Junior Academy

Germany – France – Czech Republic

A Concert by Children for Children
August 18, 2024 1:30 PM

Konzerthaus Berlin, Großer Saal

Jan Sedláček

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Jan Sedláček (b. 1999) was born into a musical family from Kralupy nad Vltavou, of which the most prominent member is his grandfather Václav Mazáček, principal timpanist emeritus of the Czech Philharmonic.  Jan Sedláček graduated from the Prague Conservatory with degrees in cello performance and conducting. He is currently studying at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of Leoš Svárovský. During his studies he had the opportunity to conduct some Czech professional orchestras, e.g. the PKF-Prague Philharmonia, the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra or the Hradec Králové Philharmonic. In 2022, he participated in a masterclass with Colin Metters of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since the 2022/23 season, Jan Sedláček has been the conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Dvořák Region. He is the winner of the 2nd Competition for Young Conductors in Karlovy Vary. In May 2024, he was assistant conductor to Jakub Hrůša during the performance of the opera Libuše with the Czech Philharmonic at the Prague Spring Festival.


Jiří Kabát

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Jiří Kabát studied at the Prague Conservatory and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow. As a viola soloist or conductor, he has performed with the PKF- Prague Philharmonia, Prague Chamber Soloists and others. He is a prize-winner of international competitions and has also received other awards, such as the Classic Prague Award, Governor’s Prize, Tillett Trust Bursary. For eight seasons he held the position of violist in the Vlach Quartet Prague, and for two years he worked in the same role with the Pavel Haas Quartet. He taught at the Pardubice Conservatory and the University of Hradec Králové, and from the 2020/21 school year he was appointed director of the art school in Pardubice – Polabiny. In 2011, he won the 1st prize and was declared the absolute winner of the Antonín Dvořák International Composition Competition. His works were performed, for example, at the Festival International Echternach, in the chamber series of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic, Östergötlands Music Dagar, Festival du Lubéron, Festival de Quatuors à Cordes en Pays de Fayence, etc. He is the recipient of the 2013 OSA award for the most successful composer of classical music. As an arranger, he has worked for the Czech Philharmonic and most domestic orchestras, as well as many chamber ensembles and the Swiss publishing house EMR.


Duration: 60 minutes, Ages 5 and up

In cooperation with the Julius-Stern-Institute, the Ševčík Academy, the Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud and the Conservatoire de Strasbourg

Artistic Director: Tomáš Jamník

Conductor: Jan Sedláček

This year’s Junior Academy features not only two, but three countries on stage together. Young musical talents aged 4 to 19 from Germany, France and the Czech Republic rehearse for two weeks in Horažďovice (CZ), working on a diverse programme focusing on the classical traditions of all three countries – including a “Children’s Symphony” by Jiří Kabát composed especially for this academy! Celebrate the premiere of this special string orchestra, and the wonderful diversity of music!


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