Mgr. Jiří ŠimáčekJiří Šimáček (1976) comes from Ostrava. From 1991-1997, he studied the French horn at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava. He developed further his music education at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ostrava at which he studied choir conducting and music teaching (1999-2004).
He started his first choirmaster’s practice in the Male Choir Vítkovice (until 2005) and in the University Choir (until 2006). Still at the University (2002), he was awarded the gold diploma at Choirmasters Competition of the Faculties of Education Students in Prague. Since 2001, he has been teaching the wind and keyboard instruments at the Elementary Art School in Ostrava-Svinov and he also started to work with the children’s choir Cantabo. In 2003, he founded the girls’ chamber choir DAJŠ. In spring 2004, he won with this choir the gold medal at an international choir competition "Svátky písní" in Olomouc. In autumn 2004, he won with the choir Cantabo the silver diploma at the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music with Petr Eben Prize in Prague. In a particularly successful year of 2005, he won, again with DAJŠ, the main award of the composer Zdenek Lukáš at an international festival "Jaro se otvírá" in Kroměříž, the gold medal at an international choir competition "Svátky písní" and the gold diploma at the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music with Petr Eben Prize. In 2007, Jiří Šimáček was awarded the “Choirmaster junior” prize for his excellent choirmaster’s activity by the Czech Choirs Union.
He is an assistant conductor in the Moravian Chamber Choir, with which, in cooperation with the Prague Jazz Sextet, he introduced the Czech premiere of Todes fuge by Petr Kořínek in October 2007 at the 4th annual St. Wenceslas Music Festival. With this choir he also learned the Mozart Requiem for IMF of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf in 2007 and in 2008, he prepared Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem for the 5th annual St. Wenceslas Music Festival and Nelson messe by Joseph Haydn for an international festival Souznění (Festival of Harmony).
Honorary choirmasterprof. Lubomír Mátl