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Jana Semerádová

Jana Semeradova Studied the transverse flute at the Prague conservatory a In 1994 she received a scholarship to the Birmingham conservatory. She is a graduate of the Charles University in Prague, in Music Theory and Interpretation Practice of Early Music. She studied Flauto traverso with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2003 she received 3rd Prize "2.

internationalen Telemann-Wettbewerb für historische Holzblasinstrumente" in Magdeburg and the same year she was awarded 3rd Prize in the Munich "16th Grosser Förderpreiswettbewerb" in the duo category, together with Monika Knoblochová. She has given concerts all over Europe and other continents (a.o. Tager Alter Musik Regensburg, Bachfest Leipzig, Mozartfest, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Europamusicale, Vantaa Baroque, Pražské jaro etc.).

As the artistic director of Collegium Marianum, Jana Semerádová prepares regular concert series and music-dance performances and dedicates her time to intensive research in the music archives in the Czech Republic and abroad. She is a regular guest of other Baroque music ensembles, such as for instance Musica Florea, Musica Aeterna, Solamente Naturali, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle. She is also active as a teacher and organises early music interpretation courses at the Collegium Marianum - Týn School. Regularly records for the Czech radio and TV. Besides concert and research activities she organizes interpretation courses of Early Music at the institution Collegium Marianum, teaches at the Prague Conservatory and at the Masaryk University in Brno, and gives workshops at Janacek Academy of Music. She devotes herself to the research and practice of Baroque gesture and Baroque dance.

Bertrand Cuiller

Bertrand Cuiller

started the harpsichord at the age of 8 with his mother Jocelyne Cuiller. After the Music Conservatory of Nantes, he joigned the National Superior Music Conservaroty of Paris in the class of Christophe Rousset where he obtained the First Price at Unanimity in 2001. He also studied with Pierre Hantaï for several years. In 1998, he was awarded from the wellknown International harpsichord Competition of Brugges.
Nowdays, Bertrand Cuiller spend most of his time as a recitalist and as a continuist for specific chamber music ensembles such Les Basses Réunies (Bruno Cocset), La Rêveuse (Benjamin Perrot, Florence Bolton) and les Lunaisiens (Jean-François Novelli, Arnaud Marzorati).
He has been giving recitals in numerous prestigious festivals and concert series : "les Folles Journées" in Nantes, La Roque d'Anthéron, Saintes, Pontoise Festival, Sablé Festival, Utrecht, Printemps des arts of Nantes and in Paris : Grand concerts Parisiens, Cité de la Musique etc.
His first solo CD recording, dedicated to the English Virginalists William Byrd, Peter Philips and John Bull, was published in January 2006 (label ALPHA) and received major European critical acclaim and most valuable critical rewards suchas « Diapason d'or », « Choc of Monde de la musique », « Joker » of Crescendo, 9 from Classica.
Bertrand also regularly gives a performance called "D'Anglebert/Portugese Letters" with the actress Louise Moaty.
He also works with orchestras such as Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), Le Concert Spirituel (Hervé Niquet), Stradivaria (Daniel Cuiller), Poème Harmonique (Vincent Dumestre) with whom he collaborates to recordings and concert tours in Europe, USA, Canada.
 Also interested in the contemporary repertoire, he created works of composers Jean-Yves Bosseur and Olivier Mellano (La chair des Anges, CD Naïve).
Bertrand Cuiller’s most regular partners are violinist Hélène Schmitt, soprano Daphné Touchais, oboe player Guillaume Cuiller, cellists Emmanuel Balssa and Alix Verzier (Lanzetti’s Sonatas CD - label Lindoro), violinist Guillaume Humbrecht and harpsichordist and organist Frédéric Rivoal.

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