Current choirmasters

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Marek Vorlíček (*1979 Domažlice) – chief choirmaster

Marek Vorlíček

After leaving school and undertaking private tuition in choral and orchestral conducting (Zdeněk Vimr, Václav Cibulka) he attended the Prague Conservatoire (Hynek Farkač, Miroslav Košler and Miriam Němcová) and subsequently also Prague’s Academy of Music. He also took courses in choral conducting headed by Winfried Toll.

In the years 1994–97 he was choirmaster of the Domažlice Children’s Monastery Choir, and since 1997 he has headed Čerchovan, a mixed choir also based in Domažlice, with whom he has performed dozens of a cappella and vocal-instrumental concerts, both at home and abroad, and recorded two CDs featuring sacred music (Šimon Brixi, Jakub Jan Ryba, Georg Lickl). For this project he won the national choirmaster’s prize awarded by the Czech Choral Union. He is also a church organist and respected organ builder. He was also choirmaster of Oratorienchor Schwandorf in Bavaria.

Since his Conservatoire days Marek Vorlíček has made guest appearances as a conductor with the Plzeň Philharmonic, with whom he has made several recordings for Czech Radio. He has also conducted the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice, the South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic and PKF – Prague Philharmonia.

As a choral singer he had the chance to sing not only with the Kühn Choir of Prague under the excellent choirmaster Pavel Kühn, but also with the Prague Chamber Choir, the Prague Philharmonic Choir and with numerous leading Czech and world conductors and orchestras (Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimír Válek, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, the Czech Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin and Israel Philharmonics, among others).

In December 2006 he was named choirmaster of the Kühn Choir of Prague, with whom he has performed a number of a cappella and vocal-instrumental works (Dvořák, Martinů, Handel, Haydn, Orff) and made CD recordings of pieces by contemporary foreign composers, and also recordings for Czech Radio.

Lenka Navrátilová (*Česká Lípa) – second choirmaster

Lenka Navrátilová

Lenka Navrátilová studied piano with Jaroslav Čermák and harpsichord with Rudolf Zelenka at the Teplice Conservatoire, and choral conducting (sacred music) under Jiří Kolář and Marek Štryncl at Charles University’s Teaching Faculty in Prague. She is second choirmaster of the Kühn Choir of Prague, professor of opera accompaniment at the Prague Conservatoire, and she is also an accompanist for the Prague Philharmonic Choir.

As assistant choirmaster of the Prague Philharmonic Choir she has been involved in concert tours to Doha, Berlin and the opera festival in St. Gallen.

She has enjoyed long-term collaboration with the National Theatre Opera Company, the Prague Spring International Music Festival, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the International Antonín Dvořák Vocal Centre in Karlovy Vary and, as harpsichordist, she also works with the ensembles Camerata Nova and Opera Mozart.

During her career Lenka has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s finest conductors, such as Claudio Abbado, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Christopher Hogwood, Fabio Luisi, Jiří Bělohlávek and Jakub Hrůša.

She has also shared in the music preparation for non-operatic productions, among them Prague National Theatre’s A Walk Worthwhile (dir. Miloš and Petr Forman).

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