Lucie GUERRA ŽÁKOVÁ / 3th June 2018, 7pm

Federico MOMPOU :
(1893 – 1987)

Pastoral

Bedřich Antonín WIEDERMANN :

(1883 – 1951)

 

Toccata and fugue in f minor

Eduardo TORRES :
(1872 – 1934)

Saetas

1.  Allegro moderato

2.  Adagio

3.  Andante

4.  Poco adagio

Petr EBEN :

(1929 – 2007)

World Labyrinth and Heart Paradise

(selection from the cycle)

2.  Worldview

5.  Sweet eyes of love

Josep Maria Mestres QUADRENY :

(*1929)

 

Zdeněk POLOLÁNÍK :

(*1935)

 

Aire enfadós

 


Pastorale


 

Michael Bártek was born in 1984 in Brno. He started playing the piano at age seven, the organ at fourteen, and by Marie Karasové. He studied organ at the Brno Conservatory (2000-2005) by Zdenek Novacek and Petra Kolaře, in 2005-2009 he was a student of Janáček Academy of Performing Arts (organ with Heřmanova Vera and Paul Black). He participated in the six-month study visit in Strasbourg in the framework of the Erasmus study program at the Paris organist Christophe Mantoux (St. Severin). He holds a bachelor's diploma in organ interpretation of Brno (2009) and subsequently diploma "Master Professionnel" (2012), Strasbourg (Studies in C. Mantoux and Aude Heurtematte). Michael also holds a diploma in Strasbourg "DEM" of the harpsichord (2012, with Aline Zylberajch). Michael also studied with Martin Gester (Baroque organ performance) and Francise Jacoba (basso continuo). Michael Bártek is the organ master's degree at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (APA) in the class of Paul Black. In the years 2014-2016 he studied with Michael Bernhard Haas at the Music Academy in Munich.
As a concert soloist and accompanist Michael regularly performs throughout Europe. After years of staying in Strasbourg since January 2017 operates as a liturgical organist in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland

Lucie GUERRA ŽÁKOVÁ, born in Litomyšl, is a Czech harpsichordist and organist living and working abroad (Spain, France).

She studied the organ at the Pardubice Conservatory with Josef Rafaja and continued at the Academy of Music Arts in Prague with Prof. Jan Hora and Prof. Jaroslav Tůma. During her studies she also went for a scholarship to Hochschule für Musik und Theater – a university in Hamburg where she studied with Prof. Jan Ernst. She has participated in a wide range of master classes in her homeland as well as abroad. Her continuous interest in French music brought her to Paris and Toulouse, where she studied at universities (CNSMDP in Paris and CESMD in Toulouse) as a student of world renowned organists such as Olivier Latry – the chief organist at Notre-Dame de Paris, Michel Bouvard – the chief organist at St. Sernin in Toulouse, J. W. Jansen, L. Avot, Y. Bouvard). Being in France, she also took up her interest in the instrument of harpsichord, which she devoted herself to more deeply later on. To improve her music knowledge, she continued with her Master’s study programme studies with Prof. Giedrė Lukšaitė-Mrázková at the Academy of Music Arts in Prague.

Lucie GUERRA ŽÁKOVÁ has devoted herself to performing in concerts for a long time. She is regularly invited to perform at prestigious festivals in the Czech Republic as well as abroad (such as the International Festival of Smetana’s Litomyšl, the Festival of Chamber Music in Český Krumlov, Arte Sacro in Madrid, VIII Festival de Músicas Contemplativas in Santiago de Compostela or Festival Internacional de Órgano de Morelia in Mexico. She has appeared on the stage at various places of Europe and Latin America (Notre-Dame de Paris, Chapelle royale à Versailles, Saint-Sernin de Toulouse etc.)

In cooperation with French organist Philippe Lécossais she prepared a series of three musical programmes for the organ and a speaker, which she toured the whole France with: «Promenade dans la Musique Populaire de la Renaissance», «Promenade de la Monarchie au Directoire» a «Le Labyrinthe du Monde et le Paradis du Cœur».

One of her long-term goals is promotion of Czech music in foreign countries. In France and Spain she premiered the work Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart by Petr Eben with texts read from the book by the same name by J. A. Komenský (Comenius). A lot of her concerts are composed exclusively of Czech music; on those occasions she comments on the authors whose pieces she is going to play.

Except for her solo performances she also plays chamber music. She has also formed a duo with her husband, Spanish organist Carlos Arturo Guerra Parra and they play together pieces for four hands and four feet. One of her other regular activities is a cooperation with Petra Žďárská in a harpsichord duo; they are currently introducing two of their original projects: FANDANGO for two harpsichords, castanets and dance in cooperation with Spanish artist Ludovica Mosca and Musical Peregrination with Charles Burney around Europe for a harpsichord for four hands and a commentary in the language of the country, where the project is performed. In 2016 Czech composers Jiří Gemrot and Jan Meisl wrote pieces just for this ensemble. The piece entitled Claveciñuela by J. Gemrot has already been recorded for the Czech Radio.

Last year Lucie and her colleague Ludovica Mosca premiered a new music project for the organ and castanets accompanied by period dance performed in historical costumes. The music presented to the audience includes pieces from the Rennaisance to the contemporary.

This year she has started co-operation with outstanding organist Markéta Schley-Reindlová. Both the musicians come from the Czech Republic, but have left to live in a foreign country. Recently, they have toured Germany, where they presented their audience with pieces for two keyboard instruments and organ music for four hands and four feet.

L. G. Žáková’s professional achievements are followed by the Czech as well as foreign media (Objektiv, Studio 6 – Moje místo, España directo, Grupo Marmor Informa – Mexico etc.).

Apart from all the other activities, teaching means a very important part of her musical life. With her husband she has founded three organ schools on a historical instrument of 18th century in Cuenca (Cathedral of Cuenca, Cardenete, Belmonte).