Our foundation has been operating at the Kořenského elementary school in Prague 5 since October 2014. At the moment this orchestra comprises more than 20 children of 7 different nationalities. Under the leadership of experienced music teachers the children learn to play the violin, viola or violoncello. Two-hour lessons are held three times each week – one-hour rehearsal in groups of individual instruments and one-hour joint orchestra rehearsal. The orchestra has already given many public performances (Christmas and Spring Concert at the ZŠ Kořenského, performance at the NGO Market, performance at a commemorative rally at Lety u Písku etc.). In June 2015 the children successfully attended a Side by Side camp in the Swedish town of Göteborg, where they met small musicians from all over the world and performed in an orchestra consisting of more than 600 players. Our cooperation with the ZŠ Kořenského continues in the school year 2015/2016.
More information on the ZŠ Kořenského here: http://www.zskorenskeho.cz
Project coordinator at the ZŠ Kořenského: Iveta Honsnejmanová, email@example.com
Chuhei Iwasaki (conductor)
Chuhei Iwasaki – conductor, violinist, composer, choirmaster, born in 1987. He graduated from Toho Gakuen in Tokyo (violin major) and from the Prague Conservatoire (conducting, violin and composition). Since 2013 he has been studying conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
- Principal conductor of the Iwasaki Philharmonic Orchestra
- Principal conductor of the FILMharmonie
- Conductor in the world project “El Sistema” in the Czech Republic
- Teacher at the Prague Conservatoire (conductor of its modern music orchestra)
Cooperation and guest performances with leading ensembles:
PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, Talich Chamber Philharmonic, South Bohemian Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Zlín, Charles University Art Ensemble, Pueri Gaudentes, etc.
Alexander Hledík (second violin)
He studied the Prague Conservatoire and the Academy of Performing Arts. In 2011 he played under the baton of J. Bělohlávek in the Prague Conservatoire’s Symphony Orchestra in the opening concert of the Prague Spring Festival. He is a concertmaster in the Prague Film Orchestra, playing first violin in his own string quartet. He is active in private music teaching.
Růženka Dvořáková (viola)
She grew up in the United States where she joined the Junior All-State Orchestra based in Moline, Illinois at the age of 12. Then she took private viola lessons in South Dakota. For four years she played in the South Dakota All-State Orchestra and was a member of a youth orchestra – the Sioux Empire Youth Orchestra (SEYO). Besides the viola, she also played the euphonium until the age of 18, and for four years she performed in the All-State Band, serving for one year as its head. At the age of 18 she was admitted to the Prague Conservatoire where she has been studying the viola for five years now. She attended the summer courses in Telč and Dobřichovice given by world-famous music teachers. At present she is first viola player in the Iwasaki Symphony Orchestra as well as in the Prague Conservatoire’s Symphony Orchestra.
Anežka Kyselková (violoncello)
She began playing the cello at the age of 5 under Marie Eiblová. She attended many competitions, both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. She was a member of the Violoncello Ensemble of the ZUŠ Český Krumlov, an ensemble that has received many awards in the Czech Republic and abroad. She graduated from the Prague Conservatoire having studied in a class of Professor Tomáš Strašil. To date she has attended several cello master courses, for instance in Soběslav.