Vojtěch Semerád

Vojtěch Semerád is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory, the Faculty of Pedagogy of Charles University in Prague (choral conducting) and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (baroque violin in the class of François Fernandez). He was a finalist in the International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg. He is developing his interest in Gregorian chant and vocal polyphony in his doctoral studies at the Pontifical Institute of Musica Sacra in Rome, and is a regular guest at the Choeur Grégorien de Paris.

He is a member of the Collegium Marianum, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of 17th and 18th century music, and one of the few professional ensembles in the country with this profile, whose repertoire includes not only concert works but also regular theatre projects. In addition to its regular concert activity in Prague, the ensemble carries out extensive projects with important foreign conductors, soloists, directors and choreographers (Andrew Parrot, Peter Kooij, Sergio Azzolini, Benjamin Lazar, etc.).

As a soloist and chamber musician, he appears on the major European stages and festivals (Theatre Champs Elyssée, Palau de Música Barcelona, Concertgebouw Rotterdam, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Bachfest Leipzig, Prague Spring, etc.) and regularly performs with ensembles such as Le Poéme Harmonique, Les Folies Françoises, Les Agrémens, etc. He has made recordings for Deutsche Gramophon, Naive and Supraphon and regularly records for Czech Television and Czech Radio.

Vojtěch Semerád is the artistic director of the vocal ensemble Cappella Mariana, with which he presents the annual Prague concert series Lenten Fridays and performs on national and European stages. As one of the few vocal ensembles in the Czech Republic, it specialises in the interpretation of medieval polyphony, Renaissance polyphony and early Baroque vocal works.


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