Vladimír Chmelo - baritone

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Vladimir Chmelo, a Slovak baritone, graduate of Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, prize winner of international competitions F.Tagliavini and A. Dvorak and winner of the Thalia award is a sought-after interpreter of Italian, French and Russian operatic repertoire.

He is one of few Czech and Slovak singers who sang at the New York Metropolitan Opera ( Madama Butterfly, Rusalka, Yolanta, From the House of the Dead), the La Scala in Milan( From the House of the Dead), or the Taetro Colon in Buenos Aires (Ford).


He regurarly performs in European opera houses ( Hamburg, Berlin, Palermo, Genua, Bonn, Essen, Wroclaw, Graz, Insbruck, Vienna). He has toured Japan several times together with the Prague, Brno and Bratislava National Theatres which he still continues to cooperate with.

His formidable gallery of leading baritone parts includes Macbeth, Rigoletto, Germont, Pose, Yago, Luna, Ford, Scarpia, Toreador, the Count in The Marriage of Figaro, Escamillo, Hamlet, Wolftam, Onegin, which are the evidence of the versatility of his extensive repertoire.


V. Chmelo has added similar relevance to his career in different concerts and oratorios performances of which the most important was the part of Jesus Christ in Liszt’s Christus Oratorio in Vatikan in the presence of Pope John Paul II, or the song recital in Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria.

He has worked together with renowned conductors, directors, singers and pianists such as Boulez, Chereau, Pountney, Rattle, Szoltes, Armigliato, Nezet-Seguin, Rutenberg, Kyzling, Fleming, Netrebko, Domingo, Shico, Zajick, Beczala and many more.

At the same time Mr. Chmelo is also active as a pedagogue. He has been coaching several leading opera singers such as P. Berger, J. Jiříková, T. Mátlová, E. Pavlů, D. Hůlka as well as beginning promising talents. He has established the Prague Musical Institute to use it for organizing annual summer singing courses in the city of Český Krumlov. In cooperation with KVart-classic agency he organizes concerts such as “Belcanto in opera and musicals”, opera performances (e.g. Dvořák’s Rusalka) and other projects in that his singers can get rich experience and opportunities.

 

Astrea Amaduzzi

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Born in Teramo in 1971, she particularly excels at belcanto repertoire from Baroque to XX Century. She studied transverse flute with Livio Libbi at CEDEM in Teramo and Singing first with Tenor Gaspare Cantoresi and Chorus Master Ennio Vetuschi, and then with Soprano Carmela Remigio. She perfected her skills with musicians of international fame such as Leone Magiera, Pavarotti's favourite piano accompanist and conductor, Claudio Desderi, Biancamaria Casoni, Barbara Demaio and Enzo Dara.

In May 1994 she was awarded the 3rd prize at Concorso Lirico Internazionale "Angelica Catalani" in Ostra (AN) and in 1998 the Special prize "Lidia Proietti" for the "Young promises of the Lyric Opera in Italy", finalist at Concorso Lirico Internazionale "Cascinalirica '98" (Pisa). In July 2000 she got the European Degree "Titolo europeo di specializzazione musicale nella formazione globale del Cantante d'Opera" at Accademia di canto Verdi of Fondazione Toscanini in Parma.

She obtained the Diploma in Opera Singing at the Pescara Conservatoire "L.D'Annunzio"

(2002) and a Degree in Branches of Music in Chamber Music with special attention to Baroque era with Maestro Francesco Baccini at the Institute of Higher Education in the Arts and Music "Gaetano Braga" in Teramo, presenting an essay entitled "Silence in Music" (2006).

In 2001 she began her career as a singer and instrumentalist working with Maestri such as Massimo De Bernart, Antonello Allemandi, Alessandro Pinzauti, the organist Francesco Tasini, directors such as Alberto Macchi, Simona Marchini, Pierpaolo Pacini and many others. She has been working with Accademia Chigiana (Siena), Teatro Grande (Brescia), Teatro Verdi (Pisa), Accademia Lirica Mantovana, Fondazione Toscanini (Parma), Teatro Sociale (Rovigo), Teatro Magnani (Fidenza), Teatro Verdi (Busseto), Teatro Alighieri (Ravenna), in particular in the productions of "Le Nozze di Figaro" (Marcellina), "La Cenerentola" (Clorinda) and "Don Carlo".

ASTREA AMADUZZI

Soprano & Singing Teacher (Voce dal Cielo), Teatro Guardassoni (Bologna), Teatro Goldoni (Livorno), Teatro del Giglio (Lucca), Teatro dei Rinnovati (Siena), Teatro Comunale (Todi), Teatro Marrucino (Chieti), Teatro Rossetti (Vasto), Teatro Comunale (L'Aquila), Teatro Flavio (Rieti), Teatro delle Emozioni (Rome),

Teatro Persiani (Recanati) and Teatro Filarmonico-Sala Maffeiana (Verona).

She has also been singing as concert artist at innumerable churches and concert halls in Italy and abroad (Poland and England), covering a wide range of repertoire from the Opera music to sacred and vocal chamber music. In Rome she has been singing at prestigious venues such as Chiesa di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vallicella, Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Auditorium Università La Sapienza, Sala Paolina di Castel

Sant'Angelo and Sala Accademica del Conservatorio “S. Cecilia”.

In 2000 she founded the Music Ensemble “La Compagnia di Orfeo”, taking up the role of Artistic Director as well as cooperating as a singer and instrumentalist (recorders and transverse flute). During the same year she was one of the soloists, at Palazzo delle Fiere in Parma, in a big event with music composed and conducted by Ennio Morricone. She recorded the soundtrack of a RAI documentary entitled “Matteo Ricci, un gesuita nel regno del Drago”, presented on 9 June 2009 at Auditorium di Via della Conciliazione in Vatican City.

In October 2005 she was overall winner in the female category of the 4th Sacred Music International Competition in Rome. In June 2007 I got the “Diploma d’Onore” (Honour Degree) of the International Music Tournement TIM in Rome. Honorary Member of Accademia Europea di Roma, in 2010 she was the founder of "Arteconvivio Italia", the Society for promoting the Arts in Italy and abroad, in synergy with painter Anna Dell'Agata, director Alberto Macchi, flutist Tito Ciccarese and Maestro Mattia Peli with whom, since March 2011, she has been forming the voice & piano duo "Belcanto Italiano Duo".

In 2012 she founded the first worldwide online "Belcanto Italiano Competition". As a teacher, she held two singing workshops in Poland for the students of the Tarnow Conservatoire. Very much in demand as vocal pedagogue teaching vocal technique in particular, since 2012 she has been giving master classes to hundreds of students from all over the world. Since the same year she has been teaching Vocal Technique & Interpretation in cooperation with "International Music Lessons" and since 2013 with the "Belcanto Italiano Masterclasses" and the "Belcanto Italiano Academy" (Rome, Lecce, Ravenna, Warsaw).

In 2015 Beniamino Gigli junior, the nephew of the great historic tenor Gigli, described her as "a singer endowed with an unparalleled technique".

Since 2018 she has been teaching at Accademia Nazionale di Belcanto Italiano ® in Alessandria (Teatro Parvum), in cooperation with the internationally renowned tenor Ugo Benelli, and since 2019 at the same Academy in Prague (Czech Republic) and Avignon (France).

www.amaduzziastrea.com

www.accademiabelcanto.

 

Franz Hawlata

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Franz Hawlata was born in Eichstätt/Bavaria. Here he studied musicology before entering the Musikhochschule München, where Ernst Häfliger, Hans Hotter and Erik Werba were his teachers. Already in 1986 he gave his debut with the Gaertnerplatztheater München.
After some years in München, Coburg and at the Komische Oper in Berlin he started his international career in 1992 with productions of Busoni`s “Turandot” in Lyon and Mozart`s “Figaro” in Pretoria.
Since 1994 the artist is regularly appearing at the Vienna State Opera: in more than 200 performances he sang Ochs, Orest, Morosus, Rocco, Caspar, Leporello, Papageno, Osmin, Figaro, Sarastro, Wozzeck, Daland and Pogner.
Franz Hawlata gave his very successful debut with the Metropolitan Opera (Ochs) in February 1995, with La Bastille in Paris (Mahagony) in October, and in November 1996 he was the highly acclaimed Leporello at the Royal Opera House in London, where he returned with Ochs in 2000. All these houses signed him for new productions during the years to come: he returned to the Met with Ochs and Sparafucile, in Paris he was Ochs again, the Water Goblin (Rusalka), Wozzeck and LaRoche (Capriccio).
Guest appearances brought the artist also to San Francisco (Ochs), Tokyo (Ochs and Sparafucile with the Met), Chicago (Daland), Torino (LaRoche), Florence (Sachs), and to the Staatstheater Meiningen, where he sang his first Wotan in 2001. In 2003 and 2004 he appeared at the Aalto-Theater in Essen as Hans Sachs and Ochs. He has been signed to sing in München, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona and San Diego, where he sang Wozzeck in English. In 2007 he gave his debut as Hans Sachs at the Bayreuther Festspiele.
The same year he sang his first Barak in Chicago and Paris (Bastille, January 2008) Franz Hawlata was Osmin in Salzburg in 1997 and 1998. He returned to the festival with Leporello and a recital in 1999, in 2000 and 2001 he was Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, followed by Ochs in 2004 and Osmin again in the Mozart Year 2006.
His engagements include a new production of Capriccio (LaRoche) at the Wiener Staatsoper, followed by the Bayreuther Festspiele 2008 (Sachs). He opened the season 2008/09 with Verkaufte Braut in Paris (Bastille) and performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Rosenkavalier, Bohème and Freischütz). He was Ochs again in a new production of Rosenkavalier in Baden-Baden with Thielemann conducting, as well as Pogner (Meistersinger) at the Tyrolian Festival in Erl, followed by concerts at the Edinburgh Festival.
During the season 09/10 Mr. Hawlata appeared as Ochs in Sao Paolo, two new productions of Die schweigsame Frau in Sevilla and the Munich Opera Festival 2010 were the highlights of this season. In 2011 he was extremely successful as Gurnemanz and Pogner at the Tiroler Festspiele.
The year 2012 saw him among others as Falstaff in Nicolai’s Merry Wives in Tokyo, as Morosus in Chemnitz and King Marke at the Tyrolian Festival, he also appeared as Ochs and Pasquale in both opera houses in Munich.
In 2013 he started with Wotan (Rheingold and Walküre) in Palermo, LaRoche (Capriccio) will follow in Budapest, King Marke in Warsaw, Daland in Beijing and the Doctor (Wozzeck) in a new production at the Teatro Real in Madrid. During the summer he was Zaccaria in the new production of Verdi’s Nabucco at the Tiroler Festspiele.
A new production of Entführung (Osmin) in Liège was the begin of the season 2013/14, followed by performances of Schweigsame Frau (Morosus) in Chemnitz, and a new Fidelio (Rocco), again in Liège. He then returned to Madrid with a very successful production of Lohengrin (König Heinrich) at the Teatro Real.
Among his numerous audio productions are: lieder by Carl Loewe (with Juliane Banse and Helmut Deutsch), Spohr`s opera Faust, Loewe`s opera The three wishes, German opera arias and an all-Verdi recital, Marschner`s opera The Vampyr, Nicolai`s Merry wives of Windsor, Dvorak`s Rusalka, Beethoven`s Leonora, Franz Schmidt`s Buch mit sieben Siegeln and Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini.
Very requested in concert and lied as well, Mr.Hawlata is performing in all great halls throughout the world.

 
 

Martin Škampa

Martin Škampa začal s hrou na violoncello jako desetiletý pod vedením svého otce Mirka Škampy. Již v šestnácti letech byl přijat na Akademii múzických umění ke studiu ve třídě profesora Saši Večtomova, které ukončil s vyznamenáním roku 1984.
Martin Škampa vystoupil doposud na více než 2 000 koncertech s doprovodem klavíru, 300krát hrál jako sólista s doprovodem orchestru. Koncertoval nejen po celé Evropě, ale i v Hong-Kongu, Libanonu a uskutečnil více jak deset turné po Japonsku.
Velký vliv na jeho umělecký vývoj měla osobnost jeho matky Vlasty Škampové, dirigentky Pražského studentského orchestru, a spolupráce s profesorem Alfredem Holečkem, s nímž v posledních letech jeho života uskutečnil přes 50 koncertů.
Martin Škampa vystoupil jako úspěšný sólista na festivalu ISME v Bristolu (1982), na festivalech IDRIART v Praze (1987 a 1989) a na Mládežnickém kongresu v Helsinkách (1988). Četné rozhlasové nahrávky a několik CD svědčí o jeho bohaté umělecké aktivitě.
Martin Škampa je od roku 2016 umělecký ředitel Mezinárodní violoncellové soutěže Jana Vychytila.

www.skampa.eu

Marie Mátlová 

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Marie Mátlová se narodila do hudební rodiny jako šestá a nejmladší dcera dirigenta a sbormistra prof. Lubomíra Mátla. Již od svých pěti let se učila současně hře na klavír a na housle na Hudební škole hl. m. Prahy.
V Praze také pokračovala ve svém studiu střední školy na Gymnáziu Jana Nerudy s hudebním zaměřením, kde úspěšně absolvovala několik soutěží, jak v oboru houslí, tak v oboru klavír.
Pražskému publiku se představila již jako dvanáctiletá. Svůj talent předvedla jako sólistka koncertů „Mistr Josef Suk uvádí mladé talenty“, kde po boku Mistra Josefa Suka prezentovala Vivaldiho koncert pro dvoje housle a zároveň klavírní koncert Antonína Bendy.
Po pražských studiích, která trvala do roku 2008, ihned nastoupila na výběrovou školu The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music (BMSM) na Tel- Avivské univerzitě v Izraeli (houslová třída Ilyi Konovalova, koncertního mistra Izraelské filharmonie).
Zde úspěšně vystudovala čtyřleté studium B. Mus (Magna Cum Laude), ve kterém také absolvovala dvouleté studium metodiky (pod vedením prof. Eyala Klesse).
Od roku 2012 Marie studovala následné magisterské studium a zároveň získávala významná ocenění a zkušenosti pod vedením dirigenta Maestra Zubina Mehty. 
Marie působila jako koncertní mistr BMSM Symfonického orchestru, který debutoval v americké Carnegie Hall, a poté vedla tento orchestr po dalších pět sezón. Během svého studia se Marie účastnila mnoha významných masterclassů, kde se učila pod vedením Z. Brohna, V. Repina, J. Rachlina, I. Perlmana, P. Zukermanna a hrála pod vedením mnoha významných dirigentů (K. Masur, P. Oundjian, Ch. von Dohnanyi, 
Y. Talmi, H. Blomstedt, M. Honeck a další). Jako jediná Češka byla vybrána do prestižních kurzů Perlman Music Program, ve kterém studovala pod vedením Itzhaka Perlmana a dalších pedagogů americké Julliard School.
Po návratu do České republiky se Marie dále vzdělávala pod vedením prof. Františka Novotného na Janáčkově akademii múzických umění v Brně, a v současné době nastupuje již na druhé magisterské studium pod vedením Leoše Čepického na pražské HAMU.
Během svých studijních let Marie spolupracovala s mnoha významnými orchestry, jako například Tel Aviv Soloists, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Pro Corda Orchestra, Česká filharmonie, PKF- Prague Philharmonia, či orchestr Národního divadla, kde v současné působí jako asistent koncertního mistra.

Již od počátku studií se Marie zajímala o pedagogickou činnost, a proto úspěšně absolvovala dvouletou nadstavbu Bis. na Pardubické konzervatoři, kterou ukončila také písemnou prací na toto téma. Posléze své znalosti také zdokonalovala v Izraeli v pedagogické třídě proslulého Eyala Klesse, kde spolupracovala na dalších dvou letech pedagogického praktika.
V současné době Marie působí jako zástupce koncertního mistra v orchestru Národního divadla a zároveň také jako druhý koncertní mistr Pražského komorního orchestru, který je jedním z nejstarších hudebních těles v České republice.
Zároveň také figuruje jako pedagog na Hudební škole hlavního města Prahy a přilehlém hudebním gymnáziu.

 


Slovo Marie Mátlové k významu „nejen“ těchto kurzů:

„Jmenuji se Marie Mátlová a jsem jedním z vedoucích houslistů Národního divadla.  Od dětství jsem byla vedena k hudbě a dnes, v dospělosti, mám na své hudební studium nejen krásné vzpomínky, ale těžím z něj v rámci každodenního života. 
Osobně si myslím, že hudební kultura, hudební hygiena, již od útlého věku člověka, je nadstandardní dárek do celého života, kdy je člověk obohacen o vědomosti a cítění, které mu dají benefit v budoucnu. Proto již teď se musíme začít starat o nově vyrůstající a dospívající generaci, ať již jde o budoucí hudebníky, právníky, lékaře, ekonomy, či ředitele. Ti všichni budou mít v krátké době velký vliv na kvalitu naší společnosti, na přínos pro celý národ. Ráda bych dosáhla toho, aby naše společnost chtěla dosáhnout vysoké životní kvality, do které spadá v rámci kvalitního vzdělání právě i vzdělání hudební.“

 

www.narodni-divadlo.cz/cs/umelec/marie-matlova

 

Peter Toperczer

Peter Toperczer mladší (narozen 2. 9. 1970 v Košicích) se začal učit na klavír u prof. M. Borové. Je absolventem pražské konzervatoře u prof. Františka Maxiána a Hudební fakulty Akademie múzických umění v Praze ve třídě profesorů Jana Panenky a Petera Toperczera st. Měl také možnost spolupracovat s Ivanem Moravcem. Studium HAMU ukončil červeným diplomem a jako jeden z nejlepších studentů ročníku získal cenu Sažinové-Pochlebinové.
V roce 1989 získal 1. cenu na Chopinovské klavírní soutěži v Mariánských Lázních. Pravidelně se zúčastňoval klavírních kurzů v Piešťanech, kde pracoval pod vedením E. Indjice, H. Czerny-Stefanské, M. Lapšanského a L. Bermana. Ve finále mezinárodní klavírní soutěže B. Smetany získal III. cenu a cenu Václava Holzknechta za nejlepší provedení české hudby. V roce 1994 obdržel stipendium firmy Yamaha, v následujícím roce byl stipendistou Českého hudebního fondu. Vystupuje s klavírními koncerty L. van Beethovena, E. Griega a F. Liszta. Za laskavé podpory Václava Fischera natočil CD se skladbami: F. Liszt – Paganinské etudy č. 3, 4, 6; Z cyklu léta putování – Petrarkův sonet č. 104, Dantovská sonáta, I. Albeniz – Tango a Preludium za španělských tanců a M. Ravel – Couperinův náhrobek, Preludium, Forlane a Toccata.
Byl členem poroty soutěží (Košická mezinárodní klavírní soutěž 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011 a 2013, 2015 ředitel soutěže, Soutěž hudebních škol v oborech komorní hra a sólový klavír Karlovy Vary 2007, 2009 a pražské kolo soutěže ZUŠ 2008). Měl též možnost vystoupit na Brněnských klavírních sobotách s přednáškami na témata: Klavírní koncerty nejen pro děti, Etudy – I. Berkovič a K. Slavický, W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, F. Chopin, A. Chačaturjan a jejich tvorba pro mládež. Přednášel v rámci seminářů pořádaných slovenskou sekcí EPTY v Bratislavě, téma: „Veřejná vyučovací hodina“ a vedl přednášku „1. Příprava žáka na mezinárodní interpretační soutěž a 2. Etudy a technika zvukové tvořivosti v rámci cyklu Klavírní ateliéry v Karviné. Vedl kurzy pořádané EU v Plzni v roce 2011 a 2015.
Nyní vyučuje pedagogickou praxi na HAMU v Praze a hru na klavír na Gymnáziu a hudební škole hl. m. Prahy (s dvacetiletou praxí), s žáky těchto škol získal mnohá ocenění na českých i zahraničních klavírních soutěžích.

 

Marek Kozák

At the age of twenty-seven, the piano virtuoso Marek Kozák has achieved a series of impressive results in a wide range of competitions, including some of the most prestigious ones. His most recent honors include winning the title Talent of the Year at the fourth annual Classic Prague Awards. His name is almost always remembered as a semifinalist in the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, the top piano contest in its discipline worldwide, or with his success at the prestigious Prague Spring competition a year later in 2016 (2nd prize and recognition for his performance of the contemporary composition The Jongleur by Adam Skoumal). In 2018, he won the first prize as well as the audience prize at the European Piano Competition in Bremen. Last year he was a finalist at the Busoni competition in Bolzano. Critics have consistently praised his flawless technique, his sense of proportion and gradation, his wide range of expression, deep musicality and faithfulness to the musical notation. Marek Kozák, a graduate of the piano class of Prof. Ivan Klánský at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, has certainly made a splash in the Czech piano scene.

Marek Kozák already showed extraordinary talent when attending the Children´s Art School in Brušperk. He soon discovered further skills as an organist and composer. He studied both instruments at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava – the piano with Monika Tugendliebová and the organ with Martina Zelová. He attended numerous masterclasses led by world-famous virtuosos, such as Eugen Indjic, Murray Parahia or Garrick Ohlsson. He has worked with a number of leading Czech orchestras and regularly performs abroad. His participation in the Debut series of Prague Spring Festival in 2018 was a grand success. That same year he released his first „signature“ CD with the works of Haydn, Chopin, Franck, Rachmaninoff and Skoumal.

Besides teaching at the Grammar and Music School of the Capital City of Prague since 2017, Marek Kozák has a clear focus on the interpretation of Chopin, while also excelling at contemporary music – a fact that is easily evidenced by the award he received at the competition in Bremen. Concert stages are graced with his elegant interpretative style, and audiences are thrilled by his ability to „present with great humility and without ostentation that which the composer wished to express“.

 
 

Jiří Horák

Jiří Horák - dancer, teacher, choreographer

Date of birth: 23rd of July 1966

He started his ballet education at Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Ostrava and then continued his studies at Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg in Mr. B. Bregvadze´s and Mr. C. Shatilov´s classes. In 1987 he became Principal Dancer at the National Theatre Prague, where he created all main roles in classical repertoir of this theatre including Princes in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, James in La Sylphide, Albert in Giselle, Romeo, Basil in Don Quijote, Armand in Dame with Camellias, etc. In 1997 he accepted an engagement at the National Theatre Brno, where he also acted as a ballet master and teacher. He was often invited to other ballet theatres as a guest, including for example World Ballet Festival in Japan, Salzburg Dance Theatre, Laterna Magika Prague...

His choreographic debut was a performance of Dafnis and Chloe at the National Theatre Brno. He also created more than 10 full-length ballets among them Peer Gynt, Manon, Catulli Carmina, The Bell-Ringer of Notre Dame, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker etc.

Currently he is a teacher of classical dance at the State Conservatoire of Prague as well as a ballet master at the National Theatre Prague. As a ballet teacher he has cooperated with Ballet of Theater am Rhein Düsseldorf, Laterna Magika, Institut del Theatre Barcelona. He is often invited to various ballet competitions as a member of the jury.

 

Education:

1976 - 84 Conservatory in Ostrava

1984 - 86 Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg (Leningrad)

1991 Summer Academy of Dance in Cologne

Worked occasionally in prestigious classes V. Verdi, S. Williams, D. Howard, D. Cartier etc.

Engagement:

1983 - 1987 soloist of State Theatre in Ostrava

1987 - 1997 soloist of National Theatre in Prague

1997 soloist, teacher and ballet master in National Theatre in Brno

2003 - 2009 head of Ballet Committee for Prestigious Thália Awards

2008 teacher of Conservatory of Prague Capital