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