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Eleanor Valkenburg

Song, voice therapy
2nd week (July 22-30)
Eleanor Valkenburg, soprano, has achieved worldwide recognition as a chamber musician, soloist, and voice teacher/voice therapist. Ms Valkenburg has performed in some of the most prestigious festivals and chamber music series including the Bergen Festival, the Istanbul International Music Festival, the Sarajevo Festival, L’ Octobre Festival du Carthage, the Martinu Festival in Czech Republic, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Millennium Concert Series at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Victoria and Albert Museum series and the St-Martin-in-the Fields in London.
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Ludovit Kanta

Slovakians premier cellist Ludovit Kanta was born in Bratislava. He studied at Konzervatorium Bratislava under Professor Gustav Vecerny, and at Academy of Music Arts Praha under Professor Alexander Vectomov, member of the original Czech Trio. In 1977, he won the first prize in the Hradec Opava Beethoven Competition and in 1980 was awarded the 2nd prize. In 1982, he was appointed 1st solo cellist with the Slovakia Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1990 he has been Principal Solo Cellist with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. And he had taught at Aichi Prefecture University of Arts Nagoya, Japan. Kanta has toured as a soloist through Europe, U.S.A. and Asia, with Maestro Hiroyuki Iwaki, Valery Gergiev, Zdenek Kosler, Dmitrij Kitajenko. He has also given solo recitals in major cities including Tokyo, Chicago and Washington D.C.. He has also been invited to international music festivals, competitions and/or seminars including Japan Music Competition, Affinis International Music Festival, Ishikawa Music Academy, Prague Spring, Bratislava Music Festival and Katja Popovas Laureates Days in Pleven. Among his many solo recordings include the concertos of Haydn and Boccherini on the NAXOS label. His latest recording of the Kodaly Sonata for Cello Solo has been critically acclaimed and was featured […]
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Petr Maceček

Violinist Petr Maceček graduated from the Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts where he studied under the tutelage of Václav Snitil, member of legendary Vlach Quartet. He won several domestic violin competitions as well as the Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poland. Between 1988-1983 he was concertmaster with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra (B. Warchal) , 1994 – 1997 concertmaster and artistic leader / soloist of the Suk Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. He has done many recordings for Naxos, Vox Classics, Koch discovery which are higly appreciated by the critics. He has been giving also solo and chamber concerts with his piano trio Mr. Maceček is member of world-renowned Talich Quartet. The Talich Quartet performs to great acclaim in Europe, Japan North and South America. They are regularly invited to prestigious chamber music festivals and venues such as Carnegie hall, Paris Champs-Ellysses, Salle Gaveau, Lyon, London’s Wigmore hall, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Europalia Festival, Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, Tibor Varga in Sion, Prague Spring Festival, International String Quartet festival in Ottawa and others.
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Jan Starý

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Jan Stary, Ph.D. Director, Partnerships and Relations Jan Stary has Ph.D. in Czech and English Philology and American Studies from Charles University, Prague. He worked as Assistant Professor at the English Department of the School of Arts, Charles University in Prague, later also as a translator and interpreter for Czech President Vaclav Havel and his advisors. In 1991-93, Jan taught the Czech Language, Literature, and Culture as a Fulbright Professor at University of Washington in Seattle. Between 1995 and 1998, he was Cultural Counselor at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. with a special focus on organizing musical events, being in charge of the cultural exchange between the Czech Republic and the U.S.A. After retiring from his diplomatic career, Jan started his own photographic business RockHeart Images (owner) and makes living as a free-lance photographer. He has shown his art in many galleries in the U.S.A., Poland, and the Czech Republic. He currently teaches Art Photography Class at ECES Program affiliated with Charles University in Prague, and occasionally speaks as a guest speaker at different colleges and universities. Jan also keeps working as a free-lance translator and interpretor, and writes a regular column for the Metro Daily […]
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Nina Kobylak

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PRODUCTION MANAGER ninakobylak@pmpif.org +420 731 951 584
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PMPIF 2011

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Welcome to Prague Music Performance Festival & Institute An intensive program for solo and chamber instrumental performance July 1 –  22, 2011
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Norbert Heller

Pianist Norbert Heller graduated from Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts where he studied with  Ivan Moravec and Josef Vlach, the founder or legendary Vlach String Quartet. He has performed in many countries in Europe and around the world including the United States (Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Phoenix) and Japan (Nagoya, Osaka, Casals Hall in Tokyo). Besides recitals, he has regularly accompanied renowned instrumentalists and singers, and collaborated with various chamber ensembles. An impressive number of his recordings include Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Smetana, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, and others. His outstanding recording of Schubert’s sonatas played on a period Conrad Graff “hammerklavier” received the Best Recording of the Year Award by the Czech Music Foundation. Norbert Heller is the first Czech pianist ever to record the complete Sonatas by Mozart. In 2001, he was awarded the European Union’s Gustav Mahler Prize. From 2003, Norbert Heller partnered with violinist Gabriela Demeterová, with whom he currently finished recording the complete set of Mozart’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin.
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Eva Velická

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PMP International Project Manager Czech musicologist Eva Velická PhD. is a graduate of Charles University in Prague in the field of musicology. Since 2010 she serves as a director of the Antonín Dvořák Museum, since 2007 she is a president of board of the NGO Omnimusa, which was co-founded by her. Music and theatre projects managed by her are highly regarded and critically acclaimed. She is a member of the grant commission of the Czech Ministry of Culture for classical music. ...
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kai

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pmpif visual style 2011-2015
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Carol Isaac

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Repertoire coaching (opera)
1st week (July 14-21)
One of the most sought after vocal coaches in North America, Carol Isaac is currently a full time assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera where she has assisted such conductors as Maestro James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jiří Bělohlávek in both NYC and on tour in Japan.
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