PhDr. Ivan Ruml,
music editor and opera expert ▼
The Czech journalist, opera specialist, radio programme and television documentary writer Ivan Ruml was born in České Budějovice, studied at the Prague Conservatory and the Faculty of Arts of Charles University (history of music and history of theatre). He has worked as a copy editor at the Czechoslovak News Agency, music journalist at Czechoslovak Radio, dramaturge at the Supraphon label, editor-in-chief of the Musica magazine and programme dramaturge of Czech Television.
At the present time, he prepares for Czech broadcasting Saturday direct transmission from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as well as the programme menu of the European Broadcasting Union and Saturday opera evenings on the Czech Radio – Vltava station. For 11 years, he created the Krásné hlasy (Beautiful Voices) programme, broadcast every Sunday afternoon. He collaborates with Czech Television as a screenwriter and spokesperson of the Zlatá Praha (Golden Prague) international television festival, focused on music programmes. Ivan Ruml created a TV documentary about the festival’s history. Furthermore, he has made a documentary about Libuše Domanínská, a Czech Janáček singer, a television programme on the history of the operas The Bartered Bride and Libuše, conducted an hour-long interview with the legendary soprano Dame Joan Sutherland within the “Europeans” cycle and prepared a documentary on the 2008 Paris staging of The Bartered Bride. For a number of years, he worked as spokesperson of the Czech Chopin Society, about which he created an hour-long documentary in the anniversary year of 2010. At the present time, he works as a dramaturge of the Czech Television archives. He has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles on classical music.
PhDr. Ludvík Kašpárek,
musicologist and journalist ▼
Dr. Ludvik Kasparek has many years of experience in Czech music life. He works as a music critic and writer in daily and expert press, he is also the author of expert texts in the concert programs of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK). For many years he worked as a writer at Czech Radio.
During the years 1992-1999 he was a spokesman of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and he presented public general rehearsals and a series of concerts for young listeners. In September 1999 he became the Director of North Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice.
In 1992 she graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of the master František Malotín. She continued to study in France with the master Christian Larde and has graduated from courses of James Galway. Her most important competition awards are the first prize in the international contest Concertino Praga and at the same time awards for the best performance of the obligatory composition, then the third prize in the international contest of the winners of European contests “Pacem in terris” in Germany and in the international contest Prague Spring she was awarded with the Prize of the Capital Prague. In September 2000 she won a Special Prize in New York Web Concert Hall Competition. She was the first European to win this prize.
She has given many solo performances with Czech and foreign orchestras (France, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Austria, USA, Japan, U.A.E, …); she is a regular guest at the various festivals. On her concerts she has performed a lot of premieres of the compositions of Czech and foreign authors (P. Eben, J. Obrovska, M. Schoedler) Žofie Vokálková has recorded many spots for radio broadcasting and television. We had a great opportunity to see Žofie Vokálková in programs of Czech Television “Without limits”, Terra musica, on TV NOVA while awarding the prices ANNO 2002, when she has passed a price to the most famous man, and her several performances on CT 1 as a part of the Advent Concert. Žofie Vokálková has appeared on a magazine cover Harmonie and in the articles of domestic and foreign magazines.
For several years she has been the Solo-flutist in the Symphonic Orchestra of the capital Prague FOK and a soloist in the orchestra Virtuosi di Praga a Misici de Praga. Žofie Vokálková is a member of a Due Solisti, Trio Lyrico and Musica dolce vita.
She leads master courses regularly and participates in solo tours all over Europe, USA and Japan.
She has been a member of jury in the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians co-organized by Czech Television.
2013 – she performed in a solo recital at the International Music Festival Prague Spring.
Žofie Vokálková is currently working on a extensive project “Music of the Queens” describing works of women composing from old times – the Queens, romantic female composers to modern female – composers. The idea of this project is to introduce listeners and the public to the works and unique lives of these extraordinary women.
Žofie Vokálková received the title “Woman of the Central Bohemia Region 2013” organized under the auspices of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic.