It is no coincidence that musicians of Prague Symphony Orchestra play chamber music in the Smetana Museum. Smetana Ensemble founded by leading members of the world-renowned Prague Symphony Orchestra from Smetana hall of Municipal House consists of a string quintet and soloist soprano who unite on stage to perform an amazing one hour concert of well known compositions in varying musical styles. Repertoire includes music from Baroque period across the Classic and Romantic compositions to specially arranged versions of such popular artists as George Gershwin, Astor Piazzolla or Henry Mancini.
Lukáš studied Double bass at the Prague Conservatory with prof. Václav Fuka, and continued his studies with Radomír Žaluda at HAMU. He joined the Prague Symphony Orchestra in 1993 and is currently the Deputy Head of the Group and has played in prestigious concert halls around the world. Outside of the PSO, he is a much sought-after chamber musician in his own right and performs regularly with significant Baroque and Classical Ensembles in Prague and around Europe collaborating and performing with renowned musicians including Simon Standage (UK) Florian Deuter (DE) and Sergio Azzolini (I).
A former student of prof. Olga Jiráková and graduate of Jose Cura’s masterclasses, Michaela has performed in concerts halls in Europe as well as multiple locations around the world. A regular guest soloist with the Prague Symphony Orchestra and a former member of the Czech National Theatre. She has performed in many operas including Don Giovanni and Indomeneo by Mozart; Il Mondo della Luna by Haydn; King Arthur by Henry Purcell; Motezuma by Mysliveček and Rusalka by Dvořák. She regularly collaborates and sings with the Film Symphony Orchestra at the renowned international Barrandov film studios and has worked on many domestic and foreign film productions.
Pavla Radostová was born in 1989. Since 5 years she sings with the family ensemble Musica Laetitia, which is mainly devoted to Baroque music. She began her musical education at the Antonín Dvořák Music School in Lipník nad Bečvou, where she studied singing and piano. She continued her singing studies at the Brno Conservatory in the class of MgA Blanka Morávková. Here she participated in projects of the Opera Studio. She graduated from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, where she studied at Mrs. Natálie Romanová - Achaladze. During her studies she regularly participated in projects of the Chamber Opera. She is a member of several ensembles: Ensemble Opera Diversa, Czech Ensemble Baroque, Tupá Šídla, Musica Laetitia, Collegium 1704, etc. She cooperates with Brno Contemporary Orchestra under the direction of conductor Pavel Šnajdr, further with the BERG orchestra (artistic director Peter Vrábel), Ensemble Inégal ( headed by Adam Viktora) or Musicou Aeterna (headed by Peter Zajíček), performs as a guest in several choirs, eg Moravan Kroměříž. In 2018 she made her debut as Barena in the Leoš Janáček's Jenufa at the South Bohemian Theater in České Budějovice. She participated as a soloist in the recording of several CDs (F.X.Richter: Super Flumina Babylonis, F.X.Richter: Te Deum, Musica Aeterna: Resonate et plaudite,…) In 2017 she won 1st prize in the internal competition Summer School of Baroque Music in Holešov. She extends her education by regular participation in singing courses and workshops (Summer School of Baroque Music, Summer Music Academy Kromeriz, etc.) under the leadership of leading Czech and foreign lecturers.