Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

Summer course on the interpretation of Early Music

Map of the Czech Republic, showing that Bučovice is located 35 km east of Brno.  Kunín is 45 km southwest of Ostrava.
  Course 1 Course 2
  Course 1+2
Where Bučovice château Kunín château
Wed 27 Jul 2016, 15:00
Mon 1 Aug 2016, 09:00
Mon 1 Aug 2016, 15:00
Sat 6 Aug 2016, 09:00
Basic package
with full board
5880 Kč (ca. 242 €) 5880 Kč (ca. 242 €)
11760 Kč (ca. 481 €)
DVPP course
with full board
Not offered separately 11600 Kč (ca. 474 €)
16340 Kč (ca. 667 €)
Prices include tuition fee, accommo­dation and full board.
Group lessonsEnsemble: All lecturers   (Course 1+2)
Improvisation: Davide Monti   (Course 2)
Individual lessons in the subjectsHistorical gesture: Laila Cathleen Neuman   (Course 2)
Solo singing: Laila Cathleen Neuman   (Course 2)
Recorder: Bolette Roed   (Course 1+2)
Recorder: Suzanne van der Helm   (Course 1)
Traverso: Marta Kratochvílová   (Course 1+2)
Violin: Martyna Pastuszka   (Course 2)
Violin: Davide Monti   (Course 2)
Viola da gamba: Petr Wagner   (Course 1, from 28.07.)
Harpsichord (+ b.c.): Aline Zylberajch   (Course 1, 26.07.–30.07.)
Harpsichord (+ b.c.): Barbara Maria Willi   (Course 1+2)
Organ (+ b.c.): Barbara Maria Willi   (Course 2)
Harp (+ b.c.): Maria Christina Cleary   (Course 2)
Lutes etc. (+ b.c.): Cristián Gutiérrez   (Course 1+2)
Lutes etc. (+ b.c.): Jan Čižmář   (Course 1+2)
Deadline for registration
15.06.2016for candidates for a scholarship.
30.06.2016to allow for guaranteed accommodation.
Basic package includes for each course:
You can adjust the number of lessons in the application form according to your needs. We offer a limited number of scholarships; you can find more information about the conditions for receiving scholarships here.

Target audience

The course is intended for active participation by professionals, students from specialized music schools and for experienced amateurs with previous experience with Early Music. Active participation is also possible for players of modern instruments with a serious interest in music of earlier periods (see the description of each subject).

Passive participation is possible for anyone who is interested in baroque and renaissance music and its performance practice. Passive participants can follow the lessons in any of the classes and have free access to concerts and lectures.


Bučovice château

Zámek 1,
68501 Bučovice,
Czech Republic

Lessons will be in the renaissance château in Bučovice . It is a unique building in the late Italian renaissance (mannerist) Style (1575–1585), the courtyard features arcaded loggias and a newly renovated and fully operational fountain from 1635, and the château contains many reliefs and paintings, some with musical themes.

Accommodation is provided by Hotel Arkáda Wheelchair accessible (náměstí Svobody 32, 68501 Bučovice), located just 100 metres from the castle. This is a quality accommodation with 2-bed rooms and private facilities. If at all possible, we will try to fulfil your wishes about who shares room with whom.

Meals: Breakfast is provided in the hotel’s restaurant, lunch and dinner in the café in the château (Kavárna na zámku, restaurant Litovel).

If you do not use the offer for accommodation and food, the price will be reduced correspondingly. The exact amount is shown when you fill out the registration form.

Kunín château

Kunín 1,
74253 Kunín,
Czech Republic

Lessons will be in the stylish baroque château in Kunín (Kunewald, “the little Moravian Mirabell”, 1726–1734) and in the church of the Exaltation of the Cross (1810–1811), which is connected with the château through a wooden covered bridge.

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).

If you do not use the offer for accommodation and food, the price will be reduced correspondingly. The exact amount is shown when you fill out the registration form.

Throne Room, Archbishops’ château, Kroměříž (Kremsier) — concert 25 July 2016 — Aline Zylberajch (harpsichord), Marta Kratochvílová (traverso).

Kroměříž château — fringe concerts

We also invite you to two performances with the lecturers within our concert activities at the Archbishop’s château in Kroměříž (Kremsier), a UNESCO world heritage monument:

If you would like to visit any of the concerts, we can help organising accommodation. The proceeds from the ticket sale (single admission 100 Kč, additional voluntary contributions without limits) will go to the preservation of the music manuscripts in the Kroměříž collection.

Description of the subjects


Individual lessons in the subjects:

Historical gesture
:   Laila Cathleen Neuman (NL) Kunín
Within the framework of individual lessons, the participants will have a chance to discover the secrets of gesture and familiarize themselves with the use of gesture for the performance of Early Music. The lessons are intended not only for singers, but for anyone who wants to try the basic components in practice and get a taste for, how many facets gesture offers and how deeply it can be connected, not only to our body, but also to our voice, breath and (musical) ideas. The elements underlying the lessons are based on the Treatise on Rhetorical Delivery by Gilbert Austin (1753–1837). The topic of historical gesture will also be presented briefly at an open workshop for all participants of the course.
Solo singing
:   Laila Cathleen Neuman (NL) Kunín
In the classes we will look at each piece and its performer as a whole, and work from there, be it from the side of musical interpretation, historical gesture, vocal technique, pronunciation, and delivery of the text. All of them serving the purpose of making a performance more complete, and the a student more comfortable and confident performer, ready to explore his or her own possibilities. The musical choice is free, with a preference of the English and Italian repertoire.

Singers are also welcome on the course in Bučovice where they can develop their interpretive skills in ensembles led by teachers with extensive international experience.

:   Marta Kratochvílová (CZ) Bučovice + Kunín
The class is intended for players of baroque or renaissance traverse flutes. Also welcome are players of modern flute and other types of flutes, who want to embark on traverso. To the extent it is possible, the classes at the two venues will try to position themselves thematically:
:   Suzanne van der Helm (NL/SK) Bučovice, Bolette Roed (DK) Bučovice + Kunín
Students are welcome to bring any repertoire they want, but each lecturer’s class will have different emphasis:
:   Marie Christina Cleary (IE/FR) Kunín
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 the basics of continuo playing and improvisation. Please indicate in the application your instrument, playing level and special interests (for instance, traditional folk music or contemporary music). Players of modern instruments are also welcome. Participants will have the opportunity during the course to try historical harps. Please contact the organisers about transport options and the availability of historical instruments.
:   Barbara Maria Willi (DE/CZ) Kunín
Hauptwerk Rückpositiv
Prinzipal 8′   †
Salicional 8′
Bourdon 8′
Oktav 4′   ‡
Flöte 4′   ‡
Quinte 2⅔′   ‡
Superoktava 2′   ‡
Terz 1⅗′
Mixtur 1⅓′
Flauto major 8′
Prinzipal 4′   §
Piccolo 2′
Quinte 1⅓′
Subbass 16′
Oktavbass 8′
Choralbass 4′
‡ vor 1846     † 1846     § 1899 (?)
Tonumfang:  C–d′′′ / C–a, mit kurzer Oktave.
Stimmtonhöhe:  a′ = 438 Hz (7 °C) / 446 Hz (18 °C).
Temperatur:  annähernd gleichstufig.
Wind:  72 mm WS.
The organ in Kunín – Photo: Jiří Krátký. Organists with any repertoire are welcome. The lessons take place in the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross which is connected with the château through a covered wooden bridge. The organ was built in 1846 by Johann Neußer, Neutitschein (Nový Jičín), using seven registers from an older instrument (Johann Kuttler?). The second manual (the positive) was added around 1899, probably by his son Karel Neußer, apparently using the case from an older organ by Frantz Horčička (1745–1800, Friedeck/Frýdek). The instrument was renovated in 1995–1996 by Jan Kubát (Kutná Hora) and Jiří Filípek (Třeboň).
:   Aline Zylberajch (FR) Bučovice, Barbara Maria Willi (DE/CZ) Bučovice + Kunín
Players with any repertoire are welcome.
Lute & guitar
:   Cristián Gutiérrez (CL), Jan Čižmář (CZ) Bučovice + Kunín
This course addresses not only lutenists and players of the baroque guitar, but also guitarists with no prior experience with playing on historical instruments. There will be instruments to borrow on-site. Any repertoire is welcome. Both tutors teach basso continuo, but otherwise their classes focus as follows:
Basso continuo
:   Lecturers of harmony instruments  Bučovice + Kunín
The approach to basso continuo realization is often very individual and depends on the player’s personality, but also on the possibilities of his instrument. Our team of lecturers offers a varied view on these issues and new information for everybody, even for players with prior experience. The lessons will carried out in groups of players with similar focus. Important will be the mutual sharing of considerations and perceptions from common practice as well as bringing theoretical treatises into life.
:   Martyna Pastuszka (PL) Kunín, Davide Monti (IT/FR) Kunín
The teachers and students will work with sundry repertoire, the tone production and technical aspects of violin playing. Students are expected to bring music of their own choice, but we encourage facsimile editions of original prints or manuscripts.
Viola da gamba
:   Petr Wagner (CZ) Bučovice
The class is open to all interested players above middle advanced levels. An own instrument (6- or 7-stringed viola da gamba) is prerequisite for participation. Recommended repertoire: 16.–18. century, solo literature or combined with chamber music (D. Ortiz, Ch. Simpson, T. Hume, Sainte Colombe, M. Marais, G. Finger, A. Forqueray, Ch. Dollé, J. S. Bach, G. F. Telemann, C. P. E. Bach, C. F. Abel, etc.)

Group lessons in the subjects:

:   Davide Monti (IT/FR) Kunín
The class is open to all who wish to broaden their view of improvisation as an essential aspect of musical expression. The work will be in two groups, each morning there will also be a shared improvisational warm-up for all.

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.

:   All lecturers  Bučovice + Kunín
Gaining proficiency in ensemble playing is an integral part of the education in Early Music. To facilitate this, our Basic Package includes 3 lessons (à 60 minutes) of playing in specialized ensembles, which will take place at the end of the day. In addition, you can register for further group lessons of ensemble music with any of the tutors. In the application form, please indicate your preferences of style, cast, repertoire, tutor, etc.
DVPP course
:   All lecturers  Bučovice + Kunín
We offer an extension of the participation for teachers of primary and secondary music schools in the form of a course accredited within the system for Further Education of Pedagogs (DVPP) of the Czech Ministry of Education (MŠMT). The practical training of the participants under the guidance of an international team of experts in the field of education and interpretation of Early Music will be complemented by special lectures on carefully chosen topics, like for instance Ornamentation, Improvisation, Basso continuo or Historical Pedagogy. This enables teachers to expand their theoretical and practical expertise in the fields of the performance and teaching of Early Music and the related repertoire. This is a very wide area, and therefore we offer this course repeatedly, each year covering different topics.

Tentative schedule

Schedule — Bučovice château (Course 1)

Wednesday 27 July 2016
13:3015:00 Registration, accommo­dation
15:0015:45 Tutti Ornamentation according to Monteclair
16:0016:50 Tuition (1 lessons)
16:5018:30 Tuition (2 lessons) †
18:3019:30 Dinner
19:30   Social event:
Who’s who?
Thursday 28 July 2016
8:009:00 Breakfast
9:1510:10 Tutti French dance suite
10:1013:00 Tuition (3 lessons) †
13:0014:00 Lunch
14:3017:20 Tuition (3 lessons)
17:2018:20 Ensemble
18:3019:30 Dinner
19:30   Teachers’ concert
Friday 29 July 2016
8:009:00 Breakfast
9:1510:10 Tutti TBD
10:1013:00 Tuition (3 lessons) †
13:0014:00 Lunch
14:3017:20 Tuition (3 lessons)
17:2018:20 Ensemble
18:3019:30 Dinner
19:30   ? Free programme
Saturday 30 July 2016
8:009:00 Breakfast
9:1510:10 Tutti TBD
10:1013:00 Tuition (3 lessons) †
13:0014:00 Lunch
14:3017:20 Tuition (3 lessons)
17:2018:20 Ensemble
18:3019:30 Dinner
19:30   ? Free programme
Sunday 31 July 2016
8:009:00 Breakfast
9:1510:10 Tutti TBD
10:1012:30 Tuition (3 lessons)
12:3013:30 Lunch
14:0016:00 Concert prepa­rations
16:30   Participants’ concert
18:0019:00 Dinner
Monday 1 August 2016
8:009:00 Breakfast
9:45   Departure to Kunín
(Course 2)
† This block starts with a special DVPP lecture. Attendance is mandatory for DVPP course participants; other participants are welcome.

Schedule — Kunín château (Course 2)

Monday 1 August 2016
13:3015:00 Registration, accommo­dation
15:0015:45 Tutti Baroque music in colonial America
16:0018:30 Tuition (3 lessons) ‡
18:3019:30 Dinner
19:30   Opening ceremony
Tuesday 2 August 2016
8:009:00 Breakfast
9:1510:10 Tutti Improvisation (intro­duction)
10:1013:00 Tuition (3 lessons) ‡
13:0014:00 Lunch
14:3017:20 Tuition (3 lessons) †
17:2018:20 Ensemble
18:3019:30 Dinner
19:30   Teachers’ concert
Wednesday 3 August 2016
8:009:00 Breakfast
9:1510:10 Tutti TBD
10:1013:00 Tuition (3 lessons) ‡
13:0014:00 Lunch
14:3017:20 Tuition (3 lessons) †
17:2018:20 Ensemble
18:3019:30 Dinner
19:30   ? Free programme
Thursday 4 August 2016
8:009:00 Breakfast
9:1510:10 Tutti TBD
10:1013:00 Tuition (3 lessons) ‡
13:0014:00 Lunch
14:3017:20 Tuition (3 lessons) †
17:2018:20 Ensemble
18:3019:30 Dinner
19:30   ? Free programme
Friday 5 August 2016
8:009:00 Breakfast
9:1510:10 Tutti TBD
10:1013:30 Tuition (3 lessons) ‡
13:0014:00 Lunch
14:3015:20 Tuition (2 lessons)
15:4017:40 Concert prepa­rations
18:0019:00 Dinner
19:30   Participants’ concert
Saturday 6 August 2016
8:009:00 Breakfast
9:00   Departure


19:00   Concert in Kroměříž
(teachers from course)
† This block starts with a special DVPP lecture. Attendance is mandatory for DVPP course participants; other participants are welcome.
‡ At this time there will be improvisation lessons in a closed group.


Laila Cathleen Neuman (NL) — Historical gesture, Solo singing

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 master’s degree with honors in Lied and Oratorio. 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 and 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 Copenhagen.

In 2015, collaborations with Performing Premodernity, Hudební lahůdky and {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna took her to the historical court theatres of Český Krumlov, Drottningholm and Valtice. Last season, she sang the title role in Domenico Sarri’s opera Didone abbandonata (artistic leader Jan Čižmář) in Poland and in the Czech Republic. Recent international activities also include collaborations with Ensemble La Silva, Het Philadelphus Ensemble (members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra), Convivio d’Arte, and Plaisirs de Musique in concerts throughout Europe.

Laila will be teaching historical gesture at the Sastamala Gregoriana summer course in Finland this summer.

Teaching languages: EN, DE, NL, (FR).

Marta Kratochvílová (CZ) — Traverso

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 until 2010, 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.

Today she lives in the Czech Republic and performs regularly throughout Europe. She appears in mostly chamber and solo projects with artists such as Jan Čižmář, Karel Fleischlinger, Joel Frederiksen, Martin Jakubíček, Petr Kolař, Ján Krigovský, Marcin Świątkiewicz, Marc Vonau, Petr Wagner, and with the ensembles {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna and Plaisirs de Musique, of which she is a founding member. She is also artistic 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.

Teaching languages: CS, FR, (DE), (EN).

Bolette Roed (DK) — Recorder

Bolette Roed graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (Dan Laurin) and Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse in Lyon (Pierre Hamon). She also holds a degree as Doctor of Medicine from the University of Copenhagen.

Bolette is an all-embracing musician, working not only with the classical repertoire for recorder, but also with improvisation, folk and world music. Her repertoire ranges from medieval through renaissance and baroque to contemporary music and she has world premiered a large number of works. As part of her innate curiosity, Bolette is constantly striving to expand the musical playground of the recorder. She works with many different instrument combinations and styles, including innovative co-operations such as with DJ’s, jazz musicians and the theatrical stages.

Bolette has toured as a soloist with Arte dei Suonatori, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Danish Orchestra. Her solo career took her to stages across Europe and USA. In addition to this, she often performs with her own unique ensembles, Gáman, Lune Rousse and Alpha, which was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2009. She appears on a number of recordings. “Royal Recorder Concertos” with Arte dei Suonatori (Dacapo), Alpha (Dacapo) and Alpha World (Gateway) with her trio Alpha, A Joker’s Tale with Paradox (BIS-CD) and Bach harpsichord concertos (Concerto Copenhagen, CPO) are just examples from her discography.

Bolette is co-founder and co-organiser of Denmark’s largest baroque music festival, Midsommerbarok, at Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, and she is head of the Early Music Department at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where she also teaches recorder since 2009.

Teaching languages: EN, FR, DA, (DE), (PL).

Suzanne van der Helm (NL/SK) — Recorder

Suzanne van der Helm, born at Rotterdam (the Netherlands), studied the recorder with Ricardo Kanji at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she graduated in 1989. From 1998 to 2002, she studied Early Vocal Music with Dr. Rebecca Stewart at the Brabants Conservatorium at Tilburg, specializing in playing and singing in the original languages from manuscripts in various historical notations. Her major discovery was that language and music have a strong interaction which cannot and should not be denied. Therefore she prefers to study the pieces from the original source whenever available, to stay as close as possible to the original idiom and sound.

She took part in programs for Dutch national radio and television, CD recordings and a concert tour to Croatia and Slovenia for the Zagreb and Brežice Festivals with broadcast and TV recordings. Both as recorder player and singer she performed in solo and ensemble projects in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Poland and England.

Next to her concert activities Suzanne is a passionate recorder teacher, vocal coach and ensemble leader, always at stake to find an occasion to spread the beauty and magic of (early) music, currently living in Bratislava (Slovakia).

Teaching languages: EN, DE, FR, NL, (SK).

Maria Christina Cleary (IE/FR) — Harp

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. She is currently completing an artistic Ph.D. at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

She has performed as soloist with, among others, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Bayerische Staatsoper, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Arion Ensemble Montreal and the RTE Concert Orchestra. In 2014, Maria was invited to perform a Concerto by J. B. Krumpholtz with the Orchestra of the Antipodes at The World Harp Congress in Sydney. This was the first time the harpe organisée was featured at the Congress. 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 has worked for years in the area of contemporary music, with MusikFabrik Köln and Remix Ensemble Porto. She has premièred over fifty pieces for solo harp and harp in ensemble, including Arc Song by T. Hosakawa at the Darmstadt Festival in 2002 with Peter Veale (oboe).

Specialising in historical harps, Maria performs on medieval harps, the Italian arpa doppia, the Spanish arpa de dos ordenes and the 18th century harpe organisée. She promotes a pedal technique that was exclusively used on harps with a single-action pedal mechanism. 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 teaches historical styles, improvisation and chamber music to both modern and historical harpists. She has taught at the Guildhall School of Music London, Conservatories of Singapore, Brisbane, Venice, Padova (2005–2008), Krakow Academy of Music, Sibelius Academy Helsinki and the Haute École de Musique de Genève. She holds the position of historical harp professor in Verona Conservatory, Italy. In 2016 she will give a masterclass at the Juilliard School of Music New York.

Teaching languages: EN, DE, NL, ES, IT, FR, PT.

Barbara Maria Willi (DE/CZ) — Harpsichord

Barbara Maria Willi studied harpsichord in Freiburg and Strasbourg, followed by post-graduate studies of performance practice, harpsichord and fortepiano with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1995 she won the “Prix d’encouragement – special mention” award in the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges. She is currently professor at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and Head of the newly created Department of Organ and historical interpretation (KVHI).

As a harpsichordist and pianoforte player, she performs with renowned artists such as Sergio Azzolini, Martina Janková, Jana Boušková, Doron Sherwin and Jos van Immerseel. She has performed at major venues, for instance the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Opera House in Zürich, the Concertgebouw in Utrecht, and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. Together with the famous British violinist John Holloway and lutenist Nigel North, she recorded newly discovered sonatas by J. H. Schmelzer from the music collection in Kromeříž (Kremsier). This recording was awarded the prize of the German Music Critics and made headlines in the USA.

In 2000, she realised a Händel project with the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená and the countertenor Thierry Grégoire at the Concentus Moraviae festival. The TV broadcast of this project won the prestigious Golden Prague 2000 prize. Another major music critics prize, the French “Choc du monde de musique”, was awarded to a record “Salve Mater„ with Schola Gregoriana Pragensis and the leading Belgian vocal ensemble Capilla Flamenca.

In 2005, she was jury member at the International Harpsichord Competition within the Prague Spring festival. In Brno, she founded “Barbara Maria Willi presents”, a successful concert series with Early Music. She is also guest artistic director of the international music festival Concentus Moraviae.

Teaching languages: DE, EN, FR, CS, PL.

Aline Zylberajch (FR) — Harpsichord

A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris, and of the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Aline Zylberajch started her career as a harpsichordist. She contributed to the early productions of ensembles such as La Chapelle Royale, Les Musiciens du Louvre and Martin Gester’s Le Parlement de Musique, with which she performed numerous operas and oratorios. These concerts fostered her predilection for vocal music and the way it is echoed in works written for keyboard instruments. Later, her interest in the music of the late 18th century led her naturally to an intensive involvement in the performance practice of the early piano and the amazing variety of instruments built at that time. This period, which also saw the increasing popularity of duos, trios and quartets with obbligato keyboard opened up a whole new field of research into chamber music, another one of her many passions.

Based in Strasbourg, where she teaches harpsichord at the Académie Supérieure de Musique, she travels extensively to give recitals both on the harpsichord and fortepiano and interpretation Masters classes (in Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Mexico, North America, Poland and Spain). She also teaches the pedagogy of the harpsichord at the Pedagogy Department of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.

Her recordings have received much praise in Classica, Gramophone, Early Music Review, etc. and several prizes such as “Diapason d’Or”, Répertoire, “Choc du Monde de la Musique”, etc.

Teaching languages: EN, FR, DE, ES.

Cristián Gutiérrez (CL) — Baroque guitar, vihuela, theorbo

Cristián Gutiérrez was born in Santiago, Chile, where he studied with Professor Ernesto Quezada at the Conservatory of Music, University of Chile. He was awarded a scholarship to travel to Spain for advanced studies with Juan Carlos Rivera (Sevilla) and Xavier Díaz-Latorre (Girona), and earned his M. A. at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague under guidance of Joachim Held. He has participated in courses and seminars of Early Music, notably under the direction of Hopkinson Smith.

Cristián has recorded more than 15 CDs, including the award winning anthology of colonial music A tocar, a cantar, a baylar and his solo CD Cifras Selectas de Guitarra for the label Carpe Diem, and he has appeared on live broadcasts in Chile, Spain, France, England, Holland and Portugal. He has performed as soloist and ensemble member together with notable personalities such as Monica Huggett, Bruce Dickey, Gabriel Garrido, Manfredo Kraemer, Pedro Estevan, Charles Toet, Michael Chance and Ventura Rico. He has appeared in more than 20 countries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Korea.

He is artistic leader of the trio La Pulsata. Since 2014 he is appointed Professor at the Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago de Chile.

Teaching languages: ES, EN, IT, FR.

Jan Čižmář (CZ) — Lute

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, and is the artistic leader of the ensemble Plaisirs de Musique.

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.

Teaching languages: CS, EN, PL, DE, (FR).

Zach Adams Photography

Davide Monti (IT/FR) — Improvisation & Violin

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.

Teaching languages: EN, FR, IT, (ES).

Martyna Pastuszka (PL) — Violin

Martyna Pastuszka has been devoted to historical performance practice since 2001. After her graduation from the Academy of Music in Katowice in 2004, she developped further as a member of the Polish ensemble Arte dei Suonatori and through musical encounters with important artists such as Barthold Kuijken, Martin Gester, Stefano Montanari, Kati Debretzeni, Hidemi Suzuki, Rachel Podger, Eduardo Lopez Banzo, Andrew Parrott, Giuliano Carmignola and Konrad Junghänel.

She works currently as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician with Arte dei Suonatori (Poznań), Le Cercle de l’Harmonie (Paris), Le Concert Lorrain (Metz) and as concertmaster of Le Parlement de Musique (Strasbourg, since 2009) and Capella Cracoviensis (Kraków, since 2010).

In 2012, Martyna Pastuszka and the manager Artur Malke founded the ensemble {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, whose members are young musicians full of enthusiasm and commitment, with the wish to take the performance of classical music in Silesia to a whole new level and become ambassadors of culture for the region and all of Poland. She regularly performs for Hudební lahůdky as concert master of {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna (Didone Abbandonata 2013–2015, planned project Arminio 2016), or as a member of the group Plaisirs de Musique (Three women – three fates 2015, the planned project Le Jardin des Plaisirs 2016).

She recorded multiple CDs and DVDs, including performances for Polish TV and the programmes Arte and Mezzo. Many of these recordíngs received acclaim of international music critics. Since 2007 she teaches Baroque Violin at the Academy of Music in Katowice, and from 2015 she is guest lecturer of Baroque violin at the Janáček Academy in Brno.

Teaching languages: EN, PL, CS, FR, (DE).

Petr Wagner (CZ) — Viola da gamba

Born in Prague, Petr Wagner studied cello at the Prague Conservatoire with Josef Chuchro. This was followed by studies in musicology at the Charles University in Prague and at the Royal Holloway University of London. There he was introduced to viola da gamba by Richard Boothby, later continuing with Jaap ter Linden at the Akademie für alte Musik Dresden. He completed his studies of viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

As a soloist, chamber and continuo player, Petr has appeared at numerous European festivals, such as Queen Elizabeth Hall/Southbank Early Music Series London, Festival Île-de-France, Festival Art et Spiritualité (Troyes/France), Mexico City Shakespearean Festival, Prague Spring, Festival Mitte Europa, Forum Musicum Wrocław and Concentus Moraviae. He performed with leading musicians, for instance Jacques Ogg, Andrew Parrott, Konrad Junghänel, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen, Shalev Ad-El, Wilbert Hazelzet and Philip Pickett, and with the New London Consort, Capella Cracoviensis, Musicians of the Globe, Concerto Palatino, Orfeo Orchestra, Collegium 1704, Solamente naturali, Musica Florea and others.

In 1998 Petr Wagner founded Ensemble Tourbillon which focuses on 17th and 18th century repertoire, with music by Couperin, Bach, Marais, Rebel, Purcell, Finger, Fischer and Händel.

Petr Wagner has recorded solo CDs that have won enthusiastic reviews and reception world-wide. His recordings of Pièces de Viole by Charles Dollé and the complete works for viola da gamba by Gottfried Finger are considered some of the most important gamba recordings worldwide. In 2011, Petr Wagner’s world premiere recording of Pièces de Viole by Roland Marais was released by ACCENT label and has immediately received very warm acceptance (Choc du mois / CLASSICA, Diapason etc). In 2013, a new CD Gottfried Finger: The Complete Music for Viola da Gamba Solo with Petr and his Ensemble Tourbillon was released by ACCENT.

Petr taught viola da gamba at the Music Academy in Wrocław; he currently teaches, among other places, at the Academy of Ancient Music in Brno.

Teaching languages: CS, EN, DE.

Our participants – 2015

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Summer course 2015 in numbers
Number of active participants
per course
47 total 30 Bučovice
35 Kunín
(18 Bučovice + Kunín)
Number of active participants
by country of residence
47 total 27 Czechia
6 Slovakia
6 Poland
4 Austria
2 Mexico
1 Germany
1 Switzerland
Active participants’ age 70 Oldest participant
29 Average age
26 Median age
19 Most common age
15 Youngest participant
Summer course 2015 — Number of participants per class (categorised by age band and subject).
Summer course on the interpretation of Early Music — Bučovice château — Photo: Šimon Tamaki, 27 August 2015.

Our participants – 2016

Summer course on the interpretation of Early Music, Kunín — church of the Exaltation of the Cross — Photo: Jan Šlechta, 5 August 2016.
Report by Czech TelevisionReport by Czech TV (Events in Culture on ČT Art, 03.08.2016 20:08).
Review: Deník, 05.08.2016: “Baroque music is sounding in the castle” (Ivana Reková, in Czech).
Photo gallery: Participants’ concert in the church of the Exaltation of the Cross in Kunín, 05.08.2016 (Jan Šlechta).
Summer course 2016 in numbers
Number of active
per course
52 total 25 Bučovice
35 Kunín
(8 Bučovice + Kunín)
Number of active
by country
of residence
52 total 33 Czechia
4 Germany
3 France
3 Slovakia
2 Poland
2 Italy
1 Austria
1 Switzerland
1 Sweden
1 Hungary
1 Ukraine
Active participants’ age 56 Oldest participant
28 Average age
26 Median age
22 Most common age
13 Youngest participant

Travel information – Course 1 – Bučovice

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Bučovice is a town in the South-Eastern part of the Czech Republic (South Moravian Region).

Austria (state border) 48 km to the South
Slovakia (state border) 30 km to South-East
Prague (capital of Czech Republic) 1,300,000 inhabitants230 km to North-West
Brno (head of South Moravian Region) 380,000 inhabitants30 km to the West
Bučovice (town)6,500 inhabitants 
Brno Tuřany Airport (IATA: BRQ)
Budget airlines: Ryanair (London Stanstead), Wizz Air.
23 km to the West
 Taxi from airport, tel. +420 542 321 321   (cca. 900–1100 Kč / 33–40 €) 29 km driving distance
 Bus/train from airport   (cca. 50–90 Kč / 2–4 €, 5–6 tariff zones, tickets from automat in arrival hall or from newspaper stand in departure hall).  
Wien Schwechat Airport (IATA: VIE), Vienna (Austria)
Budget airlines: Niki, EasyJet, Eurowings (many destinations),
Germanwings, airBaltic, Norwegian Air, Pegasus, Vueling, …
120 km to the South
 To get from Schwechat Airport to Bučovice, take:
  1. Student Agency bus from Schwechart Airport Busstation to
    Brno (Hotel Grand, 100 m from the main station)   (cca. 16 €, 1½ hours)
  2. Bus/train from Brno hlavní nádraží (main station) to Bučovice.
Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport (IATA: BTS), Bratislava (Slovakia)
Budget airlines: Ryanair, SmartWings (many destinations), Wizz Air (Skopje).
110 km to the South
 To get from Bratislava Airport to Bučovice, it is usually fastest to take:
  1. Bus 61 from Letisko (airport) to Hlavná stanica (main station) (cca. 20 minutes).
    Buy 60-minutes ticket from automat at bus stop, stamp when boarding bus (cca. 0.90 €).
  2. EC train to Brno. (Buy ticket at box office in station, cca. 5–8 €, cca. 1½ hours).
  3. Train from Brno to Bučovice (cca. 60 Kč / 2€, 30–50 minutes).
    Buy ticket at box office in station (or online, but you must bring the credit card to show).
 Other bus/train connections from airport (cca. 250–500 Kč / 9–18 €, usually 3–3½ hours)
Bučovice train station  (line 340 Brno – Uherské Hradiště – Bylnice) 600 m to the South
Bučovice bus station 250 m to the South
 Note, some buses stop in front of the train station but not at the bus station. 

Local transport – Bučovice

Map of Bučovice can be found here.  (House no. 1 = château, náměstí Svobody 32 = Hotel Arkáda.)

Public land transport – Bučovice

Individual transport – Bučovice

Travel information – Course 2 – Kunín

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)
Budget airlines: Ryanair (London Stanstead), Smartwings (via Prague).
16 km to North-East
 Taxi from airport, tel. +420 733 766 766   (cca. 700–900 Kč / 25–35 €) 23 km on main roads
 Train/bus from airport   (cca. 50–90 Kč / 2–4 €)  
Katowice International Airport (IATA: KTW), Poland
Budget airlines: Wizz Air (many destinations), Ryanair.
120 km to North-East
 Bus + train from airport   (cca. 500–700 Kč / 18–26 €, usually 3–3½ hours)  
Wien Schwechat Airport (IATA: VIE), Vienna (Austria)
Budget airlines: Niki, EasyJet, Eurowings (many destinations),
Germanwings, airBaltic, Norwegian Air, Pegasus, Vueling, …
200 km to the South
 To get from Schwechat Airport Busstation to Kunín, take:
  1. Student Agency bus to Nový Jičín  (cca. 25 €, usually 4½–5½ hours)
  2. Bus to Kunín, bus stop “U kovárny”
    (cca. 20 Kč / 1 €, 10 minutes, 6 km, 2 tariff zones)
 Other bus/train connections from airport (cca. 800–1200 Kč / 30–45 €, usually 5–6 hours)
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

Local transport – Kunín

Public land transport – Kunín

Individual transport – Kunín



The event is organised by:

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

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

The Summer course on the interpretation of Early Music is accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education (MŠMT) within the system for Further Education of Pedagogs (DVPP) under the reference 6523/2015–1–266.

Thank you

The Summer course on the interpretation of Early Music takes place with financial support by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic.

For goodwill and pleasant cooperation we thank the municipality Bučovice (mayor Mr. Radovan Válek), Bučovice château (wardeness Ms. Jana Burianková, the National Heritage Institute), Kunin château (warden Mr. Jaroslav Zezulčík, Nový Jičín museum), the Kunín parish (Mons. Dr. Alois Peroutka), the diocese of Ostrava-Opava (organologist Mr. Jiří Krátký), hotel Arkáda, restaurant U dobré hraběnky, and the management of Nový Jičín school farm under VFU Brno.

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