The Musica Florea ensemble was founded in 1992 by the cellist and conductor
Marek Štryncl as one of the first serious initiatives in the field of
stylistically-informed performance in the Czech Republic. The indispensible
foundation of the ensemble`s work and the guarantee of its reputation lie in
playing on original instruments or copies thereof, undertaking historical
research based on studies of period sources and aesthetics, and creative revival
of forgotten performing styles and methods.
The ensemble`s repertoire includes instrumental chamber music, secular and
sacred vocal-instrumental music, orchestral concertos, and monumental works in
the genres of symphonic music, opera, and oratorio from the early Baroque to the
Musica Florea appears at important festivals of the world and collaborates with
outstanding soloists and ensembles such as Magdaléna Kožená, Phillipe
Jaroussky, Nancy Argenta, Veronique Gens, Paul Badura-Skoda, Susanne Rydén, the
Orlando Consort, Les Pages et les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de
Versailles, Le Poème Harmonique, and Boni Pueri. It has received many
prestigious honours including the highest award conferred by the French magazine
Diapason for a compact disc recording of J.D.
Zelenkas Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis (Studio Matouš, 1994), the 1997 Zlatá Harmonie (Golden Harmony) award for the best Czech recording of the year (arias by J.S. Bach with Magdaléna Kožená, Polygram, 1997), and the MIDEM 2003 Cannes Classical Award for a recording of J.D. Zelenkas allegorical
play Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis – Melodrama de Sancto Wenceslao . In
2009 Musica Florea received an award at the Varaždin festival in Croatia for
the best interpretation of works by J.S. Bach.
Since 2002 Musica Florea has been presenting its own concert series, with
emphasis on newly-discovered compositions worthy of authentic