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The Choral Society of Moravian Teachers

was founded in 1903 by a significant pedagogue and choir conductor Ferdinand Vach, originally as a choir of students and graduates of the Teachers College in Kroměříž. Vach´s intention was to free the choral singing of diletantism and raise it to a professional level. Thus he laid the foundations to modern choral performance based on technical perfection as well as inwardness of the subject. This was to be achieved by entirely new ways of rehearse work : singing by heart, accurate intonation , vocal culture and progressive dramaturgy.

As early as in 1905, the performing art of the PSMU became known even abroad, where audiences perceived their signing as something quite new and their concerts everywhere were tremendous success. In their native country they stimulated founding new choirs and a number of Czech composers were inspired to composing new choral works. Let´s name Foerster, Novák, Ostrčil and especially Leoš Janáček.

Everything began in 1904when Janáček heard the PSMU for the first time. He was so impressed by their performance that he immediately dedicated his two new choruses to them. Since the time he often was present at their rehearsals when they were studying some of his works, and thus these works obtained their definitive form. Not only was Janáček inspired by the Moravien Teachers, but vice versa, their own qualities rose with rising demands of the composer. Since than we can speak about a Janáček tradition in the PSMU.

Vach´s pioneering work was further developed by Jan Šoupal . Under his leadership the choir attained victories at several international choral competitions, such as in Arezzo, Langollen, Eisenach and Paris where Šoupal was awarded a special gold medal for conducting.

After his death in 1964 Antonín Tučapský became chief conductor. He enriched the repertoire of the choir by works by contemporary composers both Czech and foreign, e.g. Křička, Eben, Kučera, Seidl, as well as Orff, Stravinsky /his oratorio Oedipus Rex/ and Britten and he put also his own works on the programmes, not neglecting the Janáček tradition. Unfortunately, the political situation in Czechoslovakia after 1969 made him leave his country. Now he lives in Gritain as very successful composer.

In 1973 Olddřich Halma took the lead. As a conductor of an amateur orchestra he brought in rhythmic precision , otherwise he enriched the repertoire with folk- song arrangements /some of them his own/, which became very popular with concerts audiences. But first of all he prevented a conductor crisis that threatened after Tučapský had left, he was able to keep the high standard of performance, last but not least, he, together with some close friends, discovered a new perspective conductor Lubomír Mátl.

Lubomír Mátl

After his graduation at the Brno conservatory in 1959 for organ and piano, he continued his musical studies of choir and orchestra conducting at the Brno Janáček Academy Of Music Art in 1968.

Under his leading the Brno Academic Choir reached many top awards at home as well as abroad. The choir travelled with a concert tour trough Italy, Germany, Finladn, Denmark, Hungary, Great Britain and USA. The Slovak Philharmonic Choir of the Slovak Philharmony in Bratislava offered him collaboration as the main conductor during 1979-1981. During 1981-1992

Lubomír Mátl was appointed chief conductor of the Prague Philharmonic Choir of the Czech Philharmoniy in Prague.

Lubomír Mátl´s collaboration with conductors as e.g. Václav Neumann, Wolf-gang Sawallisch, Serge Baudo, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Herman Rilling, Ricardo Muti, Gerd Albrecht, Claudio Abbado, Sir Charles Mackerras, Leonadr Berstrein, Libor Pešek, Jiří Bělohlávek was very important.

Recording companies DGG /Germany/, Fonicentra /Italy/ Supraphon and Panton /Czech republic/, Opus Bratislava /Slovakia/, and Radio centres at home and abroad have been interested in his musical invention since 1982. His musical qualities are presented by pedagogical activities at the Department of Conducting at the Janáček´s Academy of Music Art in Brno /started 1972/ , conducting of the Czech Radio Mixed Choir in Prague / 1992-1994/ and current musical activities with philharmonic choirs, orchestras at home and abroad.

Since 1975 the PSMU has been awarded by many prices in the Czechoslovakia and abroad under his leading. Lubomír Mátl cares for saving artistical tradition on the choir but nevertheless shows some new points of view concerning traditional interpretation of works and of Leoš Janáček and the PSMU Choir.

In 1975 he entered the PSMU to become chief conductor after Oldřich Halma. Under his leadership the choir was successful home and abroad both at concerts and competitions. /Britain, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, USA/. The PSMU was awarded the prestigious prize CLASSIC 96 for the interpretation of Janáček´s work. By a well thought-out dramaturgy Mátl can link together the traditions of the choir with new view of choral interpretation and thus he not only preserves the symbiosis of the PSMU with Janáček but he also discovered Bohuslava Martinů for the PSMU

Lukáš Kubenka, Bc.A. - organ

Lukáš Kubenka /1975/ studied the subjects Czech language and musical education at the Ostrava University /1993 - 1996/. After one year study of composition at the Janáček conservatory in Ostrava, he continued studying at the Janáček Academy of Musical Arts in Brno in the department of sacred music and organ /1997-2000/ and later he continued studying at the Philosophical Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno at the department of Musical science. He completed his education in several international interpretary courses /the course of Gregorian choral, organ music of J.S.Bach, romantic organ music, French organ music of the 19th – 20th century and he has been awarded several prizes in organ competitions.

Except solo concert activities he cooperates with Moravian chamber choir Ostrava, the Choral Society of Moravian Teachers and with Janáček Philharmony Ostrava. Since 1992 he worked as an organist in the church of the Ascension of St. Mary in Ostrava and since 2000 he is the main organist in the Cathedral of the Divine Saviour in Ostrava. Since the year 1999 he teaches organ play, improvisation, contrapunkt and Gregorian choral at the Middle clerical organ school in Opava. He also leads courses of organ play in the Czech and Slovak Republic.

Lukáš Kubenka appeared in many concerts in the Czech Republic /Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc, Opava etc./ and abroad /Italy, Germany.


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