Ondřej Macek (harpsichord, musical director)
Born in 1971 in Prague, he received private lessons in childhood in piano and composition under Prof. František Kovaříček. He studied harpsichord and basso continuo under the Israeli harpsichordist Shalev Ad-El. As a continuo player he was engaged at early music festivals in France (Printemps des Arts in Nantes, Rencontre Musical at the Villarceux chateau near Paris) and Germany (Internationale Händel-Akademie in Karlsruhe). At Prague’s Charles University, he studied musicology, then continued his studies at Masaryk University in Brno. In 1991 he founded the ensemble Cappella Accademica (today Hof-Musici), which he still leads today. In 1996–1999 he taught continuo playing and chamber music at theAcademy of Early Music at Masaryk University in Brno, and in 2008–2011 he led courses of Baroque music at the Church Conservatory in Opava. Since 1997, he has worked at the Český Krumlov Castle where he collaborates with the Baroque Theatre Foundation in researching in the field of Baroque opera interpretation.