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Czech cellist František Brikcius was born in Prague, into a family with a distinguished cultural background. He has been playing the cello since early childhood. Following his cello studies at the Prague Conservatoire, he completed his Master's degree at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in the Czech republic. He furthered his cello skills at the Toho Gakuen Academy in Japan and later under the guidance of legendary cellist Prof. Anna Shuttleworth (student of Pablo Casals) in the United Kingdom (Eton Cello Master Classes and the University of Leeds).
He won the 2nd prizes at the Anglo-Czech Competition in London (1999), the International String Competition London (2000) and the International String Competition Jihlava (2003). He has been awarded many scholarships and fellowships, including the Czech Music Foundation (CHF), the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Music Foundation OSA, the Socrates-Erasmus, and the Gideon Klein Foundation for the propagation of works written by Jewish Holocaust Composers.
František chose to dedicate his life to the interpretation of cello compositions written by composers of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, giving special consideration to compositions for solo cello. His favourites are cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Reger, Ernest Bloch and Benjamin Britten.
He is particularly involved in researching, studying and performing works by Czech (Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů, Josef Suk and Irena Kosíková), Jewish & Terezín (Gideon Klein, Erwin Schulhoff, Zikmund Schul, Jaromír Weinberger, James Simon and David Popper) and contemporary composers (Conrad Beck, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Benjamin Britten, Henri Dutilleux, Wolfgang Fortner, Alberto Ginastera, Cristobal Halffter, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Huber and Witold Lutoslawski), playing on a "George Kriwalski" cello made in 1904.
Together with his sister Anna Brikciusová, he is a founder member of the "Duo Brikcius". He is artistic director of Festival Brikcius - Chamber Music Concert Series in Prague, Bach Festival Gers in France and Waltham Forest Cello Fest (the 1st London Borough of Culture meets Classical Music) in London.
František works as independent film-maker as well. His first music documentary film MAKANNA (in the cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague and under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel) was already screened in the Czech republic, China, Mexico and Portugal. He is currently working on new music documentary film eSACHERe (2021).
As a soloist František has performed at many festivals in Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liberland, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom.
František has been teaching cello for many years. He is experienced at taking students at all levels, able to give master classes as well as support beginners. He is giving cello master classes in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and remotely online via Zoom/Skype.
Served as a jury member in various competitions including the Berliner International Music Competition in Germany, the Music and Stars Awards, the Music International Grand Prix, the Sound Espressivo Global Competition, the Palm Beach International Music Awards, the King's Peak International Music Competition and the Baku International Cinema Festival in Azerbaijan.
More information about František Brikcius and his many cello projects is available on the websites https://www.Brikcius.com/Festival , https://www.Brikcius.com/CelloTutor , https://www.Twitter.com/Brikcius and https://www.Instagram.com/Brikcius .
Juan Pardo has played in orchestras around the world. Since September 2018 JuanPardo has been the principal trombonist of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (ANPO, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Eduard Topchjan). Before that Juan Pardo was the principal trombonist of the Orquestra Filarmónica de Jalisco (OFJ, Mexico, 2010-2017). Also Juan Pardo was the principal trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Monterrey, Mexico, 2008 - 2009). After holding this position, Mr. Pardo was appointed as the principal trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato (OSUG) under the baton of Maestro Enrique Batiz. 2009-2010. During his professional career, Juan Pardo worked under the baton of prestigious Spanish and well-known international conductors.Except his orchestral career Trombonist Juan Pardo is committed to the performance of solo and chamber music. He has performed many solo and band concerts around the world. Juan Pardo participated as a soloist in the International Trombone Festival (USA, Redlands, California, 2017), International Brass Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico 2016), Festival de Música Vientos de la Montaña (Mexico, 2017), Laguna BRASS Festival (Mexico, 2015), Busan MARU International Music Festival (South Korea, 2015) among others.Mr. Pardo performed like soloist with Armenian National Chamber Orchestra and Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra.As an educator, Mr. Pardo has served as the Professor of Trombone at the Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico, 2016-2017). Also, Juan Pardo has been invited to participate as a guest teacher in a variety of international events. Since September 2018 Juan Pardo has served as the Professor of Trombone at the 'Brass Academy' operating under the patronage of Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra and YerazArt international Foundation.Juan Pardo is a performing artist of the prestigious S.E. Shires Company (www.seshires.com) and Mouthpiecea UltimateBrass.
Edita Randová is amongst the leading Czech mezzosoprano singers. At the beginning of her artistic career she underwent voice training with Milada Musilová and at present works regularly with Marta Boháčová. She has also completed her private studies of piano playing. Critics have praised especially the range and tone of her voice, in connection with her wide range of means of expression, supported by excellent singing technique. She commenced her singing career in the Musical Theatre in Karlín, and in the State Opera in Prague, where she performed a number of national and world repertoire. She took part in a number of foreign tours of the State Opera of Prague, such as in Japan and Switzerland. In 1992 and 1993 she took part in a course of international singing master classes under the guidance of Eva Randová. At present she is devoting herself predominantly to concert activity. In 2000 she took part in a large concert tour throughout the Czech Republic bearing the title „Czech spring with Edita Randová“. She regularly performs concerts at home and abroad: Austria, Great Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Hungary, Moldova, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Norway, Finland, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, USA (Carnegie Hall), Canada and China. She also participates in a range of internationals festivals. In the year 2003, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affaires entrusted her to visit Australia, to promote Czech music there. In 2009, she was awarded the Gustav Mahler European Prize for her outstanding contribution to music and she had her debut in Opera in Mexico as Maddalena in Verdi's "The Rigoletto”. In 2010, she received prize "La Reconnaissance culturelle Medaile d´OR Internationale 2010". She has performed as a soloist with important orchestras including Symhony Orchestra of the Czech Radio, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Králové, West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra of Mariánské Lázně, Camerata Polifonica Siciliana, Chesapeake Orchestra, London City Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Stowe Opera, Romania State Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari, Filarmonia de Gaia, Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro, Orquestra Sinfônica da Bahia, Orquesta Sinfónica de la UAC, Morelos Chamber Orchestra, Oaxaca Symphony Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra ....., under the directorship of leading Czech and international conductors. In addition to her opera work, Edita Randová also has a varied concert repertoire, including oratorios, cantatas, masses, song collections or individual songs by old masters, as well as contemporary compositions from leading international composers. Among her most important recordings are a discs with songs of Antonín Dvořák. She has cooperated with the Czech Radio, where he has made several song cycles by Czech and world composers. Her recordings were broadcasted by radio stations in Italy, Australia, France and Argentina. She is an Artistic director of the "International music festival Tóny nad městy". Edita has been teaching singing for many years and is also invited to participate served as a jury member in various international competitions.
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