A professional ensemble specialising in historically informed performance of early music, encompassing all genres, especially Baroque and Classicism. It has four sections: an orchestra, a chorus, soloists and a vocal quintet, and its members are singers and instrumentalists from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Germany.
Since the very beginning, the ensemble’s chief conductor has been Roman Válek. The concert master is Peter Zajíček, the chorus master of the choir and vocal quintet is Tereza Válková. The artists that have collaborated with the ensemble include A. Plachetka, M. Knoblochová, B. M. Willi, R. Janál, J. Březina, A. Mikolajczyk, M. Fajtová, P. Šporcl, G. Farkas, J. Frederiksen, L. Peterková, M. Štryncl, etc. The ensemble have collaborated on stage projects with renowned directors and choreographers (J. Janěková, J. Nekvasil,M. Tarant, H. Litterová, L. Košíková, etc.) The ensemble’s repertoire is made up of cantatas, operas, concertos and symphonies, mainly from the Baroque and Classicism periods.
The Czech Ensemble Baroque is the ensemble-inresidence of the prestigious Znojmo Music Festival, at which they have performed a number of Czech and world premieres of operas, as well as chamber pieces and cantatas, which have met with great critical acclaims, including nominations for the prestigious Thalia Award. The singers Marie Fajtová and Jaroslav Březina, who portrayed the lead roles in Mysliveček’s opera Montezuma, were nominated for the Thalia Awards 2011 for their performances within the Znojmo Music Festival. The ensemble have appeared at leading festivals (Smetana’s Litomyšl, Janáček May, Days of Early Music in Bratislava, Muzika Baltycka, Brno Easter Festival, etc.), and have regularly opened the Prague Symphony Orchestra Concert Department’s Early Music subscription series.
The ensemble have intensively co-operated with Czech Television and Czech Radio (ČRo 3 Vltava), recording dramaturgically groundbreaking titles (Mysliveček: Montezuma – world premiere recording, Mozart: Vesperae, Handel: Messiah, Rameau: Platée – Czech premiere). They have recorded several projects for WDR and NDR, including Music from the Court of Rudolf II, broadcast by numerous German radio stations. Since September 2012 the Czech Ensemble Baroque have had their own extensive subscription cycle in Brno, “Bacha na Mozarta!”