Aleš Kománek (*1982)
Aleš Kománek, laureate of the 10th G. Fitelberg International Conducting Competition in Katowice 2017 (4th place with 1st Distinction), received his education with outstanding results in the field of conducting at the prestigious Universities of Europe in Prague at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts under guidance of Jiří Bělohlávek, Radomil Eliška, Tomáš Koutník and Leoš Svárovský and in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts as a postgradual student under leadership of Mark Stringer and Yuji Yuasa, where he finished his postgraduate studies in June 2012. His teachers include also professor of conducting at the Conservatoir superieur de Paris Zsolt Nagy and head of the conducting department at the Royal Nothern College of Music in Manchester Clark Rundell on whose masterclasses he actively participated. He attended also Opera masterclasses at the European Music Academy in Teplice under guidance of Norbert Baxa and Dwight Bennet.
Aleš Kománek has worked repeatedly as a guest conductor with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Chamber Symphony Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic, South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic of České Budějovice, West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra of Mariánské Lázně, Symphony Orchestra AKS, Prague Chamber Philharmonic choir and also with the Moravian Chamber choir, Orchestra Spirit of Europe and Rzeszow Philharmonic in Poland. With the Prague Chamber Symphony Orchestra he appeared at the international festival Young Prague at the opening symphonic concert. He was repeatedly invited to work with the Ensamble Prague Modern, which belongs to the one of the leading Ensambles in Prague in the field of contemporary music. With the Radio Symphony Orchestra Pilsen he led the first recording of the last, not known 10. Symphony by the important Czech composer Jaromír Podešva who died in 2000 and for the Rundel Music Publications in Germany he recorded CD with vocal-instrumental pieces of another contemporary Czech composer Pavel Staněk with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moravian Chamber choir. In Ústí nad Labem he made also his successful opera debut with Puccini´s La bohéme.
In March 2014 Aleš was one of eight finalists to conduct the orchestra and soloist of the English National Opera in London at the audition for the 2nd Charles Mackerras fellowship.
His repertoire is nowadays already extensive and included scores from the most prominent Czech composers (Dvořák, Janáček, Martinů and Smetana) as well as new scores from the contemporary Czech composers (Podešva, Žalčíková, Chaloupka, Staněk etc.) on whose publicity he actively participated and has performed in many world premieres. From the world repertoire he has conducted so far pieces from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky or Elgar as well as important pieces from the 20th century repertoire included pieces from Stravinskij, Ravel, Bartók, Shostakovich or Sibelius. An important part of his repertoire formes of course opera such as La bohéme, Tosca, Carmen, La Traviata, Rusalka, The Bartered Bride or Jenůfa and The Cunning little Vixen.
As an award of his talent and support of his artistic activities and education Aleš Kománek won scholarships of the Czech Ministry of Culture, Czech Music found and the scholarship of the City of Ostrava.