Michael Bártek

Michael Bártek

organist choir conductor

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ActuallyI perform...

16. August 2019

Dälliker Orgelnacht mit Madeleine Merz

Madeleine Merz - Mezzosopran, Michael Bártek - Klavier, Orgel
Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder, Isoldes Liebestod
Reformierte Kirche Dällikon (CH)

21. September 2019

Cabaret Suchý & Šlitr

Czech Cabaret with songs by Suchý & Šlitr
Jitka Štěrbáková - voice, Marie Dubus - flute, Michael Bártek - piano and voice
Gemeindehaus der reformierten Kirche Regensdorf (CH)

29. September 2019

Grand gala baroque pour orgue et hautbois

Luis Miguel Mendoza - hautbois, Michael Bartek - orgue
Musique baroque
église St-Jean, Wissembourg (F)

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My Music Organ • Harpsichord • Conducting • Arranging

My life is music. I come from the Czech Republic. Actually I am working as an organist and choirmaster in Switzerland. I have on my account studies of pipe organ over the european universities of arts and like a curious and "eternal" student I broaden my knowledges and skills further in Zurich. Like a concert organist I travel through Europe. I play like a soloist, but I like also to participate on the common projects with other instrumentalists, with singers, with choirs, but with painters, too. I like Bach, Wagner and Gershwin. I am open-minded and versatile. In the last years I am very interested in conducting. I am conducting choirs in Switzerland and I study choir conducting in Zurich, too. I like to arrange the music of varied genres for various formations. I like to spend my free time by improvising on the piano.

Concerts which I won't forget

Work Church music and choir conducting

After eight years of playing in the churches in Strasbourg I am working now in Switzerland like a church organist of the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zurich. Concretely, I am actually employed by the Reformed Church Furttal. But I do not avoid of course playing in catholic or other churches, too. I accompany choirs. In the years 2010-2016 I was teaching organ in the Protestant Organ School of Strasbourg  (AFORGEP) .

If you are interested in organ or piano lessons, please contact me.

I study since 2017 at the Zurich University of the Arts choral conducting, church music and organ pedagogy. Since Autumn 2019 I conduct Kantorei Schwamendingen in Zürich. Like choirmaster I have experiences with various choirs : Mixed Choir Wiesendangen, XiF Furttal, Kantorei Regensdorf, Pleasure Singers, Women Choir of the Salvation Army of Zurich, Choir of the tř. Kpt. Jaroše High School in Brno.

I was a membre like a singer for many years at the famous children’s choir of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra Kantiléna.

Ohlasy kritiky

Studying means growing I am an eternal student

I was born 1984 in Brno, Czech Republic. I am starting the piano lessons at the age of seven, organ of fourteen. My first organ teacher was Marie Karasová. In 2000-2005 I studied organ at the Brno conservatory by Zdeněk Nováček and Petr Kolař, in 2005-2009 I studied organ at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (JAMU). Before my bachelor degree, I leave Czech Republic for Strasbourg, where I collect my first foreign experiences under the programme ‘Erasmus’ in the organ class of Christophe Mantoux. This experience strengthens me in the further studies abroad.

In the years 2009-2012 I study Master Professionnel in Strasbourg by Christophe Mantoux and his wife Aude Heurtematte. Both are distinguished Parisian organists. My graduation’s concert theme is ‘Organ transcriptions from the Wagner’s Ring’. Apart from organ, I am very interested in the ancient harpsichord music, which I study by Aline Zylberajch (Diplôme d«études musicales, 2012); also in the baroque and Renaissance organ music (by Martin Gester) and in the basso continuo (by Francis Jacob).

In 2013 I also receive a master degree at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (organ class by Pavel Černý). In 2014 I enrol at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in the class of Bernhard Haas (historically informed performance – organ). I also continue there to develop my skills in basso continuo by Michael Eberth. I graduate there in 2017 with another Master degree. Since 2017 till now I study at the Zurich University of the Arts choral conducting (Markus UtzBeat SchäferMarco Amherd), church music and organ pedagogy (Stefan Schättin), and this also in Master degree.

Like a concert organist, I play across Europe, I have had a chance to play some of the most beautiful european organs. My repertoire ist wide, from old masters until contemporary music. I don’t neither jazz nor popular music. I like to collaborate with choirs, instrumentalists, singers, but with painters, too. I have already collaborated on the creation of several common projects.

Teaching belongs to my very favourite occupations. After beginnings like a piano teacher in Czechia I was teaching during six years on the Protestant Organ school in Strasbourg AFORGEP (2010 − 2016).

I am a laureate of the International César Franck Competition 2013 in Haarlem (1st Prize and a Public prize), International Organ Competition Alexander Goedicke 2011 in Moscow and Competition of Young Organists 2003 in Opava (3rd Prize).

Beside my activity like concert organist I am a church musician. 2010-2016 I was organist in parishes in Strasbourg ; since 2017 I work for the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Zurich in Switzerland. And I also work there like a choral conductor.

my CV

Biography dates

• ab 2019 – Leitung der Kantorei Schwamendingen in Zürich
• ab 2017 – Studium an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Master Chorleitung (Markus UtzBeat Schäfer, Marco Amherd), Kirchenmusik, Orgelpädagogik (Stefan Schättin)
• ab 2017 – Organist an der Reformierten Kirche Furttal, Schweiz
• 2014-2017 – Studium an der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz München, Master Orgel, historische Aufführungspraxis (Bernhard Haas)
• 2010-2016 – Orgelprofessor an der AFORGEP, Protestantische Orgelschule für Kirchenmusik, Strasbourg, Frankreich
• 2010-2016 – Organist in Strasbourg, Frankreich
• 2011-2015 – Orgelprofessor an der Musikschule Sarre-Union, Frankreich
• 2013 – Orgelrecital in der Kathedrale von Chartres
• 2010-2013 – Studium an der Université de Strasbourg und am Conservatoire de Strasbourg, Orgel in “Master Professionnel” und “Spécialisation” (Christophe Mantoux, Aude Heurtematte); Cembalo in “Cycle d’Orientation Professionnelle” (Aline Zylberajch), Generalbass (Francis Jacob), Barockorgelmusik (Martin Gester)
• 2012-2013 – Studium an der Akademie der musischen Künste Prag, Master Orgel Performance (Pavel Černý)
• 2012 – erster Auftritt auf einem internationalem Orgelfestival (Audite Organum, Prag)
• 2012 – Masterabschluss in der Pauluskirche in Strasbourg mit den Bearbeitungen aus dem Ring von R. Wagner
• 2011 – 3. Preis beim International-Goedicke-Orgelwettbewerb, Moskau, Russland
• 2010 – 1. Preis und Publikumspreis beim 13. César-Franck-Orgelwettbewerb, Haarlem, Niederlande
• 2005-2009 – Studium an der Janáček-Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Brno, Bachelor Orgel (Věra Heřmanová, Pavel Černý)
• 2003-2009 – Klavierlehrer, Újezd u Brna, Tschechien
• 2008 – Erasmus-Semester am Conservatoire de Strasbourg (Christophe Mantoux)
• 2000-2005 – Studium am Konservatorium Brno, Orgel (Zdeněk Nováček, Petr Kolař); Klavier und Cembalo (Nebenfach)
• 2002 – 3. Preis in der 2. Kategorie, Junge-Organisten-Wettbewerb, Opava, Tschechien
• 1995-2000 – Studium am Gymnasium-Kpt.-Jaroše-Strasse, Brno, Tschechien
• 1993-1998 – Mitgliedschaft im philharmonischem Kinderchor Kantiléna als Sopran, Brno, Tschechien
• 1998-2000 – Orgelunterricht an der Musikschule Brno-Smetanova bei Marie Karasová
• 1991-2000 – Klavierunterricht an der Musikschule Brno-Smetanova bei Marie Karasová

Competition awards

  • 1.César Franck
    2010 • Haarlem
  • 3.Alexander Goedicke
    2011 • Moskva
  • 3.Young Organists
    2002 • Opava