Marek Štryncl 

Conductor, violoncellist, choirmaster, and composer Marek Štryncl (born 1974 in Jablonec nad Nisou) held the position of principal cellist in the North Bohemian Philharmonic already while a student at the conservatory in Teplice. He graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (AMU) in 2002 in the field of conducting, and has also studied cello at the Dresdner Akademie für alte Musik as well as participating in many courses in authentic performance practice in Chinon, Mainz, Basel, Valtice, and elsewhere.

As a conductor and choirmaster Štryncl has collaborated with famous chamber and symphonic orchestras, choirs, ensembles, and soloists such as Magdaléna Kožená, Phillipe Jaroussky, The New Israeli Vocal Ensemble, Boni Pueri, the Orlando Consort, the Prague Chamber Choir, Les Musiciens du Paradis, and the Prague Philharmonia. His repertoire includes works from the early Baroque to the Romantic period as well as contemporary compositions.

In 1992 Štryncl’s interest in authentic performance led him to found the Musica Florea ensemble. Working with Musica Florea he restores to life the works of forgotten composers, especially from the Czech Baroque and Classical periods. He is responsible for programming the ensemble’s regular concert series in Prague and in other regions of Czech Republic, and has initiated the unique theatre project of transportable Baroque stage called Florea Theatrum. He performs on the cello both as a soloist and in chamber works, and also occasionally composes. He has appeared in prestigious festivals such as the Prague Spring, Rezonanzen in Vienna, the Festival van Vlaanderen in Brugge, the Tage alter Musik in Sopron, the Tage alter und neuer Musik in Regensburg, Strings of Autumn, and Concentus Moraviae. He has made dozens of compact disc recordings, many of which have received top awards: Diapason in 1994, Zlatá Harmonie in 1997, and a Cannes Classical Award in 2003. Nor does he avoid alternative projects - e.g. a recording of contemporary Slovak compositions with the singer Iva Bittová (Vladimír Godár, Mater, EMC, 2007) and Romantic symphonic music played on period instruments (works by Antonín Dvořák, Arta Records, 2009).

Currently Štryncl is teaching orchestral conducting, conducting of sacred choral music, and Baroque cello at Charles University in Prague and also in special courses and workshops such as the International Summer School of Early Music in Valtice, Bohemia Cantat in Liberec, Convivium, the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno.