Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival Faculty and Clinicians

During the festival, participants will work with an internationally distinguished faculty of teachers, coaches, orchestral players, chamber musicians, conductors and stage directors. The faculty have taught and sung at leading educational Institutions, and have conducted, sung with or worked for the world’s leading opera companies and orchestras, including:

Czech National Opera
Metropolitan Opera
Vienna Staatsoper
Royal Opera, Covent Garden
La Scala, Milan
Deutsche Opera, Berlin
Paris Opera
Salzburg Festival
San Francisco Opera
Lyric Opera, Chicago
New York City Opera
English National Opera
Cologne Opera
Dublin Grand Opera
Scottish National Opera
Czech National Symphony
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Prague Symphony
Chicago Symphony
New York Philharmonic
Philadelphia Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony
Seattle Symphony
Dallas Symphony
Detroit Symphony
Atlanta Symphony
Utah Symphony
Boston Pops
Halle Orchestra, Manchester
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
London Classical Players
Orchestra de la Swiss Romande
Budapest Festival Orchestra
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  • Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival Faculty and Clinicians
  • Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival Faculty and Clinicians
  • Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival Faculty and Clinicians


John Nardolillo, Artistic Director and Conductor

John Nardolillo has appeared with more than thirty of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and National Symphony orchestras as well as the Boston Pops. John Nardolillo is the Director of Orchestras at the University of Kentucky.

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Sherrill Milnes, Stage Director

Sherrill Milnes has appeared more than 650 times at the Metropolitan Opera, and has performed at the Vienna Statsoper, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, the Deutsche Oper, the Paris Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Hamburg Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre, the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, and the opera companies of Pittsburgh, San Diego, Miami, and Denver, among many others.

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Maria Zouves, Stage Director

Maria Zouves has performed with opera companies and orchestras around the world. She has directed dozens of opera productions, and served as the director of opera at Northwestern University, the associate general director at Opera Tampa, and is the founder and executive director of V.O.I.C.Experience.

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Joachim Schamberger, Stage Director and Coach

Joachim Schamberger works internationally as a Stage Director and Video Designer. His productions have appeared in the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Norway, Israel, Japan and China.

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Catherine Clarke Nardolillo, Voice

Catherine Clarke Nardolillo has performed throughout the United States, and in Canada, England, Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. She is on the voice faculty at Centre College.

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Arthur Fagen, Festival Conductor

Conductor Arthur Fagen has served as Music Director of the Atlanta Opera since 2010 and is in great demand as a conductor of symphony and opera in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. He has served as Principal Conductor in Kassel and Brunswick and on the conducting staff of the Chicago Lyric Opera. In addition to his work at the Atlanta Opera, Mr. Fagen serves as the Professor of Orchestral Conducting at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

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Jeremy Aye, Voice

Jeremy Aye has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Omaha, Austin Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Kansas City Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, and at Carnegie Hall. He currently sings in the Metropolitan Opera chorus, and serves on the voice faculty of New York University.

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Josef Ŝpaĉek, Clinician

Josef Špaček is the concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Brno Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony. Josef Špaček studied at Juillard and Curtis, and is a prizewinner at the Queen Elizabeth and Nielsen violin competitions.

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Walter Seyfarth, Soloist and Clinician

Walter Seyfarth joined the Berlin Philharmonic in 1985, and has since worked with the world’s leading conductors, including Herbert von Karajan, Leonhard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado and Simon Rattle. Walter Seyfarth is a founding member of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.

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Scott Rednour, Coach

Scott Rednour serves on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He has coached and performed with leading artists in recital in New York, and has previously taught at Chautauqua and the Juilliard School. 

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Justina Lee, Coach

Justina Lee has coached for the the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the Castleton Festival. She is the principal coach of the Maryland Opera Studio and serves on the faculty at the University of Maryland.

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Dr. Jelena Nosková, Vocal Coach

Jelena Noskova is the principal coach at the Czech National Theater, and has performed the harpsichord part in Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre more than 300 times. She is a professor at the Prague Conservatory, and has coached at the Bolshoi Theater in Russia.

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Lauren Roth is the concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony and a professor at the University of Arizona. She has played with the Cleveland Orchestra, and studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the University of Washington, where she earned degrees in violin performance and Italian studies.

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Amit Peled

From the United States to Europe to the Middle East and Asia, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today.

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Masterclasses, chamber music coachings and private lessons:

Petr Hernych: horn professor at the Prague Conservatory, winner of the Prague Spring Competition, principal horn of the Prague Symphony.

Petr Holman: viola professor at the Prague Conservatory, and member of the Zemlinsky and Pražákovo quartets.

Miroslav Keymar: trumpet professor at the Prague Conservatory, principal trumpet of the Czech Philharmonic.

Pavel Kudelásek: violin professor at the Prague Conservatory, member of Apollon Quartet, former member of Dvorak Quartet and Czech Chamber Orchestra.

Ludmila Peterková: flute professor at the Prague Conservatory, winner of the Prague Spring Competition, soloist with the Czech Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony, Brno Philharmonic, Bratislava Philharmonic, Pilzen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Netherland Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, tours with the Tokyo and Talich Quartets.

Miroslav Petras: cello professor at the Prague Conservatory, winner of the Prague Spring Competition, principal cellist and frequent soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, member of the Czech Trio and Martinu Piano Quartet.

František Pospíšil: violin and conducting professor at the Prague Conservatory, conductor of the Prague Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and Czech Radio Orchestra, former concertmaster of the Japan Symphony in Tokyo.

Václav Riedlbauch: composition and chamber music professor at the Prague Conservatory, composer, former Minister of Culture for the Czech Republic, General Manager of the Czech Philharmonic and Director of the National Theatre.