After finishing his studies in recorder and orchestral conducting at the Conservatory in Pilsen (CZ) he continued in postgraduate studies at Schola cantorum basiliensis with Corina Marti.During his studies, Jakub participated in masterclasses and lessons with leading personalities of early music (Peter Holstlag, Ashley Solomon, Carin van Heerden, Bert Honig, Jostein Gundersen, Patrick Ayrton,…). In 2018 he gained his Ph.D. in History.
Soon after graduating, he was appointed a teacher at the Prague Conservatoire. In 2012 he was appinted a director of the Prague Conservatory Baroque orchestra whith whom he became the laurate of Concerto Bohemia radio competition. In 2010–6, he taught at the Conservatory in Pilsen where he performed a number of opera projects (including Pergolesi, Purcell, Martinů, Pauer). As a lecturer, he is often invited to lead seminars and courses of early music (Valtice, Holešov) and is a frequent guest of jury competitions.
As a recorder player, he performs regularly with a number of early music ensembles such as Collegium 1704, Capella Regia, Collegium Marianum, Czech Ensemble Baroque,… with whom he performed in prestigious European scenes (Prague Spring, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Arriaga, Grand Theater de Luxembourg, Salzburger festspiele, Concentus Moraviae, …). With Schola gregoriana pragensis he recorded a CD devoted to the music of Charles IV.
In 2009 he founded his own ensemble CONCERTO AVENTINO and is also a founding member of the TRE FONTANE trio. As a conductor he performed some of the baroque masterpieces such as Zelenka´s Sub olea Pacis or Purcell´s semi-opera The Fairy Queen. Recently he did perform Czech.premieres of Pigmalion by J. Ph. Rameau or Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at by G. F. Haendel at Smetana’s Litomyšl festival. In upcoming season he will lead the performances of Bach´s Johannespassion or Benda´s Ariadne auf Naxos.
Petra Václavíková started studying the recorder at the Pilsen Concervatory with Julie Braná, where she graduated with diploma with the highest distinction. Then she continued studying the baroque oboes at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Germany with Xenia Löffler, where she has completed her bachelor’s degree. Afterwards she has studied historical oboes at the Hoschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (HfMDK) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany with Annette Spehr, where she completed her master’s degree. Besides her study of historical oboes, she continued playing the recorder and was getting lessons with Prof. Michael Schneider and Kerstin Fahr at the HfMDK in Frankfurt am Main. She is currently studying at the HfMDK Frankfur am Main the recorder with Prof. Jan Van Hoecke.
During her bachelor studies she was a member of the Orchester Academy Bachs Erben in Germany. Here she played concerts in the Europe and in the South America. In summer 2017 she won the audition for the Orchester Academy in Innsbruck Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik in Austria.
Petra Václavíková appears with various orchestras of Early Music as La Stagione Frankfurt, Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg, Hanoverische Hofkapelle, Capella Confluentes, Camerata Frankfurt, BachWerkVokal Salzburg… She also took part in many international masterclasses as with prof. A. Bernardi, H. P. Westermann, prof. Carin v. Heerden, prof. J. Christensen and many others.
In March 2019 she was with her Ensemble Postillon finalists at the prestige International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg, Germany. www.ensemblepostillon.com
Petra Václavíková gained her teaching experiences at music schools in Germany (Bad Soden, Hofheim am Taunus) so in Switzerland in St.Gallen. Now she is currently teaching recorder at Budweis Conservatory in Czech Republic.