About Michal Pospíšil
In 1981-1986 he studied at the Prague Conservatory with J.Horacek and then privately with Terezie Blumova. He also participated in the masterclasses of Holger Eichhorn, Marius van Altena, Stephen Stubbs and others. Since 1986 he has been active in the field of early music in many ways. As a singer and instrumentalist, he took part in numerous projects, concerts and recordings (more than 50) with the ensembles Musica Antiqua Praha; Capella Regia Musicalis; Collegium Quodlibet (Jiri Stivin); Schola Gregoriana Pragensis; Musica Florea; Choeur Gregorien de Paris; Linnamuusikuud (Tallinn); Fiori Musicali (Krakow); Bornus Consort (Warsaw); Musicalishe Compagney (Berlin); Tolzer Knabenchor; Le Monde Classique (Vienna) and Musica Aeterna (Bratislava). In 1993 he founded his own ensemble Ritornello and since 1996 he has been leading the ensemble Prague Chamber Singers. An important part of his work is intensive research of original sources, reconstruction of old manuscripts and related editorial work (Sonatas of Kromeriz, Valerius Otto’s Dances, Michna’s Czech Lute, songs from Czech Hymnals). He has collaborated with the puppet Theatre, and been involved in early music workshops.
With Ritornello he has focused on recording of neglected musical treasures of the Czech Baroque. So far, he has produced four CDs with Arta Records: “Loutna ceska – Czech Lute” (1996), “Masopust juz nastal! – Carnival Songs” (1998), “Jesličky, staré nové pisničky – Christmas Creche Songs” (2000), “Vzhuru na Ptáky – Hunting Songs” (2001), “Missa Super…” – Michna’s Christmas Mass circa 1650.