Artists biographies
Tschechische Philharmonische Chor Brno

The Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno is now one of the most highly regarded professional ensembles in Europe. Conductors, orchestras and soloists who have worked with the choir all speak enthusiastically about it. Critics praise their compact sound and the broad spectrum of expression the choir achieves. The Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno (founded in 1990) visit acclaimed European festivals and significant concerts and thrill their audience with their professionalism and extraordinary musical feeling. Behind their success stands founder, choirmaster and director Petr Fiala (born 1943), alumnus of the Brno Conservatory (piano, composition and conducting) and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts. He has composed 180 pieces and devoted himself to leading the choir for forty-five years. In 2009 the Czech Episcopal Conference awarded him the Order of Saints Cyril and Methodius for his exceptional contribution to the areas of conducting and composition. In 2013 he received the Prize of the City of Brno for his enduring artistic contributions. The second choirmaster is Jan Ocetek. The choir displays a repertoire that is equally comprehensive and versatile. It mainly includes oratorios and cantatas, and has more recently expanded to operas from all musical periods. The choir works with orchestras and conductors from all of the Czech Republic as well as many other countries. The choir has recorded a string of CDs with significant Czech and European labels. Their excellent quality is attested by international music critics. In 2007 the choir received two ECHO Classic awards: Best Vocal Ensemble 2007 for the recording of Bruckner’s motets, and Recording of the Year 2007 for the Christus oratorio by Franz Liszt. The most important Japanese critical review ‘Geijitsu Disc Review’ recognized the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno with their renowned ‘TOKUSEN’ award for the live recording of Dvořák’s Requiem.