Kühn Choir of Prague

The Kühn Choir of Prague has been part of the classical music scene for the past fifty years. It was established in 1959 when male voices were incorporated into what was originally a female chamber choir, set up in 1958 by Pavel Kühn (1938-2003) while he was still a student of Prague’s Academy of Music. In this way he was continuing the work of his parents, choirmasters Markéta and Jan Kühn. Bohuslav Martinů wrote the cantata Mikeš of the Mountains for the first concert performed by the newly established choir.

The choir gradually became a pioneer in the performance of a cappella works of world Romanticism, both on the concert platform and in recording studios (Brahms, Schumann, Bruckner, R. Strauss, Reger, among others). Apart from winning various international choral competitions – e.g. in Italy and Hungary – the choir also demonstrated its high standard of performance in the oratorio and cantata repertoires, which it developed chiefly in close collaboration with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and its conductors Václav Smetáček, Zdeněk Košler, Zdeněk Mácal, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimír Válek, Petr Altrichter, Libor Pešek, Martin Turnovský, Serge Baudo and Gaetano Delogu more...

Jaroslav Brych
Jaroslav Brych initially studied French horn with Otakar Tvrdý at the Pardubice Conservatoire, and subsequently conducting at Prague’s Academy of Music with Václav Neumann, Josef Veselka and Radomil Eliška. He also attended conducting masterclasses headed by Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart. 


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