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Juan David Molano

Conductor and piano player

Born in Colombia, where he won several first prizes in national competitions as a pianist (specially the Radio HJCK Piano Competition and the UIS Piano Competition), Juan David Molano received the Mazda scholarship to finance his studies in Switzerland at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel as pupil of the Austrian pianist Peter Efler. Postgraduate studies for piano followed in the Swiss music conservatories of Fribourg, Bern and Geneva.

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Camerata Moravia

Camerata Moravia is one of the most representative permanent chamber orchestras in the Czech Republic, founded in 1987 as a chamber orchestra by the best performers from the Moravian Philharmony Olomouc. The composition of the orchestra and the strings open a possibility for a wide repertoire, from the Early Baroque masters to 20th century music, though it has not been neglecting contemporary composers either.

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Moravian Philharmony Olomouc

Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc ranks among the foremost and the oldest symphony orchestras in the Czech Republic. Its seat is Olomouc, historical capital of Moravia. This ancient university town is an important education, cultural and artistic centre of the whole of central Moravia. After the division of the Czech Republic into regions, Olomouc has become the centre of Olomouc Region.

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Alfonso Scarano

Since 2000 Alfonso Scarano is Principal Guest Conductor of the Virtuosi di Praga, historic Czech orchestra with which has performed in Germany (Freiburg Konzerthaus, Saarbrucken Kongresshalle, Heidelberg Stadthalle, Ulm EinsteinSaal), Italy (Milano, Brescia, Bergamo, Verona, Treviso, Trento, Udine), Slovakia (Bratislava Reduta Hall), Greece (Thessaloniki Concert Hall) and Czech Republic (Praha Rudolfinum, Praha Municipal Hall, Pontes Festival).

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Jan Páleníček

As soloist and chamber musician, Jan Páleníček is heir to a great musical family tradition that was established by his father Josef Páleníček pianist, world-famous interpreter of Janáček, and founder of the first Smetana Trio. Jan Páleníček was first introduced to the art of cello playing by two of the best teachers of the Prague Academy of Music, Prof. Sascha Večtomov and Prof. Miloš Sádlo. He studied chamber music under Prof. Josef Vlach, first violin with the Vlach Quartet. Close contacts with Paul Tortellier made for a happy culmination to his early development.

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Jitka Čechová

Jitka Čechová, born in Mělník near Prague. She completed her piano studies at the Prague Conservatory (Prof. Novotný) and continued at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Prof. Toperczer). Her individual musical gifts were then developed to their full during postgraduate studies under Eugen Indjic in Paris and Vitali Berzon in Freiburg. She acquired further experience during her research studies at master classes given by R. Kehrer in Weimar, E. Indjic and L. Berman in Piešťany, and Avo Kuyumjian in Prague.

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Grund – Siebig Duo

Wenzel Grund (clarinet), born in Prague in 1964. Wenzel Grund has lived in Switzerland since 1969. He studied with Kurt Weber (clarinet) at the Conservatory for Music and Theater (Musikhochschule) in Berne. Already during his studies he performed as solo clarinetist with the Junge Schweizer Philharmonie and with the Zurich International Opera Studio. 

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Apollon Quartet

The repertoire of the Apollon Quartet includes primarily works by classical composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořák and Janáček, but one can also be attracted by names rather unusual for chamber music — Gillespie, Coltrane, and Corea. These make the Apollon Quartet repertoire especially genuine. For the performance of jazz compositions they use the arrangements of the Turtle Island String Quartet. All their jazz compositions for string quartet are very impressive, charming and stand a good chance of bringing a new expression to the interpretation of chamber music.

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Smetana Trio

The Smetana Trio, founded in the year 1934 by the legendary Czech pianist Josef Páleníček, the violinist Alexandr Plocek and the cellist František Smetana, is today one of the foremost Czech ensembles. The Smetana Trio Celebrated Ten Years of Its New Incarnation in 2010. The current members Jitka Čechová (piano), Jana Vonášková-Nováková (violin) and Jan Páleníček (cello) link up to the interpretational ideals created by their illustrious predecessors, as well as other superlative 20th-century soloists active in the area of chamber music (Oistrakh, Rostropovich, Richter, Stern, Rose, Istomin).

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