Arti Allegre is a chamber ensemble consisting of outstanding soloists and chamber players from the Czech republic who have individual performing careers worldwide. This ensemble was founded in Prague in 2013 by its artistic director, the violinist Ondřej Lébr. Arti Allegre performs at concerts and music festivals throughout the Czech Republic, its repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century.
At the beginning of the foundation of Guarneri trio was long-time cooperation of three excellent soloists - violinist Čeněk Pavlík, violoncellist Marek Jerie a pianist Ivan Klánský. Guarneri trio is famous on Czech and international stages; it has been filling concert halls for over 20 years and is the highlight of world festivals.
An ensemble where the experience is uniquely mixed with sparkle of youth and energy. Professors of The Academy of performing arts Jiří Hlaváč and Vlastimil Mareš have joined forces with their most successful former graduates Jan Mach and Irvin Venyš, to form a clarinet quartet. Their credo is quality instead of quantity and therefore it´s only possible to hear this clarinet quartet at special occasional concerts. This formation has a wide range of repertoire from arrangements of baroque music, through classical repertoire, to jazz and latin music.
The Kalabis Trio, named after the outstanding modern Czech composer Viktor Kalabis, was founded in 2012 as a joint venture of three solo and chamber players – Ondřej Lébr, Lukáš Polák and Miroslav Sekera. During its brief life the trio has performed at several prestige concert halls and made succesful recordings for Czech Radio. The trio specializes in performing the works of Viktor Kalabis and Bohuslav Martinu as well as other Czech and international 20th century composers; and of course it has key classical and romantic piano trios in its repertoire as well. The trio uses Viktor Kalabis´ name with the kind permission of the composer´s widow, professor Zuzana Růžičková.
Mr. Kozák ( * 1993 ) started playing the piano at the age of 4 at a Musical school in Brušperk and succesfully took part in several competitions. He attended lessons of composition and organ as well. At the age of 15 he was accepted to study at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava where he studied piano with Monika Tugendliebova and organ with Martina Zelova. During his studies he took part in many international competitions. In 2010 he won the 1st prize at the Competition of Conservatories in Pardubice. One year later he recieved a honorable mention and a special prize for the best interpretation of Beethoven's work at the International Piano competition Beethovenuv Hradec and 1st prize, prize for the best interpretation of Liszt's work at the Brno Piano competition.
The clarinetist Jana Lahodná is a prize-winner of the 2008 Prague Spring Competition where she was awarded a prize for the best performance of the obligatory piece by Karel Husa as well as the Prize of the Foundation ´Artist´s Life´.
She studied at the Jan Neruda Music School in the class of prof. Jiří Krejčí and at the Prague Conservatoire under prof. Ludmila Peterková and prof Milan Polák. She graduated from the Prague Academy of Music in the class of profs. Jiří Hlaváč and Vlastimil Mareš. In 2008 she spent six months studying with prof. Justus Sanz at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, and three weeks in November 2012 with prof. Jorge Montillo in Boston. Among her other achievements are First Prize in an international competition in Brescia in Italy and a Second Prize at the Czech Conservatoires Competition. In 2011 she was awarded the Leoš Janáček Prize. She perfoms as a soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Czech Chamber Orchestra, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic, the South Bohemian Philharmonia and the Northern Philharmonia Teplice. She performs with international soloists and chamber ensembles, namely André Cazalet, Felix Renggli, Diemut Poppen, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Irina Kondratěnko, Ludmila Peterková, Jan Talich and the Zemlinsky Quartet.
Ondřej Lébr (*1974) started playing the violin at the age of three being tutored by his mother Magdalena Micková. Having graduated from the Prague Conservatory, he was admitted to the Faculty of Music at the Academy of Performing Arts to the class of Petr Messiereur. Thanks to the significant scholarship of Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97, he could continue his postgraduate studies and prestigious master studies at Hochschule fur Music Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden in Ivan Ženatý’s class in 2000 – 2005. He actively participated in master courses at Frank Gulli and Zakhar Bron, with whom he studied thanks to winning a scholarship competition.
All three members of Lobkowicz Trio are renowned soloists and chamber players. The ensemble embraced their experience from many stages home and abroad on the International Johannes Brahms Competition 2014 in Pörtschach, Austria, where they won the First Prize and the Prize of the Audience. Lobkowicz Trio are also laureates of Dvořák International Competition in Prague.
Prague guitar quartet was founded at the Prague Conservatory in 1984. This unusual ensemble is invited to perform at prestigious music festivals (Prague Spring, Paris, Tel Aviv, Miami…); they have performed in most European countries, the USA, Israel; and they have given hundreds of concerts in the Czech Republic. The quartet has made many recordings for the radio, television and released numerous compact discs.
They have received critical acclaim not only for the virtuosity of the quartet’s individual members but above all, for their homogeneity of sound, original musical expression of the quartet and exquisite choice of repertoire. Prague Guitar Quartet is regarded as one of the best guitar ensembles in the world today.
Petr Hanzlík (leader), Petr Jindra, Pavel Švestka, Jiří Hruška. The well-known Prague vocal quartet The Swings represents a unique and original type of musical amusement in the Czech Republic – stylish polyphonic jazz singing inspired by the golden era of swing. This coming season the quartet will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their existence on the Czech and European musical scene. The lively and amusing as well as professional and cultivated performances of the quartet offer American and Czech swing classics.