24th Ameropa 2017
»»» International Chamber Music Courses and Festival«««



~ FACULTY, ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS ~
Václav Slivanský Xu Jingping Andréa Banke Pavel Tylšar Vratislav Vlna Nikola Djurica Alberto Rodríguez Acuña Wang Yunlei Miloslav Tengler Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir Vadim Mazo David Ehrlich Debbra Wood Schwartz Li Kaixiang Ada Slivanská Petr Bernášek Qing Yanyan Monique Mead Věra BinarováNancy BuckJiří Poslední Miroslav Petráš Pan Yan Peter Mišejka Kateřina Englichová Teresa Ehrlich Libor Nováček Monika Pecikiewiczová Jana Chaudhuri Yuri Ananiev Eva Yulin Shen Miloslava Vítková Angelika Pavlech Marlies Krejza Květa Hurťáková Jiří Havlík Xinben Huang Viktória Rampal Dzurenko

Organization
Vadim Mazo| USA | Artistic Director
David Ehrlich| CR | Chamber Music Programs
Ada Slivanská| CR | Executive Director

Flute
Václav Slivanský| CR | & Solo Week
Xu Jingping| China

Oboe
Andréa E. Banke| USA
Vratislav Vlna| CR | Solo Week only

Clarinet
Nikola Djurica| Serbia
Alberto Rodríguez Acuña| Spain
Yunlei Wang| China
Miloslav Tengler| CR | Solo Week only

Bassoon
Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir| Iceland

Violin
Vadim Mazo| USA | & Solo Week (& viola)
David Ehrlich| USA
Debbra Wood Schwartz| USA
Li Kaixiang| China
Ada Slivanská| CR | & Solo Week
Petr Bernášek| CR | & Solo Week (& viola)
Qing Yanyan| China
Monique Mead| USA | Solo Week only

Viola
Věra Binarová| CR | & Solo Week (& violin)
Nancy Buck| USA
Jiří Poslední| CR

Cello
Miroslav Petráš| CR | Solo Week only
Pan Yan| China
Peter Mišejka| CR

Harp
Kateřina Englichová| CR | Solo Week only

Chamber Music with Voice
Miloslava Vítková| CR
Angelika Pavlech| Slovakia | Week 1

Piano
Teresa Ehrlich| USA
Libor Nováček| CR| Solo week only
Monika Pecikiewiczová| CR | Solo week only
Jana Chaudhuri| CZ
Yuri Ananiev| Spain | & Solo week
Eva Yulin Shen| Taiwan

Piano accompaniment
For Solo Week Masterclasses participants
Yuri Ananiev| Spain

Youth Program
For children up to 14 years
Marlies Krejza| Germany/CR | Solo Week only
Květa Hurťáková| CR | & Solo Week
Jahodová Vondráčková| CR | & Solo Week

Summer Orchestral Academy
Filarmonietta Praga
Jiří Havlík| CR | Artistic Director

Art program
Chinese and Czech Fine Arts
Calligraphy, paintings, workshops and lectures
XingBen Huang| China
Viktória Rampal Dzurenko| Slovakia


Flute

Václav Slivanský| State opera Prague | Quartetto con flauto | Czech Republic
For Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available
Václav Slivanský
Václav Slivanský studied at the Prague Conservatory with Jan Hecl and at the Academy of Performing Arts with František Čech, where at the same time he also took part in the founding of the chamber ensemble Quartetto con flauto. Since completing his studies, he has been the first flutist of the orchestra of the Prague State Opera, and he has been active as a pedagogue for many years. He appears frequently as a soloist and a performer of chamber music.
In 1973 he founded Quartetto con flauto together with his future wife Ada Slivanská while they were studying at the Prague Conservatory. The ensemble, at 2008 year celebrating its 35th year of existence, was very successful right from the beginning, participating in several competitions and winning such honors as the Dušek Competition of the Mozart Foundation in Prague and the title of laureate at an international competition in Kroměříž. Over the years of its artistic activities, the ensemble has become highly regarded, giving concerts not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Belgium, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Denmark and the United Kingdom. The ensemble has toured the USA twice and has represented the Czech Republic in Sakai, Japan, on the occasion of an Alfons Mucha exhibition. Quartetto con flauto has made several recordings for Czech Radio (this CD contains a selection of those recordings) and for Czech Television. Two of its radio recordings represented Czech Radio in Paris in 1993 and 1994 at an international festival of contemporary music. The ensemble has a very large repertoire. Although the ensemble’s instrumentation predetermines its choice of musical material from the baroque and classical periods, this is counterbalanced by 20th-century music. Many works have been composed for and dedicated to the ensemble. The ensemble’s interpretations have been recorded on three separate compact discs ("Czech Classical and Contemporary Music" - Bonton 1990, "Czech Sonata" - Bohemia Music 1993, "Czech Contemporary Music" - Bohemia Music 1995 and "Quartetto con flauto" - Radioservis 2008). Compositions by Jan Jirásek and Lukáš Hurník dedicated to the ensemble are also found on CDs profiling those composers.

Václav Slivanský se narodil a studoval v Praze, na konzervatoři ve třídě Jana Hecla a na Akademii múzických umění pod vedením Františka Čecha. Po ukončení vzdělání působil v orchestru činohry Národního divadla. Od roku 1977 byl zaměstnán v operním orchestru Národního divadla (Státní opery Praha) jako pikolista a od roku 1983 na pozici sólo flétnisty. Současně byl po několik let členem Symfonického orchestru Československého rozhlasu. Hrál v různých komorních orchestrech – Talichův a Český komorní orchestr, Pražský komorní orchestr, Camerata filarmonica Bohemia, Virtuosi Pragenses a jiných. Je spoluzakladatelem a uměleckým vedoucím komorního souboru Quartetto con flauto, který vznikl v době studií na konzervatoři v roce 1973. S tímto souborem natočil 4 CD a nespočet nahrávek pro rozhlas a televizi u nás i v zahraničí a vystupoval v Evropě, USA i Japonsku. Po celou dobu profesionálních interpretačních aktivit se intenzivně věnuje pedagogické činnosti na základním stupni hudebního vzdělávání. V letech 2012 – 2014 vyučoval hru na flétnu na Pedagogické fakultě UK. Jeho žáci jako sólisté i členové komorních souborů úspěšně reprezentují ZUŠ v Brandýse nad Labem na národních i mezinárodních soutěžích, kde získávají přední ceny. Pravidelně se od roku 2001 jako pedagog účastní mezinárodních interpretačních kurzů sólové a komorní hry Ameropa. Významně se věnuje sólové a komorní hře.
Xu Jingping| Sichuan Conservatory of Music | China
Xu Jingping
Xu Jingping, flute professor and flute educator for about 30 years, is an associate professor in the department of strings and winds, master supervisor and the originator of the major of musical instrument making and maintenance, in the department of instrument engineering in Sichuan Conservatory of Music.
He is also the founder of the Flute Orchestra of SCCM and Sichuan Juvenile Flute Orchestra, having been invited to perform concerts in various countries in Europe and Asia, he has been acclaimed internationally.
As the visiting professor of French Bordeaux International Academy of Music, the judge of Korean International Flute Competition, Executive Director of Asian Flute Alliance, and Chinese Flute United Council, the judge of Chinese Flute Competition, Secretary General of Sichuan Flute Academy, he has held China-Japan-Korea International Music Festivals. His students, professionals or amateurs, have had great achievements in an array of domestic and international competitions and by now, have been all over the world.

Oboe

Andréa É. Banke| Solo Oboe | Lieurance Woodwind Quintet | Wichita Symphony Orchestra | Wichita State University | USA
Andréa É. Banke
Andréa E. Banke currently serves as Professor of Oboe at Wichita State University, Principal Oboe with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Solo Oboe with the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. The Wichita Eagle has hailed her playing as “lush,” “exquisite,” and having “impeccable style and execution.” Prior to coming to Kansas, Ms Banke held the position of Principal Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. An active chamber musician, Andréa has frequently performed as Guest Principal Oboe of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ms Banke has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Opera Schlossfestpiele in Germany, the Camerata Philharmonica in the Czech Republic, and been a recitalist with members of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, among others.
From 1997-2001, Ms Banke performed over 500 woodwind quintet recitals, educational concerts, and outreach classes as solo oboist of the Dakota Wind Quintet - appearing in diverse venues from a Sioux Indian pow wow to a high-security prison in Nebraska.
Andréa's playing has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and WXXI (NY) Live From Hochstein as a soloist. Ms Banke earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music under Richard Killmer, summa cum laude, and the University of Minnesota under Kathryn Greenbank. The Argus Leader Newspaper has called her playing “a thread of gold”, and the International Double Reed Society Journal as “[showing] lots of flair, verve and technique.”
Andréa É. Banke v současné době působí jako profesorka hry na hoboj na Wichitské státní univerzitě, zastává post prvního hoboje ve Wichitském symfonickém orchestrem a také působí jako hráčka v hudebním souboru Lieurance Woodwind Quintet.
Deník Wichita Eagle označil její hru jako “svěží”, “vynikající” a “dokonale stylovou”. Ještě před tím, než Andrea É. Banke přesídlila do Kansasu, působila jako první hobojistka filharmonického orchestru v Rochesteru v New Yorku. Také často hostovala jako hráčka prvního hoboje s Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Dále je nutné zmínit, že vystupovala s několika známými hudebními tělesy jako jsou: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Opera Schlossfestpiele v Německu, the Camerata Philharmonica Bohemia v České republice a dalšími. Mimo jiné bylo její recitál doprovázen členy Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra.
V letech 1997-2001 účinkovala na více než 500 recitálech s dechovým kvintetem, výchovných koncertech a kurzech, také působila jako sólistka v Dakota Wind Quintet. V rámci svých vystoupení se objevovala na různých zajímavých místech, jako bylo například Siouxské indické město nebo vězení s vysokou ostrahou v Nebrasce.
Andréa É. Banke se také objevila jako sólistka na NPR Performance Today a WXXI (NY) Live From Hochstein.
Získala také titul na Eastman School of Music, kde studovala pod vedením Richarda Killmera a také na University of Minnesota, kde ji vedla Kathryn Greenbank.
Recenze její hry v tisku byly pochvalné - v novinách Argus Leader se zmínili, že její hobojový tón je jako “zlatá nit” a International Double Reed Society Journal přinesl následující komentář: “[při hře ukazuje] spoustu vkusu, vřelosti a techniky”.
Pavel Tylšar| Prague Conservatory | Gymnasium and Musical school City of Prague | CR
Pavel Tylšar
Pavel Tylšar, nar. v roce 1964 ve Zlíně,vystudoval hru na hoboj na Pražské konzervatoři a pražské HAMU. Získal řadu ocenění na domácích soutěžích a v letech 1986 a 1991 se zúčastnil mezinárodní soutěže Pražské jaro. V letech 1985-1999 byl členem Pražského komorního orchestru a od roku 2000 je členem orchestru opery Národního divadla v Praze. Současně působil od roku 1991 do roku 2011 v orchestru Solistes Européens de Luxembourg. Pedagogicky působí v současné době na Pražské konzervatoři a Gymnáziu a Hudební škole hl. m. Prahy.
Pavel Tylšar was born in 1964 in Zlín and studied the oboe at the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Music in Prague. He was awarded in numerous competitions and participated at the international competition Prague Spring in years 1986 and 1991. He was the member of the Prague chamber orchestra in 1985-1999 and since 2000 he is a member of the orchestra of the National theate in Prague. Simultaneously he collaborated with the Solistes Européens de Luxembourg from 1991 until 2011. He works at the Prague Conservatory and Gymnasium and Musical school City of Prague.
Vratislav Vlna| Solo oboist at National theatre | soloist | CR
Ameropa Solo Masterclasses only
Vratislav Vlna
Vratislav Vlna studied the oboe at the Prague Conservatory under professor František Kimel (many years‘ Solo-Oboist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) and at the Prague Academy of Musical Arts under professor Jiří Mihule (also former Solo-Oboist of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). He has taken part in the interpretational classes in Germany (Bonn 1993) and in Switzerland (Vevey 1993) and he was the winner of the international competition Concertino Praga 1992. Since 1996 he has been the first oboist in the Opera Orchestra of National Theatre in Prague and simultaneously since 1999 he has collaborated as a Solo-Oboist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Solistes Européens Luxemburg and with the Virtuosi di Praga. As soloist Vratislav Vlna appeares regularly together with the Virtuosi di Praga and the Prague String Orchestra, with the Orchestra of the National Theatre, the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra.

Clarinet

Nikola Djurica| graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music | Serbia, USA
Nikola Djurica
When Nikola was five, and heard and saw clarinet for the first time, he shouted: "I will play this!". And naturally, Nikola enrolled Music school "Davorin Jenko" Belgrade and started learning the instrument that would carry him through life.
In April 2003 and 2005, on a republic contest, Nikola became a laureate of Serbia, as a best performer in his category. During 2003 to 2006, on competitions in Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Russia and Serbia, as a soloist he won 14 special prizes (100 points out of 100) and 9 first prizes, and as a member of nonstandard duo he won 4 special prizes and one first prize on a Republic Contest, competing in a category with oldest contestants (16-18 age). Also, as a member of clarinet quartet Nevski, Nikola won 6 special prizes. He recorded a video shoot for a national television and went to a large number of radio shows where he played. Nikola participated in charity concerts in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Podgorica-Montenegro with an organization called "Music Of Angels", as well as in “Kolarceva Zaduzbina” in Belgrade ("Pupil to pupil"). Nikola’s carrier of "Belgrade's angel 2004", "Best pupil of his Generation 2001-2005" and "Holly Sava award 2005" gave him an opportunity to play principal clarinet on "Requiem" in honor of 250 years of Mozart’s birth. Mr. Djurica was the youngest one to play a solo recital on the most prestigious music festival in Serbia- on the 38th BEMUS in October 2006. Mr. Djurica attended chamber music master classes such as: Prague (Ameropa), Spain (Mozzart-issimo) and in Italy (Amalfi Coast). In 2007 Nikola attended Waimar Master Class with Dr. Charles Neidich (Julliard School of Music) where he was the youngest clarinetist on the festival. That same year with the EMCY he played five-concerts throughout Austria and Germany. In 2008 Nikola played a solo concert where he opened the Festival “Passau” in Passau Germany with his pianist Jelena Popovic. During his senior year at Interlochen Arts Academy, Mr. Djurica was invited to come back to Belgrade for 3 days by the Serbian Government and received the award “New Face of Serbia” as one of 200 most successful Serbians in his field.
As a Concerto winner at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2010, Nikola performed music from his native land by Ante Grgin, and has developed into a passionate advocate for music from many cultures around the world. During his first year at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Mr. Djurica was the prizewinner of the International Milhaud Competition. During the summer of 2011 Nikola performed a concert in the prestigious “66th Prague Spring” music festival in conjunction with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently won the first prize on an International Music Competition “Ohrid Pearls” in Macedonia as a youngest clarinetist in his category. He has performes regularly at the City Hall of Belgrade with an international cooperation of musicians (Anthony Charles Bracewell-CANADA), where his concerts are live on air and broadcasted on the National Radio Station of Serbia. In 2012, Mr. Djurica was selected to play at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as a part of the “Conservatory Project”. Since the summer of 2012, Mr. Djurica was invited to teach clarinet and chamber music on an International Chamber Music Festival in Prague called “AMEROPA”. In Prague, Nikola was the winner of the Concertante competition, which gave him an opportunity to play as a soloist in “Rudolfinum”-Dvorak’s Hall in Prague with the Camertata Filarmonica Bohemia.
For the past 3 years, Mr. Djurica has been a part of an improvisational ensemble called “The Contranuities Quartet” which he is one of the founding members. “The Contranuities Quartet” is dedicated to bringing diverse people together by exploring the intersections of musical genres and the cultures of the world.
Nikola finished his studies at the prestige Interlochen Arts Academy (Michigan). After 3 years of his studies in Michigan, where his first two years he was a pupil of Dr. Nathan Williams and the last year he studied with Ms. Deborah Chodacki, Mr. Djurica finished his bachelor studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Mr. Franklin Cohen-The Principal Clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Alberto Rodríguez Acuña| Centro Superior de Música Katarina Gurska | Escuelas Municipales de Musica | Spain
Alberto Rodríguez Acuña
Born in Caibarien (Cuba), Alberto Rodriguez studied the clarinet in Santa Clara Province Conservatory, then at the National School of the Arts in Havana. He pursued post-graduate studies at the Superior Academy of the Musical Arts in Prague while specializing in music education, psychology and teaching methodology, then concluded his post-graduate studies in Brno (Czech Republic). Rodriguez has taught at Havana Municipal Conservatory and at the Cuban National School of the Arts. He was appointed to the faculty of Havana Superior Institute of the Arts and served as the Cuban Ministry of Culture's national advisor in clarinet education, also presiding the jury in national clarinet competitions. Rodriguez has taught master classes in Cuba, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, the UK, France and Spain.
Apart from having served on the jury of numerous international competitions, he was a member of Cuba's National Symphonic Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional) and orchestral soloist at the Great Theater, Opera and Ballet of Havana. In the Czech Republic he played solo clarinet at the Mozart Opera (Prague) and also co-founded the orchestra's wind ensemble at the same Opera house. He also played as soloist of the Czech "Bohemia" Symphonic Orchestra, going on tour to Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, the Ukraine, Latvia, Bulgaria, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. Rodriguez now lives and works in Madrid, where he has founded the "Recital" Clarinet Quartet. He not only founded, but also directs the Madrid Clarinet Ensemble and the Madrid Chamber Soloists Orchestra.
He is one of the founding professors of the "Julian Menendez International Clarinet Courses" and of the "Spanish Association for Study and Development of the Clarinet". He regularly gives master-classes at the AMEROPA International Chamber Music Courses and Festival (in the Czech Republic). He taught superior grade clarinet at the University “Francisco de Vitoria” in Madrid until 2012. Alberto is currently president of the Madrid Chamber Music Association and has served as artistic director for an ongoing series of annual international chamber music courses: "Boccherini 2005", "Mozartissimo 2006" and "CHAMBERart" from 2007 till 2017.
Nowadays he works as a clarinet teacher and chamber music teacher in the “Centro Superior de Música Katarina Gurska” in Madrid, and clarinet teacher at the “Escuelas Municipales de Musica” of the Madrid town hall, and conductor of the “El Capricho” orchestra in Madrid.
Wang Yunlei| Xinjiang Arts College | China

Professor of Clarinet at Xinjiang Arts College and the Director of Department of orchestral studies. In 1996 he studied the Clarinet under Prof. Chi, Zhen at the Xi'an Conservatory of Music. In the years 2006 - 2009, he studied under Prof. Ulf Rodenhaueser and Prof. Gerd Stark and graduated with a Diploma (MeisterKlasse) from University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (Hochschule Für Musik und Theater München). As a teacher, his students have won many competetion awards, including admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
He was invited to many conservatories and universities to give lectures and concerts, including Beijing, Xi'an, Xiamen and he has organized many festivals and masterclasses in Xinjiang and China
He is not only a classical musician, but also considerable talent in jazz, his teacher in jazz music, including Evan Tate, Harald Rueschenbaum etc. Volkswagen sponsored his Kammermusik und Jazz Festivals, which have become China’s important Musik event.
Miloslav Tengler| Music school Jan Hanuš | Czech Republic

Miloslav Tengler studied clarinet at the Prague Conservatory where he graduated in 1979. He continued his education in recent years, when he completed an accredited school management study at the Faculty of Education of the Charles University. Since 1980 he has been teaching the young generation, and his pedagogy practice is more than 37 years long. Currently he works at Jan Hanuš Art Basic School as a director and a pedagogue (clarinet, saxophone and recorder). At the same time he is a teacher of woodwinds instruments at the Jaroslav Ježek School for the visually impaired (recorder, clarinet, saxophone, flute). In the past, he was a pedagogue at Jan Deyl Conservatory, a deputy director at the Gymnasium and Music School of the City of Prague, or was a deputy director at Art Basic School Voršilská. As a clarinetist he worked for 15 years in the AUS Symphony Orchestra and in the Czechoslovak State Folk of Songs and Dances.
Miloslav Tengler vystudoval hru na klarinet na pražské konzervatoři, kde take v roce 1979 absolvoval. Se vzděláním pokračoval ještě v posledních letech, kdy dokončil na pedagogické fakultě Univerzity Karlovy akreditované studium školského managementu. Od roku 1980 se věnuje výchově mladé generace, jeho pedagogická praxe tedy čítá 37 let. Momentálně působí na ZUŠ Jana Hanuše jako ředitel a pedagog (klarinet, saxofon a zobcová flétna). Současně je učitelem dechových nástrojů na škole Jaroslava Ježka pro zrakově postižené (zobcová flétna, klarinet, saxofon, příčná flétna). V minulosti byl pedagogem na konzervatoři Jana Deyla, zastával funkci zástupce ředitele na Gymnáziu a hudební škole hlavního města Prahy nebo byl zástupcem ředitele v ZUŠ Voršilská. Jako klarinetista 15 let působil v Symfonickém orchestru AUS a v Československém Státním souboru písní a tanců.

Bassoon

Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir| general manager of Harpa International Music Academy | Iceland
For Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available
Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir
Bassoonist, Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir, holds a Masters Degree from Yale University School of Music and a Certificate Diploma from Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She spent almost seven years in Hong Kong from 1991-1998 as a freelance musician and teacher, including playing with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for a full year, before moving back to her native Iceland. As a freelance bassoonist Kristin plays regularly with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Opera Orchestra, Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra and is active in the local chamber music scene. In 2003 she formed her own chamber group, Hnukatheyr Wind Octet, which has commissioned several new Icelandic works. In 2007 Kristin received a six month stipend from the State of Iceland to perform and record Icelandic music for solo bassoon. In 2009 Kristin premiered Chamber Concerto V by American composer Elliot Schwartz with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Kristín M. Jakobsdóttir has been influential in Icelandic music life, as chairman of the Society of Icelandic Musicians in 2008-2012 and a board member of the Federation of Icelandic Artists in the same years. She has acted as independent project manager and producer for several artistic projects and is now the general manager of Harpa International Music Academy.

Violin

Vadim Mazo| viola and violin | Illinois Wesleyan University | USA
Ameropa artistic director, Violin and Viola, for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available
Vadim Mazo
Vadim Mazo has pursued a career as conductor, soloist and chamber musician. He is professor of violin and viola at Illinois Wesleyan University as well as music director of the University Camerata Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Mazo studied at the Byelorussia State Conservatory in Minsk with Michal Goldstein (disciple of Pyotr Stoliasky) and in the USA with the Fine Arts Quartet. Before immigrating to the United States in 1980, he performed on radio, television, and concert tours in the former Soviet Union with such international artists as O. Kagan, M. Rostropovich, L. Kogan, and M. Shostakovich, among others. Since coming to the USA, Mr. Mazo has held teaching and conducting positions in several music schools in the mid-west, and has continued his career as guest soloist and conductor in Europe and the USA. With the strong belief that music is an international language that crosses all borders, Mr. Mazo founded the AMEROPA Musical Arts Festival in 1993, an organization dedicated to the collaboration of American and European chamber musicians and ensembles. The fact that Mr. Mazo has selected Prague with its central location in Europe and rich musical heritage to be the venue for such projects, greatly enhances the harmony and understanding pervading this unique form of art experience. Vadim Mazo has collaborated with the Suk Chamber Orchestra in the Prague Spring Festival and Virtuosi di Praga.
Vadim Mazo v rámci své kariéry působil jako dirigent, sólista a komorní hudebník. Je profesorem houslí a violy na univerzitě Wesleyan v Illinois a také umělecký vedoucí komorního orchestru Univerzity Camerata. Studoval na Běloruské státní konzervatoři v Minsku s Michalem Goldsteinem (žák Pyotra Stoljaského) a v USA s Fine Art Quartet. Před emigrací do Spojených států v roce 1980 vystoupil v rozhlasu, televizi a v rámci koncertních turné v bývalém Sovětském svazu s mezinárodními umělci jako O. Kagan, M. Rostropovič, L. Kogan a M. Shostakovich. Od svého příchodu do USA působil v několika hudebních školách ve střední a západní Evropě a pokračoval ve své kariéře jako hostující sólista a dirigent v Evropě a USA. S pevným přesvědčením, že hudba je mezinárodním jazykem, který překračuje všechny hranice, založil v roce 1993 AMEROPA Festival hudebních umění, organizaci věnovanou spolupráci amerických a evropských komorních hudebníků a souborů. Skutečnost, že pan Mazo vybral Prahu se svou centrální polohou v Evropě a bohaté hudební dědictví jako místo konání těchto projektů, výrazně rozšiřuje harmonii a porozumění prolínající tuto jedinečnou formu uměleckého zážitku. Vadim Mazo spolupracoval se Sukovým Komorním Orchestrem na festivalu Pražské jaro a také s Virtuosi di Praga.
David Ehrlich| Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia | USA
David Ehrlich
David Ehrlich was raised in Israel, where he studied violin with the famous Ilona Feher. He started concretizing at the age of 8, and soon became the recipient of an annual scholarship awarded by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. While studying in Tel Aviv University he served as concertmaster and soloist with the Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra and toured as guest soloist with other Israeli chamber orchestras.
In 1972 he moved to the United States to study with Shmuel Ashkenasi at Northern Illinois University. In 1975 he became the first non-American to win first prize in the Young Artist Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. This resulted in appearances in concerts and recitals throughout the United States, as well as engagements on radio and television. Mr. Ehrlich served as concertmaster and soloist of the Colorado Festival Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica de Caracas, and for several seasons was acting concertmaster and associate concertmaster, as well as soloist, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1984 he joined the Audubon String Quartet as first violinist, a position he held for 17 years. With the quartet, Mr. Ehrlich toured all over the world, performing on many of the most prestigious series and appearing regularly on radio and television, including WFMT, WQXR, BBC, CBC and NPR. Mr. Ehrlich conducted master classes/lectures at New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Chautauqua-NY, USC, Arizona State University, Tel Aviv University, Ireland, Venezuela, and many others. He has recorded on RCA, Telarc and Centaur labels. In 1993, he and his wife, Teresa, founded the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, a non-profit community music school located in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a member of the violin faculty and conducts the youth chamber orchestra.
Mr. Ehrlich plays on a rare violin by Carlo Bergonzi circa 1735 through the generosity of Virginia Tech University, where he is a Fellow of Fine Arts. Since 2001 David has been Artistic director as well as performer with Musica Viva! Chamber music concert series. He is a founding member of the Avanti Ensemble.
Debbra Wood Schwartz| private studio in Berkeley | USA
Debbra Wood Schwartz
A native of Chicago, Debbra Wood Schwartz was privileged to study at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University with the renowned Morris Gomberg, a student of Leopold Auer, on full-tuition performance scholarships for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. While still an undergraduate student she was invited to join the faculty of that institution, where she became Chair of the String Instrument Department. Her students won such competitions as the solo auditions of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, while still others became teachers and members of some of the major symphonies in the U.S. and abroad. Under her tutelage, her student Tracy Silverman, who has now garnered fame as, among other things, the violinist for whom John Adams wrote his violin concerto Dharma at Big Sur, appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was the first winner since Michael Rabin of the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. While maintaining her teaching studio at the Chicago Musical College, Debbra was an active performer as soloist both in her Chicago community, with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, and in Central America, where she regularly appeared as recitalist. She was a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago under Ralph Shapey, and the Rockefeller Chapel Orchestra. She has recorded with CRI and Windham Hill. In 1979, finding herself in the midst of the vibrant music community of the Oakland East Bay, California, Debbra played in local orchestras and joined boards of several music organizations, forging a consortium through which local youth music programs found strength through cooperation. She was the first Artistic Director of the Crowden Center for Music in the Community. She taught violin and chamber music for the Virtuoso Program at San Domenico School, where she remains an affiliate faculty member and member of the Advisory Board. Debbra maintains her private studio in Berkeley, whereshe has many promising students, some of whom are planning to pursue careers in music. She frequently adjudicates competitions and helps fledgling youth music groups with their organizational structure and helps them find support. In that capacity, she has recently started a beginning strings program at a local church in collaboration with her program, Summer Music Berkeley, and funded by a Yale University Alumni Ventures grant. Stepping out of the East Bay, Debbra has taught at the Bowdoin Summer School of Music in Maine and for several summers in the Kobe, Japan, Music Festival, where she also adjudicated the Osaka International Competition in Violin. Debbra’s daughter Margot is a violinist in the Milwaukee Symphony. Her son Noah is a composer, pianist, and violinist. Michael Morgan, conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the guiding light of much of what goes on here in music education credits Debbra with having a “genius for nurturing the young string player from promising beginner to rapidly developing young artist…Once she has gotten them to that point, they are string players for life.”
Li Kaixiang| Sichuan music institute | China
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Kaixiang Li
Li Kaixiang, Sichuan music institute professor, graduated from Shanghai college of music. The head of the wind & string instrument department of Sichuan conservatory of music, vice President of the violin art research institute. He is a member of Sichuan musician association and is outstanding young and middle-aged expert.
Has won the ministry of culture the 7th "Area Yong Xian excellent music awards", "Higher education teaching achievement prizes" in Sichuan province, the ministry of culture awarded the "Outstanding instructor award" and the Sichuan music institute awarded the title of "Teaching masters with outstanding contribution" of professional honor and special award, etc. In addition, also has won a ministry of culture of the first "National Chinese violin works play the game" won third prize, and all the personal best performance award "the fifth festival", the fourth "autumn of Argo" music festival in Sichuan province to play the first prize, and other major awards.
After years of education career has trained a group of students with high level, they have better success in both domestic and international, in different types of competition awards. In 2001 by the German DAAD funding as a senior visiting scholar to Germany for further study, major in violin and chamber music. Once successively in the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and other countries and Taiwan, Hong Kong carrying out professional lecture, academic exchange and access performance. With domestic and foreign famous composer, conductor, performers and professional music groups extensive cooperation and exchange, by experts from home and abroad colleagues high praise. In 2008 was invited as the Italian international judge. In 2009 the ministry of culture and "wenhua prize - the ninth national youth violin competition" judge.
Li Kaixiang, působí jako profesor v hudebním institutu Sichuan a je také absolventem College of music v Šanghaji. Zastává post vedoucího oddělení dechových a strunných nástrojů na hudební konzervatoři Sichuan a také je víceprezidentem výzkumného ústavu pro housle. Dále působí v hudební asociaci Sichuan. Získal cenu v rámci 7. ročníku “Area Yong Xian excellent music awards”, které zaštiťuje ministerstvo kultury; dále se mu dostalo ocenění v oblasti výuky na vysoké škole v provincii S'-čchuan; také mu byl udělen diplom ministerstvem kultury s názvem “Vynikající lektor” a hudební asociace Sichuan jej ocenila titulem “Pedagog s mimořádným přínosem” atd.
Navíc také získal 3. cenu ministerstva kultury v rámci prvního ročníku “Národní soutěže houslové hry v Číně” a bylo mu uděleno ocenění za nejlepší výkon v rámci 5. ročníku festivalu. V rámci 4. ročníku hudebního festivalu “Podzim Arga” v provincii Schuan získal 1. cenu, atd.
Po několika letech pedagogické praxe se může pyšnit úspěchy v podobě vynikajících studentů a výborných hráčů, kteří získávají ceny na soutěžích – a to jak v národním, tak i v mezinárodním měřítku. V roce 2001 získal finanční stipendium od německého DAADu a pokračoval ve svých vysokoškolských studiích sólové i komorní hry na housle. Kvůli svým pracovním a také studijním cestám navštívil velké množství zajímavých destinací – byl Spojených státech, Kanadě, Německu, Itálii, Japonsku, Thajsku, Singapuru, Tchaj-wanu a Hongkongu.
Díky své práci si rozšiřuje obzory prostřednictvím spolupráce s domácími i zahraničními slavnými dirigenty, skladateli, umělci, profesionálními hudebníků i tělesy. Roku 2008 byl pozván do Itálie jako člen poroty na soutěži a roku 2009 byl porotcem v rámci 9. mezinárodní soutěže “Wenhua prize” jako porotce.
Ada Slivanská| solo and chamber activities | Quartetto con flauto | Czech Republic
Ameropa executive director, for Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available
Ada Slivanská
Ada Slivanská is a graduate of Prague’s Conservatoire where she studied violin and composition, and of the Charles University School of Liberal Arts where she read musicology. Even during her studies she established a chamber ensemble named Quartetto con flauto with which she has cut four compact discs and has appeared on many domestic and foreign stages (Spain, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Italy, USA, Japan). Following her graduation and a one year stint with the Central Bohemia Symphonic Orchestra at Poděbrady she joined the Czech Radio Symphonic Orchestra with which she remained until 1999 and several years she was member of Prague’s State Opera Orchestra.
Since 1989 she has also been pursuing managerial and production activities. This is why at present – apart from performing as solo and chamber orchestra player, she was associate pedagogue and adviser conductor of the International Madrid’s Boccherini Festival 2005, Moz-artissimo 2006 and 2007 “ChamberArt” and is also manager of several soloists and chamber ensembles.
Ada Slivanská is executive director of the Ameropa International Music Festival and Chamber Courses and the co-organizer of the The Prague Horn International Music Festival, Podblanický hudební podzim in which she also participates as performer. 2007 - 2012 she was artistic director of "Terezin International Music Centre" (TIMUC) in Czech Republic. Thanks to her wide range organizational experience she distinctly contributed to the forming of the Camerata filarmonica Bohemia chamber orchestra and presently she works as orchestra manager since its founding in 2002.

Ada Slivanská je absolventkou konzervatoře v Praze, obory housle (Břetislav Ludvík) a kompozice (J. Zd. Bartoš). Řadu let studovala hru na housle u prof. Marie Hlouňové. Na filosofické fakultě Karlovy university absolvovala v roce 1986 hudební vědu rozsáhlou dvousvazkovou prací "SOČR v době působení Aloise Klímy, 1951 - 1971". Po roce působení ve Středočeském symfonickém orchestru v Poděbradech byla angažována v Symfonickém orchestru Československého rozhlasu, který opustila po 20 letech z důvodu jiných aktivit a to především angažovanosti v sólové a komorní hře a hudebně-manažerské činnosti. V letech 2004 – 2009 byla členkou orchestru Státní opery Praha. Je zakladatelkou komorního souboru Quartetto con flauto. S tímto souborem natočila 4 CD a řadu nahrávek pro rozhlas a televizi. Komorní hudbě se věnuje mnoho let. Působí pravidelně v České republice a je zvána i na mezinárodní festivaly. Koncertovala a vedla komorní soubory, které vystupovaly na mezinárodních festivalech v Madridu – Boccherini festival 2005, MozArtissimo 2006 (koncerty se konaly mj. v Escorialu, Pardu, Aranjuez) a na koncertech mezinárodních kurzů komorní hudby Ameropa, kde od roku 1998 zastává funkci výkonné ředitelky. Ve společnosti Bohemia Music se věnovala produkční činnosti v letech 1990 – 1992, v letech 1992 – 1993 zastupovala koncertní agenturu JCH Jakub Chalupa Art Agency. V letech 2006 – 2012 byla uměleckou ředitelkou "Terezin International Music Centre" (TIMUC). Od roku 1997 spoluorganizovala i umělecky působila v rámci mezinárodního festivalu Prague Horn - Lesní roh Praha. Tento festival se stal později součástí Mezinárodního festivalu Praha, klasika.. kde jako ředitelka obecně prospěšné společnosti působí dodnes. Byla členkou a manažerkou Talichova komorního orchestru (1993 – 2000), Českého komorního orchestru (2000 – 2006), od roku 2005 orchestru Camerata filarmonica Bohemia, se kterým vystupovala i jako sólistka. Při manažerské práci produkovala CD, zajišťovala koncerty včetně vlastních abonentních řad uvedených těles. Sólově dále hrála se Západočeskou filharmonií Mariánské Lázně a Bendovým komorním orchestrem. Od roku 2004 spolupracuje organizačně i umělecky na festivalu Podblanický hudební podzim, kde je odborným poradcem festivalu.
Petr Bernášek| Nostitz quartet | Czech Republic
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Petr Bernášek
During his violin studies at the Prague Conservatoire, Czech Republic, in the classes of Professors František Anděl and František Pospíšil, Petr Bernášek participated in the Academy of Y. Menuhin in Switzerland under Professor Alberto Lysy. In the years 1992-1996 he continued with his studies at the Academy of Music in Prague, Czech Republic, in the violin class of Professor Jiří Tomášek and in the chamber music class of Václav Bernášek. During his university studies he participated in a four-month study at CNSMDP in Paris, France, with Professors Jacques Ghestem and Joseph Golan. Under the guidance of the members of the Alban Berg Quartet, he continued to study chamber music together with the M. Nostitz Quartet in Vienna, Austria, in the years 1996-1998. Petr Bernášek is a founder member of the M.Nostitz Quartet, which participated in the International Chamber Music Masterclasses in Semering, Austria, under the Amadeus, Bartok, and Alban Berg Quartets. As a student, Petr Bernášek won the Third Prize in the Competition of Beethoven´s Hradec, Czech Republic, and together with the pianist Petr Jiříkovský he was a finalist in the International Sonata Competition "Vierzon" in France. With the M. Nostitz Quartet he won the Second Prize and the Prize of Bohuslav Martinů in the International Competition of Prague Spring and in the year 1997 the ensemble won the International Competition in Cremona, Italy. Since 1995 Petr Bernášek has been tutoring regularly at the International Chamber Music Courses "La Pellegrina" in Bechyně and České Budějovice, Czech Republic. In the years 2006-2012 he taught violin at the Conservatoire in Teplice, Czech Republic, and since the year 2011 he has been teaching at the Music School of Jan Hanuš in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 1994 Petr Bernášek has been a primarius of the M. Nostitz Quartet.
Během svých studií houslí na Pražské konzervatoři v České republice působil Petr Bernášek ve třídách profesorů Františka Anděla a František Pospíšila a ve Švýcarsku pak studoval Akademii Y. Menuhina pod vedením profesora Alberta Lysyma. V letech 1992-1996 pokračoval ve studiu na Akademii múzických umění v Praze v houslové třídě profesora Jiřího Tomáška a ve třídě komorní hudby Václava Bernáška. Během vysokoškolského studia absolvoval čtyři měsíce trvající stáž na CNSMDP v Paříži ve Francii s profesory Jacquesem Ghestemem a Josephem Golanem. Pod vedením členů Alban Berg Quartetu pokračoval ve studiu komorní hudby spolu s kvartetem M. Nostitze ve Vídni v Rakousku v letech 1996-1998. Petr Bernášek je zakládajícím členem kvartetu M. Nostitze, který se účastnil mistrovských kurzů mezinárodní komorní hudby v Semeringu v Rakousku pod kvartety Amadeus, Bartok a Alban Berg. Již jako student získal Petr Bernášek třetí cenu v soutěži Beethovenova Hradce v České republice a společně s klavíristou Petrem Jiříkovským byl finalistou International Sonata Comepetition "Vierzon" ve Francii. S kvartetem M. Nostitze získal druhou cenu a Cenu Bohuslava Martinů v Mezinárodní soutěži Pražského jara a v roce 1997 zvítězil v Mezinárodní soutěži v italské Cremoně. Od roku 1995 pravidelně vyučoval na Mezinárodních komorních hudebních kurzech "La Pellegrina" v Bechyni a Českých Budějovicích. V letech 2006-2012 vyučoval hru housle na konzervatoři v Teplicích v České republice a od roku 2011 působí jako pedagog na Základní umělecké škole Jan Hanuše v Praze. Petr Bernášek je od roku 1994 primáriem kvartetu M. Nostitze.
Monique Mead| Carnegie Mellon School of Music | Soloist | USA
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Monique Mead
A passionate ambassador of classical music, Monique Mead engages audiences of all ages by creating musical experiences that offer meaning and connection. Mentored by Leonard Bernstein, she pioneered her interactive performance concepts beginning in 1997 with major orchestras in Europe and the United States, and reaching wide popularity via radio and television broadcasts. Collaborators include the Munich Radio Orchestra, RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin, Mexico State Symphony, Cologne Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and San Diego Symphony, among others.
In addition to her performing career, Monique has been teaching violin since the age of 21, when she became Director of the Indianapolis String Academy. She also teaches at the Preparatory School at Carnegie Mellon University. Her students include competition winners and concertmasters of top youth orchestras. She serves as a Teaching Artist for numerous chamber music festivals including Mainly Mozart and Orcas Island, and will be teaching at youth festivals in Bavaria and Prague this summer.
In 2012 Monique developed a music entrepreneurship program at Carnegie Mellon School of Music to support aspiring musicians in developing innovative career paths. As Assistant Teaching Professor, she leads project-oriented courses in audience engagement, stage presence, mental training, public speaking, and audience development. She also serves as Board Chair of Chamber Music Pittsburgh, an organization that presents world-class chamber music at Carnegie Music Hall.
Monique especially enjoys traveling and performing chamber music with her children, Isabel and Tino on harp and piano. She is also a lover of nature, yoga, and home-grown cuisine.
Qing Yanyan| Sichuan Conservatory of Music | China
Sabrina Qing
Qing Yanyan, violin teacher in the Department of Orchestra in Sichuan Conservatory of Music; researcher of Sichuan Conservatory of Music Violin Art Research Institute; member of CMS. Qing started learning violin from an early age ; won prizes in lots of competitions and gained violin performance master degree in Sichuan Conservatory of Music.Qing has been awarded as excellent guidence teacher several times by domestic and international violin competition organizing committees,such as Hongkong International String Competition,Chengdu Outstanding Artistic Talent Contest,China-Singapore Art Contest,China-Korea Youth Art Contest,China the Youthful Talent Selection Contest and so on.The students of Qing also won first prizes in all kinds of domestic and foreign competitions.

Viola

Věra Binarová| Chamber musician | Czech Republic
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Věra Binarová
Věra Binarová studied at the Conservatory in Pardubice and Academy of Music in Prague. She continued her studies in music at the School of Music in Vienna (Hochschule für Muzik) and through private lessons with Prof. Marie Hlounová. As part of her education, she attended interpretation courses (Germany, Austria) and played in the orchestra of the Yehudi Manuhin Foundation (France 1991-92).
In 1994-2010, she was a solo violist at the Talich Chamber Orchestra where she performed in concerts in many European countries and Japan, and also participated in multiple CD recordings. Věra Binarová is also an active chamber musician. In 1998-2002, she was a member of the Jupiter string quartet and currently cooperates with the Capella Sancta Caecilia (Art Manager Ivan Ženatý). She is often asked to perform in chamber concerts as a chamber partner. Her first solo performance was in 1996 at a festival concert in Wiesbaden, Germany. Besides regularly performing solo with the Talich Chamber Orchestra, she cooperates with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Pilsner Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of Western Bohemia in Marianské Lázně, Philharmony of Košice (Slovakia) and Sant Gellert Festival Orchestra (Hungary). She also collaborates with well-known violists including Jan Talich and Shizuka Ishikava. She records for Czech Radio and performed in the Cycle of Chamber Concerts for the Czech Philharmonic at the Bohemia Magica Festival (France 2002), Sarajevos winter (2005) and the International music festival in Český Krumlov 2011.
Since 2006, she has been periodically performing with the Salzburg Chamber Philharmony. Her repertoire covers all the major works of the viola as well as works of contemporary Czech composers such as J. Filas, O. Mácha, A. Skoumal, J. Teml, L. Sluka. Besides all of her performance responsibilities, Věra Binarová has maintained a healthy viola studio and truly enjoys teaching. Since 2014, she has been a member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK.
Věra Binarová vystudovala Konzervatoř v Pardubicích (prof. Miloslav Nečesaný) pokračovala ve studiu na Akademii múzických umění v Praze u prof. Jaroslava Motlíka. Své hudební vzdělání si rozšířila na vysoké škole ve Vídni (Hochschule für Muzik) u prof. Siegfieda Fühlingera (člen souboru „Wiener Streich Sextet“) a soukromým studiem u prof. Marie Hlouňové. Během studia se zúčastnila interpretačních kurzů v německém Iserlohnu, rakouském Attergau a působila v orchestru Nadace Yehudi Menuhina (Francie 1991, 1992).
Od roku 1994 do roku 2011 byla solo violistkou Talichova komorního orchestru, se kterým koncertovala v mnoha evropských zemích a v Japonsku a podílela se na nahrávání CD. Věra Binarová je rovněž vyhledávanou komorní hráčkou. V letech 1998 – 2002 byla členkou smyčcového kvarteta JUPITER, se kterým natočila CD se skladbami českých skladatelů (O. Mácha, L. Fišer, S. Bodorová, Zd. Lukáš), pravidelně spolupracovala s komorním souborem Capella Sancta Caecilia (um. ved. Ivan Ženatý).
Svoje sólové působení v zahraničí zahájila koncertem na festivalu v německém Wiesbadenu v roce 1996. Vedle pravidelného vystupování s TKO spolupracuje se Symfonickým orchestrem Českého rozhlasu, Západočeským symfonickým orchestrem Mariánské Lázně, Českým národním symfonickým orchestrem,Státní filharmonie Košice(SK),Jihočeská komorní filharmonie, Karlovarský symfonický orchestr a další... Spolupracovala také s významnými houslisty, jako např. Jan Talich ml., Shizuka Ishikava, nahrávala pro Český rozhlas, vystupovala v Cyklu komorních koncertů České filharmonie, na festivalu v Českém Krumlově,na festivalu Bohemia Magica (Francie 2002) a v dalších evropských zemích( Německo, Madarsko, Slovensko, Finsko...) Festival „Sarajevská zima“ 2005 ( Bosna a Hercegovina).
Od roku 2006 pravidelně působila v Salzburgské komorní filharmonii a v roce 2007 spolu s kytaristkou Miriam Rodriguez Brüllovou založila kvintet Corde Armoniche. Její repertoár zahrnuje stěžejní díla violové literatury i díla soudobých českých skladatelů (J. Filas, O. Mácha, A. Skoumal, J. Teml, L. Sluka).
Od roku 2014 je členkou Symfonického orchestru hl. města Prahy FOK. V poslední době se také velmi intenzivně věnuje pedagogické činnosti na ZUŠ I. Hurníka v Praze a pravidelně vyučuje na Mezinárodních hudebních kurzech Ameropa.
Nancy Buck| Arizona State University | USA
Nancy Buck
Violist Nancy Buck is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively. Currently, she is on the faculty at Arizona State University, where she teaches applied viola and coordinates the string chamber music program. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU, Ms. Buck taught for eight years at Bowling Green State University, where she served as the Assistant Chair for the Department of Music Performance Studies and was a member of the Bowling Green String Quartet and the Toledo Symphony.
In Arizona, Ms. Buck performs regularly with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Bach Festival and the Arizona MusicFest Festival Orchestra. She has traveled the world as an artistic collaborator and artist teacher, touring France, Germany, Italy, and, this summer, in Korea. Ms. Buck is consistently acclaimed for her extraordinarily insightful studio teaching and is frequently cited for her outstanding musicianship skills in chamber music coaching. She has adjudicated for the Primrose International Viola Competition and the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competitions.
Ms. Buck presents lectures, performances and master classes throughout the country. Each year, she is invited to present for the American String Teachers Association National Conference and for the American Viola Society. In 2008, Ms. Buck served as Host Chair and Artistic Director of the 36th International Viola Congress, held at Arizona State University, coordinating a vast array of concert events and presentations by leading performers and pedagogues in the field.
Jiří Poslední| Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Czech Philharmonic Quartet | Czech Republic
Jiří Poslední
Jiří Poslední (born in Prague) studied viola at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Professor J. Zíka (member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) and graduated in 1987. During his studies he had already very strong affection for chamber music, which he studied under the guidance of Professors Viktor Moučka and Josef Vlach, members of the famous Vlach Quartet. In the years 1989-1997 he was a member of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1997 has been a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Jiří Poslední has performed both in the Czech Republic and around the world as an orchestra player, as well as a chamber musician. For several years, he was a member of the Johannesberg Quartet and Joseph Trio. He is a member of the Czech Philharmonic Quartet, founded in 2000 under the name Philharmonic Quartet Prague; the latter, presented by the London agency Connaught Artists Management, performed with a great success in many European countries.

Violoncello

Miroslav Petráš| Academy of Music of Music, Conservatory of Music | Prague trio, Piano quartet Bohuslav Martinů | CR
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Miroslav Petráš
Professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, a pupil of Saša Večtomov, is a laureate of the international competition Prague Spring and winner of the national Beethoven Competition in Hradec nad Moravicí, and others. He has presented concerts in most European countries, but also in North and South America, Japan and Taiwan. He became concert master of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, with which entity he played solo parts at many concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad. His characteristic interpretation of concertos by Dvorak and Saint-Saens are also recorded on CDs. His compact discs featuring sonatas by Z. Kodaly op. 8, and R. Strauss op. 6, bear out his excellence. Miroslav Petras also teaches at Prague Conservatoire and is a member of juries of many music competitions. He is member of the Czech Trio and Martinu Piano Quartet.
Pan Yan| Shanghai conservatory | China
Pan Yan
Pan Yan started learning cello at 9-year old and has been a pupil of Prof. Jiwu Li since age 13. He was a prize winner at numerous competitions. In 2008, Pan has joined the Nibbana Trio and awarded the first prize at the Asian Pacific Chamber Music Competition held in Melbourne in 2009. In 2010, he was awarded the 2nd prize in China National Cello Competition (none 1st prize); became a Robert H.W.Ho Family Foundation Orchestral Fellow of the HongKong Philharmonic Orchestra from 2010 to 2012. He studied in Ithaca college and Indiana university Jacob school of music and finished his master degree and Performer’s diploma from 2012 to 2015. Pan is a current faculty member of chamber music coach in Shanghai conservatory.
Peter Mišejka

Harp

Kateřina Englichová| solo harpist | Czech Republic
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Kateřina Englichová
One of the most sought after harpists of her generation, Katerina Englichova performs all over Europe, North America, Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand. She has collaborated with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovitch, Joseph Suk, Gerard Causee, Cynthia Phelps, Michel Lethiec, and Robert Stallman, and with many ensembles, including the Prazak Quartet, the Wihan Quartet and the Martinu Quartet. She has performed at numerous international festivals such as Tanglewood and the Tucson Music Festival in the USA, Music by the Red Sea in Israel, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian and Festival d’Ile de France, and in the Czech Republic at Prague Spring, Prague Autumn, and Festival B. Martinu.
Ms. Englichova made her American recital debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York in 1998. Other distinguished venues where she has played include the Beethoven Saal in Bonn, Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, Auditorio Nacional de Musica de Madrid, and the Rudolfinum in Prague. She has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Philharmonia, the Czech National Symphony, the Brno State Philharmonic, the Moravian Philharmonic of Olomouc, the Talich Chamber Orchestra, the Suk Chamber Orchestra and others. She has been heard as a soloist or chamber musician on more than 25 discs with labels such as Supraphon, Harmonia Mundi, Discover International, and New World Records, and most recently, for the Japanese label Exton (September 2003) and Arco Diva (October 2004).
Katerina Englichova won the Pro Musicis International Award in 1995, 1st prize in the Torneo International Competition in Italy in 2000, Prague Radio Broadcast Competition 1997,Concerto Soloists 1994, Vienna Music Competition 1998, E.Herbert-Hobin Harp Competition, 1992,1993 and the Laureate Prize of the Chamber Music Society of the Czech Philharmonic in 2001. She studied at the Prague Conservatoire and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia,(she is a Fulbright recipient), and has given masterclasses in the USA, Hong Kong and Italy.
Ms. Englichova’s website address iswww.englichova.cz

Piano

Teresa Ehrlich| Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia | USA
Teresa Ehrlich
Teresa Ehrlich began her musical training at the age of four. Born and raised in the Midwest, she received her master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University as a student of Donald Walker. She has also worked with teachers Gyorgy Sebok, Menachem Pressler , and Leon Fleisher. She has received critical acclaim throughout the United States, Israel and South America, where she has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras including the Sinfoica de Maracaibo and the Filarmonica de Caracas in Venezuela.
In addition to her solo and orchestral engagements, she is active as a chamber musician and has performed as a guest artist with the Audubon, Vermeer, Cassatt, and Vanbrugh quartets. Teresa has been a participant in the Banff Festival in Canada, Yale Chamber Music Festival, Music at Gretna Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, Chautauqua Festival in New York, and the Sanibel Island Festival. She has performed on live broadcasts for radio station WFMT in Chicago and has been heard on National Public Radio.
In 1993, she and her husband, David, co-founded a non-profit community music school in Blacksburg, Virginia, named the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia. Teresa is Executive Director of the school and a member of the faculty, teaching piano and chamber music. Her students have won top prizes in national and international competitions. She is a member of the Avanti Ensemble, which performs thoughout Virginia, and performs annually in the Red Rocks Music Festival in Arizona.
Libor Nováček| soloist | conservatory of Prague | Czech Republic
Ameropa Solo Masterclasses only
Libor Nováček
Internationally recognised for his interpretations of Liszt, Brahms and Janacek, Libor Novacek’s playing has been compared with that of the great masters such as Brendel, Kempff and Arrau. He is said to possess ‘exceptional poetic verve and inwardness’ and his recordings are said to have ‘set new benchmarks’ and offer ‘compellingly beautiful and narrative performances’.
Libor enjoys a long-term recording contract with Landor Records (UK). He released two CDs in 2006 to outstanding reviews in the classical music press including BBC Music Magazine, International Record Review,Pianonews and others.
The CD featuring Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage – Italie and Mephisto Waltzwas Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine, and in October 2007 was awarded the ‚Diplôme d’Honneur‘ by Liszt Society in Budapest.
His third recording of music by Brahms marked him as an ‘artist of vision and phenomenal sound control, offering readings of radiant sensitivity’. It was highly praised in the Guardian, Gramophone andInternational Record Review and was selected as the BBC Magazine’s ‘Instrumental Choice’ in August 2008.
Libor’s latest CD, released in October 2009 and again featuring works by Liszt (Années de Pèlerinage- Suisse and Consolations), continues to receive the greatest critical acclaim, including 5 stars in the Guardian, International Record Review and Pianonews, amongst others.
His concerts and tours have taken him to major festivals and venues worldwide: these include regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican in London, and Brighton, 3 Choirs and Mostly Mozart Festivals. He has also played in the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, India, South Africa and most of the European Union.
Libor works regularly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the Prague Philharmonia, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, English Sinfonia, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also recorded for RAI, BBC Radio 3 and Czech Radio. Recent engagements have included performances throughout Europe, including a European tour celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Franz Liszt.
Future engagements this season include performances throughout UK and Spain, concert tours in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Channel Islands, and recitals in Italy, Germany and Holland. He will also continue to perform with the Carducci Quartet and give Master Classes in Spain, South Africa and Czech Republic, and will feature in Lofoten Piano Festival in Norway together with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Boris Berezovsky and Nelson Freire. In December 2012 he will return to perform in the Dvorak Hall at Prague Rudolfinum during the World Piano Music Series.
Libor Nováček se narodil v Praze v České republice a jeho studium klavíru započalo na konzervatoři v Teplicích. V roce 1998 získal plné stipendium na Guildhall School of Music & Drama v Londýně, kde promoval a získal titul MMus a „fellowship“. Studoval u prof. Joana Havilla a absolvoval mistrovské kurzy s Lazarem Bermanem, Murrayem Perahiem, Johnem Perrym, Jeanem Efflamem Bavouzethem, Dmitrijem Bashkirovem, Dominiquem Merlethem a dalšími. Během studia v Londýně získal řadu národních a mezinárodních ocenění a také několik významných stipendií.
Pro interpretaci Liszta, Brahmse a Janáčka je mezinárodně uznávaným klavírním virtuózem. Klavírní hra Libora Nováčka má „výjimečný poetický přízvuk” a o jeho nahrávkách (Landor Records, UK) se říká, že „stanovily nová měřítka“ a nabízejí „působivě krásnou a výpravnou interpretaci”.
Jeho čtyři CD nahrávky doposud získaly vynikající recenze v klasickém hudebním tisku: Liszt's Années de Pèlerinage - Italie a Mephisto Waltz, byly volbou editora v časopise Gramophone Magazine a také získaly ocenění „Diplôme d'Honneur” od Společnosti Ferenze Liszta v Budapešti. Díky nahrávkám skladeb J. Brahmse byla jeho interpretace označena jako „umělecké a fenomenální ovládání zvuku, jež čítá hlubokou citlivost”. Nahrávka byla vysoce oceněna v periodikách Guardian, Gramophone a International Record Review a také byla vybrána jako instrumentální volba BBC Magazine v srpnu 2008. Nejnovější CD Libora Nováčka s díly F. Liszta (Années de Pèlerinage-Suisse and Consolations) získalo snad největší kritický ohlas, včetně 5ti hvězdiček v Guardian, International Record Review, Gramophone a Pianonews.
Libor Nováček je vyhledávaným sólovým i komorním hráčem a zakládajícím členem Pražského klavírního tria. Také lektoruje a podílí se na mistrovských kurzech. Jako klavírista vystupoval na významných mezinárodních koncertních pódiích (Barbican Center, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall v Londýně, Rudolfinum v Praze, Hamburger Musikhalle, Teatro Colón v Buenos Aires, Kennedy Center ve Washingtonu DC) a na festivalech v USA, Argentině, Brazílii, Jižní Africe, Indii, Španělsku, Německu, Itálii, Francii, České republice a dalších.
V současné době je Libor Nováček hostujícím profesorem klavíru na Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst v rakouském Grazu a profesorem klavíru a komorní hudby na Pražské konzervatoři.
Monika Pecikiewiczová| Quartetto con flauto | Czech Republic
Ameropa Solo Masterclasses only
Monika Pecikiewiczová
Monika Pecikiewiczova studied at the Prague Conservatory under Prof. Vladimir Topinka and the harpsichord under Prof. Jaroslav Přikryl. From the beginning of her studies, she took part in a number of international competitions, being especially successful at the international competition "Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte", where she was awarded a third and a second prize.
She has devoted a lot of her time to pedagogical work ever since she graduated.Presently is teaching at the Music School Šimáčkova in Prague 7, and is well acclaimed like accompanist. Since 2010 is she attending seminars devoted piano methodology and interpretation (Brno Conservatory), and in the methodological center of AMU in Prague program of lifelong learning course in music pedagogy, psychology and methodology piano (2006 - 2009).
She is very actively involved in concert making, not only as an accompanist for soloists, the renowned international boy’s choirPueri gaudentes(over seven years), but also as a member of a piano duo (records for Czech Radio). Since 2000 she is a member of theQuartetto con flauto. With this ensemble she made lot of concerts in the Czech Republic, but also abroad (USA, Japan, Spain, Poland, etc.), as well as recordings for radio and CDs.
Jana Chaudhuri| soloist | International Conservatory of Prague | Czech Republic
Jana Chaudhuri
Jana Chaudhuri ranks among the most outstanding talents of the next generation of pianists. Already during her studies at the Conservatory of Ceske Budejovice (under MgA. Marie Simkova Kotrcova) and her higher studies at the Janacek Academy in Brno (with Prof. Alena Vlasakova), she drew great attention as a result of critically acclaimed concert performances as well as honours and awards in both national and international piano competitions. The Czech National Foundation of Music placed her in their prestigious Roster of Young Artists and she has also repeatedly been awarded the title of Talent of South Bohemia.
She has performed in numerous concerts all over the Czech Republic as well as Europe for example, England, Italy, Portugal, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Belgium etc and, China and North America. In fact she was the first Czech woman to have had public concerts in India as well. On the request of the Indian Ambassador in Prague, Jana Chaudhuri presented special concerts on the occasion of the birth anniversaries of the great Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore as well as Swami Vivekananda. She also began a unique project with Bharatnatyam dancer Rasabihari in which two dramatically different worlds of art meet and communicate – Indian Classical dance and European Classical music. She performed in the Rudolf Firkusny Festival of classical music to honor the great Czech pianist as well as his music which was also the first concert in the Art Deco Tugendhat villa in Brno.
She won 1st Prize in a string of national and international piano competitions for example, absolute winner in the International Smetana Piano Competition in Plzen in 2006, in addition to the Czech Radio award. First Prize and the Joseph Seidler Prize in the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust Competition in London, 2004 as well as First Prize in the International Forum for Young pianists in Portugal in 2009. Absolute winner in the Pro Bohemia Competition in 2002, Ostrava. 1st Prize in the Gradus ad Parnassum Competition in Lithuania in 2001 and 1st Prize in the International Novak Piano Competition, 2010 in Kamenice nad Lipou. She is also the recipient of a Yamaha scholarship in 2008. 2nd Prize in the Mozart Competition in Rome, 2008 and was awarded the Special Prize for the best interpretation of Janacek's composition in the Janacek Competition in 2008.
She has also been a laureate in various competitions such as Virtuosi per Musica di Pianoforte, The International Piano Competition of Kosice, The Mozart Competition Amadeus, Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf Competition, the National Music Schools Awards, Inter-Conservatory competitions as well as 5-time winner of the Prague Junior Note competition. She has participated in master-courses under famed names such as I. Cernecka, W. Groppenberger, E. Indjic, P. Jasmin, J. Jirasky, A. Kouyoumdjian, C. Moniuszko, V. Nosina, E. Solar-Kindermann, V. Svihliková, P. Toperczer, A. Zenziper etc.
Apart from her solo career, she also devotes time to chamber music and regular appearances as a soloist with symphony orchestras for example, the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, South Czech Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of Trebon etc.
She is married to Indian conductor Debashish Chaudhuri with whom she has performed in several successful concerts both on the national and international stage. Her father is a singer for over 30 years in the South Bohemian Opera and her brother-in-law Raj Chaudhuri is a successful painter based in Denver, USA. She is also a Professor of Piano at the International Conservatory of Prague.
Yuri Ananiev| piano | professor of piano in the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska | Spain
Piano collaboration for Solo Masterclass and faculty for Chamber courses
Yuri Ananiev
Born in Kaunas (Lithuania), studied music in Batumi (Georgia) with Tamara Lilienbach and later in Russia, at the Glinka Superior Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod with Isaac Kats. Has received master-classes of Dimitri Bashkirov, Eliso Virsaladze and Yacob Milstein at the Tchaikovsky Superior Conservatoire of Moscow. Expanded his post graduate studies specializing in Chamber music with Alexandr Benditsky. Diplomated in the Festival of music of the Caucasus countries (Georgia). He is also a Doctor in philosophy. He has been Professor of Piano and Vice-Rector of research in art and international relations at the Glinka Superior Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod, in addition to Professor Titular of history of culture at the University of architecture of this city.
It has extensive professional, educational and artistic experience: pianist accompanist of the strings and flute at the Glinka Superior Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod, soloist and accompanist in the State Philharmonic Society of this city, piano accompanist of Men Chamber Choir and in the Opera Studio. He has formed duo for piano and clarinet (saxophone) on numerous occasions, performing almost all the existing repertoire. Also, has acted as soloist and accompanist in different programs of Russian television, including directing the program "Sources" about amateur singers in the TV channel of Nizhny Novgorod. He is the author of three books and many articles on world culture, in addition to the theatrical critic. Among the numerous tours there are made by Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekia, Turkmenia, Cyprus, France, Italy and Spain, country in which resides since 1997. Between 1998 and 2000 he gives summer master-classes in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cadiz, Spain) within the International Festival of music "In the Banks of the Guadalquivir," an in 2009-2014 master classes in Fafe (Portugal) and in 2013 and 2016 master-classes in Samara (Russia) within the International Festival of music “Savely Orlov. Thus, form part of the trio "Adagio" (soprano, baritone and piano), that participated in 1999 in the Festival International of music "Castle of San Marcos" in Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz), and in the 2001 on the World Biennale of Architecture (Venice).
The summers of 2007 and 2008 he has performed world premieres of Concerts for Piano and Orchestra by Juan Gomez Espinosa (dedicated to Yuri Ananiev) with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). Each year he’s giving lectures and master-classes in the summer courses organized by Katarina Gurska in Segovia, La Granja and Madrid (Spain). He has recordings with violinists Yulia Iglinova and Lorena Ubis for TV of Spain, and CD with the cuban singer Kirenia Corzo. He is currently Professor of piano in the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska. His students are winners of national competitions (San Sebastián, Segovia, Gerona, Madrid, Ibiza, Mallorca) and international (Russia, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Georgia).
Yuri Ananiev se narodil v Kaunasu v Litvě. Hudbu studoval nejprve v Batumi (Gruzie) pod vedením Tamary Lilienbachové a poté pokračoval v Rusku na Glinkově konzervatoři v Nižním Novgorodu s Isaacem Katsem. Později se dostal do mistrovské třídy Dimitriho Baškirova, Elise Višaladze a Yacoba Milsteina na prestižní konzervatoři Čajkovského v Moskvě. Dále absolvoval postgraduální studium se specializací na komorní hudbu s Alexandrem Benditskym – diplomovaný byl na Festivalu hudby zemí Kavkazu v Gruzii. Je také doktorem filozofie. Na Glinkově konzervatoři v Nižním Novgorodu působí jako profesor klavíru a také prorektor pro umění a mezinárodní vztahy. V neposlední řadě se pyšní titulem profesora dějin kultury na univerzitě architektury v Nižním Novgorodu.
Má bohaté odborné, pedagogické a umělecké zkušenosti: zajišťoval doprovody pro oddělení fléten a smyčcových nástrojů na Glinkově konzervatoři v Nižním Novgorodu, působil jako sólista i korepetitor ve Státním filharmonickém sdružení stejnojmenného města a také zajistil klavírní doprovod Mužského komorního sboru a Operního studia při konzervatoři. K mnoha příležitostem sestavil duo pro klavír a klarinet (saxofon) a interpretoval téměř všechen existující repertoár. Dále působil jako sólista a korepetitor v různých programech ruské televize, včetně režie programu "Zdroje" o amatérských zpěvácích v Nižním Novgorodě. Je autorem tří knih a mnoha článků o světové kultuře. Také je divadelním kritikem. Od roku 1997 za účelem hudebních vystoupení a pracovních cest navštívil mnoho destinací: Gruzii, Rusko, Ukrajinu, Uzbekistán, Turkmenistán, Kypr, Francii, Itálii a Španělsko. V letech 1998 a 2000 se účastnil letních mistrovských kurzů v Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cadiz, Španělsko) v rámci Mezinárodního festivalu hudby „In the Banks of the Guadalquivir”. V rozmezí 2009 - 2014 se podílel na mistrovských kurzech v Fafe (Portugalsko) a v letech 2013 a 2016 spolupracoval na mistrovských kurzech v Samaru (Rusko) v rámci Mezinárodního festivalu hudby „Savely Orlov“. Také je součástí tria „Adagio“ (soprán, baryton a klavír), které se v roce 1999 zúčastnilo Mezinárodního festivalu hudby “Castle of San Marcos” v Puertu de Santa Maria (Cadiz). V roce 2001 se zúčastnil Světového bienále architektury (Benátky). V letních obdobích let 2007 a 2008 uvedl světovou premiéru Koncertů pro klavír a orchestr Juana Gomeza Espinosy (skladby byly věnovány Juriji Ananievovi) se Státní filharmonií Nižního Novgorodu (Rusko). Každoročně lektoruje a vede mistrovské letní kurzy organizované Katarinou Gurskou v Segovii, La Granje a v Madridu ve Španělsku. S houlistkami Julií Iglinovou a Lorenou Ubisovou vznikly nahrávky pro TV ve Španěsku a také vydal také CD s kubánskou zpěvačkou Kirenií Corzo. V současné době je profesorem klavíru v Centro Superior Katarina Gurska. Jeho studenti jsou vítězi národních soutěží (San Sebastián, Segovia, Gerona, Madrid, Ibiza, Mallorca) a mezinárodních soutěží (Rusko, Řecko, Itálie, Španělsko, Francie, Německo, Kanada, Gruzie).
Eva Yulin Shen| soloist, chamber musician | Taiwan
For Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available
Eva Yulin Shen
An exceptional pianist, Eva possesses tremendous charisma, steely technique, keen musical intelligence and distinct performance style. She has the abilities to perceive the meaning of the music and to illustrate each note with her own interpretation. Her perception also enables the audience to better understand the essence of the music she performs.
Making her concerto debut playing Tchaikovsky first piano concerto with National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2001 under the Hungarian conductor Tamás Gál, Eva remains a sought after and active soloist and chamber musician touring the major cities of France, Germany, Canada, Austria, Spain, Macao and Taiwan. Eva has appeared at prestigious venues around the world including Konzerthaus(Berlin), Gasteig(Munich), Laeiszhalle(Hamburg), National Concert Hall (Taipei), Mozarteum Wiener Saal (Salzburg), Disney Hall (Los Angeles) , Salle Pierre-Mercure (Montreal), Richard Jakoby Saal (Hannover), Der Musikalische Sommer in Ostfriesland and The International Holland Music Sessions. She also played with Brandenburger Symphoniker, Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Génération, The Neu Musik Orchestra Hannover, The Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
Her acclaimed debut recording is an all-Scriabin Preludes CD and was released in 2014 on the Taiwanese label Bel Canto, and nominated for Taiwan’s 2015 Golden Melody Award for Best Classical Album of the Year.
Winning multiple awards for her playing, Eva also has the distinction of being the only person to receive, “The Cultural Youth Ambassador Music Talent Awards” from the Taiwanese government for seven years in a row between 2004 and 2011. Awards include, Winner of 18th ChiMei cultural foundation's Artistic Talent Award, Silver Medal (no first prize awarded) at the IX International Piano competition of Escaldes Engordany in Spain, third prize at “Le festival de Musique Classique” in Canada and an Honorary Award at the 2013 San Jose international piano competition(The Russian Music international piano competition) in the USA. She was often interviewed and broadcast by Canada CBC Radio, Taiwan IC Broadcasting Company, and other radio networks.
Born in Taiwan, Eva devoted herself to musical studies since the age of six and made her professional solo recital debut at the age of fourteen. She studied under Mikhail Kollontay for her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at the National Tainan University of the Arts in Taiwan. In 2006, she moved to Canada to continue her musical studies with the legendary — Dang Thai Son for her Master degree and Artist diploma at Université de Montréal. She recently completed her study under the world-renowned Bernd Goetzke for "Konzertexamen" at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany. Eva is frequently invited to give lectures and master classes, as well as to judge in the piano competitions. She is the founder and the Artistic Director of Zhuhai International Music Festival & Academy. Eva is currently living in Berlin.

Chamber music with voice

Miloslava Vítková| soprano | founder and choirleader women choir Buburezza | Czech Republic
& program for youngsters, choir singing
Miloslava Vítková
After secondary school Miloslava graduated in "Music oriented on education and Choir conducting" at Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague. She also graduated in solo singing at GHMS (general and music secondary school of Prague) in class of prof. Magda Bělohlávková. She earned wide range of awards in both solo and choral singing. She is founder of mixed scout choir Cantuta and female choir Buburezza, a GHMS project, with which she earned multiple awards on both Czech and international choral competitions. As a choirmaster of Buburezza, she actively collaborates with Czech contemporary composers like Jan Bernátek, Jan Rybář, Hanuš Bartoň, Jiří Gemrot and many more. Since September 2012 she is also choirmaster of Children's Choir of Cathedral of St. Vít, Václav and Vojtěch in Prague. She works as specialist on children choirs in NIPOS - ARTAMA, teaches musical theory at GHMS and is lecturer of workshops for choirmasters.

Po maturitě na esteticko-výchovném gymnáziu nastoupila na Pedagogickou fakultu Univerzity Karlovy,kde vystudovala obor Hudební výchova - sbormistrovství. Zpěv absolvovala na Hudební škole hl.m.Prahy ve třídě prof. Magdy Bělohlávkové. Získala řadu ocenění v sólovém i komorním zpěvu. Založila skautský smíšený sbor Cantuta, ženský pěvecký sbor Bubureza, který funguje pod Gymnáziem a Hudební školou hl. m. Prahy, a se kterým získala řadu ocenění na národních i mezinárodních soutěží a s kterým uvádí díla současných českých autorů (Jan Bernátek, Jan Rybář, Hanuš Bartoň, Jiří Gemrot a další). Od září vede Dětský sbor při katedrále sv. Víta, Václava a Vojtěcha v Praze. Pracuje jako odborná pracovnice NIPOS - ARTAMA pro dětský sborový zpěv, učí hudební teorii na Gymnáziu a Hudební škole hl. města Prahy a je lektorkou seminářů pro sbormistry.
Angelika Pavlech| mezzosoprano | Slovakia
For Ameropa Solo Masterclasses available
Narodila se v městečku Bánovce nad Bebravou na Slovensku. Zpěv studovala na Konzervatoři Dezidera Kardoše v Topolčanech (Slovensko) u prof. Evy Pacovské. Následně pokračovala na Katolické univerzitě v Ružomberku studiem pedagogiky zpěvu a církevní hudby, které absolvovala v roce 2009. Obdržela také cenu rektora i děkana KU za její úspěšnou reprezentaci. Během studií koncertovala s triem staré hudby Lablan a spolupracovala s univerzitním zborem Benedictus, kde jako sólistka vystoupila na Slovensku, Polsku, Francii, Maďarsku a České republice.
Své doktorandské studium v oboru Hudební didaktika věnovala problematice Hlasové výchovy liturgických zpěváku a úspěšně obhájila titul PhD. Podílela se na akustických výzkumech hlasu RealVoice Lab na pražské HAMU - Výzkumné centrum hudební akustiky a je spoluautorkou publikací zabývající se percepčním a akustickým hodnocením lidského hlasu a hlasovými kategoriemi. Spolupracuje rovněž s foniatry a odborníky z oblasti vokologie.
Je absolventkou operního zpěvu na Akademii Muzycznej v Krakowě (Polsko) v oboru Wokalno - Aktorski z třídy prof. Ewy Wolak. V rámci studia na AMUZ v Krakowě ztvárnila postavu Edwige v Handlově opeře Rodelinda, která byla oceněna kritiky na Operním festivalu mladých v Bydgoszczy. V roce 2015 debutovala jako Cherubin ve Figarově svatbě na jevišti Krakovské opery. Spolupracovala s dirigenty jako Tomasz Tokarczyk, Rafał Jacek Delekta či významným anglickým kontratenoristem Paulem Esswoodem.
Své dosavadní schopnosti si prohloubila během mistrovských kurzů Evy Blahové, Jany Pastorkové, Jiřího Kotouče, Marie Henzelové, Agnieszki Monasterské, Pawła Sobierajského, Iwony Sobotky, Malgorzaty Walewské, Doris Yaris Cross, Ryszarda Karczykowského či Piotra Kusiewicza. V současné době se nadále zdokonaluje u renomované pěvecké pedagožky prof. Vlasty Hudecové na Slovensku. Momentálně hostuje ve Státní opeře v Banské Bystrici jako 3. Dáma. S Ensemblem Moscheles interpretuje díla skladatelů židovského původu a díla součastných židovských autorů.

Youth Program

Marlies Krejza| Czech Republic
Program for youngsters, creative program - Percussions
Marlies Krejza
Narodila se 5.2.1957 v Cottbusu – bývalém NDR. Jejím hlavním koníčkem byla hudba, jež se později stala mým povoláním. Vystudovala Vysokou hudební školu Carl Maria von Weber v Drážďanech – obor bicí nástroje v klasické hudbě. Při studiích jí byl velkou oporou člen Státní opery v Drážďanech, pan profesor Petr Sondermann. Profesionální dráhu hudebnice zahájila v divadelním orchestru v Městském divadle v Cottbusu v roce 1978. S tímto orchestrem hrála různou hudbu: muzikály, operety, opery i synfonické koncerty. Společně s některými členy tohoto orchestru hrála i dechovku v úspěšné kapele Spreewaldmuzikanten, s kterou natáčela gramofonové desky a vystupovala v německém rozhlase a televizi. Díky druhému koníčku, sportu, se seznámila se svým životním partnerem, za nímž se přestěhovala v roce 1983 do České republiky. Po založení rodiny v Brandýse nad Labem se musela s klasickou hudbou rozloučit. Ipři rodinných povinnostech hrála v různých kapelách různé žánry. Nejvíce vzpomíná na úspěšné zahraniční zájezdy s dámskou kapelou Járynky po střední Evropě, ale hlavně na krásný a úspěšný zájezd do Japonska. Hlavním povoláním se stala výchova mladých adeptů na hru na bicí nástroje v Základní hudební škole v Brandýse nad Labem. Postupně vychovala několik šikovných bubeníků, jež se prosadili i na různých okresních a krajskýchh soutěží, jeden žák dokonce vybojoval 2. místo v celostátním finále.

Youth Program - Creative program for children up to 14 years

Květa Hurťáková| Czech Republic
Program for youngsters, creative program
Květa Hurťáková
Květa Hurťáková získala základy hry na klavír u prof. Zdeny Janžurové, autorky „Nové klavírní školy“. Klavír, jako hlavní obor, dále vystudovala na Státní konzervatoři v Praze u prof. Emila Leichnera. Na Konzervatoři Jaroslava Ježka absolvovala obor dirigování pod vedením prof. Hynka Farkače. Po studiu nastoupila jako učitelka klavíru a hudební nauky v Hudební škole hl. Města Prahy, kde vedla různé sbory a orchestry. Pořádala hudební tábory pro děti školního věku, i různá setkání s hudbou pro rodiče s dětmi. S těžištěm na hudební výchovu se věnovala i dětem předškolního věku, jako hlavní učitelka v soukromé mateřské škole. Velmi jí oslovila lidová hudba a folklorní projev především severního Slovenska, kde se často aktivně zapojovala do hudebního dění obcí na Oravě.
S otázkami „Co nám přináší hudba pojatá profesionálně?“ a „Co nám přináší hudba čistě lidová?“ se dostala také k hudbě z pohledu muzikoterapeuta. Absolvovala kurzy muzikoterapie u Zdeňka Šimanovského a Matěje Lipského, zakladatelů České muzikoterapeutické asociace. V současné době učí hru na klavír, pravidelně vede „Hudební ateliéry“ pro děti předškolního i školního věku a „Hudební ateliér“ pro dospělé. V těchto ateliérech využívá muzikoterapeutických her vedoucích k uvědomování si vlastích vnitřních projevů a objevení krásy ze hry společné. K dispozici má 30 typů jak klasických, tak exotických hudebních nástrojů. Při své činnosti vychází z přesvědčení, že hudba vznikla jako přirozený projev lidských emocí, jako snaha o spojení s někým, či s něčím. V případě, že se hudba v dnešní době stane pouze hodnoceným výkonem, riskujeme, že ztratí svůj přirozený potenciál. Potenciál hudby, který má základ ve spojení s naším vnitřním světem, který něco sděluje a díky němuž můžeme dojít i k důležitému sebeuvědomění. Hlavním mottem pro Květu Hurťákovou je sdílení hudby v její přirozenosti.
Květa Hurťáková gained fundamentals of piano playing with prof. Zdena Janžurová, the author of publication „The new piano school“. Then she graduated piano at the State Conservatory in Prague with prof. Emil Leichner and at Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory she graduated in conducting under the guidance of prof. Hynek Farkač. After studying she started teaching piano and music theory at GHMS (general and music secondary school of Prague), where she led various choirs and orchestras. She also organized music camps for school children, as well as various meetings with music for parents with children. With a focus on music education she worked with pre-school children, as the main teacher in a private kindergarten. She was very approached by folk music and folklore manifestation mainly in northern Slovakia, where she was often actively involved in musical events in villages in the Orava region.
The questions "What brings professionally conceived music?" and "What brings pure folk music?" also get her to the perspective of music from side of music therapist. She took courses in music therapy with Zdenek Šimanovský and Matěj Lipský, the founders of Czech Music Therapy Association. Currently she teaches piano, regularly leads "Music Atelier" for preschool and school age children and "Music Atelier" for adults. In these Ateliers she uses music therapy games leading to awareness of own internal manifestations and discovering the beauty of the common games. She uses 30 types of classic and exotic musical instruments. Her activities are based on the belief that music was created as a natural expression of human emotions, as an effort to connect with someone or something. In the case that nowadays music become only rated performance, we risk losing of its natural potential. This potential of music that has a basis in connection with our inner world, something that communicates and through which we can come to an important self-awareness. The main motto for Květa Hurťáková is sharing of music in its inherent nature.


Summer Orchestral Academy
Filarmonietta Praga
Jiří Havlík| Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Czech Republic
Jiří Havlík
Jiří Havlík is a member of the Czech Philharmonic orchestra since 1979. He studied French horn and composition at Prague Conservatory and at the Academy of Musical Arts in Prague. He won several prizes at international music competitions (Concertino Praga, The Prague Spring), as well as Special Award of the Czech Ministry of Culture for the composition and performance.
He is actively engaged in solo and chamber music, teaching work, conducting and composition. Is known for his compositions such as Concerto for Horn and Strings, Three Fugues for Three French Horns and Piano, or a piano cycle titled (Anti)Claviernesses.
Co-founder / co-organizer of the “Hornclass” and “The Prague Horn” international music festival in Czech Republic. In 1991-1992 he was member of artistic board in Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, in 1997-2007 managing director and faculty of “Ameropa” International Chamber Music Festival. Since 2006 faculty, conductor and artistic adviser of the international music festival “ChamberArt” in Madrid (Spain), and chairman of “Terezin International Music Center” (TIMUC) in Czech Republic.
In 2002, Jiří founded chamber orchestra “Camerata filarmonica Bohemia”, whose he is an artistic leader, and is also active as a permanent conductor of “Benda Chamber Orchestra” in Usti nad Labem. Beside of co-operartion with Czech orchestras and choirs, his recent abroad conducting & solo playing appearances included also Germany, Holland, Spain, USA and Japan. Solo horn recital was recorded and introduced 2008 in Japan, more of by him conducted CDs were published in Czech Republic and also in USA.

Chinese Fine Arts
Calligraphy, paintings - workshops and lectures
XingBen Huang| China
Solo and first chamber Ameropa weeks»»»
Xinben Huang comes from Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, the hometown of Zhongshan Sun,the greatest pioneer of Chinese Democratic Revolution. As an artist, he is good at oil painting, Chinese painting and the ceramic creativity. Xinben Huang has made great achievements in the art world, who has won numerous awards. Xinben Huang’s work is highly based on and inspired by the spirit of human and nature, which has shown the great love for life and for the nature. Moreover he is active in promoting and cultivating art and culture. His art pieces have been collected world-widely among private individuals, entrepreneur or municipal government coming from different countries. For example, his ink series Grow With the Water has been collected by the cultural committee of the 16th Asian Games; in April 2015, a grand art exhibition for Mr. Xinben Huang has been jointly hold by the Singapore Art Association, the Singapore Painting Association and Singapore China Art Research and Study Association,in which his artwork of oil paintings, Chinese paintings and Ceramic pieces has displayed. The Chinese ambassador in Singapore Mr. Jianghua Xiao has song highly praise of Huang’s Huang’s work and unveiled the opening ceremony.
Viktória Rampal Dzurenko| Slovakia
Solo and first chamber Ameropa weeks»»»
Viktória Rampal Dzurenko was born on 6th May 1982, recently she is a PhD student 3rd year in FAMU, Prague. She is writing Thesis about Indian Independent Cinema and Bressons influence on it. Recently she is preparing also for Indo-Slovak-Czech feature film and Internet series.
Viktória got her Masters in Film Direction, FAMU (2013), Exchange Programs at FTII Pune, India (2009 - 2013), Documentaries, music videos, short films - INDIA, Czech, Slovakia, Directed Feature film Ujo Viktor, Wrote thesis on Indian Parallel Cinema.
In addition she devote herself to teach fine arts disciplines - she is Painter and Teacher of Arts (2005 - present) receiving Masters in Painting and Art History, UKF, Nitra (2005).

Viktória Rampal Dzurenko se narodila 6. května 1982, v současnosti je doktorandka FAMU v Praze, 3. ročník. Téma její dizertační práce je Vliv francouzského režiséra Roberta Bressona na nezávislou indickou kinematografii. Zároveň připravuje svůj debutový film a věnuje se výuce výtvarné výchovy.
Absolvovala magisterské studium filmové režie, FAMU (2013) a četné studijní pobyty v FTII Pune, India (2009 - 2013). Je autorkou dokumentárních filmů, videoklipů, krátkých filmů v české, slovenské i indické koprodukci. Je autorkou dlouhometrážního hraného studentského filmu Ujo Viktor
Mluví několika jazyky: hinský, anglický, ruský, slovenský a český.
Viktória je malířka a absolventka magisterského studia FFUK v Nitře, aprobace: estetika a výtvarná výchova (2005).