Miriam Němcová

Chorleiterin

After graduating from the Prague Conservatory and while studying composition and conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (with Prof. Václav Neumann being one of her teachers), she collaborated with a number of professional ensembles (Suk Chamber Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Radio Choir, Prague Philharmonic Choir). In 1987 and 1988 she was a Czech Philharmonic grantee with the Prague Madrigalists, and she also received several scholarships to study at the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart with Prof. Helmuth Rilling. Following her return from a study stay in Paris, she worked at the Prague Chamber Opera and the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec, where after a year-long engagement she returned in 1991 to assume the post of opera director. In the wake of an acclaimed staging of Verdi’s Otello at the Antonín Dvořák Theatre in Ostrava, in 1993 she was offered a contract from the State Opera Prague to serve as conductor and chorus master. Since September 1995 she has taught at and headed the conducting department of the Prague Conservatory, concurrently leading its symphony orchestra. She has guided international conducting classes in Hradec Králové, Seoul and elsewhere, most recently at Prague’s Studio lirico. In addition, she has given concerts both in the Czech Republic and abroad as a guest conductor and artistic director of Praga Sinfonietta, Vox Pragae and the Czech National Choir. Since 2001 she has been a permanent guest of the Hradec Králové Orchestra, with whom she recorded a CD featuring Smetana’s cycle of symphonic poems My Country. Of late, she has also served as a visiting chorus master at the Prague Philharmonic Choir. As a conductor, she has also worked at studios, recording film music for international productions.