Jindrichuv Hradec (Czech Republic), 2009

Orpheon Summer Academy

The Vazquez Collection of Historical String Instruments

Violins, Violas da gamba, Viola d’amore, Violoncellos, Double Basses from 1500 to 1789



Castle of Jindrichuv Hradec: the Rondel


José Vázquez Cuba artistic director,viola da gamba, viol consort
Lúcia Krommer Hungary viola da gamba, baroque violoncello
Andrew Robinson Ireland viola da gamba consort
Pitt Funck Luxemburg Madrigal Ensembles, Choir, basso continuo. viol consort


This course – with a very strong emphasis on chamber music – offers professional instruction on the above instruments for early music enthusiasts and modern instrumentalists with an interest in Baroque and Renaissance music.

The instruments of the Orpheon Foundation, consisting of violins, violas, violoncelli, violoni and violas da gamba from the 16th to the 18th C., restored to original condition, will be made available to interested players of modern instruments. This is a unique opportunity for musicians to get acquainted with these old instruments and their repertory. The participants will prepare a concert to be performed at the end of the course.