Jakub Kydlicek (born 1985, CZ) is one of the most versatile personalities of the czech early music scene.
After finishing his studies in recorder and orchestral conducting at the Conservatory in Pilsen (CZ) he continued in postgraduate studies at Schola cantorum basiliensis with Corina Marti.During his studies, Jakub participated in masterclasses and lessons with leading personalities of early music (Peter Holstlag, Ashley Solomon, Carin van Heerden, Bert Honig, Jostein Gundersen, Patrick Ayrton,...). In 2018 he gained his Ph.D. in History.
Soon after graduating, he was appointed a teacher at the Prague Conservatoire. In 2012 he was appinted a director of the Prague Conservatory Baroque orchestra whith whom he became the laurate of Concerto Bohemia radio competition. In 2010-6, he taught at the Conservatory in Pilsen where he performed a number of opera projects (including Pergolesi, Purcell, Martinů, Pauer). As a lecturer, he is often invited to lead seminars and courses of early music (Valtice, Holešov) and is a frequent guest of jury competitions.
As a recorder player, he performs regularly with a number of early music ensembles such as Collegium 1704, Capella Regia, Collegium Marianum, Czech Ensemble Baroque,... with whom he performed in prestigious European scenes (Prague Spring, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Arriaga, Grand Theater de Luxembourg, Salzburger festspiele, Concentus Moraviae, ...). With Schola gregoriana pragensis he recorded a CD devoted to the music of Charles IV.
In 2009 he founded his own ensemble CONCERTO AVENTINO and is also a founding member of the TRE FONTANE trio. As a conductor he performed some of the baroque masterpieces such as Zelenka´s Sub olea Pacis or Purcell´s semi-opera The Fairy Queen. Recently he did perform Czech.premieres of Pigmalion by J. Ph. Rameau or Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at by G. F. Haendel at Smetana's Litomyšl festival. In upcoming season he will lead the performances of Bach´s Johannespassion or Benda´s Ariadne auf Naxos.
Harmonie 7/2020 (online), Jindřich Bálek
"The main protagonist and founder of the ensemble, Jakub Kydlíček, changed several recorders and even more areas of expression during the concert. From beautifully modeled cantilenas through color changes and instrumental virtuosity to intelligent humor. In his interpretation he reflected the experience with opera, with the artistic direction of various instruments, with improvisation, and demonstrated the ability to communicate with the audience."
Klasika Plus (online), August 5, 2020, Alena Sojková
"Jakub Kydlíček, as if fused with his instrument, one could only admire what nuances the recorder can express when treated by a musician who knows its possibilities and controls it perfectly. (...) JK attracted the audience with his complex and musically intelligent interpretation - from intonation, thoughtful work with rhythm and harmony with other instruments to playfulness and deep interpretive insight. "
Klasika Plus (online), August 11, 2020, Milan Bator
"Kydlíček presented a program which, in my opinion, was an example of optimal dramaturgy, coherent even in the smallest detail. He presented himself in a sensitive and historically informed interpretation on various types of flutes in compositions of the late Middle Ages, Renaissance virtuoso compositions, Baroque fantasias... The program culminated in contemporary avant-garde compositions, including the composition Fragmente by Makoto Shinohara. Above all, the performer showed that knowledge does not end with historical music, but that it is necessary to be open to all musical epochs that can bring something interesting and stimulating. "