The Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 ensembles were founded by the harpsichordist and conductor Václav Luks in 2005 on the occasion of the Bach–Prague–2005 project, marking the beginning of collaboration with the Prague Spring International Music Festival. Since 2007, Collegium 1704 have been regular guests at festivals in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. In 2008, they began the Prague-Dresden Musical Bridge concert series, which continues the rich cultural traditions of the two cities. Collaboration with the renowned soloists Magdalena Kožená, Vivica Genaux, and Bejun Mehta naturally led, in 2012, to a second concert series, called Baroque Opera Stars, held at the Rudolfinum concert hall in Prague. With Handel’s Rinaldo (directed by Louise Moaty), Collegium 1704 achieved successes at the National Theatre, Prague, and at opera houses in Versailles, Caen, Rennes, Luxembourg and Wien.
The year 2013 was devoted to rediscovery of the Czech composer Josef Mysliveček, whose opera l’Olimpiade (directed by Ursel Herrmann) – currently nominated for The International Opera Awards 2014 – was presented by Collegium 1704 in Prague, Caen, Dijon, Luxembourg and Wien. At the 2013 Prague Spring Festival, Collegium 1704 performed Mysliveček’s oratorio La Passione di Gesù Cristo. Other important festival appearances last year included a concert at the prestigious Lucerner Festival, Musica Antiqua Brugge, Musikfest Stuttgart, and Tage Alter Musik in Herne. Among its breakthrough appearances was the Collegium 1704 performance at the important BOZAR concert hall, Brussels.
Ensemble in residence at prestigious festivals Oude Muziek 2014 in Utrechtu and Bachfest 2015 in Leipzig, Collegium 1704 will perform in 2014 in Wiener Kozerthaus, Theatre an der Wien, at Chopin Festival in Warsaw or Wratislavia Cantans in Wroclaw.
Radio and television stations throughout Europe broadcast many Collegium 1704 concerts live and recorded. Its recordings on the Accent, Zig-Zag Territoires, and Supraphon labels are continuously acclaimed by the general public and music critics alike (including a nomination for Gramophone Awards 2012 of the Gramophone magazine). In September 2013, the long-awaited Collegium 1704 recording of J. S. Bach’s Mass in B minor was issued.
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