Richard Šeda
Cornetto
Chamber music / Brass instruments


Richard Šeda graduated in trumpet at the Conservatory in České Budějovice in the class of Jiří Pelikán. Already during his studies he was interested in the so-called historically informed interpretation of early music. He was initially self-taught in playing the cornetto and gained his first concert experience in the Ritornello ensemble under the direction of Michael Pospíšil. In 2005, he began his private study of the cornetto at several performance courses in Prague and France with the French player Judith Pacquier.

Among his performances in many foreign early music ensembles, we can mention Concerto Copenhagen, Marini Consort Insbruck, L’Arpa Festante München, Wiener Hofburgkapelle, Clemencic Consort Wien. In the Czech Republic, he collaborates with ensembles such as Cappella Mariana, Collegium Marianum, Ensemble Inégal, Collegium 1704 and others. He has also gained valuable playing experience alongside players such as William Dongois and Bork – Frithjof Smith.

In 2007 he founded his own ensemble Capella Ornamentata, focusing on music of the 16th and 17th centuries. Capella Ornamentata has made numerous appearances on national and international stages and festivals of early music and has also been featured on radio and television. In 2016, the Carmelite Publishing House released their first CD “Da pacem Domine” with an international cast and mapping the music of pre-Blohemian Bohemia, and in 2019, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the second CD “Ad Matrem venite” with music from the archbishop’s archive in Kroměříž.

An integral part of Richard Šeda’s musical life is also his hometown Dačice. He teaches recorder and trumpet at the local Primary School of Arts and, in addition to frequent performances with his pupils, he has also achieved success in national competitions of ZUŠ.

He is also a lecturer on the cornetto at the Summer School of Early Music in Valtice. He is the co-founder and musical dramaturge of the regional Baroque Arts Festival Dačické baroko. He is also involved in music research and the preservation of old prints. His research contribution in the field of music in the Kroměříž archive was mentioned in Jiří Sehnal’s book “Pavel Josef Vejvanovský and the Kroměříž music collection”.

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Capella Ornamentata

About The Class

Cornetto-class will take form of solo lessons and ensemble music. Brass-class will take form of ensemble lessons working on pieces to be played before the evening concerts of ISSEM.

Suggested Repertoire

In the cornetto-class we will concentrate on 17thcentury repertoire. In the Brass-class we will work on intradas and similar pieces mostly from 18th century.

Level Of Skills Required

intermedate, advanced & professionals

Maximum number of students

Cornetto - 6 / Ensemble music - 10

Teaching Languages

Czech, English, German

Active Participants – Cornetto

Active Participants – Ensemble music (16th–17th century)