Kabátková Sojková / Tiburtina ensemble

Barbora Kabátková (b. Sojková) (soprano, artistic director, dramaturgy, medieval harps, psaltery)

Barbora is the artistic director of Tiburtina Ensemble and also plays medieval harps and psaltery.

Barbora has been involved in music since childhood, when she began playing the piano and singing. In 1995, she became a member of the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir, with which she sang in more than 300 concerts, in many opera performances in the National Theatre and the State Opera in Prague, on CD recordings and in concert tours around the world, including Carnegie Hall, New York and the National Theatre, Kuala Lumpur.

After completing grammar school, Barbora studied choir-conducting and church music in the Faculty of Education and Musicology in the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University in Prague. She is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in musicology in the University’s Faculty of Philosophy, specialising in Gregorian chant under the direction of Mr. David Eben. Since 2009 she has taught Gregorian chant in the University’s Faculty of Education. She is very active in research on the Czech tradition of Gregorian chant, working on sources in the Convent of St. George within Prague Castle. She is member of the Fontes Cantus Bohemiae research team.

She also studied singing privately with J. Jonášová and E. Toperczerová and attended masterclasses in the interpretation of early music with Marius van Altena, Peter Kooij, Julie Hassler, Howard Crook and Joel Frederiksen. Her principal interest is in the interpretation of medieval music - above all Gregorian chant and polyphony - and in the interpretation of early music vocal repertoire.

Barbora regularly sings as a soloist with prominent Czech and European ensembles, including Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum, Musica Florea, Doulce Mémoire, Collegium Vocale Gent, the Berg Orchestra, Ostravská banda. She is also a member of the vocal ensembles, Collegium Vocale 1704 and Cappella Mariana. Barbora performs with singer and harpist Hana Blažíková, cembalist Monika Knoblochová and organist Eva Bublová very often.

Barbora has performed in many prestigious music festivals in the Czech Republic (Prague Spring Festival, Concentus Moraviae, St. Wenceslas Festival Ostrava, Lípa Musica International Music Festival, Summer Festivities of Early Music) and elsewhere in Europe (Resonanzen Wien, Uckermärkische Musikwochen Templin, Festival de Sablé, Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, Festival de Sully et Loiret, Festival Baroque de Pontoise, Festival de Musique Ancienne de Ribeauvillé, Festival d'Ambronay, Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay, Festival van Vlaanderen Brugge, Musiekcenter DeBijloke Gent, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht and the Accademia delle Crete Senesi).

In 2007 she took part in a staged production of Claudio Monteverdi's opera Orfeo at the National Theatre in Prague (Ensemble Concerto, Roberto Gini). In 2008 she sang in Vivaldi’s reconstructed opera Argippo (Hofmusici, Ondřej Macek). In 2009 she sang in Julius Zeyer’s melodrama Radúz and Mahulena at the National Theatre in Prague (Collegium 1704, Václav Luks) and in 2011/2012 participated in a stage production of Louis Andriessen’s Dances (National Theatre Prague – Laterna Magica, Berg Orchestra, Peter Vrábel).

Ivana Bilej
                    Brouková / Tiburtina ensemble

Ivana Bilej Brouková (soprano)

She is gratuated in singing from the Prague Conservatory and the Berlin Hochshule der Künste (2000), where, under the instruction of the lutenist Nigel North, she became acquainted with the authentic interpretation of early music. That led her to develop an interest in music from the Early Baroque to the Early Classical period. She has attended master classes, for example, with Emma Kirkby, Jill Feldman, Richard Wistreich, and René Jacobs. She was awarded a prize in the Biagio Marini (BRD) competition and was on a year's scholarship at the Akademie für Alte Musik, Bremen.

In past years she has been invited to participate in opera projects, for example, the Lausitzer Opernsommer and the Sferisterio Opera Festival, Mascerata. That is where she began to work with the Tuscan ensemble Florilegio Musicale. At home and abroad she gives concerts with various professional ensembles concerned with early music (Capella Regia, Hipocondria Ensemble, Collegium 1704, and Ensemble Tourbillon) and also in duets with Ophira Zakai and Jan Krejča.

Hana Blažíková
                    / Tiburtina ensemble

Hana Blažíková (soprano, gothic harp)

She was born in Prague. In 2002 she graduated from the conservatoir in Prague in the class of Jiří Kotouč. She took courses with Poppy Holden, Peter Kooij, Monika Mauch and Howard Crook and she is mostly involved in the interpretation of baroque, rennaisance and medieval music. Hana cooperates with international ensembles and orchestras, e. g. Collegium Vocale Gent, Bach Collegium Japan, Sette Voci, Capella Regia, Collegium Marianum, Musica Florea, Collegium 1704 etc.

She performed at many european festivals, such as Prague Spring, Oude Muziek Utrecht, Resonanzen in Wien, Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, Festival de Sablé, Festival de La Chaise – Dieu, Festival de Saintes and others. Further she plays gothic harp and gives concerts singing and accompanying herself.

                    Čermáková / Tiburtina ensemble

Daniela Čermáková (alto)

Daniela Čermáková studied singing at the Secondary School of Music in Brno, Theory and Interpretational Practice of Early Music at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, and Vocal and Music Education at the Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno.

Since her secondary studies (1998), she has been intensively engaged in the interpretation of the 16th – 18th century music. Her main interest and strong point is ensemble singing (Societas Incognitorum, Doulce memoire, Collegium 1704, Madrigal Quintet...), as a soloist she performed with renowned ensembles of so-called early music, e.g. Musica Florea, Musica Aeterna, Cappella Accademica.

She has a rich record of concerts at significant festivals both in this country and abroad, co-operates with the Czech Radio and Television and makes CD recordings. Moreover she engages in the interpretation of jazz music and chanson, important is also her pedagogical practice.


Marta Fadljevičová

Marta has played the piano since her childhood and sang in the Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir when 12. She started to learn solo singing at music school. In 1997 she graduated as a soloist at the Prague Conservatory under the guidance of Antonia Denygrová. She devoted further study to singing under the tuition of Vlasta Hudecová, Professor of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

Since 1994 she has been engaged in the authentic interpretation of early music (performance courses led by Marius van Altena, Howard Crook, etc.). She works with ensembles Musica Florea, Ensemble Inégal, Collegium 1704 and Collegium Marianum, Hipocondria with whom she not only performed in concerts in Czech and European stages, but also recorded CDs and performed in Baroque operas. She is a member of Collegium Vocale 1704 and since 2008 has performed with the medieval music ensemble Tiburtina Ensemble.