RIchard Šeda - CV

Richard Šeda (born in Dačice, South Bohemia) graduated in 1996 from the České Budějovice Conservatoire, where he studied trumpet with Jiří Pelikán. Already during his studies he became interested in early musioc and historically informed performance. In 1998, he got acquainted with cornett, via Adam Michna’s Loutna česká (Bohemian Lute), recorded by Michael Pospíšil, whose ensemble Ritornello offered him the first opportunity to play the instrument. From 2005 he took part in a number of interpretation courses, organised in Prague and France, and lead, among others, by the French cornett player Judith Pacquier, with whose ensemble Les traversées baroques he performes today. He also regularly co-works with other foreign ensembles, such as Concerto Copenhagen and the 2009 Copenhagen Royal Opera project, directed by Lars Ulrik Mortensen, or Ensemble Artaserse and its European tour with the countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in 2013. In Austria, he is often invited to co-operate with the Wiener Hofburgkapelle and the Clemencic Consort (René Clemencic), in the Czech Republic he co-operates mainly with  Cappella Mariana (Vojtěch Semerád) and Collegium Marianum (Jana Semerádová), and other ensembles, such as Ensemble Inégal (Adam Viktora) and Collegium 1704 (Václav Luks).

In 2007, Richard Šeda founded the ensemble Capella Ornamentata, dedicated to performing of the 16th and 17th century music. Capella Ornamentata appeared at a number of stages and festivals at home and abroad, and recorded for the radio and tv. In 2016 Cappella ornamentata issued their first CD (Karmelitánské nakladatelství), „Da pacem Domine“, which offers the pre-Thirty Years War Bohemian repertoire.

Richard Šeda dedicates much of his music activities to his native town of Dačice. He teaches recorder and trumpet in the local arts school, and, together with his pupils, receives numerous awards in the country-wide arts schools competitions. He is the co-founder and music programmer of the regional festival of Baroque arts Dačické barokní dny (Dačice Baroque Days), he is active as researcher and prepares music scores based on early music prints. His researcher’s work in the Kroměříž (Kremsier) music archives is mentioned in Jiří Sehnal’s book Pavel Josef Vejvanovský and the Kroměříž Music Collection.