The Czech Academic Choir is a prominent representative of academic choral singing in the Czech Republic. Its existence started in 2004, first as an academic choir under the Masaryk University, and since 2018 it has operated independently.
In 15 years of intensive work, The Czech Academic Choir has grown up to a quality ensemble that ranks among the the best of its kind in Europe.
Its technical capabilities, vocal culture, ideal sound and blend balance of its voice type and also its readiness, reliability and discipline helps the ensemble to abchieve impressive performance, that has been highly praised by numerous renowned conductors and choirmasters.
The choir, which numbers about 60 singers (SATB) from various universities of Brno (students and graduates), performs both classic choir pieces as well as cantate compositions. The ensemble cooperates with professional orchestras and institutions – the Philharmonic Orchestra Brno, the National Theatre Brno, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (SOČR), the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic the Orchestra Pardubice, the Moravian Philharmonics, the Košice State Philharmonic, the Leipziger Universitätsorchester and others.
The Czech Academic Choir works in close cooperation with the National Theatre Brno on the Bohuslav Martinů’s opera – The Miracles of Mary (since 2014) and also on Kaija Saariaho‘s modern opera play – Love from Afar (since 2016).
The ensemble periodically records film and stage music in collaboration with symphonic orchestras and leading soloists. A welcome diversification from the world of classical music are various projects with leading stars of nonartificial music (Manowar, Tarja Turunen, Mike Terrana and others).
From the very beginning Michal Vajda is the conducter and choirmaster of the Czech Academic Choir. A student of conservatory and JAMU in Brno (organ play, sacral music, conducting), he has been conducting for more than 25 years. In 2016 he received the Award of Ferdinand Vach from the Czech Choirs Association and the Czech Musical Fund.
With his sensitive approach and his clear musical vision he can lead the choir to outstanding and engaging performaces, which are appreciated not only on international festivals, but also by professional orchestras, conductors, soloists and musical journalists.