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Biography

Vojtech Sembera (*1995, Czech Republic) began his musical education in early childhood by studying the piano. Later he started taking private 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. As a singer, he is focused on interpretation of contemporary music as well as the classical repertory and 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.

Awards

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.

Concert and stage performances

In 2017 he performed the part of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte in Musically-dramatic laboratory JAMU - Divadlo na Orli, he premiered his orchestral piece Philoctetes in collaboration with Brno Philharmonic and sang the Baritone Solo in Carmina Burana by Carl Orff with Karlovy Vary Symphonic Orchestra. The same year he also premiered several contemporary pieces for solo voice at the Meetings of New Music Plus festival. In 2018 he began his collaboration with the Jan Kajetan Tyl Theatre in Plzen creating the role of Horatio in opera Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas. In March he sang the Bass part in Bach's Johannespassion with Karlovy Vary Symphonic Orchestra and performed several pieces (including contemporary repertoire) at the Young Czech Interpreters Showcase 2018 in Ostrava in June. He created the role of Christ and Lay Preacher in the world premiere of Alois Haba's sixth-tone opera Thy Kingdom Come at the New Opera Days Ostrava festival (NODO). At NODO he also created the role of Man in a new opera by Daniel Lo A Woman Such as Myself and was one of the vocal soloists to perform Song Books by John Cage.

Repertory and Composition

Opera (complete roles)

Antonin Dvorak: Rusalka (Hunter & Gamekeeper)

Alois Haba: Thy Kingdom Come (Christ & Lay Preacher)

Miroslav Haba: Little Prince (King & Snake)

W. A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)

W. A. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (Almaviva)

Carl Orff: Die Kluge (Der Mann mit dem Maulesel)

Ambroise Thomas: Hamlet (Horatio)

Oratorio and Cantata

J. S. Bach: Johannespassion (Bass)

Bohuslav Martinu: The Opening of the Wells (Baritone)

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (Baritone)

J. J. Ryba: Czech Christmas Mass (Bass)

Vojtech Sembera: Philoctetes (Baritone)

Song

Antonin Dvorak: Biblical Songs

Antonin Dvorak: Gypsy Melodies

Peter Graham: Kafka Lieder

Charles Ives: 114 Songs

Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe

Bedrich Smetana: Evening Songs

Jiri Teml: Riding the Grasshopper

Anton Webern: 8 Frühe Lieder

Solo voice

John Cage: Song Books

Jan-Willem van Herpen: Rilke Gesänge

Hiroya Miura: Soramimi

Oktawia Paczkowska: Katatrenia

Complete repertory is available for download here.

Selected Compositions

La prima neve

for Bass Clarinet, Vibraphone, Synthesizer, Electric Piano and Accoustic Piano (the piece is inspired by the calm atmosphere of the first snow exciting a feeling of infinity)

Mythic Songs

for Soprano and Piano (the song cycle is based on prayers by an Armenian patriarch Nersetis Clajensis; each song represents a woman from Greek mythology in a troubling situation, connecting two very different worlds: the Greek mythology and the christian liturgy)

Night Soundscape

for unscpecified ensemble (graphic score; every performer stands for himself, but the result is a united prayer)

2 Nocturnes

for Piano (two short serene pieces)

Philoctetes

for Baritone Solo and Orchestra (a sarcastic piece on a poem by Vojtech Sembera; a protest against long outlived conventions, which are so difficult to get rid of)

Complete list of my composition is available for download here.

Media

Video

Audio

Recordings of my compositions are available at Soundcloud.

Calendar

Ambroise Thomas: Hamlet (as Horatio)

Jan Kajetán Tyl Theatre

17/10/2018

19:00

Vojtech Sembera: Fragments of the First Snow

Klenbový sál JAMU (Komenského nám. 6, Brno)

Mirror Ensemble

29/10/2018

19:30

Concert of Laureates

Koncertní sál JAMU (Komenského nám. 6, Brno)

Collaborative pianist Eliška Vomáčková

30/10/2018

19:30

Slavnostní koncert při příležitosti 100. výročí vzniku Československa

Jatka 78 ( Jateční 1530, Praha 7)

National Theatre Orchestra

13/11/2018

19:00

Vojtech Sembera: Philoctetes

Sál Bohuslava Martinů (Malostranské nám. 13, Praha 1)

West-Czechia Symphony Orchestra Mariánské Lázně

15/11/2018

19:30

Performance at Meetings of New Music Plus

Klenbový sál JAMU (Komenského nám. 6, Brno)

16/11/2018

19:30

Vojtech Sembera: LeeeBahLeDourTooo

Komorní sál JAMU (Komenského nám. 6, Brno)

Collaborative pianist Eliška Vomáčková

6/12/2018

19:30

Contact

+420 774 984 352

semberavoj@gmail.com