Jakub Kydlíček
Medieval ensemble music

After finishing his studies in recorder and orchestral conducting at the Conservatory in Pilsen he continued in postgraduate studies at Schola cantorum basiliensis with Corina Marti. During his studies, Jakub participated in masterclasses and lessons with leading personalities of early music (Peter Holstlag, Ashley Solomon, Walter van Hauwe, Carin van Heerden, Bert Honig,…). He devoted himself to further opera conducting studies with G. Ch. Sandmann and C. Metters as well as historical improvisation and continuo (P. Ayerton, M. Erhardt, J. Gundersen). In 2018 he gained his Ph.D. in History.
Soon after graduating, he was appointed a teacher at the Prague Conservatoire. In 2012 he became a director of the Prague Conservatory Baroque orchestra with whom he became the laureate of Czech radio competition Concerto Bohemia. As a lecturer, he is often invited to lead seminars and courses of early music (Valtice, Holešov) and is a frequent guest of jury competitions. Since 2018 he holds a position as recorder lecturer at Masaryk university Brno.
As a recorder player, he performs regularly with a number of early music ensembles such as Collegium 1704, Capella Regia, Collegium Marianum, Czech Ensemble Baroque,… with whom he performed in prestigious European scenes (Prague Spring, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Arriaga, Grand Theater de Luxembourg, Salzburger Festspiele, Concentus Moraviae, …). With Schola gregoriana pragensis he recorded a CD devoted to the music in time of Charles IV.
In 2009 he founded his own ensemble CONCERTO AVENTINO and is also a founding member of the TRE FONTANE trio. As a conductor he performed some of the baroque masterpieces such as Zelenka´s Sub olea Pacis or Purcell´s semi-opera The Fairy Queen. Recently he did perform czech premieres of operas Pigmalion by J. Ph. Rameau or Aci, Galatea e Polifemo by G. F. Haendel or Gluck’s Paride ed Elena at Smetana’s Litomyšl festival.


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Jakub Kydlíček
Concerto Aventino

About The Class

Attention will be focused on the appropriate style, technical aspects and interpretation specifics of the repertoire. I recommend that you bring a new piece for each lesson. You can of course also come with chamber compositions and in various casts with your own ensemble or accompanist. The work will take place in the form of a masterclass, where one student plays and the others listen.

Medieval ensemble music:
The work will be focused on the repertoire issues from 1300 to 1600. Advanced players and singers are welcome, technical ability, prima vista playing and transposing skills required.

Suggested Repertoire

– sonatas in Italian style (Haendel, Sammartini, Barsanti, Corelli) or  “how to (un)decorate Adagio?”
– madrigal, motet, ricercar of the 16th century or “how to create your own diminutions?“
– French dance suites (Hotteterre, Boismortier, Philidor) or „dance characters in practice“
“flauto dolce et acerbo” or anything avant-garde for recorder from the 20th century.
– anything else according to students ideas :-)

How to improve technique through improvisation
Every morning, the lessons begins with a short technical session, where we focus on how to
create a short improvised etude. Here we will combine not only individual technical and
harmonious thinking, but also the ability to use improvisation to train intonation and ear
training exercises.

Medieval ensemble music:
„Ex Tempore“
Beside the repertoire pieces, we’ll touch other fascinating topics:
– How to improvise „Istampie“?
– Madrigal and motet in 16th century – diminutions in practice
– „Super librum“ or creating additional parts
– Ricercar and Fantasia – improvisation around 1600
Recorders, fiddles, lutes, keyboard instruments, singers. Pitch 440Hz

Level Of Skills Required

Intermediate, advanced and professionals

Maximum number of students

Recorder - 6 / Medieval ensemble music - 4 ensembles

Teaching Languages

Czech, English, French, German

Active Participants – Recorders

    1. Karolína Janková
    2. Veronika Sedláčková
    3. Jakub Řehořek

Active Participants – Medieval ensemble music

    1. Pavel Jirásek
    2. Eva Polednová
    3. René Jirásek
    4. Martina Záhorová
    5. Jan Záhora
    6. Vlastimil Kovář
    7. Jana Kovářová
    8. Ladislav Horký
    9. Martina Horká
    10. Benjamin Bartl