “Carmen” (G. Bizet). He has also conducted “Bastien und Bastienne” (W. A. Mozart) and “The Cunning Little Vixen” (L. Janacek) at the University of music and performing Arts in Graz / Austria, and in 2008 the National Radio Symphony Orchestra Romania in the Summer Music Festival “In Little Paris” in Bucharest / Romania. From 2008 to 2010 in Japan he conducted Chamber opera projects at the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa / Japan. At 2012 he worked as a Assistant Conductor and Korrepetitor at the New Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and at season 2012/13 he conducted New Year Concert, Opera and Operetta Gala Concerts, and the others at the New Symphony Orchestra Berlin.
Since 2013 He is conducting as a Chief Conductor at the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra “Baumkuchen”. And he is visiting as a Guest Lecture at the Charles University Prague/Czech republic, that he teaches Accompanyment and Opera Korrepetition.

Chinese Fine Arts
Calligraphy, paintings - workshops and lectures
XingBen Huang | China
Solo and first chamber Ameropa weeks »»»
Xinben Huang comes from Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, the hometown of Zhongshan Sun,the greatest pioneer of Chinese Democratic Revolution. As an artist, he is good at oil painting, Chinese painting and the ceramic creativity. Xinben Huang has made great achievements in the art world, who has won numerous awards. Xinben Huang’s work is highly based on and inspired by the spirit of human and nature, which has shown the great love for life and for the nature. Moreover he is active in promoting and cultivating art and culture. His art pieces have been collected world-widely among private individuals, entrepreneur or municipal government coming from different countries. For example, his ink series Grow With the Water has been collected by the cultural committee of the 16th Asian Games; in April 2015, a grand art exhibition for Mr. Xinben Huang has been jointly hold by the Singapore Art Association, the Singapore Painting Association and Singapore China Art Research and Study Association,in which his artwork of oil paintings, Chinese paintings and Ceramic pieces has displayed. The Chinese ambassador in Singapore Mr. Jianghua Xiao has song highly praise of Huang’s Huang’s work and unveiled the opening ceremony.
Zdeňka Krejčová | Czech Republic
Solo and first chamber Ameropa weeks »»»
Malířka, ilustrátorka a výtvarnice animovaného filmu Zdenka Krejčová se narodila v Praze 3. listopadu roku 1944. Po základní škole vystudovala Střední odbornou školu výtvarnou v Praze a pokračovala ve studiu na Vysoké škole uměleckoprůmyslové v Praze u profesora Karla Kratochvíla, a v ateliéru profesora Karla Svolinského.
Po absolutoriu v roce 1969 měla díky svým rodičům možnost prožít s nimi část svého mládí na jihu Číny v Himalájích, kde studovala kreslení u čínské výtvarné pedagožky a získala tak základy potřebné pro stručnost kresebného projevu. Oblíbila si kresby černou tuší a současně i zachycení rozlehlých krajin několika tahy štětce. Její tvorba je převážně figurální a ovlivněná surrealismem.
Věnuje se ilustrátorské činnosti, především pohádkových a dětských knih, např.: Štíplová Ljuba - Nachystej si vyřídilku, Albatros, 1973; Štíplová Ljuba: Pohádky o řemeslech, Albatros, 1973; Sojková Kamila: Tomík a Andulka, Albatros, 1974; Wenig Adolf: Zvířátka a loupežníci, Albatros,1974; Džasímuddín: Upovídaný Gopa, Albatros, 1977; Zinnerová Markéta: Tajemství proutěného košíku, Albatros, 1978; Drijverová Martina: Kryštof a Karel, Albatros, 1982; Šrut Pavel: Pyšná princezna, Panorama, 1982; Popletený kalendář, Albatros, 1985; Svobodová Vlasta: Vláček uspáváček, Panorama, 1987;Drijverová Martina: Nekonečné prázdniny, Albatros, 1987; Žáková Marie: Lotosový kvítek, Albatros, 1987; Šťovíček Vratislav: Pohádky pro růži, Aventinum, 1992; Štíplová Ljuba: Stojí město Nepovězto, Victoria Publishing, 1995; Renč Ivan: Pasáček Asaf, Vyšehrad, 1995 aj.
Úspěšné jsou také její ilustrace učebnic a botanických příruček. Ze dřeva vyřezává figurky pro betlémů. Působila na Škole umění Australské národní univerzity v Canbeře. Spolupracuje s animovaným filmem, především jako výtvarnice na večerníčcích, např.: Pasáček Asaf; O Kořínkovi; Cesta tří králů /2000/; Sv. Pavel; Malý král /TV seriál, 2007/ a také na filmu Sněhová královna /1987/. Samostatně vystavovala své kresby a ilustrace v roce 1978 v Düsseldorfu; r. 1983 - Brně v Galerii J. Krále a podílela se na mnoha kolektivních výstavách: 1984 - Curych; 1986 - Liberec; 1993 - Bratislava aj. Žije a tvořivě pracuje v Praze.
Painter, illustrator and animated cartoon artist Zdenka Krejčová was born in Prague on 3rd November 1944. After primary school, she graduated at Secondary Vocational School of Art in Prague and continued at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and in the studio of prof. Karel Svolinský.
After graduation in 1969, she had a chance to a part of her youth with her parents in South China in Himalayas, where she studied painting at Chinese art teacher and thus gained the basic skills needed for the conciseness of the drawing expression. She discovered her affection to black ink drawings together with portrayals of landscape with just a few touches of paintbrush. Most of her paintings are figural and strongly influenced by surrealism. She has devoted herself to illustration works, mainly in fairy tales and children books, such as: Štíplová Ljuba - Nachystej si vyřídilku, Albatros, 1973; Štíplová Ljuba: Pohádky o řemeslech, Albatros, 1973; Sojková Kamila: Tomík a Andulka, Albatros, 1974; Wenig Adolf: Zvířátka a loupežníci, Albatros, 1974; Džasímuddín: Upovídaný Gopa, Albatros, 1977; Zinnerová Markéta: Tajemství proutěného košíku, Albatros, 1978; Drijverová Martina: Kryštof a Karel, Albatros, 1982; Šrut Pavel: Pyšná princezna, Panorama, 1982; Popletený kalendář, Albatros, 1985; Svobodová Vlasta: Vláček uspáváček, Panorama, 1987; Drijverová Martina: Nekonečné prázdniny, Albatros, 1987; Žáková Marie: Lotosový kvítek, Albatros, 1987; Šťovíček Vratislav: Pohádky pro růži, Aventinum, 1992; Štíplová Ljuba: Stojí město Nepovězto, Victoria Publishing, 1995; Renč Ivan: Pasáček Asaf, Vyšehrad, 1995 etc.
Successful are her illustrations of textbooks and botanical guidebooks. She creates wood sculptures for Nativity pictures as well. She worked at the School of Arts at Australian National University in Canbera. Well known are her collaborations on animated cartoon, above all as a bedtime story artist, such as: Pasáček Asaf; O Kořínkovi; Cesta tří králů /2000/; Sv. Pavel; Malý král /TV series, 2007/ and also on a film Sněhová královna /1987/. Her exhibitions were installed in 1978 in Düsseldorf, in 1983 in Brno (Gallery of J. Král) and she was also a part of other exhibitions in 1984 in Zurich, in 1986 in Liberec, in 1993 in Bratislava and so on. She lives and works in Prague.
She works together with Jiří Stivín in Centre of Improvisation in Art, which connects music with other types of art. Its main goal is to support originality, find and take advantage of the strongest aspects of the personality, initiate and create unique projects, organize activities and workshops with the help of professional artists.

Guest soloists and ensemble

Jaroslav Svěcený | violin | Czech Republic
Special guest in Ameropa solo courses - Concert and Masterclass Monday July 18, Brandýs nad Labem, Synagogue
Jaroslav Svěcený
Is one of the most significant contemporary Czech violinists and a distinctive personality on the Czech music scene. His solo career started during his studies at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts where he studied with Prof. František Pospíšil and Prof. Václav Snítil. He completed his education with master classes by the world-famous virtuosos Nathan Milstein and Gidon Kremer.
He is renowned as a populariser of the violin - his television, radio and concert performances in particular attract audiences of all ages.
Jaroslav Svěcený’s numerous concert tours and festival performances have encompassed the whole of Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile,Israel, Russia, Brasil, Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Pakistan and other countries.
Jaroslav Svěcený has already recorded 45 CDs of works by Czech and foreign composers, for which he has earned many gold and platinum records. He was the first Czech violinist to record a CD for Sony Classical. In 1996 he was granted the prestigious Masaryk Academy of Arts Award for creative artistic activities and since then has won many other awards – most recently, in 2010, he received a Gold Plaque at Prague Castle from the hands of the President of the Czech Republic.
He co-founded now prestigious Czech festivals – the music festival in Smiřice, the music festival in Klášterec nad Ohří, the Chodov Fortress Tones festival in Prague, SouthBohemia Nové Hrady and the Festival Kocian’s Ústí in Ústí nad Orlicí.
He is also a recognised expert on the history and construction of the violin. His concert project under the general title VIOLINO is about the master violins made by the most important violinmakers of the 17th to the 21th Century. He has also recorded a set of five CDs and one DVD on which he present, in various compositions and also at the same time, in a feature-rich booklet, the best European violinmakers. In 2009, to great international acclaim, he organised a two-month exhibition of FAMOUS EUROPEAN VIOLINS in Prague, which included concerts both in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House and at Violino a concert club for classical music. For the occasion he issued an exklusive Czech-Englis publication FAMOUS EUROPEAN VIOLINS, which, in 140 detailed photographs captures the violins of four centuries. In 2008 Jaroslav Svěcený was appointed an arbitration international expert on stringed musical instruments.
For more than twenty years he has worked and is still continuing to do so, on joint projects with artists from other genres, something that he considers extremely important for the promotion of classical music amongst the younger generations.
Jitka Navrátilová | cembalo | Czech Republic
Special guest in Ameropa solo courses - Concert Monday July 18, Brandýs nad Labem, Synagogue
Jitka Navrátilová
Is the most prominent Czech artists, who represents the excellent harpsichord school led by renowned soloist and teacher, Professor Zuzana Růžičková at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In addition to her studies in Prague, Jitka twice attended the International Master Courses in Zurich and Stuttgart.
Apart from her concerts at home, she also hosted as a soloist with the famous Suk Chamber Orchestra, for example, in Austria, Germany and Spain. On top her soloist activities, she regularly collaborates with violinist Jaroslav Svěcený. She recorded a number of pieces by the Baroque masters and contemporary Czech composers.
M. Nostitz Quartet | string quartet | Czech Republic
Special guest ensemble in Ameropa chamber courses - Concert Sunday July 24, Prague, Martinic Palace, Prague Castle
M. Nostitz Quartet
M. Nostitz kvartet hraje ve složení:
Petr Bernášek - 1. housle, Václav Vacek - 2. housle, Pavel Hořejší - viola, Martin Havelík – violoncello
Soubor vznikl v říjnu 1994 během studií na Hudební fakultě Akademie múzických umění v Praze ve třídě doc. Václava Bernáška (Kociánovo kvarteto). Poté pokračoval ve dvouletém postgraduálním studiu na Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst ve Vídni u prof. Güntera Pichlera a prof. Thomase Kakusky (Alban Berg Quartet). Mezi země, kam se soubor pravidelně vrací, patří především Japonsko, Německo, Belgie a Španělsko. Úspěchy slaví taktéž na koncertních pódiích ve Francii, Nizozemí, Itálii, Řecku aj. Kvality souboru měli možnost také ocenit posluchači v USA, Číně či Ománu. Kvarteto taktéž pedagogicky působilo a koncertovalo v rámci letních kurzů komorní hudby „Divertimenti“ na řeckém ostrově Corfu. Soubor pravidelně spolupracuje s celou řadou domácích i zahraničních sólistů a komorních souborů. Z nich jmenujme například Kociánovo kvarteto, které spoluúčinkovalo ve společném projektu smyčcových oktetů Felixe Mendelssohna - Bartholdyho a Louise Spohra. V témže složení natočili pro nahrávací společnost Praga Digitals také smyčcový oktet Johana Svendsena. Mezi další oblíbené sólisty patří prof. Boris Krajný, s kterým soubor v poslední době absolvoval řadu úspěšných koncertů a zvukových záznamů pro Český rozhlas. K nedávným aktivitám kvarteta patří koncert v cyklu Českého spolku pro komorní hudbu, který se uskutečnil v únoru 2015 v jubilejní 120. koncertní sezoně této instituce. Mezi žánrová zpestření patří spolupráce se zpěvákem Jankem Ledeckým v podobě vánočních koncertů. M.Nostitz kvartet užívá svého jména od roku 1996 a to s laskavým svolením hraběnky Mathilde Nostitz - Rieneck, jejíž rod patřil v 18. a 19. století k velkým mecenášům umění.

The ensemble was founded in October 1994 during their studies at the Music Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class doc. Vaclav Bernášek (Kocian Quartet). After graduation they continued postgraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Kunst in Vienna Darstellende by prof. Günter Pichler and prof. Thomas Kakuska (Alban Berg Quartet). Among the countries where the file regular returns are mainly Japan, Germany, Belgium and Spain. And has also appeared on concert stages in France, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece and others. The quality of the file also had the opportunity to appreciate the listeners in the US, China and Oman.The quartet has also lectured and performed during the summer chamber music courses "Divertimenti" on the Greek island of Corfu. The ensemble regularly collaborates with a many of domestic and foreign soloists and chamber ensembles.Of these, for example, Kocian Quartet, which he performed in a joint project of string octet by Felix Mendelssohn - Bartholdy and Louis Spohr. They recorded for the label Praga Digitals string octets Johan Svendsen.Other popular soloists include prof. Boris Krajný, with which the file recently completed a series of successful concerts and sound recordings for Czech Radio. Recent activities include quartet concert in the cycle of the Czech Chamber Music Society, which took place in February 2015 in the 120th anniversary concert season of this institution. Among genre diversification include collaboration with singer Janek Ledecký in the form of Christmas concerts. The Quartet has been using its name since 1996 and courtesy of the Countess Mathilde Nostitz - Rieneck, whose family belonged in the 18th and 19th centuries, the great patrons of the arts.