Participants 2018
 
Josef Štefan Conductor
Josef Štefan graduated from the Prague Conservatory with a specialization in conducting. He is now continuing his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, in the classes of T. Koutník, H. Farkač, and L. Svárovský. At the same time, he is studying as an exchange student at the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, Germany, in the class of N. Pasquet.

This year he was awarded the Wagner Society Scholarship at the Bayreuther Festspiele 2018.

Since the 2016/2017 season he has been working, as conductor and assistant conductor, for the Opera of the Silesian Theatre in Opava, Czech Republic. In the same season he began a collaboration with the Ensemble terrible (focusing on contemporary music), with which he has given several world premiere performances.

In 2011 he established the Czech Chamber Ensemble in which, joined by his classmates, he has given a number of performances: the Peter Dvorský International Festival, Šengenský poludník-Slovakia, Ukraine; a concert at the Prague Congress Center to open the World Congress of Sociologists in 2015; concerts with soloists from the National Theatre; and regular Christmas concerts with the State Opera Prague Chorus and Soloists, among others.

During his studies he has had the opportunity to perform with orchestras such as the Hradec Králové Philharmonic, the Talich Chamber Philharmonic, the North Bohemian Philharmonic Teplice, and the Jenaer Philharmonie. He also appears regularly with the Jindřichův Hradec Symphony Orchestra. In the upcoming season he will appear as conductor with PKF - Prague Philharmonia.

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