The chamber ensemble is formed by the talented Prague Symphony Orchestra members. Its primary goal is to present the best compositions of the chamber music literature from Barque to contemporary compositions to its audience.
The string quintet — two violins, viola, cello and double bass — can be easily extended by other instruments, such as flute, clarinet, oboe, French horn, piano or organ, so the ensemble can perform various chamber music compositions.
The group members are prizewinners of various international competitions — Prague Spring International Competition, Markneukirchen, Osaka (Japan), Leningrad - St. Petersburg (Russia). The artistic leader Rita Čepurčenko — the graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory, former member of the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra and founder of the Kapralova Quartet — is also the concertmaster of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK.
Our group has already performed many concerts in the Czech Republic; in October 2011 the group members appeared as soloists with the Charles University Symphony Orchestra in Rudolfinum, the most significant concert hall in Prague, followed by a similar project together with the Prague Symphony Orchestra in Municipal House in Prague. As for the chamber music, the group has performed at festivals in Prague and Broumov, Czech Republic, as well as at the Prague Spring Festival Chamber Music Series, and also for the Prague Symphony chamber music series to the 80th anniversary of the orchestra. In 2015, Musica Pro Anima has become a part of the new CD of Czech contemporary composer Jakub Zahradník performing two of his compositions.
Saint Petersburg State University, assistantship and postgraduate
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra "Soloists of St.Petersburg" Chamber Ensemble Capella Istropolitana Talich Chamber Orchestra Leader of the Kapralova Quartet Concertmaster of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK since 1995
Matěj Vlk 2nd violin
Matěj Vlk – 2nd violin
Music School (Prof. Hana Metelková) Jan Neruda School of the City of Prague (secondary music education) Prague Conservatory (Prof. František Pospíšil) Charles University in Prague – Faculty of Education (Prof. Jiří Tomášek)
Berg Chamber Orchestra KONVERGENCE - chamber ensemble Member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK since 2007
first prize in national competions of faculties of education (2004, 2005) 1st prize, prize of the absolute winner, special prize for the interpretation of the Czech composition in national competions of faculties of education (2006)
Jan Nykrýn viola
Jan Nykrýn – viola
Prague Conservatory (1989-1995) Charles University in Prague – Faculty of Education (1995-2002) - Prof. Jaroslav Motlík Masterclasses and study tours, for example Lawrence University, USA (1991-1992), Kató Havas, Oxford (1992), Cleveland Quartet, USA (1992), atd.
1992 - the principal viola of the Fox Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra where he also appeared as a soloist 1998 - gained first prize in national competions of faculties of education in Plzeň. In years 1995-2007 - member of the Czech Nonet Member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK since 2005
Věra Anýžová cello
Věra Anýžová – cello
Conservatory in Ostrava During studies, she has succesfully participated in competitions such as Beethoven's Hradec, competition of conservatoires, etc. Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Prof. Josef Chuchro and Daniel Veis) educational visits to France and Canada
Virtuosi di Praga - principal cello and soloist Kapralova Quartet Member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK since 1997
Michal Novák double bass
Michal Novák – double bass
LŠU (music school for children) – Prof. Marie Míčková (violin) Conservatory preparation – Prof. Květoslav Borovička (double bass) Conservatory in Prague – Prof. Jiří Valenta Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – Prof. Jiří Hudec
Co-principal, double bass section of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK since 2004 Ensemble Hipocondria (founding member, 2000) Vivaldi Prague Orchestra (since 1999) Czech Philharmonic Orchestra - intern Antiquarius consortium (guest artist) Barocco sempre Giovanni (guest artist) Talich Chamber Orchestra Czech National Symphony Orchestra Other guest appearences with: Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum, Musica Florea, Ensemble Inégal
Liběna Séquardtová oboe
Liběna Séquardtová – oboe
Elementary oboe studies - Prof. Voráčová in Pardubice Prague Conservatory - Prof. F. X. Thuri Academy of Performing Arts in Prague - Prof. Jiří Mihule.
Laureate of many competitions: Mozart Competition at Bertramka (1st prize), Markneukirchner, interpretation competition in Chomutov (1978-1986), Prague Spring International Competition 1986 (1st prize and "Laureate" award). For performing of oboe concerto by B. Martinů, she gained award by the Czech Music Fund.
Member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK as a principal oboe and principal of the wind section since 1985. Since 1987, she has performed with Ars Instrumentalis Pragensis. With the group, she won first prize at the international chamber music competition in 1996 in Osaka (Japan). Many recordings with the group. She has become a member of the Czech Wind Harmony since 1997. She has been teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and at the Conservatory in Plzeň since 2000. She is a regular member of juries at various national and international music competitions.
Liběna Séquardtová is the top-level representative of her discipline, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. As a soloist, she has performed with all significant Czech orchestras, as well as with many foreign orchestras (Liverpool, Salzburg, Luxembourg, etc.).
Vlastimil Mareš clarinet
Vlastimil Mareš – clarinet
Conservatory in Plzeň Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
1979 - 1st prize in International competition of K. Kurpinsky - Poland 1979 - 1st prize in national competition ČHF 1980 - 1st prize in international competition in Markneurkierchen - Germany 1981 - 1st prize in competition of the Department of Culture of the Czech Republic in Chomutov 1981 - 1st prize in Prague Spring International Competition FInalist of the international competitions in Paris (1984) and ROme (1985)
FISYO Praha (since 1980) Member of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK since 1985 Prague Wind Quintet Czech Wind Trio
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