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Advent Concert IV
Prague Baroque Ensemble, J. Brožková
Johann Sebastian Bach
“Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, chorale from the Advent cantata BWV 61
Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco
Concerto à quatro da chiesa in G Minor for two violins, viola, and continuo op. 2, no. 5 from the collection II Tempio Armonico
Concerto in F Major for oboe, strings, and continuo RV 455
Georg Philipp Telemann
Concerto in C Minor for oboe, strings, and continuo TWV 51:c1
Concerto pro tempore adventus in D Minor for two violins, viola, and continuo RV 129
Johann David Heinichen
Concerto in E Minor for two oboes, strings and continuo S 222
Johann Sebastian Bach
“Das ist je gewißlich wahr”, chorale from the Advent cantata BWV 141
Prague Baroque Ensemble
artistic director, oboe
Jana Brožková studied oboe at the Prague Conservatory and later graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in Jiří Mihule’s class. She achieved remarkable success while still a student of the Prague Conservatory as the winner of the international competition Concertino Praga 1983. In 1989 she was the absolute winner and recipient of a special prize at the Europäischen Musikpreis Zürich. Between 1988 and1993 she studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and in 1991 she won the third prize at the performance contest of the Prague Spring Music Festival. In 1997 she won the first prize at the international IDRS Gilllet Competition in Evaston, USA. At that time she has already performed as a renowned soloist both at home and abroad and played chamber music in ensembles In modo camerale and Afflatus Quintet, which won the first prize in the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1997. Since 1998 she has taught at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She is also an active chamber musician and often plays as a soloist both in the Czech Republic and abroad. In the years 1987–2002 she was the principal oboist of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and her recordings of oboe concertos and other compositions for oboe are part of the valuable material of the radio archive. Since 2002 she has been the first solo oboist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Vojtěch Jouza studied oboe at the Prague Conservatory in the class of František Xaver Thuri and subsequently at the Academy of Performing Arts in the class of Jiří Mihule. Later he also graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in conducting, which he studied with Tomáš Koutník, František Vajnar, Petr Vronský, Hynek Farkač, Josef Kuchaň, Leoš Svárovský, Charles Olivier-Munroe, Norbert Baxa, Jiří Chvála and Lubomír Mátl. Vojtěch Jouza gained valuable experience early in his youth, for example, as a member of Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester led by Claudio Abbado. While still a student at the Academy, he won a competition to become an English horn soloist of the Prague Symphony Orchestra (1989–1991).
When still at the Prague Conservatory, his interest in early music and chamber performance inspired Vojtěch Jouza to found the Prague Baroque Ensemble in 1982, which has been actively performing ever since and where he takes on the roles of oboist, artistic director and occasionally conductor, presenting many interesting projects. In 2007 he conducted his own reconstruction of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Mark Passion with the Baroque Prague Ensemble and the Prague Chamber Choir as part of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra concert series. In the following years, Vojtěch Jouza featured well- and lesser-known works within the concert series of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Easter Oratorio and Magnificat; Missa Dei Patris by Jan Dismas Zelenka and Brockes Passion by Georg Philipp Telemann. In addition to numerous performances in the Czech Republic, the Prague Baroque Ensemble annually tours Japan.
As part of his other artistic activities, Vojtěch Jouza devotes himself to conducting choirs – in 1995 he founded the En Arché chamber choir where he is the choirmaster and conductor. In 2009, he became the choirmaster of the Česká píseň (Czech Song) Choir in Pilsen. In 2014, he was invited to teach at the Convivium International Summer School of Sacred Music as a choirmaster lecturer.
As a conductor, Vojtěch Jouza has collaborated with leading Czech and Slovak orchestras and choirs such as the Czech Philharmonic, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Slovak State Philharmonic in Košice, Prague Chamber Choir, Kühn Choir of Prague, Martinů Voices, Talich’s Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of South Bohemia, Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra and Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra in Zlín. Together with the BERG Orchestra, Vojtěch Jouza staged two operas by Bohuslav Martinů, Comedy on the Bridge and The Marriage. As a co-creator and especially conductor he has been involved in the past seasons in successful educational programs of the Czech Philharmonic entitled “Penguins in the Rudolfinum”. In the years 2015–2017 he was Assistant to Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek. In the 2016/2017 season he was involved in preparation of the recording of Tchaikovsky’s compositions for Decca with Semyon Bychkov.