24th Ameropa 2017
»»» International Chamber Music Courses and Festival«««



~ FACULTY, ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS ~
Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir Václav Slivanský Andréa Banke Pavel Tylšar Vratislav Vlna Nikola Djurica Alberto Rodríguez Acuña Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir Joseph Ognibene Vadim Mazo David Ehrlich Debbra Wood Schwartz Li Kaixiang Ada Slivanská Petr Bernášek Qing Yanyan Qian Chen Věra Binarová Nancy Buck Jiří Poslední Mingwei Zhao Miroslav Petráš Kateřina Englichová Teresa Ehrlich Libor Nováček Monika Pecikiewiczová Jana Chaudhuri Tsutomu Masuko Miloslava Vítková Květa Hurťáková Pavla Jahodová Vondráčková Jiří Havlík Xinben Huang

Organization
Vadim Mazo | USA | Artistic Director
David Ehrlich | CR | Chamber Music Programs
Ada Slivanská | CR | Executive Director

Flute
Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir | Iceland
Václav Slivanský | CR | & Solo Week

Oboe
Andréa E. Banke | USA
Pavel Tylšar | CR
Vratislav Vlna | CR | Solo Week only

Clarinet
Nikola Djurica | Serbia
Alberto Rodríguez Acuña | Spain

Bassoon
Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir | Iceland

French Horn
Joseph Ognibene | Iceland

Violin
Vadim Mazo | USA | & Solo Week (& viola)
David Ehrlich | USA
Debbra Wood Schwartz | USA
Li Kaixiang| China
Ada Slivanská | CR | & Solo Week
Petr Bernášek | CR | & Solo Week

Viola
Věra Binarová | CR | & Solo Week (& violin)
Nancy Buck | USA
Jiří Poslední | CR

Cello
Mingwei Zhao | China
Miroslav Petráš | CR | Solo Week only

Harp
Kateřina Englichová | CR | Solo Week only

Chamber Music with Voice
Tsutomu Masuko | Japan
Miloslava Vítková | CR

Piano
Teresa Ehrlich | USA
Libor Nováček | CR | Solo week only
Monika Pecikiewiczová | CR | Solo week only
Jamila Hla Shwe | Aljaska/CR | & Solo week
Jana Chaudhuri | CZ

Piano accompaniment
For Solo Week Masterclasses participants
Jamila Hla Shwe | Aljaska/CR

Youth Program
For children up to 14 years
Květa Hurťáková | CR | & Solo Week
Pavla Jahodová Vondráčková | CR | & Solo Week

Summer Orchestral Academy
Filarmonietta Praga
Jiří Havlík | CR | Artistic Director
Tsutomu Masuko | Japan

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


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

Andréa É. Banke | Solo Oboe | Lieurance Woodwind Quintet | Wichita Symphony Orchestra | Wichita State University | USA
Andréa É. Banke
Andréa E. Banke currently serves as Professor of Oboe at Wichita State University, Principal Oboe with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Solo Oboe with the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. The Wichita Eagle has hailed her playing as “lush,” “exquisite,” and having “impeccable style and execution.” Prior to coming to Kansas, Ms Banke held the position of Principal Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. An active chamber musician, Andréa has frequently performed as Guest Principal Oboe of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ms Banke has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Opera Schlossfestpiele in Germany, the Camerata Philharmonica in the Czech Republic, and been a recitalist with members of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, among others.
From 1997-2001, Ms Banke performed over 500 woodwind quintet recitals, educational concerts, and outreach classes as solo oboist of the Dakota Wind Quintet -- appearing in diverse venues from a Sioux Indian pow wow to a high -security prison in Nebraska.
Andréa's playing has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and WXXI (NY) Live From Hochstein as a soloist. Ms Banke earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music under Richard Killmer, summa cum laude, and the University of Minnesota under Kathryn Greenbank. The Argus Leader Newspaper has called her playing “a thread of gold”, and the International Double Reed Society Journal as “[showing] lots of flair, verve and technique.”
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.

French Horn

Joseph Ognibene | Reykjavik Wind Quintet | Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra | Iceland
Joseph Ognibene was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he studied horn and conducting at Pomona College. He pursued further studies with world-renowned soloist Herman Baumann in Germany and was a prize winner at the 1978 International Music competition of the Prague Spring. Mr. Ognibene came to Iceland in 1981 and has lead the horn section of the Iceland Symphony since then. He is also a founding member of the Reykjavik Wind Quintet and plays regularly with the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Ognibene has taught at the Reykjavik College of music for over a quarter of a century and as Artisitic Director of the Icelandic Horn Society he helped organize the 2008 Nordic Horn Symposium in Iceland. Mr. Ognibene has performed and recorded many solo works with the ISO and has appeared at several workshops of the International Horn Society, of which he has served as Vice-President.

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
for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available + Youth Program
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.
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
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

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
Ameropa Solo Masterclasses only
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.
Libor Nováček | soloist | conservatory of Prague | Czech Republic
Ameropa Solo Masterclasses only
Libor Nováček
Internationally recognised for his interpretations of Liszt, Brahms and Janacek, Libor Novacek’s playing has been compared with that of the great masters such as Brendel, Kempff and Arrau. He is said to possess ‘exceptional poetic verve and inwardness’ and his recordings are said to have ‘set new benchmarks’ and offer ‘compellingly beautiful and narrative performances’.
Libor enjoys a long-term recording contract with Landor Records (UK). He released two CDs in 2006 to outstanding reviews in the classical music press including BBC Music Magazine, International Record Review, Pianonews and others. The CD featuring Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage – Italie and Mephisto Waltzwas Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine, and in October 2007 was awarded the ‚Diplôme d’Honneur‘ by Liszt Society in Budapest. His third recording of music by Brahms marked him as an ‘artist of vision and phenomenal sound control, offering readings of radiant sensitivity’. It was highly praised in the Guardian, Gramophone and International Record Review and was selected as the BBC Magazine’s ‘Instrumental Choice’ in August 2008. Libor’s latest CD, released in October 2009 and again featuring works by Liszt (Années de Pèlerinage- Suisse and Consolations), continues to receive the greatest critical acclaim, including 5 stars in the Guardian, International Record Review and Pianonews, amongst others.
His concerts and tours have taken him to major festivals and venues worldwide: these include regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican in London, and Brighton, 3 Choirs and Mostly Mozart Festivals. He has also played in the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, India, South Africa and most of the European Union. Libor works regularly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the Prague Philharmonia, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, English Sinfonia, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also recorded for RAI, BBC Radio 3 and Czech Radio. Recent engagements have included performances throughout Europe, including a European tour celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Franz Liszt. Future engagements this season include performances throughout UK and Spain, concert tours in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Channel Islands, and recitals in Italy, Germany and Holland. He will also continue to perform with the Carducci Quartet and give Master Classes in Spain, South Africa and Czech Republic, and will feature in Lofoten Piano Festival in Norway together with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Boris Berezovsky and Nelson Freire. In December 2012 he will return to perform in the Dvorak Hall at Prague Rudolfinum during the World Piano Music Series.
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 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.

Piano collaboration

Jamila Hla Shwe | piano | Aljaska / Czech Republic
Jamila Hla Shwe
JAMILA HLA SHWE was born and raised in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She studied Piano Performance at the Prague Conservatory of Music . During her studies there, she performed in Czechoslovakia, Germany and Sri Lanka. After graduating, Hla Shwe held positions as a vocal coach and accompanist for the Prague National Theatre Opera, the Prague State Opera and the Anchorage Opera in the USA. In 1994, Hla Shwe was a recipient of the Pearl Boyd Fellowship under which she completed graduate studies in Piano Performance at the University of Alaska — Fairbanks (UAF). She has performed as soloist and accompanist throughout Europe, in the USA and South Africa. She has also recorded works by S. Prokofiev and A. Scriabin for The Czech Radio. Hla Shwe lives in Fairbanks, Alaska and had served on the UAF faculty as a lecturer and an accompanist in the Music Department and serves as a coach and pianist for the Fairbanks Suzuki Institute string program and Alaska Cello Intensive. She maintains a private studio and is a vocal coach, rehearsal pianist and a chorus master at Opera Fairbanks, and collaborated with Juneau Opera to Go as a vocal and language coach and rehearsal pianist. Recently Ms.Hla Shwe served at Ravinia Festival as a rehearsal pianist and assistent to the conductors with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Midori / Maestra Malkki and Miloš Karadaglić / Maestro Moody.
In 2014 she was a collaborative pianist for Music Inspire Africa in Marondera, Zimbabwe and performed for the Lowveld Music Society in Nelspruit, South Africa and in 2015 in performed and recorded in an ongoing Pacific Crossing project in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
Besides music, Ms. Hla Shwe also engages in the visual arts as a photographer, graphic designer and silk painter. »»»

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.
Miloslava Vítková | soprano | founder and choirleader women choir Buburezza | Czech Republic
& program for youngsters, choir singing
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.


Youth Program - Creative program for children up to 14 years

Květa Hurťáková | Czech Republic
program for youngsters, creative program
Květa Hurťáková

Květa Hurťáková získala základy hry na klavír u prof. Zdeny Janžurové, autorky „Nové klavírní školy“. Klavír, jako hlavní obor, dále vystudovala na Státní konzervatoři v Praze u prof. Emila Leichnera. Na Konzervatoři Jaroslava Ježka absolvovala obor dirigování pod vedením prof. Hynka Farkače. Po studiu nastoupila jako učitelka klavíru a hudební nauky v Hudební škole hl. Města Prahy, kde vedla různé sbory a orchestry. Pořádala hudební tábory pro děti školního věku, i různá setkání s hudbou pro rodiče s dětmi. S těžištěm na hudební výchovu se věnovala i dětem předškolního věku, jako hlavní učitelka v soukromé mateřské škole. Velmi jí oslovila lidová hudba a folklorní projev především severního Slovenska, kde se často aktivně zapojovala do hudebního dění obcí na Oravě.
S otázkami „Co nám přináší hudba pojatá profesionálně?“ a „Co nám přináší hudba čistě lidová?“ se dostala také k hudbě z pohledu muzikoterapeuta. Absolvovala kurzy muzikoterapie u Zdeňka Šimanovského a Matěje Lipského, zakladatelů České muzikoterapeutické asociace. V současné době učí hru na klavír, pravidelně vede „Hudební ateliéry“ pro děti předškolního i školního věku a „Hudební ateliér“ pro dospělé. V těchto ateliérech využívá muzikoterapeutických her vedoucích k uvědomování si vlastích vnitřních projevů a objevení krásy ze hry společné. K dispozici má 30 typů jak klasických, tak exotických hudebních nástrojů. Při své činnosti vychází z přesvědčení, že hudba vznikla jako přirozený projev lidských emocí, jako snaha o spojení s někým, či s něčím. V případě, že se hudba v dnešní době stane pouze hodnoceným výkonem, riskujeme, že ztratí svůj přirozený potenciál. Potenciál hudby, který má základ ve spojení s naším vnitřním světem, který něco sděluje a díky němuž můžeme dojít i k důležitému sebeuvědomění. Hlavním mottem pro Květu Hurťákovou je sdílení hudby v její přirozenosti.


Květa Hurťáková gained fundamentals of piano playing with prof. Zdena Janžurová, the author of publication „The new piano school“. Then she graduated piano at the State Conservatory in Prague with prof. Emil Leichner and at Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory she graduated in conducting under the guidance of prof. Hynek Farkač. After studying she started teaching piano and music theory at GHMS (general and music secondary school of Prague), where she led various choirs and orchestras. She also organized music camps for school children, as well as various meetings with music for parents with children. With a focus on music education she worked with pre-school children, as the main teacher in a private kindergarten. She was very approached by folk music and folklore manifestation mainly in northern Slovakia, where she was often actively involved in musical events in villages in the Orava region.
The questions "What brings professionally conceived music?" and "What brings pure folk music?" also get her to the perspective of music from side of music therapist. She took courses in music therapy with Zdenek Šimanovský and Matěj Lipský, the founders of Czech Music Therapy Association. Currently she teaches piano, regularly leads "Music Atelier" for preschool and school age children and "Music Atelier" for adults. In these Ateliers she uses music therapy games leading to awareness of own internal manifestations and discovering the beauty of the common games. She uses 30 types of classic and exotic musical instruments. Her activities are based on the belief that music was created as a natural expression of human emotions, as an effort to connect with someone or something. In the case that nowadays music become only rated performance, we risk losing of its natural potential. This potential of music that has a basis in connection with our inner world, something that communicates and through which we can come to an important self-awareness. The main motto for Květa Hurťáková is sharing of music in its inherent nature.

Pavla Jahodová-Vondráčková | chamber performer | Czech Republic
Pavla Jahodová-Vondráčková
Graduate of Prague Conservatoire (studied with prof. Váchalová) and of the Prague Academy of Music Art (studied with Prof. Patras and Prof. Kodadová), attended summer courses in the Great Britain with Susanne Drake. Her repertoire includes both classical and popular music. She has premiered a number of pieces composed for her by renown contemporary Czech composers (Filas, Vogel etc.). She performed at the 3rd World Harp congress in Vienna, where she premiered Sonata for Harp by J. Filas. In addition to solo recitals, she has performed, as a soloist, with a number of chamber orchestras Teplice Philharmonic Orchestra, the Virtuosi di Praga chamber orchestra, Virtuosi Pragenses chamber orchestra, Camerata filarmonica Bohemia etc. In 1987 she founded the Venus Trio (violin, harp, cello) which appears in concert and has also toured schools with an educative programme on music and the harp. However, she has frequently been playing with a number of other chamber ensembles and soloists (flute, cello, vocals etc.). She is founder, soloist and Artistic Manager of Sharbillah, the Prague chamber orchestra which plays Jewish ethnic and folk music. She has played in concert halls (Austria, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK - BBC Radio, USA etc.) Next to performing arts, she has also been active as a teacher.


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.

Chinese Fine Arts
Calligraphy, paintings - workshops and lectures
XingBen Huang | China
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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.