Jan Souček — oboe
Oboist Jan Souček is the recipient of several international awards — Prague Spring (3rd prize) and Lodz 2005 (1st prize), the semi-finalist at the international competition in Geneva (2010) and the Japanese Karuizawa (2006). He was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in 2001. He has been an oboist for the PKF — Prague Philharmonia since 2006 and is also presently in the State Opera. He is also a member of the Trio Arundo, which won a prize at the 2011 Czech Chamber Music Society Award, and in the Belfiato Quintet, which won 3rd prize at the Henri Thomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition in Marseille. He regularly works with the Ensemble Prague Modern and with the Ostravská Banda, which focus on contemporary music. Jan Souček studied at the Prague Conservatory under F. X. Thuri and at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Jana Brožková. He also studied at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Lyon under Jean-Louis Capezzali and Jérôme Guichard.
Vladislav Borovka — oboe
The oboist Vladislav Borovka is a graduate of the Prague Conservatory (Bedřich Vobořil) and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Jiří Mihule) and went on to expand his musical education through residencies in Toyama, Japan, and particularly in Paris at the Conservatoire de Paul Dukas with Professor J. L. Capezzali. In 2000 he was awarded a Yamaha scholarship. His competition successes include 3rd prize and the title of laureate at the Prague Spring International Music Competition (2001). From 1994 he was a member of the PKF — Prague Philharmonia and in 2011 he went over to the Czech Philharmonic, where he currently plays the oboe and the cor anglais. As a chamber player, alongside his membership in the Prague Philharmonia Wind Quintet, he has worked with the Czech at the Prague Conservatory. He is a member of the organizational team for the Summer Bassoon Academy and the Czech Double Reed Society.
Ondřej Šindelář — bassoon
Bassoonist Ondřej Šindelář studied under Sergio Azzolini at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel and subsequently also studied early music and historical-instrument playing under Professor Donna Agrell at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Since 2018 he has been the contrabassoonist with the Czech Philharmonic. He has gained his orchestral experience while playing with leading Czech and European orchestras – the Prague Symphony Orchestra, PKF — Prague Philharmonia, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Kremerata Baltica and the Verbier Festival Orchestra. In addition to the symphonic repertoire, he also dedicates himself to chamber music. He is a member of the Belfiato Quintet and Basel’s Ensemble Quadrel, which specializes in compositions from the Baroque and Classical periods. In addition to playing concerts, he also studies the organology of original historical instruments. He applies this knowledge principally in his cooperation with the Ensemble Quadrel.
Filip Dvořák — harpsichord
Filip Dvořák studied piano at the Brno Conservatory. Subsequently, however, his interests turned increasingly towards the harpsichord and authentic interpretations of early music, which he later studied at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under professors G. L. Mrázková and Václav Luks. He also studied for two years at the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig. He has worked with a large number of important ensembles of early music, including Collegium 1704, Musica Florea, Ensemble Inégal, Venti Diversi and the Haydn Ensemble. He himself founded the Baroque Hipocondria Ensemble. He regularly guests with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice and the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, and he also collaborates with members of the Czech Philharmonic as part of a series of chamber projects. We should also mention his work with the leading Czech recorder player and conductor Jakub Kydlíček in the Concenta Aventina ensemble, and with the outstanding violinist and composer Jiří Sychra. He also works closely with the conductor Marek Štilec and the Quattro chamber orchestra. As a result he has been part of recording projects for the labels Arco Diva and Naxos. At present he is also seeking out musical genres on the border between classical and jazz and is the founder of the jazz Baroque formation, Transitus Irregularis.