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Jakub Klecker (1982) is one of the most distinctive Czech conductors of today. After his study of conduction at Brno Conservatory in the class of Ales Podaril he absolved the HAMU in Prague in the class of Professor Jiri Belohlavek and doc. Tomas Koutnik. He graduated in 2006 by the concert with Brno Philharmonic and Kantilena chorus.

During his conservatory study he caught the public attention by rehearsing a number of contemporary compositions (R. Ištvan, F. Emmert, P. Eben, Z. Pololáník, J. Matys, C. Kohoutek, E. Zámečník, P. Zemek etc.), and cooperated with the conservatory symphonic orchestra on some opera productions (Janáček: Nursey rhymes, radio-opera Hlas lesa by B. Martinů, Tlustý pradědeček by J. Křička, the intermezzo „Il maestro di capella“ by D. Cimarosa, opera Bastien a Bastienka by W. A. Mozart etc.).

Since 1993 he has cooperated with Kantilena – the youth choir of Brno Philharmonic, at first as a singer and since 1997 as a rehearsal pianist and the second chorus master. Between 2003 and 2005 he was the principal chorus master of Kantilena. In 2006 he took over the position of artistic chief after Ivan Sedlacek. Under his management the chorus continues in the series of previous successes – in 2006 Kantilena got the first prize „summa cum laude“ in Belgian Neerpelt competition joint by 99 choirs. We can consider a bigger success two golden prizes of the worldwide Choir Olympics in Graz (Austria, 2008), where Kantilena was announced as the best European choir in its category.

In 2004 Jakub Klecker was firstly invited by National theatre Brno to cooperate on a new production of Janacek´s Jenufa as a part of the international music festival Janacek Brno 2004. In June 2004 he worked on Smetana´s opera Branibori v Cechach as an assistant conductor and in October he debuted as a conductor there. Since 2007 he has worked there as a conductor and he conducted a number of operas and ballets (Marta, Jenufa, Rigoletto, Idomeneo, Nabucco, Aida, Bartered Bride, Carmen, Juliette, Knife´s Tears, Cunning Little Wixen, Beauty and Beast (Glass), ballets Spartacus, Nutcracker, Kitchen Revue, Adventurous Flight or Coppelia from Montmartre). In last years his most important feats are the world premiere of scenic production of Bohuslav Martinu´s Ženitba (The Marriage) in its original English version which he rehearsed for International music festival Brno – Moravian Autumn 2009, or the production of Puccini´s Turandot (2011) – the Czech premiere of version with Luciano Berio´s finale. In 2012/2013 season he will rehearse two important productions -Janacek´s The Fate in the autumn and The Midsummer Nigh ´s Dream by Britten in spring.

An essential part of his artistic life is the cooperation with the prominent European orchestras and artists as Brno Philharmonic, Symphonic orchestra of Cesky Rozhlas, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Symphonic orchestra of Prague FOK, Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc, Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava, National Philharmonic Kosice, Czech Chamber Soloists, Czech Virtuosi, Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, Eva Urbanová, Václav Hudeček, Ivo Kahánek, András Adorján. In 2007 and 2009 he joined the tour with Brno Philharmonics in Japan. In 2009 he debuted at the Prague Spring festival, which confirms the raising quality of his work with instrumentalists. We can mention some other important festivals and events where he performed: The International Music Festival Moravian Autumn (MHF Moravský podzim), Encounter of Vaclav Hudecek (Setkávání Václava Hudečka), The International Music Festival of Peter Dvorsky (MHF Petra Dvorského), The International Music Festival Spilberk (MHF Špilberk), Dny lidí dobré vůle na Velehradě, Janacek Brno etc.

In season 2010/2011 we can mention rehearsing of operas Ariadna (Martinu) and Sarka (Janacek) in the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, the concert-tour in Italy as a part of the Carniarmonia festival, the cooperation with the Italian choir Coro del Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Mitteleuropa orchestra, with the Latvian chamber orchestra and a renowned violinist „Sophia Jaff“, rehearsing of Honneger´s oratorio “Joan of Arc” for the Moravian Autumn festival, a Christmas guest appearance in German Jena or performing at the renowned festivals Smetana´s Litomysl, Thurn-Taxis Schlossfestspiele, Rheingau Musik Festival.

In 2012 he rehearsed Stravinski´s opera The Rake's progress in the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. This production was also played as a part of a prestigious festival Prague Spring in the historical building of the Czech National Theatre in Prague.


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