was born in 1963 in Hořice. He started learning to play the clarinet and went to Teplice Conservatory from which he graduated in 1987. Then he started to play the saxophone and studied at Jaroslav Ježek’s Conservatory in Prague, where he graduated in 1994. Already during his teaching years he started cooperating with a number of jazz, dance, theatre and symphony orchestras. He is one of the founding members of the Bohemia Saxophone Quartet, with which he often performed in Prague, elsewhere in the Czech Republic, and abroad (Denmark, Germany, Austria, Indonesia, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and France). In 2003 he founded the Czech Sax Quartet. He works in many musical fields (e.g. The Sklep theatre) and has participated in many recordings for Czech radio and television. He plays with several Prague orchestras (the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the State Opera and the Prague Symphony Orchestra). He wants to pursue a solo career playing the saxophone.
Born in Kladno (Czech Republic). Studies (organ) at Prague Musik Conservatoire 1975-1981 with prof.Jan Hora, at the Academy of Musical Arts 1981-1987, also with prof.Jan Hora.
Awarded prizes in national and international competitions:
- prize in the contest of young organ players in 1978 in Opava (Czech Republic),
- diploma in international organ competion „In memoriam Ferenc Liszt” in 1983 (Budapest),
- honourable diploma in interpretation competition in 1984 in Brno (Czech Republic),
- 3rd prize and title of laureate in international organ competition „Prague Spring” in 1984.
Radio and TV recordings, LP’s, CD’s.
Concerts in Germany, Russia, Austria, Spain, Japan etc.,regular cooperation with leading national symphony and chamber orchestras.
Repertoire contains Czech and worldfamous organ music from the Baroque masters to contemporary composers.
Born in 1977 in Prague (Czech Republic).
In 1993-1999, she studied at the Prague Conservatory of Music and from 1999 to 2004, opera singing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
In 1999, she successfully auditioned for the University Mozarteum Salzburg.
In July 1999, she took part in the International Master Classes of Baroque Music in Valtice (Czech Republic) with Professor Irena Troup-Wilke (Germany), in summer 2001, she participated in the International Master Classes of Opera Singing at the University Mozarteum Salzburg with Professor Patricia Wise (USA), in 2003 and 2004 in Dippoldiswalde (Germany) with Professor Margreet Honig (The Netherlands), and in 2004 in Prague with Professor Eiddwen Harrhy from Royal College London.
Marketa Halirova Bechynova has performed in the operas such as Gianni Schicchi (G.Puccini), The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni (W.A.Mozart), The Miracle of Our Lady (B.Martinu), The Cunning Little Vixen (L. Janacek) with the opera companies of Prague Chamber Orchestra, State Opera Prague, City Opera of Usti nad Labem or The Janacek Opera of the National Theatre Brno not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Germany, Portugal and Japan.
Marketa Halirova Bechynova regularly appears at concerts in Prague and abroad. As a soloist, she has sung with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Mahler’s Symphony No.4), South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra, Suk Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Soloist, Prague Collegium Orchestra, Vivaldi Orchestra Praga, and others.
She has performed as a guest artist in Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong.
Since 2002, she is a member of the chamber ensemble Mozartissimo singing the leading soprano parts.