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About


about

Czech Brass Ensemble was founded in 1991 by the enthusiastic students at the Prague Conservatory. Originally it was a brass quintet that our advancing musical demands has grown by two other instruments. The main idea behind this decision was to group the top players and use their qualities. Hand in hand with this and started to expand their repertoire of music, which until then did not play yet. For this reason, they perform on bigger gigs reinforced by two guitar players on percussion.

Today, they can basically fulfil all the wishes of the organisers. Czech Brass ensemble has a wide scope of interpretation. In his submissions are heard songs from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism to jazz, pop, funk and film music. Significantly there is also applied the interpretation of copyright music. In cooperation with Czech Radio creates a set of recordings of contemporary music projects that compose the leading contemporary authors, as they say so. Peace. In 2013 he wrote the song Brass ensemble Czech Czech composer Juraj Filas, the famous author komponující often for brass instruments. All members of the group are people in their places. Everyone in my professional life is music very much appreciated by the public. It acts not only as orchestral players, but they have to his credit and a rich solo and chamber music activities. Some are teachers at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts


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Members


Members


members

 
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Marek Zvolánek

trumpet

Solo trumpet player Marek Zvolánek studied with Professor Antonin Vaigl at the Prague Conservatory, with Professor Hans Ganch at the prestigious Salzburg's Mozarteum and he finished his studies with Prof. Konradin Groth at Musikakademie in Berlin. He became a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eighteen when the Chief Conductor Vaclav Neumann was there. Marek soon became a sought-after soloist for his technical virtuosity and beautiful tone. He has performed on prestigeous stages such as Prague Spring Festival or Smetana‘ s Litomyšl Festival. He has also performed as a soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra , Prague Symphony, Suk‘s Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra , Virtuosi di Praga or Lausitzer Neue Philharmonie . He was invited to participate in the prestigious ensemble "Ten of the Best" consisting of the 10 best trumpetists of the Word. He participated in a number of CD projects, such as Second Brandenburg Concerto for the American record lable Crystal Records in 1997, " Ceremony of Trumpets“ or the Prague Brass Soloists‘ CDIn 2002...Mark's solo CD of baroque concertos recorded with works of J. Haydn, F.X. Richter and others, was highly acknowledged by the critics ...Currently Marek is a solotrumpeter of the Radio Symphony Orchestra.Since 2001, he is playing exclusively on the trumpet made by the world-famous Austrian manufacturer "Schagerl Music Instruments“

 

Marek Vajo

trumpet

He graduated from the Prague Conservatory of Anthony Vajgl’s class and from the Academy of Music in Prague at Vaclav Junek’s class. During his studies as well as currently he hosts the leading orchestras in Prague (Prague Philharmonia, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra and others). He successfully participated in several international competitions, including competition in Korea in 2000, also in Paris, and of course the Prague Spring Festival Competition in the Czech Republic. Marek also performs solo concerts and chamber music. He is a member of several prominent brass ensembles . He regularly performs as a soloist for the Special concert series of modern and contemporary music named "Beauty of Today", organized by the Prague Philharmonia.

 

Jiri houdek

Jiri started to play trumpet under the guidance of his father originally.  Then he studied at the Prague Conservatory. He won the 1st prize in the International Radio Competition Concertino Praga in 1995. As a soloist he performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Králové, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Ceske Budějovice or Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. The last orchestra has become his pricipal place since 1999 where he obtained position of the first trumpet.

 

Stanislav PENK

trombone

Stanislav graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of prof. Joseph Simek and from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague trombones‘ classes of prof. Miloslav Hejda and Zdenek Pulec. He participated with success in competitions at home and abroad during his studies. Since 1993 he has been a solo trombone player of the Prague Philharmonia and since 2007 the first trombone player of the Prague Symphony Orchestra he performed solo concerto for trombone and orchestra Don Quixote with in 2012. In addition, he is active in chamber music ensembles such as Prague Brass Colegium amongst others. He also collaborates regularly with major international musical productions such as the production of James Fitzpatrick, Carl Davis or Nick Rain. He has beem dealing with the so-called "informed" interpretation of early/old music. He also collaborates with leading Czech and foreign early/old music ensembles such as Musica Florea, Musica Eterna, Musica Regia, or Ensemble Inégal, with whom he recorded several CDs. Stanislav plays on instruments - Bach 42BF Haegmann.

 

Lukas Motka

trombone

in Loštice near Olomouc led by Pavel Benes . He studied Conservatory with Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky or Rudolf Beran. After graduating from the Conservatory and the Janacek‘s Academy of Performing Arts with Prof. Jaroslav Kummer in Brno, he finished his bachelor's degree and a master's program at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Jiri Sušicky . He expanded his studies with Gabriel Madas at the Konservatorium privatuniversität Wien. Lukas was the first solo trombonist of the National Theatre in Brno for four season. He is currently a principal member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. During his short career he has won several awards. First and the title of absolute winner in the competition conservatories. Amongst othres the first prize and the title of absolute winner of the International Competition of brass instruments in Brno, Jury Award at the Talent of the Year Competition . Lukas has made it through the semi-finalists at the International Competition „Hungarofest“ in Hungary as well as the LieksaBrassWeek in Finland or the ARD International Competition in Germany. He won the third prize at the International Competition in Markneukirchen (Germany). Lukas‘ latest success is the second prize trombone in the competition of the Prague Spring Festival in 2011 , (while the first prize was not awarded). He performed amongst others with the Brno Philharmonic and he is often invited to the chamber music project as a solo player . He i salso member of the trombone group „BoneTeT“ and the member of the Deep Brass of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Also closely cooperates with the Theater in Uherske Hradiste. He performed and recorded several Czech premiere of the contemporary Czech composers such as Juraj Filas , Ladislav Kubik or Pavel Slezak.

 

Karel Kucera

bass trombone

Karel graduated from the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has started to specialise in bass trombone during his studies already,. Karel was a member of the State Opera Prague (1986 – 1988)  the Radio Symphony Orchestra (1988 – 1997). Has has becamthe principal bass trombone of the Czech Philharmonic since 1997. He is a member of the Prague Brass Ensemble and the Deep Brasses of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Karel Malimánek

tuba

Born in Ledeč nad Sázavou, studied at the Prague Conservatory in the class of prof. Vaclav Hoza, then he graduated from the Academy of Music with the same teacher.

He played in various chamber ensembles (Universal brass , Prague brasses). He currently plays in the Prague Brass Soloists , with whom he repeatedly performs on concert tours all over Europe and also in Japan. He co-founded ensemble named Deep Brass together with his colleagues from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. Occasionally Karel performsalso solo concerts.

He was employed at the Film Symphony Orchestra, as well as in the orchestra of the National Theatre and Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra until 1993. Since 1993, he became the tuba player of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Karel has been involved in teaching:  at the Prague Conservatory since 2002 and at the Academy of Music since 2007.