Participants 2018
Jakub Pikla Conductor

After graduating from the Chotěboř Grammar School, Jakub began studying conducting at the Pardubice Conservatory in the classes of Prof. J. Brych, T. Židek and J. Svejkovský. Since 2016 he has been a student of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, where his teachers are Prof. T. Koutník, J. Brych, and L. Svárovský.

In 2011-2013 he led the Chotěboř Grammar School Choir, an ensemble that he himself founded, and in 2014 he led the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Pardubice. From 2013 to September 2016 he was second choirmaster of the Pardubice University Arts Ensemble. Since September 2014 he has been the choirmaster of ŽPS Donatio Artis Golčův Jeníkov and since September 2016 he has been the choirmaster of SPS Doubravan Chotěboř.

As choirmaster, his vocal-instrumental repertoire includes such compositions as Stabat Mater by A. Dvořák, Mozart‘s Requiem, and the Dream of Gerontius by E. Elgar. He is a regular guest conductor of the Pardubice Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and other regional ensembles (Pardubice Chamber Orchestra, Vox Humana Ensemble, Chotěboř Chamber Orchestra, East Bohemia Student Orchestra, and others), and has also conducted professional orchestras such as the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic (graduation concert in June 2017).

He has won several awards, including 1st prize at the International Conducting Competition in Žilina (Slovakia 2014), 2nd prize at the International Conducting Competition in Banská Bystrica (Slovakia 2015), and 2nd prize in the Opava Cantat composition competition (2015).

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