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|Justine Verdier - Piano (France)
French pianist Justine Verdier was born in Paris and she began studying
piano at the age of four. Studied with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and
Prof. Pavel Gililov at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg where she
gained a Masters degree with honours. Justine has also worked in master
classes with pianists such as Milosz Magin, Jean-Marc Luisada,
Dominique Merlet, Francois-Rene Duchable, Abdel Rahman el Bacha, Janusz
Olejniczak, George Kern and Galina Egyazarova. She has won prizes at
many music competitions including the UFAM, the Claude Kahn
competition, the Royaume de la Musique, the Sonatina and Sonata
International Youth Piano Competition (USA), the Young Concert Flame
Contest, the Milosz Magin International Competition, the Live Music Now
Menuhin Foundation, the Foundation Hildegard Maschmann Scholarship in
Vienna, the International Rotary Rotaract Ramon Llull in Palma de
Mallorca and the "Bärenreiter" Prizewinner at the 10th International
Mozart Competition in Salzburg.
Justine Verdier has performed as a soloist with many orchestras,
chamber music concerts and piano recitals in France, Austria, Poland,
Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Spain, Serbia, Tahiti, Russia and the USA. She
was musical director of a production of Donizetti’s «Don Pasquale» for
the festival Oper im Park in Sankt Anton am Arlberg (Austria), worked
as an accompanist and singer coach at the summer master classes AAMA
(Salzburg) and FAVA (Périgord, France), was hired by the Orchestra
Director Pedro Halffter to work as piano accompanist to choirs and
singers at the Opera La Maestranza in Sevilla, and last season was the
main pianist at the opera company «Sevilla de Opera». She now lives in
Madrid, Spain. More information on her websites http://www.Justine-Verdier.com , http://www.FaceBook.com/VerdierJustine and http://Twitter.com/LaPianista .
Brikciusová - Cello
Czech cellist Anna Brikciusová was born in Prague, into a family with a
distinguished cultural background. She began to play the cello in early
childhood. After her studies at the Prague Conservatory in the cello
classes of Prof. Jaroslav Kulhan and Prof. Viktor Moučka, Anna
graduated under the tutelage of Prof. Vladan Kočí. Tutorials with Prof.
Stanislav Apolín. She has actively participated in many international
cello master classes, the French Academy (Prof. J. Bárta), the Jihlava
International Master Classes (Prof. D. Sella, Prof. E. Rattay) and the
International Cello Interpretation Master classes (Prof. S. Apolín).
She has performed in the Czech Republic, Algeria, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Currently she is also writing. She is a nominee for the Dresdner Lyrikpreis and her autumn yearly show "Brikciusová
Na Prádle" is part of the Festival Poetry Day.
Anna Brikciusová plays a "Benjamin Patočka" cello made in 1913.
Together with her brother František Brikcius, she is a founder member
of the "Duo Brikcius". More information is available on websites http://www.Brikcius.com & http://www.FaceBook.com/Brikciusova
| Duo Brikcius
Duo Brikcius is a Czech chamber music ensemble created by two promising
young cellists (brother and sister), Anna Brikciusová and František
Brikcius. Both founding members are well acquainted with the solo cello
repertoire, but decided to increase their repertoire with music written
for this unusual combination (with great hidden potential) of two
cellos. The main aims of Duo Brikcius are to study and perform works
written for two cellos, enable the creation and performance of works
that are not well known to the audience, encourage contemporary
composers regardless of nationality or age), to create music for this
ensemble, maintain the tradition of established composers, present
Czech music culture abroad and bring to other people the joy of music.
Duo Brikcius has appeared in many festivals (for example Chotěbořské jaro, Boskovice, Baščaršijske noći, Duo
Brikcius - 2 Cellos
Dvořák festival, European days of Jewish culture, Století andělů a
ďáblů v Pošumaví, Daniel Pearl Music Festival, Festival Culturel
International de Musique Symphonique, Festival Smetanovské dny,
Festival Baroko v krvi) both in the Czech republic and abroad (Algeria,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, the
United Kingdom, etc.). More details are available on the website http://www.Brikcius.com
"Života děj vane, či vleče mě sem i
tam, leč jiskra vzpomínky zůstává mi ku svitu
navzdory temnotě - - mnoho zdaru vám, Brikciusové!
Brikcius - Cello
Czech cellist František Brikcius was born in Prague into a family with
a distinguished cultural background. From early childhood he began to
play the cello. He was accepted into the Janáček Academy of Music
(JAMU) in Brno after graduating at the Prague Conservatoire, under
Professor Jaroslav Kulhan. As a student at JAMU, František studied in
Bedřich Havlík’s cello class. He furthered his studies at The Toho
Gakuen Academy in Japan, and continued with master classes under the
guidance of Professor Anna Shuttleworth in the United Kingdom (Leeds
University). He graduated under the tutelage of Professor Evžen Rattay.
He has performed in Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan,
Poland, Slovakia, Russia, Turkey, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
František Brikcius plays a "George Kriwalski" cello made in
1904. Together with his sister Anna Brikciusová, he is a founder member of
the "Duo Brikcius". More information about František Brikcius and his
projects ("Praha -
Contemporary Composers for Cello Solo in the Interpretation of František Brikcius", "Tartiniho
dell'Arco in the Interpretation of František Brikcius", "7
"Duo Brikcius -
Cellos Tour", "MAKANNA"
"eSACHERe") is available on the websites http://www.Brikcius.com and http://www.FaceBook.com/Brikcius .
|Irena Kosíková - Organ (Francee)|
Czech organist and composer Irena Kosíková was born in Prague into the
intellectual family of the banned philosopher Karel Kosík and literary
scholar Růžena Grebeníčková, a Herder prize laureate. She began her
organ studies with Prof. Jan Hora, while also taking piano lessons from
Prof. Eliška Kleinová and Prof. Arnoštka Grünfeldová. Irena Kosíková
studied organ performance (Prof. Jaroslava Potměšilová) and conducting
(Prof. Karel Fiala) at Ježek's Conservatory. For political reasons she
was prevented from continuing her studies. She took private composition
lessons with Prof. Miroslav Raichl. Finally, after the Velvet
Revolution, she was accepted into the organ class of Prof. Alena Veselá
and Prof. Kamila Klugarová at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in
Brno. She graduated at the Academy of Music (HAMU) in Prague, under the
guidance of Prof. Josef Popelka.
Irena Kosíková now gives organ concerts and intensively
composes. Her works have been performed in the Czech Republic, Algeria,
Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Israel,
Poland, Russia, Turkey, Sweden and the United Kingdom. As an organist
she specialises in the interpretation of organ works written by Johann
Sebastian Bach, including performances of the complete Organ Toccatas,
Voluntaries, Leipzig Chorales, The Art of Fugue and Organ Mass. She
currently lives in France. For more information about Czech composer
and organist Irena Kosíková visit the websites http://www.iKosik.com and http://Twitter.com/IrenaKosikova .
|Jan Židlický - Narrator
Jan Židlický was born in 1949 in Prague. He graduated from the Hussite
Theological Faculty in Prague. His first placement was at the CČSH
parish in Hostomice pod Brdy. Jan Židlický’s pastoral work was ended by
the secret police (StB Beroun). In the years that followed, he worked
in a boiler room, at a cemetery in Nový Bor, in the Velox
Všeradice factory, in "výměník" of the Pražské teplárny and at the
Orlické Hory Museum (OMOH). After the revolution in 1989 he became
chief of the district authority cultural department in Rychnov nad
Kněžnou. Since 2000 Jan Židlický he has been a priest of the CČSH
Hussite church at the Church of St. Jan Křtitel na Prádle in Prague.
More details on the website http://www.Brikcius.com