Marek Štryncl, Artistic Director
Over the course of years Musica Florea has appeared in hundreds of concerts in the Czech Republic and all over Europe. It has been a guest at important festivals including Prague Spring, the St. Wenceslas Festival, Concentus Moraviae, Strings of Autumn, Europalia '98, Tage alter Musik in Regensburg, the Early Music Festival in Sopron, the Brežice Festival, Resonanzen '2000 in Vienna, and the Festival van Vlaanderen in Bruges. The ensemble has received a number of prestigious honors including the highest award from the French magazine Diapason for a recording of J.D. Zelenka's Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis, the Music Critics' Award for the best performance at the Seventh Central European Festival of Concert Art in Žilina, and the Golden Harmony award for the best Czech recording of the year 1997, in which Musica Florea accompanies mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená in arias from sacred works by J.S. Bach (Deutsche Grammophone - Polygram, 1997).
From the outset Musica Florea has collaborated with numerous world-renowned artists and ensembles. (See Guests.) Together with leading theatrical specialists from all over Europe, from 1999 to 2002 Musica Florea shared in presenting an exceptional production by the National Theater in Prague of Jean Philippe Rameau's opera Castor et Pollux. And in 2000 it performed and recorded J.D. Zelenka's monumental musical-dramatic work Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis for large Baroque orchestra, chorus, and soloists in its modern premiere. (See Sub olea pacis).
The ensemble's repertoire extends from the early Baroque through the crowning masterpieces of that era to the Classical period. It includes instrumental chamber music, secular and sacred works with singers, orchestral concertos, and monumental compositions in the genres of opera and oratorio. Besides works by renowned composers like J.S. Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, J.D. Zelenka, Antonio Vivaldi, G.F. Handel, W.A. Mozart, Joseph Haydn, and J.V.H. Voříšek, Musica Florea has discovered and brought to life in modern world premieres many forgotten composers whose geographical origin and high quality earns them a place in general cultural awareness, such as Jan Dismas Zelenka, J.L. Dukát, J.C.F. Fischer, and Pavel Josef Vejvanovský.
Presently Musica Florea is engaged in making recordings both in the Czech Republic and abroad under the leadership of its artistic director.
Despite his youth, Marek Štryncl has already taken a place among the most progressive figures in the field of "early music" in the Czech Republic. He was born in 1974 in Jablonec nad Nisou in northen Bohemia. At the conservatory in Teplice he studied cello and conducting, and while still a student there he founded the ensemble Musica Florea. In 1994 and 1995 he held the position of concert master in the North Bohemian Philharmonic. Besides systematic participation in many performance courses (in Chinon, Basel, Mainz, Valtice in Moravia, and Prague), he studied Baroque cello at the Akademie für alte Musik in Dresden. In addition to Musica Florea he has performed in many other Czech and foreign ensembles including Musica Antiqua Praha, Musica Aeterna, Solamente Naturali, Musicalische Compagney, Ensemble Philidor, Ganz Europa with Simon Standage, Capella Regia Musicalis, Collegium 1704, and Collegium Marianum. At the same time he is active as a soloist. He is a graduate of the College of Music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the field of conducting. As a conductor he is often invited to lead both Czech and foreign chamber and symphonic orchestras. His repertoire thus includes both works of early masters and all the potential of the romantic and contemporary musical legacy.