F The Dartington Scholarship Appeal
to enable a Czech or Slovak graduate musician to attend a one-week masterclass at the prestigious International Summer School held annually at Dartington, Devon.
fund is open.
August 1998, to mark the Society’s 25th Anniversary in 1999.
£10,000. Proceeds from sales of donated CDs go towards this continuing appeal.
£18,000 as at March 2012.
Scholars awarded Dartington places /
– Jan Nečaský (violoncello) participated in the Masterclass of Adrian Brendel and played in the chamber orchetra for the opera productions.
Jan was born in Semily in 1993 and started playing the violoncello at the age of seven. After several years, he moved to Prague to take classes with Jan Vychytil.
In 2009, he was accepted at the Music Gymnasium in Prague where he was taught by Martin Škampa and his father Mirko Škampa. After graduating from the gymnasium, he spent one year studying at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Michal Kaňka. Jan has been studying with him also at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) where he is now in his second year.
In 2007 Jan won the 1st prize and the jury prize in the competition Prague Junior Note. He won the first and second prizes at the Talents for Europe in Slovakia and in the national competition of the Czech music schools.
Since the beginning of his music studies, Jan has been active as an orchestral and chamber player. He was a member of a string quarter which was awarded in the national music school competition as well as in Karl Ditterse competition. Currently, he is a member of a piano trio and a piano quartet giving concerts mainly in Prague. Jan also plays with well known orchestras, such as PKF (Prague Philharmonia) and PKO (Prague Chamber Orchestra).
His repertoire includes concertos by J. Haydn, C. Saint-Saëns (Concerto in A minor), Dvořák (Concerto in B minor), Honnegger, Martinů (Concerto No. 1), sonatas and solo suites by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and D. Shostakovich. Although he enjoys playing compositions by almost all composers, he has a special liking for Martinů’s sonatas and his chamber pieces.
Jan collaborates with the young conductor Chuhei Iwasaki, with whom he performed Dvořák’s violoncello Concerto B Minor in April 2015.
In January 2016 Jan performed Dvořák´s Concerto in Harbin Opera House in China.
He attended the Dartington International Summer School between 13th-20th August where he participated in the Masterclass of Adrian Brendel playing Honegger‘s Cello Concerto and Martinů’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini. He also played in the chamber orchetra for the opera productions. To quote Jan… “Everything was wonderful – organisation, workshops, concerts and masterclass. And everybody was helpful and great…”.
Clearly he made an impression on Adrian Brendel who recommended him for postgraduate study in London.
Jaromír Nosek (bass) from Prague attended Dame Emma Kirkby’s Masterclass.
Jaromír Nosek graduated first from the Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague, in the field of choir conducting under Professor Miroslav Košler. After that he fully focused on his main area of professional interest: having finished his opera singing studies at the Prague Conservatory in Jiří Kotouč’s class, he went on to the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he studied under Professor Roman Janál from 2009. He is a laureate of the Mozartian Dušek Vocal Competition in Prague.
He specialises in Rennaissance, Baroque and Classical repertoire. A member of Collegium Vocale 1704, he also performs with other Czech Baroque music ensembles such as Musica Florea, Collegium Marianum, Ensemble Inégal and Capella Mariana.
Lenka Kotrbová (soprano) from České Budějovice was the awarded place (but this was not taken up).
The Dvořák Society funded two scholars in 2010.
Veronika Klírová (flautist) from Plzeň attended the Woodwind Workshop led by Sarah Francis.
Vojtěch Urban (cellist) from Ústí nad Labem attended the Masterclass led by Karine Georgian.
Veronika Klírová was born in 1988. From 2003 to 2009 she studied at the Plzeň Conservatory in the class of Jana Brejchová. In 2010 she graduated from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (JAMU) and later studied in Cologne (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln). On 26 June 2014 Veronika was appointed as Principal Second Flute by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Vojtěch Urban graduated from the music department of the Jan Neruda Grammar School (Gymnázium Jana Nerudy) in Prague. He has also studied at the Academy of Music (HAMU), Prague.
a plan for a scholarship award in 2002 had to be curtailed because of major reconstruction work on the Dartington Estate, so 2004 was chosen instead. To mark the Year of Czech Music (which commemorated the centenary of Dvořák’s death and the 150th anniversary of Janáček’ birth) the Society decided to award two scholarships, including one of the two week courses (either composition or conducting). Dartington’s own Trust funding was secured for the second week. The selected students were chosen in consultation with the Academy of Music in Prague (HAMU) and the Janáček Academy in Brno (JAMU).
Ivana Mikesková (soprano) from Nitra, Slovakia: had the opportunity to work with Patricia Rozario in the master-classes and Pippa Longworth in the vocal workshops. Both her teachers at Dartington felt that she was among the best students of the week and had the potential for a good singing career ahead of her.
Tomáš Pálka (composer) from Brno, Czech Republic: attended the Advanced Composition Course, which was under the direction of Pavel Novák. At the end of the two weeks, all seven of the very talented young composers had the benefit of hearing their compositions played by the members of two leading Czech ensembles — the MoEns (the Czech Republic’s leading contemporary music group) and the Martinů Quartet. Tomáš Pálka’s work Moon silences was the longest of the main compositions and was scored for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello and piano, spatially placed around the hall, while his miniature, Shortly from Dartington Gardens, was scored for the same ensemble.
Ivana Mikesková and Tomáš Pálka
with Graham Melville-Mason at Dartington
first award: to Lukáš Bendl (organ scholar), to study with David Titterington.