Sembera (*1995, Czech Republic) began
his musical education in early childhood by studying
the piano. Later he started taking lessons
of composition with Karel Simandl. He finished
his bachelor studies of composition in 2017
at The Janacek Academy of Musical and Performing Arts in Brno (JAMU) in the class of professor
Ivo Medek. He also studied singing at JAMU
first with Jaromir Novotny, then with Irena Troupova. He finished his bachelor studies of singing in 2018 and currently studies master's of composition.
As a singer, he is focused mainly on interpretation
of contemporary music as well as the classical repertory. As a composer his main interest is vocal and vocal-instrumental music. He has attended selected interpretation courses abroad (VENI Academy summer courses, vocal and conducting masterclass EMA) and vocal masterclass
with maestro Antonio Carangelo. As a resident composer at the Ostrava Days music festival he had private composition lessons with Klaas de Vries, Christian Wolff, Chaya Czernowin and others.
He is a laureate of international composition competition GENERACE 2013 & 2014 and he has been awarded 2nd prize in Antonin Dvorak's International Singing Competition in category Opera Hope in 2015. He won 2nd prize in Dusek's Singing Competition, The President of the EMA prize in 2017, 3rd prize in prestigious Antonin Dvorak International Singing Competition in categories Junior and Song and 2nd prize in the competition of vocal-instrumental ensembles Stonavska Barborka.
During his studies at JAMU he performed in several operas at
the JAMU Chamber Opera
(M. Haba: The Little Prince - King, Snake; W. A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte - Papageno; C. Orff:
Die Kluge - Der Mann mit dem Maulesel). His professional operatic debut was at the Silesian Theatre Opava (A. Dvorak: Rusalka - Hunter) and he also performed at the Jan Kajetan Tyl Theatre in Pilsen (A. Thomas: Hamlet - Horatio). His concert activity includes collaboration with
the Carlsbad Symphonic Orchestra (C. Orff: Carmina Burana; J. S. Bach: Johannespassion;
A. Dvorak: Biblical Songs), with the National Theatre Orchestra (D. Matej: KyAriAe), the Northern Czechia Philharmonic Teplice (W. A. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro - Conte Almaviva) and others.
In collaboration with Ensemble 18+ he sang one of the leading roles in a renewed premiere
of Joseph Barta's singspiel Da ist nicht gut zu rathen. He performed his own composition
for baritone and orchestra Philoctetes with the Brno Philharmonic and the Western Czechia Symphonic Orchestra Maria Spa. Together with the conductor Leos Svarovsky and The Czech Radio Symphonic Orchestra he made a recording of Biblical Songs by Antonin Dvorak.
On the field of contemporary music he has worked with VENI Ensemble, Mirror Ensemble, European Music Project and others. He created several roles at the New Opera Days Ostrava festival (A. Haba: Thy Kingdom Come - Christ, Lay Preacher; D. Lo: A Woman Such as Myself - Man; J. Cage: Songbooks - Solo Voice). He regularly cooperates with the Meetings of New Music Plus festival.