Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

Wappen der Grafen von Harrach zu Rohrau

Summer course on the interpretation of Early Music

Venue: Kunín château, Kunín 1, CZ–74253 Kunín, Czech Republic.

Dates: Classes and lecturers:

The course is designed for active participation by professionals, students from specialized music schools and for experienced amateurs with previous experience with Early Music. Participation is also possible for players of modern instruments with a serious interest to specialize on music of earlier periods (see the description of each class). Maximum 7 active participants per class.

Passive participation is possible for anyone who is interested in Baroque and Renaissance music and its performance practice.

Reportáž České televizeReport by Czech TV “Škola hry na barokní nástroje” (“School for playing baroque instruments”, Studio 6, 31.08.2014 09:23).
Foto: Zámek Kunín Foto: Zámek Kunín


Classes will be held at the stylish baroque château in Kunín fb: (Kunewald, “the little Moravian Mirabell”, 1726–1734).

Accommodation is provided by two dormitories of the Veterinarian University (Kunín No. 190 and Kunín No. 193). The buildings are 100 resp. 200 m from the château; it is a more modest housing with 3–5 bed rooms, the renovated bathroom facilities are located in the corridors. We will try to distribute the participants across the rooms to give maximum privacy.

Meals have been ordered in the château’s restaurant U dobré hraběnky (The Good Countess).


Please fill out the application form, which you can download here:

Deadline for applications is 15 July 2014, but we recommend to apply early due to the limited capacity of each class.


Tuition + accommodation + catering2850 Kč
(cca. 105 €)
1850 Kč
(cca. 70 €)
Tuition + accommodation2350 Kč
(cca. 90 €)
1350 Kč
(cca. 50 €)
Tuition + catering2500 Kč
(cca. 95 €)
1500 Kč
(cca. 55 €)
Tuition (without catering and accommodation)1600 Kč
(cca. 60 €)
600 Kč
(cca. 25 €)

(The exchange rate varies, but it is currently usually around 1 € = 27 Kč, see ČNB.)

The price includes:


Preliminary schedule

(Last updated: 9 May 2014.)

Thursday 28 August
15:0018:00arrival, registration, accommodation
19:30 teachers’ concert
20:30   ?free joint or individual program, exchange of experiences between the participants, etc.
Friday 29 August  +  Saturday 30 August
9:3013:00morning lessons
14:3018:00afternoon lessons
19:30   ?free joint or individual program, preparing for the final concert, exchange of experiences between the participants, etc.
(Saturday 30 August: participation in Night at the Chateau, 20:00–24:00)
Sunday 31 August
9:3013:00morning lessons
14:3017:00preparations for final concert
17:00 participants’ concert

Classes and lecturers

Foto: Laila Cathleen Neuman

Laila Cathleen Neuman (NL) — baroque gesture, song

This class is intended for singers with at least basic experience with Early Music, who in addition to singing techniques also want to improve their interpretive skills and stage performance. One of the specialities of the lecturer is baroque gesture, which will be applied to each individual student’s needs.

In the vocal lessons the students can either bring their ensemble piece or a solo piece, the attention in the lessons will vary between performance practice, vocal coaching, interpretation and background, presentation and pronunciation. The accent will lie on English repertoire from the Elisabethan era, but other compositions from the French, German and Italian repertoire are very welcome too. Class languages: EN, DE, NL, (FR).

◄◄◄  Laila Cathleen Neuman started her studies in the Netherlands with Christa Pfeiler and Susanna Waleson, before studying with Margaret Hayward at the G. Verdi conservatory in Milan, where she completed her bachelors cum laude. After this she studied with Breda Zakotnik and Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she obtained her master’s degree in Lied and Oratorio with honors. She participated in masterclasses with Dalton Baldwin, Max van Egmond, Johannette Zomer, Trevor Pinnock, and Angelika Kirschlager.

She has taken a special interest in baroque music, baroque dance and the art of historic gesture, for which she has been working with Margit Legler en Reinhold Kubik. She sang her debut as Second woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and sang the leading role in Il Parnaso Confuso by Gluck, in Salzburg, Vienna, Aarhus and Kopenhagen. Recent international activities include collaboration with Ensemble Esprit, Ensemble La Silva, Het Philadelphus Ensemble (members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra), Convivio d’Arte and with Jan Čižmář (theorbo and lute) in the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Italy.

Laila teaches historical gesture at this year’s Sastamala Gregoriana summer course (FI).

Foto: Maria Christina Cleary

Maria Christina Cleary (IE/IT) — harp

The class is open to players of all types of harps. The focus is on historical repertoire from middle ages to the 19th century, including basics of continuo playing and improvisation. Please indicate on the application your instrument, playing level and special interests (for instance, traditional folk music or contemporary music). Participants will have opportunity during the course to try historical harps. Class languages: EN, DE, NL, ES, IT, FR, PT.

◄◄◄  Native of Ireland, Maria Cleary holds degrees from Dublin, London (Trinity College), Den Haag and Bruxelles. She studied harp with Susanna Mildonian and Andrew Lawrence-King. As soloist she was prize winner at Utrecht Early Music Competition (1997), Nippon International Harp Competition (1996), Dutch National Harp Competition (1997). She participated at the International Harp Competitions in Israel, Geneve, Bruxelles and Madrid.

As an orchestral player she has worked as Principal Harpist in the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam and further held the position of Harpist at the RTE Concert Orchestra Ireland and worked in numerous orchestras in The Netherlands and Germany. Maria was the harpist of MusikFabrik Köln, a contemporary music ensemble for five years and also worked with Remix Ensemble Porto and Ensemble Prometheus Belgium. She has premiered more than 30 new pieces for ensemble. As soloist she has premiered pieces by T. Hosakawa (Darmstadt Festival 2002), D. Dennehy, J. Friedlin, R. Ayres, R. Sims, F. Devresse.

Specialising in Historical Harps, Maria owns an original classical harp from 1780, arpa doppia, arpa de dos ordenes and medieval harps. She has developed a chromatic medieval harp where she plays repertoire from the 13th to the 15th century, e.g. on recordings with Tetraktys. In 2006, she performed Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with Portland Baroque Orchestra and Arion Ensemble Montreal to great acclaim. She has performed with most Baroque ensembles throughout Europe. Maria performs regularly with Davide Monti under the name Arparla, a violin/harp duo specialising in the repertoire from the 17th century to the 19th century.

Maria has been guest teacher at the Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague, Guildhall School of Music London and holds a teaching post at the Conservatory of Music in Padua.

Zach Adams Photography
Foto: Davide Monti

Davide Monti (IT) — improvisation & violin

The class will focus on historically informed improvisation. Improvisation is a major but often neglected element in Early Music. According to David, improvisation is not just a matter of style and respect for the formal aspects of the work, but also a reflection of what is happening inside the artist (soul). The course content will therefore stimulate three equally important aspects: taste and style based on historical information, the study of structure and form, and last but not least, communication and psychological aspects of improvisation. The course will confront theoretical and practical aspects, like on where and when to improvise, the different consequences within interpersonal communication in music, and the influence on improvisation from apparently unrelated disciplines such as theatre and dance. A more detailed description of David’s method of teaching and a tentative schedule can be found here.

The class is primarily intended for violinists and players of melodic instruments, but also for singers and other musicians who wish to broaden their view of improvisation as an essential aspect of musical expression. Violinists are also welcome to bring solo literature they wish to work on in a masterclass setting; please indicate this on the application. Class languages: EN, FR, IT, (ES).

◄◄◄  After his Primary Degree from the Conservatory in Parma, Davide Monti specialised in Early Music with numerous professors (E. Gatti, E. Parizzi, S. Richie, M. Huggett). Davide’s playing has evolved thanks to collaboration with great musicians of our time: from Ton Koopman to Alberto Rasi, Vittorio Ghielmi to Michael Radulescu, Marcello Scandelli to Roberta Invernizzi, Gemma Bertagnolli to Stefano Veggetti, Stefano Montanari to Sergio Vartolo.

As leader of many ensembles he is known for his energy and charisma, creating a special sound in an orchestra. He has been leader of numerous orchestras including The European Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), Il Tempio Armonico, Athestis e Accademia de li Musici, Il Complesso Barocco, Cordia, Teatro Armonico. He is noted for his work with small chamber groups and chamber orchestras including Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Ensemble il Falcone, le Parlement de Musique and Arparla with the harpist Maria Christina Cleary, — encounters that are precious moments for research and experimentation.

This formed the idea of the score being a canvas, every performance and interpretation is different. Supporting this philosophy, he focuses on the Art of improvising; as in Early Music performing practise the experience of improvising is paralleled to other branches of “cultured” Art (jazz, theatre, traditional music, dance).

Davide has given Masterclasses in Japan, lectured at Makerere University and in Kampala, and at Summer Courses in Italy. He performed as Soloist with the Orchestra of the Arena in Verona. He has recorded for many record labels: Agorà, Bongiovanni, Brilliant, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Dynamics, Naive, Opus 111, ORF, Radio Svizzera Italiana, Sonica, Stradivarius and Tactus. He performs throughout the world (America, Africa, Europe, Japan) and received great acclaim in Argentina and Brazil as director and soloist.

Foto: Marc Hervieux

Marc Hervieux (FR) — recorder

The class is designed for players of higher conservatory level. The course will focus on the repertorire of 17. century connected to J. van Eycka’s collection and the French baroque style (suites, preludes, ornamentation). It is expected, that participants will play in a′=415 Hz. If you do not have instrument at that pitch, please contact the organisers before you submit your application. Class languages: FR, DE, (EN), (SP).

◄◄◄  Marc Hervieux studied the recorder in the class of Jean-François Alizon at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg where he obtained a gold medal and a Chamber Music prize at unanimity (1992). This was followed with a specialization course with Patrick Blanc dealing with contemporary recorder repertoire. He obtained the specialization diploma with honors (1997). In addition, Marc started studying song, baroque oboe and traverso and was able to work with Hugo Reyne, Marcos Volontario, Jean-Pierre Pinet and Gilles de Talhouet. He created in 1996 the baroque music ensemble Le Masque with which he performs in France and abroad in a wide variety of programs. In 2005 he created the Academy of Baroque Music in Neuwiller-Lès-Saverne. Since 1991, he teaches recorder at the School of Music of Sélestat and the Conservatoire de Musique de Mulhouse.

Foto: Jan Kvapil

Jan Kvapil (CZ) — recorder

The class is intended for players at senior year at the conservatory. The lecturer is prepared to work on any solo, chamber and ensemble repertoire for instruments from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as dealing with playing technique. Please indicate your preference in the application. We recommend that you bring at least one instrument tuned to a′=415 Hz. If your instrument has a different tuning, please consult in advance with the teacher about your attendance. Class languages: CS, EN, (DE), (FR).

◄◄◄  Jan Kvapil studied recorder with P. Holtslag at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with C. van Heerden at Linz Conservatory, graduating as Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (London, 2001). In 2011 he completed his doctoral studies at Palacký University in Olomouc, earning the academic degree Ph.D. He has performed with renowned local and international ensembles, recorded for radio, television and music publishing, currently he performs most frequently in a duo with the lutenist J. Čižmár.

His interests centre on teaching activities. He founded the First Weekend School for playing the recorder in Prague, and the Olomouc Weekend School for playing recorder, which focus on the continued education of music school teachers. Under his leadership there have been seminars at many places in the Czech Republic to supplement the education of pedagogs. He is the artistic director of the Summer School of Early Music in Prachatice, where leading Czech and international names play and teach. He also publishes printed music and translates scholary literature. He teaches recorder at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava; in the years 2006–2012 he worked in the Department of Music Pedagogy at Palacký University in Olomouc, and in 2014 he started to teach at the Academy of Ancient Music at Masaryk University in Brno.

Foto: Marta Kratochvílová

Marta Kratochvílová (CZ) — traverso

The class is open to players who already own and play a historical instrument, as well as to players of modern flute or recorder who are interested in a baroque or renaissance flute and its repertoire. There will be some baroque flutes and a renaissance consort available for playing by the participants. Please indicate on the application the planned solo repertoire. In addition to solo lessons, some time will be devoted to chamber music and renaissance consort. Class languages: CS, FR, (DE), (EN).

◄◄◄  Marta Kratochvílová studied flute at the Conservatory in Pardubice and then at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. In 2000 began her studies in France at the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg, where she specialized in baroque and renaissance flute with Jean-François Alizon and Nancy Hadden, and chamber music with Martin Gester and Patrick Blanc. She has participated in masterclasses and workshops by prominent figures such as Paul McCreesh, Barthold Kuijken, Jan Latham-Koenig and Sir Neville Marriner. In France she played baroque and renaissance flute extensively in the ensembles Le Parlement de Musique Strasbourg, Bohemia duo and NotaBene. She also performed renaissance workshops (Ferrara, Munich, Stuttgart, Basel) with a consort of traverso players from Strasbourg.

Since 2010 she lives in the Czech Republic while performing regularly throughout Europe. In chamber and solo projects she cooperates closely with artists such as Jan Čižmář, Karel Fleischlinger, Joel Frederiksen, Martin Jakubíček, Petr Kolař, Ján Krigovský, Marcin Świątkiewicz, Marc Vonau and Petr Wagner. She is also leader of the renaissance flute consort Tourdion.

As a teacher with many years of experience she is invited to presentations and masterclasses throughout Europe; she teaches also privately baroque and renaissance traverso playing and interpretation.

Foto: Jan Čižmář

Jan Čižmář (CZ) — lute

The class is open to players who already own a historical instrument, or guitarists who want to take the first steps. For this purpose, instruments can be rented on-site. The studied repertoire will follow the individual needs of the participants, with time devoted to the fundamentals of continuo playing, renaissance consort music, and the lute repertoire from the archives of the Harrach family, the builders of Kunin château. Class languages: CS, EN, PL, DE, (FR).

◄◄◄  Jan Čižmář is a versatile performer focusing on historical plucked instruments. He performs regularly in Europe, Asia and the USA with ensembles such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Capella Cracoviensis, and under conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Giovanni Antonini, Yannick Nézet–Séguin and Christina Pluhar. He appears also as soloist with of baroque and renaissance repertoire.

After graduation in guitar and musicology in his native Brno he studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where he began playing the lute in the class of Jakob Lindberg. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with the teachers Nigel North, Joachim Held, Mike Fentross and Christina Pluhar.

He was the founder and editor of the Czech guitar magazine Kytara and contributes regularly to other musical periodicals. He is also intensely involved with publishing and research activities in the field of early music.

Jan Čižmář taught lute and related instruments at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in Poland; currently he is teaching at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno and at the Academy of Ancient Music at Masaryk University in Brno. He regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Europe and overseas.


Travel information

Kunín is a village in the North-Eastern corner of the Czech Republic (Moravian-Silesian Region).

Poland (state border)45 km to the North
Slovakia (state border)50 km to South-East
Prague (capital of Czech Republic)1,300,000 inhabitants300 km to the West
Ostrava (head of Moravian-Silesian Region)300,000 inhabitants40 km to North-East
Nový Jičín (district city)24,000 inhabitants7 km to the South
Kunín (village)1,900 inhabitants 
Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava in Mošnov (IATA: OSR) 16 km to North-East
Taxi from airport, tel. +420 733 766 766 23 km on main roads
Bus from airport   (cca. 43–87 Kč / 2–3 €, but slow)  
Hranice na Moravě train station (Eurocity Praha – Ostrava – Žilina) 30 km to the West
Studénka train station (line 270 Česká Třebová – Přerov – Bohumín) 12 km to North-East
Suchdol nad Odrou train station 6 km to North-West
Bus stop Zdravotní středisko (bus route Suchdol nad Odrou – Nový Jičín) 1200 m to the South
Bus stop U kovárny (Ostrava – Studénka – Nový Jičín  &  Fulnek – Nový Jičín) 200 m to the South

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The event is organised by:

Hudební lahůdky, o. s.
Cacovická 729/50
CZ–61400 Brno-Husovice

IČ: 22719458
Chairman: Jan Čižmář
Phone: +420 606 222 416

Thank you

The workshop takes place with financial support by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

For goodwill and pleasant cooperation we thank the municipality Kunin (mayoress Mrs. Dagmar Novosadová), Kunin château (warden Mr. Jaroslav Zezulčík, Nový Jičín museum), restaurant U dobré hraběnky, and the management of Nový Jičín school farm under VFU Brno.

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