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Janáček Chamber Orchestra
Janáček Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1964 by notable musicians of Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava. Shortly after, Zdeněk Dejmek took over the artistic guidance and thanks to his impressive musicality, sense of style and systematic precise work he brought the orchestra up to an excellent level and gave it a distinctive interpretation character. They named the ensemble after the most remarkable Czech composer of the first half of 20th century L. Janáček, a native of nearby Hukvaldy, who always had strong feelings for that region and got inspired by it many times when composing his music. The repertoire of the ensemble includes compositions from baroque to contemporary styles, which match the sound possibilities of an orchestra of twelve members; however, adding other instruments is no exception these days. Top interpretation repeatedly brought the ensemble to festival concerts, both in the Czech Republic and abroad, where the ensemble performed with remarkable Czech or foreign soloists. Recordings of this ensemble have been made beside Český rozhlas (Czech National Radio) also by recording companies Supraphon, Panton, Riccordi, RCA-JVC, Crystal, Stylton and Slovart Records.
In 2005 Zdeněk Dejmek handed the artistic guidance over to a violinist Jakub Černohorský who already successfully guided Janáček Chamber Orchestra on its tour in South Korea in 2004. In the following years the Orchestra took part in many domestic as well as foreign festivals (for example Janáčkův máj, Janáčkovy Hukvaldy, Musica Sacra in Nitra, festivals in Poland, Netherlands, a tour in Spain and Italy) and in 2009 it performed again at an international music festival Pražské Jaro (Prague Spring). In 2011 a prestigious British publisher Chandos Records released a new profile CD of Janáček Chamber Orchestra titled Czech Music for Strings, which includes compositions by L. Janáček, P. Haas and B. Martinů.
The violinist Jakub Černohorský graduated from Janáček Conservatoire in Ostrava, class of Prof. Vítězslav Kuzník and Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Prof. Petr Messiereur. He successfully participated in several interpretation contests and performed as a soloist with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, Philharmonic Orchestra Hradec Králové and St.Gellert Festival Orchestra Szeged. He cooperates with Český rozhlas, he is a member of Ostravská banda; in 2002 - 2007 he taught at Janáček Conservatoire in Ostrava. In summer 2005 he took part in the Festival of Chamber Music in Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra (Kent Blossom Festival, Ohio, USA) and in 2008 he became a concertmaster (leader) of Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava.