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Martin Buchta

Chorus master of Opera. Martin Buchta was born in 1980 in Liberec. He gained his initial musical education at the Primary Arts School in his hometown. He began studying chorus conducting with Kremena Pechakova, chorus mistress of the Silesian Theatre in Opava, and continued at Brno’s Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) under the tutelage of Josef Pančík. At JAMU he also studied orchestra conducting with Emil Skoták and piano with Daniela Velebová. For one and a half years, he studied opera conducting (Prof. Gunter Kahlert), symphony conducting (Prof. Nicolás Pasquet) and chorus-mastery (Prof. Jürgen Puschbeck) at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. While still a student, he collaborated with the Olomouc Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting, for example, Janáček’s Taras Bulba, Prokofiev’s suite from the ballet Romeo and Juliet and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra. At the Chamber Opera of JAMU he conducted the Czech premiere of Antonín Tučapský’s opera The Undertaker in the presence of the composer. Since September 2007 he has been a chorus master of the National Theatre Opera, where he has participated in the productions of Verdi's Falstaff (2008), Janáček's The Makropulos Case (2008), Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (2010) and Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2011). Update: May 2011

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