Jakub Kydlíček
Medieval ensemble music

Recorder player and conductor, one of the most sought-after figures on the scene of (not only) early music. In addition to classical education (oriental studies, history), he first studied recorder and conducting at the conservatory, than did postgraduate studies with Corina Marti at the prestigious Schola cantorum basiliensis. Later studied Renaissance polyphony at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano in the class of Diego Fratelli. During his studies he also completed a masterclass with a number of early music personalities (P. Holtslag, W. van Hauwe, A. Solomon, C. van Heerden, B. Honig, …) and further studied opera and orchestral conducting (G. Ch. Sandmann, C. Metters, M. Sieghart) and historical improvisation (M. Erhardt, J. Gundersen, P. Ayrton). He also gained his Ph.D. in History.

Holds a recorder faculty chair at the Prague Conservatoire, where he also conducts the Prague Conservatory Baroque Orchestra (BOPK). Here, under his leadership, a widely respected center for the study of early music was established. He also teaches recorder at Masaryk University in Brno and lectures at the University of Ostrava. As a lecturer he is invited to teach seminars and courses in early music, he also initiated the creation of several compositions for recorder.

Works with the ensembles Collegium 1704, Capella Regia, Collegium Marianum, Czech Ensemble Baroque, Barocco semper giovanne, … with which he has performed on leading European stages (Prague Spring, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Arriaga, Grand Theater de Luxembourg, Salzburger festspiele, Bachtage Leipzig , …). With ensembles Capella Mariana and Schola gragoriana pragensis, he focuses mainly on medieval and renaissance music.

With his ensembles Concerto Aventino and More Maiorum, he focuses mainly on lesser-known chapters of European music history. His conducting projects included, among others, Les Amours de Ragonde (Mouret), Abgesungene Betrachtungen (Micza), Czech Vespers (Ryba), The Fairy Queen (Purcell), Ariadne auf Naxos (Benda), Messiah (Handel), Easter Oratorio (Bach) and others. He led the Czech premieres of the operas Pygmalion (Rameau), Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (Händel) and Paride ed Elena (Gluck). Last season, he conducted the world premiere of A. Rejcha’s opera Guzmán.

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Jakub Kydlíček
Concerto Aventino

About The Class

Lessons will take place in the form of a masterclass, ie active teaching of one student with listening to others. For solo lessons, the student can bring any piece from the late Middle Ages to the contemporary. We will focus on technical and interpretive aspects of playing, including aspects of ornamentation and historically (in)formed improvisation. The student shall prepare one piece for each lesson (sonata, canzone, moteto, fantasie, suite, etc.). Please always come with a complete performing materiál, including all parts and scores.

Medieval and rennaissance ensembles
– class suitable for singers and instrumentalists (recorders, fiddles, plucked and bowed instruments)
– diapason in the ensemble class: 440Hz (if you wish otherwise contact me)
– already existing ensembles with their own repertoire are very welcome
– others can study pieces from Codex Reina

Suggested Repertoire

anything for the recorder from the Middle Ages to ca. 1750. You can pay special attention to, for example, Telemann’s fantasies, Bach’s solo sonatas, Bassano’s ricercatae or compositions from Codex Faenza …

Level Of Skills Required

Intermediate, advanced and professionals

Maximum number of students

Recorder - 6 / Medieval ensemble music - 3 ensembles

Teaching Languages

Czech, English, French, German