Summer School of Early Music


Ashley Solomon is Artistic Director of Florilegium, the ensemble he co-founded in 1991, which is now recognized as one of Britain’s leading period instrument ensembles. In that same year he also completed his post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music and won the Moeck International Recorder Competition. Since 1994 he has been professor of recorder at the Royal College of Music. He has an exclusive recording contract with Channel Classics as a solo artist as well as with Florilegium. In 2000 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the RCM, in 2006 he was appointed Head of Historical Performance at the RCM.

Carin van Heerden was born in Cape Town (South Africa). She studied the recorder with Günther Höller and Walter van Hauwe and the baroque oboe with Helmut Hucke. She was the winner of international music competitions, among them the renowned international ARD competition in Munich (1988). She works with various ensembles and orchestras conducted by Ton Koopman, Alan Curtis, Konrad Junghänel und Hermann Max. She was professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg from 1993-2004 and then at the Cologne Musikhochschule until 2008. At present she teaches the baroque oboe and recorder and is head of the Institute for Early Music and Performance Practice at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz. She is co-founder of the Austrian L’Orfeo Barockorchester (, directed by Michi Gaigg, and works with this orchestra (also as soloist) in Europe and South Africa. Solo CD’s with her playing have been released by cpo (Telemann and Myslivecek), Cavalli Records (Hotteterre) and Sony (Telemann). She is the German translator of Bruce Haynes’ „Eloquent Oboe“.

Kerstin de Witt is one of the most talented German recorder players. She studied with K. Boeke at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen where she obtained her Solo Recorder Degree. In 1998 she received the special award for contemporary repertoire of the prestigious Calw competition. She performs both with ensembles and as a soloist. With her recorder quartet Flautando Köln she travelled the world and recorded various CDs on Ars Musici/WDR Köln. She teaches master classes in Germany, Portugal and Madeira and also plays baroque violin.

Alan Davis has performed extensively as a recorder soloist in both early and contemporary music. In recent years he has been increasingly active as a composer, and has published numerous works for the recorder. He maintains a strong commitment to music education and currently teaches the recorder at Chetham’s School of Music and the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music. He also directs Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia.

Jostein Gundersen studied recorder with F. Thorsen at the Grieg Academy in Bergen (Norway) and holds a Master’s degree in performance with thesis (2004), in addition to a Konzertexamen with P. Holtslag at Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg (2003). In 2009 he graduated from the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme (equivalent to an academic Ph.D.), as the first artist with early music as area of study. He plays with leading Norwegian ensembles and gave first-performances of ensemble- and solopieces by young Norwegian composers. He is founder and artistic leader of the ensemble "Currentes", supported by the Norwegian Arts Council. Gundersen currently teaches at the Grieg Academy and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig.

Julie Braná graduated in flute at Pilsen conservatoire. In 2001 she obtained her diploma in recorder, which she began studying for in 1996 with P. Holtslag at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg. Having passed the Konzertexamen, she completed her studies in 2004 summa cum laudae. She devotes herself to playing Baroque and Classical transverse flute, which she studied at Hochschule für Musik in Brehmen with M. Root. Since 2003 she has been teaching recorder at conservatoire in Pilsen and performs with Ensemble Accento, of which she is the founding member, and also with ensembles Collegium Marianum, Collegium 1704, Musica Florea etc. She teaches also at conservatoire in Prague.

Jan Kvapil studied recorder with C. van Heerden at the Linz conservatoire and with P. Holtslag at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has been playing and recording with the leading Czech early music ensembles. He is teaching at Conservatoire in Ostrava, at the University in Olomouc, in his own recorder school in Prague and is the artistic director of Summer School of Early Music. He gives master classes all around the Czech Republic. In co-operation with E. Kvapilová he created Flautoškola, a new series of recorder methods.

Monika Devátá studied flute at the conservatoire in Pardubice (Czech Republic) where she graduated in 1996. She also studied recorder with C. van Heerden and D. Oberlinger at the University Mozarteum at Salzburg, where she is now pursuing her postgraduate studies in musical science. She teaches recorder at the conservatoire in České Budějovice and at the musical school at Teisendorf (D). Since 2005 she performs with the ensemble Senza Barriera.

Ilona Veselovská was born in Liberec in the Czech Republic. She studied flute at the Conservatoire in Teplice and from 2005 she began her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London where she learnt recorder and baroque flute with Ashley Solomon and Julien Feltrin. Her studies were supported by the Constant & Kit Lambert and Heddy Simpson awards. In 2008- 2009 she studied baroque flute at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Wilbert Hazelzet.
Ilona has also participated several masterclasses and courses and her interest in chamber music gave her opportunity to perform with various ensembles. At the present she is playing in the recorder quartet iFlautisti and is teaching recorder at the Conservatoire in Teplice and Academy of Early Music in Brno.

Rebecca Stewart is acclaimed as a singer and singing teacher specialized above all in interpretation of very early music. Her artistic intuition and specialized background as a singer, (ethno) musicologist and expert in non-European singing traditions combine to give her lessons, master classes and concerts their unique character. After teaching for almost two decades at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague she started her own Early Singing Department at the Fontys Conservatorium (Tilburg) which has grown under her leadership into an international Early Music School with an emphasis on Medieval and Renaissance periods. Upon resigning from her position as leader of the Capella Pratensis and after retiring from the Fontys Conservatorium she has founded a new ensemble, together with a study center, both of which are called Cantus Modalis.

Mami Irisawa specialized herself in 14th-century Ars Nova and 15th-century Franco-Flemish polyphony with R.Stewart at the Fontys Conservatorium (Tilburg) after finishing her classical vocal training in Japan. After having taught within the Early Singing Department in Tilburg for two years she moved to Zürich, where she gave lesson at the „Zürcher Hochschule der Künste“ as a guest teacher in Early Music. In the last years she gave concerts in Switzerland, Germany and France and since 2011 she is member of the „Zürcher Sing-Akademie“.

Edita Keglerová graduated in piano and harpsichord at the Pilsen conservatoire. Later she studied at Prague’s Academy of Music in the harpsichord class led by G. Lukšaité Mrázková. She continued with her studies at the master class of J. Ogg at the Royal conservatoire in The Hague and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2007 she successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at the Prague Academy in "Interpretation and Theory of Interpretation." She won several international music competitions and as a soloist or a member of chamber orchestras performed in Europe as well as overseas. She cooperates with ensembles Pražský barokní soubor, Capella Regia, Hipocondria. In 2004 she founded ensemble Accento together with flautist Julie Braná. With Hipocondria she released two Cd’s of harpsichord concertos by J.A. Benda. From 2003 to 2005 she taught at JAMU at Brno, from 1996 she has taught cembalo at the musical grammar school of Jan Neruda in Prague. Since September 2011 she is a professor of the Prague Conservatory.

Helena Kazárová (born Hájková) specialises on the dance culture of the past centuries both practically (reconstruction and revitalisation of the dances from written and graphic notation, choreography and movement culture of the chosen period, pedagogical activity) and theoretically (she is the author of the books Barokní taneční formy / Baroque Dance Forms, AMU 2005, Barokní balet ve střední Evropě / Baroque Ballet in Central Europe, AMU 2008). In the National Theatre she has participated in the performances of Castor et Pollux (assistant of choreography, dancer), Cyrano de Bergerac, School of Scandal (period movement style), Ballet Mania (choreography). She has created and reconstructed many Baroque dances for various prominent music festivals. She collaborated with film and TV (Bathory of J. Jakubisko, This Hot Summer in Marienbad of M.Cieslar), she created choreography for the Baroque operas Giunone placata of J.J. Fux, Scipione affricano il Maggiore of Caldara among others and in operas La forza della virtù of Pollarolo, Astarto of Bononcini and Alcina of Händel. She worked out also the Baroque gestures with the singers and some of the operas she also directed (most recently La Danza by CH.W. Gluck). She staged the Rococo ballet La guirlande enchantée of Joseph Starzer at the Baroque Castle Theater at Český Krumlov and at Mnichovo Hradiště Castle Theater in a world premiere after 250 years. In 1997 she founded the Baroque Dance Ensemble Hartig. She is Assistant Professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague from 2001 and in the year 2004 she earned the Ph.D. title. She has been teaching historical dances at various Summer Academies for over 15 years. In 2011 she was appointed a university professor.

Paul Shannon has had a long and varied experience in Renaissance and medieval music. He sang daily in Ely Cathedral (Cambridgeshire, England), studied singing in Britain and the Netherlands and specialises in chant, 15th-century polyphony, notation and manuscript studies.

Radek Tomášek graduated at Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, Janáček Academy of Performing Arts and Stavanger University College, Norway. He also participated in master classes in playing frame drums - Fredrik Gille (Sweden), Hakim Ludin (Afghanistan, Germany), Glen Velez (USA). He is currently a member of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, teaches percussion at the Janáček Academy in Brno and Music School in Ivančice.