Monika Knoblochová

After graduating from the Prague Conservatory, she studied harpsichord at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of Giedré Lukšaité-Mrázková and in consultations with Zuzana Růžičková, as well as musicology at Charles University in Prague. From 1996 to 1998 she studied at the Dresdner Akademie für alte Musik with John Toll and from 2000 at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne in the class of Ketil Haugsand, where she received her final diploma in 2002. In the same year, she enriched these studies with a three-month stay at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in the class of Jacques Ogg. In 2005, she completed her studies with a Master’s degree under Christine Schornsheim at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. In 2011 she defended her doctorate at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
In 1999, Monika Knoblochová won the 3rd prize and the title of laureate at the Prague Spring International Competition and the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation Prize for the best performance of the Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra. In 2002 she became the holder of the prestigious Davidoff Prix of the Czech Republic, in 2003 she received together with Jana Semerádová (baroque transverse flute), the 3rd prize and the title of laureate at “16. Grosser Förderpreiswettbewerb ”in Munich in the category of historically informed interpretation of early music, and in the same year she added the Bohuslav Martinů Society Award on the Young Stage in Karlovy Vary.
Monika Knoblochová has recorded a number of compact discs. Her first CD for Supraphon with the ensemble for harpsichord by B. Martinů (2005) was awarded by international critics – 4 Diapasons d’Or, 10 Jokers and CD of the month by Crescendo magazine, Le Monde de la Musique. In 2006, together with cellist P. Nouzovský, she recorded Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord by J. S. Bach for Cube Bohemia. On the occasion of the recital at the Prague Spring International Festival, she released the CD Invence by J. S. Bach and J. Novák in the spring of 2007, again for Cube Bohemia. In 2009 she realized a 2CD with complete works for harpsichord by J. Teml, which was published by Radioservis, and in 2012 she released Sonatas for Piano with Flute and Cello by L. Koželuh at Supraphon, which had their world premiere in an interpretation of period instruments. In 2014, she released a CD called Goethe in Songs at Radioservis, focusing on V. J. Tomášek’s song and piano legacy.
He regularly records for Czech Radio both compositions from the field of early music (in 2011 an extensive cycle of L. Koželuh’s trios, which was followed in 2012 by V. Jírovec’s trio work) and contemporary works (M. Kopelent, J. Teml, L. Sommer, I. Bláha etc.)
Monika Knoblochová regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician at home and abroad (Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Poland, Spain). He collaborates with a number of soloists – Clara Nováková, Petr Nouzovský, Kamila Mazalová, Jana Semerádová (duo seraphim) etc., and ensembles – Czech Ensemble Baroque, Musica Aeterna, Collegium 1704, Berg Orchestra, etc. Her diverse repertoire ranges from an authentic interpretation of early music through classical to contemporary music.
Since 2008, it has been organizing its own concert line, the Café crème Music Salon, consisting of new, inventive dramaturgies combining old and modern music, the spoken word, dance and theater.
Since 2006 she has been leading the harpsichord class at the Summer School of Early Music in Holešov, since 2007 she has been a harpsichord teacher at the Academy of Early Music at Masaryk University in Brno and in 2011-2013 she also worked as a harpsichord teacher at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ostrava. Since autumn 2015, he has been teaching harpsichord at HAMU in Prague


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