Dan Kalousek, choirmaster
After passing his school-leaving examination at grammar school, he went on to study at Brno Academy of Music, specializing in the art of composition and conducting. After that he studied orchestra conducting and graduated from Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. In the years of 2006 - 2008 he was attending the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig and Weimar. While participating in music courses he became acquainted with conductors Kurt Masur, Fabio Luisi and Zsolt Nagy. Ars Brunensis Chorus under his leadership as a choirmaster has given a series of concerts both in the Czech Republic and abroad. He has worked on several joint projects with Jiří Pavlica, the music group Jablkoň and many others. He has cooperated with Jenaer Madrigalkreis, Bohemiachor, Baroque Summer School Choir, Brno Academic Choir and other chamber orchestras and choirs. He regularly cooperates with the music composer Vladimír Franz. Their collaboration concerns mainly recording of Vladimír Franz's stage music for the major Czech theatre houses, radio and television broadcasting companies. He has participated in recording a number of CDs (mostly music of contemporary authors) for the publishing houses: Naxos, Vienna Modern Masters, Supraphon, Capstone records, Questand and others. Since 2003 he has been working as a guest conductor in Brno City Theatre where he has prepared and conducted several performances. He teaches in Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno.