List of this year's choirmasters in alphabetical order.

Natalia Chirilenco

Natalia Chirilenco comes from Moldova. She studied music lyceum and devoted herself to piano and choir conducting. Later she graduated from the Academy of Music (at a particular time called also University od Arts) in Chisinau (Moldova), majoring in choir conducting. Since 1999 she has been living in the Czech Republic. She received university qualifications certificate at the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno. In 2000 – 2005 she was conducting the mixed choir Schola Cantorum in Prostějov. In 2004 – 2006 she was working with the mixed choir Lumír in Brno. Since 2003 she has been conducting preparatory choirs at the Jaroslav Kvapil Primary Art School in Brno, where she has also been conducting the children’s choir Primavera. At present she is on parental leave.

Workshop 2

Zuzana Kadlčíková

Zuzana Kadlčíková is one of the distinctive young choirmasters in the Czech Republic. She gained the essential choir experience in the Jitro Children's Choir (Prof. Jiří Skopal) in Hradec Králové. She graduated from the Faculty of Education of the University of Ostrava (music teacher and choirmaster for the Secondary Schools) and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno (choirmaster and conductor). As a conductor she participated in many projects with the JAMU Chamber Opera and finished her studies by the performance of Eugene Onegin by P. I. Tchaikovsky.

She was a member of the Adash ensemble (doc. Tomáš Novotný) and worked as a corepetitor at the opera of the Antonín Dvořák Theater and at the Moravian Theater Olomouc. She received a scholarship at master conductor courses at Internationale Sommerakademie Reichenau in Austria.

As a choirmaster of the children and youth choir at the Brno Philharmonic, Kantiléna, she received the highest prize (Summa Cum Laude) at the choral competition in Neerpelt 2006. She also acted as a choirmaster and artistic director of the mixed choir Virtuosi di Mikulov, with whom she recorded several CDs of the world choral repertoire. She organized the International Choral Festival Kampanila in Mikulov as a dramaturgist.

She was awarded the Junior Choirmaster Award and founded the choir Ensemble Forte in Brno. She is regularly invited to the jury of various choral competitions.

In 2013 she debuted as a conductor at the Brno National Theater with the opera Dream of the Midsummer Night (B. Britten). In 2016–2018, she was the choirmaster of the Ars Brunensis Chorus in Brno, with which she won the 1st Prize at the A. Tučapský Festival (2017). For the last three years she has been working as a corepetitor at Brno City Theater, where she rehearses exclusively the musical repertoire. Since 2018 she has been an assistant to the choirmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. She privately teaches singing and improvisation.

Workshop 5

Jiří Skopal

Workshop 3

Kamila Zenklová

After graduating from the Conservatory of Music in Teplice (violin – 1996, and conducting – 1998), she studied choir conducting under prof. L. Mátl (2003) and orchestra conducting under doc. E. Skoták (2006) at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno.

During her studies she was cooperating with various professional and amateur ensembles, e.g. with the Academic Choir of Brno, the Teplice Conservatory orchestra, the Janáček orchestra of the Janáček Academy, the Moravian Plilharmonic Olomouc, and the Brno Philharmonic.

In 1994-2000 she was working with the children’s choir CAMELLA in Nový Bor. Since 1999 she has been conducting and regularly performing with the mixed choir VOKÁL Přerov and took golden and silver band places in the international competition Svátky písní Olomouc. In 2002-2004 she was conducting the mixed choir Lumír in Brno. In 2003-2010 she was choirmaster of the children’s chamber choir Kolibříci at the J.G.Mendel’s Comprehensive School in Brno. Since 1998 she has been teaching violin and singing at various Basic Schools of Performing Arts. Since 2006 she has also been teaching music theory and conducting a big choir at the Conservatory of Music in Brno. Since 1999 she has been choirmaster of a special choir Sebranka, specializing in new methods of teaching singing to adult non-singers.

Her interest in music is realized not only through teaching, but also through active performance. She is member of the countrywide choir Bohemiachor and of several smaller ensembles (violin, singing, piano).

Workshop 4

Tomáš Židek

MgA. Židek Tomáš, Ph.D.Tomáš Židek (born 1981) graduated from Grammar School Chrudim and Pardubice Conservatory, where he studied viola, organ and mainly conducting. He continued in his studies at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he graduated with Master’s Degree in 2009 and continues in pursuing doctoral degree. In 2005 he took part at master course conducting workshop with professor M. Stringer in Austria. He has cooperated with a number of Czech orchestras, including the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra Zlín, the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia and the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra. He also conducted opera in the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec. Currently, he teaches at the Conservatory of Pardubice (since 2009), leads the University Choir of Pardubice (since 2010), the Salvator Choir in Chrudim (since 1999) and is the Choir Director in Chrudim. He cooperates with the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice and the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Workshop 1

Sunday 22.5.2022

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společně vytvořili: Tomáš Berdych, Jiří Zenkl a Stanislav Kneifl