Board of Directors
PhDr. Stanislava Střelcová,
musicologist, journalist ▼
Dr. Stanislava Strelcova was born in Brno into the family of musicologist Prof. Bohumir Stedron. She studied at a classic grammar school (1970-74) and then at the Music and Theater department at the Philosophical faculty of Masaryk University in Brno.
She graduated with a Ph.D. in theatrology. She has gained experience writing culture columns for the dailies and a theatrical magazine, working as a cooperator at the Lexicography Center at the Musicology department of Masaryk University, as a lecturer of repertory advise at the Janacek Opera in Brno and as a repertory adviser of Czechoslovak television's music departement in Prague. After short stints at the former Czechoslovak Radio in Prague (1980, 1987), in 1990 she returned to work for Czech Radio in Prague as an editor of music broadcasting for children and youth where she still works today. She is occupied with editorial work as well as her own writing. She has written theatrical and TV scripts. She also lectures at home and abroad. She is mainly engaged in contemporary music and the works of Bohuslav Martinu and Leos Janacek.
MgA. Bohuslav Pavlas,
Born 14 October 1948, Český Těšín. He began playing the piano when he was five years old and added the cello at the age of eleven. He won first prize at the Beethoven’s Hradec International Music Competition while a student of the conservatoire. After graduating from Prof. Saša Večtomov’s class at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he attended masterclasses under Prof. André Navarra in Siena, Italy. In 1985 he concluded his postgraduate studies at the Academy of Performing Arts. He was subsequently given the opportunity to perform at the Prague Spring IMF, which ushered in a rich solo career. He has played at more than 1,200 concerts in 24 countries around the world (Vienna, Berlin, Budapest, Madrid, Brussels, Tokyo, Athens, Singapore, Caracas, Havana, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, etc.). His recordings can be found on gramophone records and in television and radio broadcasts in numerous countries. He has collaborated with many eminent artists, such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Zdeněk Košler, Vladimír Válek, Petr Altrichter, Libor Pešek, Josef Suk, Sir Charles Mackerras, Charles Spencer, and other prominent international figures.
MgA. Ivo Kahánek, Ph.D.,
MgA. Michal Kaňka,
Teacher at the Academy of Performing Arts and The Prtgue Conservatoire, cellist ▼
Born in Prague in 1960, Michal Kaňka took up the cello under leadership of Mirko Škampa at the age of seven. Later, he studied in the Prague Conservatory under prof. Viktor Moučka (cellist of the famous Vlach string quartet). During his studies at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts – under the tutelage of Prof. Josef Chuchro – he participated in the G. Piatigorsky Seminars in Los Angeles under famous cellists Andre Navarra, Maurice Gendron and Paul Tortelier in 1983 and 1984.
In 1980, Michal Kaňka received honorable mention at the international Prague Spring Competition. One year later, he was awarded the grand prize for all categories in the Czechoslovak National Competition. This initial success has been followed by top prizes in the Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow in 1982 and in the Prague Spring Competition in 1983 (first prize). In 1986, Michal won the ARD International Competition in Munich.
Michal Kaňka has performed with leading European orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, the Berlin Rundfunk Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, the Nagoya Phil., Kanagawa phil., Sapporo phil., the Century Symphony orchestra Osaka, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Philharmonic…. He has appeared as a soloist in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Kosovo, Spain, Portugal, North and South America and Japan. He had been a regular soloist of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra between years 1995–2005 and now he has been a nominated soloist of The Prague Radio Orchestra since 2003.
Michal Kaňka has recorded for Czech Radio, Radio France, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Suedwest Rundfunk, AVRO Radio Holland…. His CDs were released for Supraphon, Bonton, Panton, Radioservis Prague, Nuova Era (Italy). For a long time he had collaborated with the French company Praga digitals (distributed by Harmonia Mundi France), where he published around 40 CDs. For many of them, he received several awards - (Choc de la Music, diapason D´OR). His last CD came out by Japanese company the Nami Records.
Michal Kaňka has been always an active chamber music player. As a member of the Pražák string quartet (since 1986) and the Beethoven string trio he has appeared on major concert stages in the whole world and recorded many pieces above all for the CD company Praga digitals.
In 2011 he started to teach cello-solo at The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and in 2013 he became a Professor at the Prague Conservatory. In 2014 he was chosen to be a chairman of the permanent committee of the international competition Prague spring.
MgA. Michal Novenko,
organist, conductor and composer ▼
Michal Novenko studied composition, the organ, music theory and conducting at the Prague Conservatory and at the Academy of Performing Arts, where he graduated as conductor with the 6th Symphony by Bohuslav Martinů.
He is the author of chamber, orchestra and organ compositions. As an organist he gives concerts in most European countries and in Israel and the United States (e.g. Festivals in Sion, Arezzo, Onndle, Philadelphia etc.). He is a professor at the Prague Conservatoire and often is invited abroad to work as a lecturer and a jury member of organ competitions. Recordings of historical organs are mainly represented in his extensive discography. He actively and intensively presents Czech organ compositions.
Prof. Vít Zouhar, Ph.D. ,
composer, musicologist and professor of music ▼
Vít Zouhar (*1966) is a composer, musicologist, professor of music, and vice-president at Palacky University Olomouc. He is the author and co-author of six operas (including L´Arianna, La Dafne, Coronide, Torso and Echo) and more than sixty orchestral (including Puerta del Sol, Close Encounters of those Wild at Heart) and chamber works, sound installations and music games (including Arcadi, GArdenME, Tastes, Plain, EUOUA). His music is generally placed in the context of minimalism and postmodernism. Many of his compositions have been commissioned by prestigious institutions and ensembles such as the National Theater Prague, Prague Spring, Terezín Music Foundation, Berg Orchestra and Ensemble Damian, and are regularly performed and recorded in Europe. Zouhar´s theater works have been in the repertoire of National Theatre Prague (Radúz and Mahulena, Monsigneur de Pourcegnac), National Theatre Brno (La Dafne, Noci Dnem, Opening of the Springs by Alfréd Radok), Ensemble Damian (Coronide, Torso, Saeculum Coronatum, L´Arianna) and opera povera (Echo). As composer in residence Zouhar served at the IEM Graz and at the Werkstadt Graz and won various prestigious awards. In 2001 he co-founded the Slyšet jinak (Different Hearing) program, focused on new ways to encourage music education and group composing. He has published five books on music (including Composing in the Classroom - with Ivo Medek and Jaromír Synek; Dear Friend. Bohuslav Martinů’s Letters to Zdeněk Zouhar; Dear friend Bureš: Bohuslav Martinů´s letters to Miloslav Bureš - with Gabriela Coufalová; Postmodern Music? German Debate at the End of the 20th Century). Zouhar reconstructed the original version of Poeme electronique by Edgard Varese for IEM-CUBE Graz and has contributed to The Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition (Bureš Cantatas).
Photo: Anne LeBaron
Dates of Board Meetings in 2021:
February 16 | March 16 | April 20 | June 22 | September 14 | October 19 | December 7