Orchesta

Orchesta

Energy, enthusiasm, musicality and professionality distinguish this orchestra. (Read more...)

Soloist

The musicians are a successful mix of experience and youthful verve. (Read more...)

Smetana Philharmonic Orchestra Prague

In view of the 125th anniversary of the death of Bedrich Smetana (2009) and repeated inquiries of producers and organizers in respect to that, a sinfonic ensemble, the "Smetana Philharmonic Orchestra Prague" was formed. The musicians are a fortunate mixture of experience and youthful spirit.

Energy, enthusiasm, musicality and professionality distinguish this orchestra. Common spirit in every respect, specially in the artistical sense are most important to them.

Allgäuer Zeitung Oct. 28th, 2006: „Especially since  youth is combined excellentally  with experienced  musicians.“

After tours with remarkable  press reports, several sponsors were convinced of the quality of the orchestra, so they could produce a CD with their conductor  Hans Richter. “Prague in the mirror of time“, from Renaissance to modern times.

For the years 2007 and 2008 the orchestra has been invited to China, Spain, Switzerland and Germany.




Conductor

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Hans Richter
Chief conductor

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Rhodri Britton
Guest conductor

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Hans Richter

Chief conductor

Born in Neunburg vorm Wald in 1950 as a great-grandson of the famous master Hans Richter, who conducted several premieres (for example the opera „The Ring“ from Richard Wagner in Bayreuth, Brahms’ 2nd and 3rd Symphony, Bruckner’s 4th and 8th Symphony). Hans Richter studied at a university of music, after he graduated from grammar school and he also underwent classes with Herbert von Karajan, Kurt Masur and Sergiu Celibidache.
After he finished his studies, he became an assistant of Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg and Berlin. In 1980 he recieved an award at the International Conductor’s Competition of Hungarian television in Budapest and the Prize of Audience.
During the same year he was awarded a Prize of Support of Music of Munich.
In 1984 he became a first conductor of the Municipal Theater in Biel. At that time he was also an assistant with The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and from the year 1988 to 1991 he was working as a conductor and study leader at the opera in Zurich.
 As a hosting conductor he cooperated with many renowned orchestras, for example with Bavarian Broadcasting Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra NDR Hamburg, Bavarian Symphonists and many other well-known institutions. He was also a hosting conductor of Philharmonic Orchestra of Tokyo in Japan.
1990 HR conducted, with the ingenious Friedrich Gulda as soloist, the opening-concert of the „Wiener Festwochen“.
During  tours, especially those in Germany, France and Switzerland, Hans Richter lead the Czech and Hungarian orchestras. Among others he directs as chief-conductor the Smetana Philharmonic Orchestra Prague, the West Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Philharmonic of North Bohemia Teplice, Philharmonic Orchestra Budapest, Hungarian Symphonic Orchestra Miskolc, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pecs and Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra in Györ.
 As a musician to the core, he is not only interested in symphonic pieces, but in opera and operetta works as well as in chamber music  from the pianists point of view.
Hans Richter is invited to conduct the first night of the International Production of "A night in Venice" of Johann Strauß in the Teatro Verde in Venice. Stage director will be René Kollo and the operette will be played between 18th of may until 23d of may 2007.
January 2010 Hans Richter was invited for 2 concerts in USA and Canada: Vancouver, Orpheum Theatre, Chicago, Symphony Center.
 In 2011 HR started a cooperation with Opera Classica Europa and conducted 6 opera productions, 2011 Magic Flute and La Traviata, 2012 Manon (Massenet) and Rigoletto, 2013 Nabucco and Aida with outstanding singers (e.g.: John Osborn – Scala di Milano and Arena di Verona, Ernesto Grisales – Arena di Verona, Keith Ikaia-Purdy and Juri Batukov, Vienna State Opera) on wonderful, historic performance-platforms in Germany, Switzerland and France (e.g.: Kloster Eberbach, Braunfels, Buc/Versailles, Vevey). He also performed Opera Galas (Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Mozart) and in 2012 in cooperation with the legendary tenor Claude Heater (“Karajan`s Tristan”)  and Opera Classica Europa a Wagner-Gala with Juyeon Song and Eduardo Villa (Metropolitan Opera New York). In these productions he conducted his orchestra, the Smetana Philharmonic Orchestra Prague, the Johann Strauß Orchestra Frankfurt and the Orchestra of the Nationaltheatre Constanta.
 2012: concerts with SFP and “Ma vlast” from B. Smetana at the Festival “Europäische Wochen Passau” (reinvitation for 2014) and the “Kultursommer” Nordhessen (reinvitation for 2014), also in Czech republic in Blatná.
 2013 invitation for several symphonic concerts with compositions of Benjamin Britten (centenary in 2013!).
 2014, February: invitation to Japan, production “Fledermaus” of Johann Strauß, with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Kanazwa Chamber Orchestra.
 2014, June: HR in Chestertown/Maryland at the National Music Festival
 2014, June: with SFP at the Festival “Europäische Wochen Passau” (reinvitation for 2016)

Rhodri Britton

Guest conductor

Der Dirigent Rhodri Britton wurde in Hwlffordd, Wales, geboren. Am Christ's Hospital lernte er zunächst Klavier, Geige, Orgel und Gesang. Nach den "A-Levels" gewann er das Brakenbury-Stipendium am Balliol College, Oxford, und schloss da das Studium der Literae Humaniores (Alt-Philologie, Philosophie und Geschichte) mit dem Magister ab. Später setzte er seine Studien an der Londoner Royal Academy of Music fort; hier war er der erste Stipendiat von Lloyds of London, und beim Konzert-Diplom gewann er den ersten Preis für Gesang. Danach studierte er privat bei den Sängern Iris Dell'Acqua, Enrico Fissore und Rudolf Piernay, bei den Pianisten Roger Vignoles, Paul Hamburger und David Owen Norris und bei den Dirigenten George Hurst in Canford und Ilya Musin in St. Petersburg. Die Jahre 1987 bis 1995 widmete er hauptsächlich dem Gesang, und trat an mehreren Opernhäusern in Solopartien als Baß-Bariton auf. Dazu zählten MASETTO und ANGELOTTI an der Welsh National Opera, FIGARO für die English Touring Opera, DON PIPPO in L'Oca del Cairo bei den Sommerfestspielen in Batignano, Toscana, DON BASILIO bei den Rossini-Festspielen in Bad Wildbad, NICK SHADOW in The Rake's Progress und KASPAR in Der Freischütz für das Theater Eisenach, FÜRST GREMIN in Eugen Onegin für die Scottish Opera. Seit 1995 arbeitet Rhodri Britton vorwiegend als Dirigent und Coach im Opernbereich. Er war Studienleiter an den Opernhäusern in Luzern, und Dortmund, wo er u.a. West Side Story, La Traviata, Così fan tutte und Der Nußknacker dirigierte, und leitete das Junge Ensemble des Staatstheaters Mainz. Er ist zur Zeit Dozent für Korrepetition an der Musikhochschule Mainz. Er tritt regelmäßig zusammen als Pianist mit dem Schauspieler Michael Quast in den Offenbach-Operetten Blaubart, Pariser Leben, Die Schöne Helena und Orpheus in der Unterwelt auf. Seine Konzerttätigkeit als Dirigent führte ihn bereits nach den Festspielstädten Prades, Frankreich und Montepulciano. Für Opera Classica Europa hat er die Produktionen Otello (2006 und 2009), Carmen (2007), Barbier von Sevilla (2008) und Rigoletto (2011) dirigiert.

Soloist



Denisa Neubarthová

Mezzo-soprano

Denisa Neubarthová is from a very musical family.
Educational way goes from Conservatory Teplice to master class of Prof. Slavícková to Prague.
As a concert soloist she performs in a lot of european metropolis. She was succesfull by many productions: f.e. Viennese public opera production in operetta „Viennese blood“ (Johann Strauss) in German Theatre in Munich.
She was invited as soloist for different orchestra-tours with compositions of B. Britten, A. Dvorak, G. Mahler, W.A.Mozart and A. Zemlinsky.
She sang with world-known René Kollo in 9 .symphony  of L.v. Beethoven (1997 -Tonhalle in Zurich).
In 1999 - 2000  she interpreted the solo parts from 2. and 3. symphony  of Gustav Mahler with Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra in Debrecen.
Summer 2001 she got very good commendatory critique in swiss press: Czech mezzosopranist is a big mistress in her domain.
In october 2001 she were invited to Switzerland again, where she performed in two concerts in Fribourg and Gruyeres. Programm: Altrapsodie for alto, male choir and orchestra (Johannes Brahms).
Her repertoir contains oratorios and liturgy pieces too.
Big passion of her became the recital.
In  2003/04 - 2004/05 she was invited to recitals in Germany and France and to live show in television France 3  (pieces from B. Britten and L. Janácek).
2006/07 recitals in Germany, France and Czech Republique.



Perrine Madoeuf

Sopran

BERUFSERFAHRUNG / EXPERIENCE PROFESSIONNELLE

1995 Gretel et Hansel – Humperdinck/ Gretel, marchand de sable(mise en scène Stefan Groëgler)
production Opéra de Lyon, TJA, amphithéâtre de l'Opéra Bastille
2000 Juditha Triumphans – Vivaldi / Abra (mise en scène Jean Louis Martinoty)
Opéra de Montpellier
2003 Le dialogue des carmélites – Poulenc / Soeur Constance
Tournée région RhôneAlpes
2003 Cosi fan tutte – Mozart / Despina
Palais des congrès, Lyon
2004 Concert Mozart de la fondation Orpheum
Tonhalle, Zürich – The age of enlightenment
2005 Bernstein project (mise en scène Philippe Sireuil)
Opéra de Anvers, Gand et Bruges
2008 Gala airs d'Opéras
Opera de Hanoi, Vietnam
2008 La Traviata – Verdi / Violetta
Salle Molière, Lyon
2008 West side story – Bernstein / Maria
Amphithéâtre 3000, Lyon – Orchestre symphonique Lyonnais
2009 Le sorelle Bronte – Chenna / Anna (mise en scene Davide Livermore) Theatro Baretti , Torino et Teatro Goldoni, Venise
2010 La vie Parisienne – Offenbach / Gabrielle
Meung sur Loire 
2010 King Arthur – Purcell/ Cupid, Philadell
Festival' interval d'automne/ Concert de l'hostel dieu
2010/2011 West side story – Bernstein / Maria
Tournée - Solistes Bernard Tetu /Percussions et claviers de Lyon
2011 Le nozze di Figaro – Mozart / Susanna
Théâtre des Feuillants, Dijon
2011 Don Giovanni- Mozart/ Donna Anna
Peniche des arts, Nancy
2011 Carmen- Bizet/ Micaela
Festival Ninon Vallin
2011 Ma vie avec Mozart (d'après et avec Eric Emmanuel Schmitt)
Salle Gaveau, Orchestre symphonique Lyonnais
2012 Ciboulette - Hahn/ Zénobie, Castaglione
Bourse du Travail, Lyon
2012 Faust - Gounod/ Marguerite
Unesco, Orchestre philharmonique international
2012 Rigoletto - Verdi/ Gilda
Fichtelberg, Smetana Philharmoniker Prag
2012 Gala airs d'Opéras
Neunburg, Smetana Philharmoniker Prag

AUSBILDUNG / FORMATION

Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon, Opéra studio de l'Opéra des Flandres, Belgique.

WETTBEWERBE / CONCOURS

Concours international des pays catalans, Barcelone -
Premier prix Concours international de Gascogne - Prix Espoir
Concours international Lauri Volpi, Rome - Finaliste
Concours international de Bourgogne - Finaliste
Armel Opera competition, Hongrie, Demie finaliste 2011/2012



Pavla Trefná

Flöte

Ausbildung

Konservatorium in Budweis – Mgr. Petr Reis ( 1992 - 1998)
Südböhmische Universität – Mgr. Jana Zavičáková (1998 - 2001)

Wettbewerbe

Internationaler Rundfunkwettbewerb Concertino Praga 1993 – 1. Platz National,
1. Platz International.

Meisterkurse

Prof. František Malotín – Konservatorium Prag, Mgr. Václav Kunt – JAMU Brünn, 
Brigitte Buxtorf – Schweiz

Zusammenarbeit mit Orchestern

Staatsoper Prag, Philharmoniker Prag, Mozart Oper Prag, Tschechische Kammerphilharmonie, Smetana Philharmoniker Prag, Südböhmisches Theater Budweis

Mit folgenden Orchestern ist sie als Solistin aufgetreten:
Südböhmische Kammerphilharmonie, Südböhmische Kammersolisten.

Seit kurzer Zeit ist sie auch Mitglied des Quintetts der Smetana Philharmoniker Prag.



Aleš Hejcman

Clarinet

Ales Hejcman, was born in Zlin (Czech republic), 9th May 1984

 

Education

Conservatoire of P. J. Vejvanovsky in Kromeriz (CZ) (1999-2005, Miroslav Siska)
Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ) (2004-2009, Milan Polak, Vit Spilka)
Conservatorio svizzera italiana in Lugano (CH) (2007 – 2008, Milan Rericha) – as a scholarship holder of swiss government (ESKAS)

   

Masterclasses

Jiri Hlavac, Vlastimil Mares, Valter Vítek, Igor Frantisak, Karel Dohnal (Czech republic), Sylvia Hue, Michael Raison (France), Jean Philipe Vivier (Luxembourg).
   

Awards

Concertino Praga 2001 - 1st prize
Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf music competition 2001 (CZ) - 1st prize
Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust London 2003 - 1st prize
Competiton of Conservatoires 2003, Ostrava (CZ) - 2nd prize
Yamaha scholarship holder 2006 - 1st prize (based on competition at Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno)
Clarinet competition in Brescia (Italy) 2007 – final round
Premio Valentino Bucchi Roma 2007 – semifinal round

 

Cooperation as a member of orchestra

Moravian Philhramonic Orchestra Olomouc
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra Zlin
Southbohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Budweis
Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Czech Moravian Virtuosi
European Union Young Orchestr (substitute)
Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague
Prague Symfoniker
Prague Chamber orchestra
Smetana Philharmonic Orchestra Prague
Opera House Liberec
        

Solo performings with orchestras

Moravian Philhramonic Orchestra Olomouc
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra Zlin
Janacek Academy Orchestra
Conservatorio svizzera italiana Orchestra

Clarinet concerts written by W. A. Mozart, F. V. Kramar-Krommer, Carl Maria von Weber, Aaron Copland, Gioachino Rossini (Introduction, Theme and Variation), Ondrej Kukal   Clarinettino



Jana Vonasková-Nováková

Violin

Born into a musical family in the Czech Republic in 1979, Jana studied at the Prague Conservatoire and in 2000 won the Talent of the Year Competition. This led directly to a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London where she studied with Professor Felix Andrievsky, graduating in 2005.  From 2001 Jana was an Orpheus Scholar and from 2004 a Scholar, supported by a Yehudi Menuhin Award at the RCM. 
A top prize-winner at major international competitions, in 2000 Jana won first prize at the International Competition for Young Violinists K.Lipinski/H. Wieniawski held in Lublin, Poland and in 2001 received the European Prize in Strasbourg.
Jana has performed extensively in Europe - in the Czech and Slovak Republics, in France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Norway, Poland and Belarus. As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jirí Belohlávek, the Belgian National Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, and on tour with the distinguished Czech violinist Václav Hudecek.  She is currently a member of the Smetana Piano Trio with whom she recently toured Japan.
Since being selected for representation by YCAT in 2002, Jana has appeared at major venues and festivals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St. David’s Hall Cardiff, Harewood House, the Chester, Leamington, Gower, King’s Lynn, Mecklenburg and Prague Spring Festivals.  In 2004 she made her BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Bath Festival.  Plans for the 2005/06 season include a YCAT Evening at Wigmore Hall on 31st October and recordings for the Supraphon label with the Smetana Piano Trio.



Jana Brožková

Oboe

Jana Brožková is an oboe player who today belongs among the most prominent Czech performers. She initially began her playing under the guidance of her father and continued with considerabsuccess during her studies at Prague.
She won an absolute success and a special award at the Europäischen Musikpreis Zürich 1988.
She took the third prize at the Prague Spring Competition in 1991 and the list of her successes culminates in capturing first prize at the IDRS  Gillet Competition 1997 at Evanston, Ill., USA.

She has recorded the most oboe concerts  with Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, where she has held the position of solo oboist. Now she has the same position as a member of Czech Philharmony.

Jana Brožková concentrates intensively on chamber music. She performs with Aflatus Quintet, a woodwind quintet witch has captured the prestigious first prize at the competition ARD Munchen in 1997.
She also has been teaching at the Musical Faculty of the  Academy of Performing  Arts in Prague.



Václav Vonásek

Bassoon

Václav Vonášek  (*6.8.1980) comes from Blatná in South Bohemia. He began playing the recorder at the age of six.
Two years later he changed to the clarinet while at music school. At the Conservatoire in Plzen (1994) he studied the bassoon with Ladislav Šmídl and Matouš Křivánek and graduated in 1999. During this time he performed as a soloist with the Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Mariánské Lázně.

Václav won 2nd prize at the Czech Conservatoire Competition in Ostrava in 1997.
Since 1999 Vaclav has studied at the Prague Academy of Music, with
Professors František Herman and Jiří Seidl.
In 2001 he participated in the Pacem in Terris International wind instruments competition in Bayreuth, reaching the final round.
Also in 2001 he took a part in a masterclass in Semmering (Austria) and won, as a member of a bassoon trio, the Antonín Rejcha
Prize. He also performed on Austrian ORF.
In November 2001 he performed as a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy during the orchestra's concert tour of the Far East.

His victory in the Czech-Slovak competition "TALENT ROKU 2002" earned him a yearlong visiting scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied with Andrea de Flammineis and Martin Gatt. It was also there that Václav was picked as the soloist in a performance of Weber's Bassoon Concerto with the College's Orchestra. He recorded the Weber concerto for Czech Radio, with the Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He won second prize at the 2002 Prague Spring International Competition, along with a prize awarded in the same contest by the Czech Music Fund, for the best performance of a contemporary Czech composition.
In May 2003 he was selected as a finalist in the Young Concert Artists Trust competition in London.

Václav has performed as a soloist in the Smetana Hall, the Dvořák Hall and Suk Hall in Prague and in the Wigmore Hall in London.
In 2003 he appeared at the Prague Spring Festival, the Janáček Festival Ostrava, the Bratislava Music Festival, the International meeting of young musicians Ticino Musica in Switzerland, at the Cheltenham and Leamington Festivals in the UK and a others.

In July 2004 he won first prize at the Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition (organised by the International Double Reed Society) which took place in Melbourne, Australia.



Boris Bloch

Piano

He was born in Odessa and studied in Moskow with Dmitri Bashkirow and Tatjana Nikolaewa .
In 1973 he participated successfully at international piano contests .
Since 1985 he is professor for piano in Essen (Germany).

In 1990  he was honored with the Grand Prix International du Disque  Liszt.
For the production of the complete piano works of Modest Mussorgsky, he
was awarded  with the price "Excellence Disque".

He also received the Golden Needle of Honour  of the International Liszt Society , Vienna and had great responses for Liszt piano soirées and the interpretation of  Russian piano music .
His performance of  Busonis piano concert with Christoph Eschenbach was recorded live.
Boris Bloch also appeared in Russian television.

He receives many invitations to summer courses and festivals , for example the Rheingauer music festival and at the theater of the "Ermitage" in St. Petersburg .

Currently , he is also a juror at international piano contests .



Michel Roublot

Flöte

Jahrgang 1962, studierte Flöte, Kammermusik und Musiktheorie am Konservatorium in Metz  sowie  in Paris (Ecole Normale Supérieur de Musique, Paris) bei Christian Lardé, Jean-Pierre Rampal und Marcel Moyse. 

Erster überregionaler Preis für Flöte & Kammermusik (Westfrankreich).

Erster Preis für Soloflöte (Paris). 

Erster Preis Radio-France. 

Stipendium der Schlumberger-Stiftung.

Ab 1990 Tätigkeit als Soloflötist und zur Leitung von Meisterkursen beauftragt.

Mehrere Konzertreisen nach  Russland, Kanada, Belgien und Italien. 

Seit  2000  Auftritte in Deutschland mit dem  Quintett « Sans Frontière ».

Mitbegründer des Lazaro-Ensembles, Kammermusik, gegründet 2002 Radioauftritte in Frankreich  „ RADIO France“ und Russland. 

CD- Aufnahme  « Variations, art & virtuosité ».

Filmmusik :   Flötensolo   in    «  Das 5. Element ».  

Parallel Arbeit als Flötenlehrer in Metz; ab 1996 auch in Pirmasens (Kreismusikschule) und Landau (Universität).

M. Roublot wird am 14. März 2008 zusammen mit dem Smetana Philharmonic Orchestra Prague und anderen Solisten in Paris-Gagny auftreten.