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ah3Alena Hönigová completed harpsichord studies in the Prague Academy of Music, going on to her soloist´s diploma with Giedré Lukšaité Mrázková and Zuzana Růžičková. She finished her postgraduate studies of harpsichord and fortepiano at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Andrea Marcon, Edoardo Torbianelli) with a solo diploma and a treatise and recording on collection ’Song of Solomon’ by Salamone Rossi.
Together with the ensemble La Vinciolina, she won first prize in the Gotha Competition at the Handel Festival in Göttingen in 2001. 2001–2009 she worked at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as an accompanist. Alena performs as a harpsichord and fortepiano soloist, but she is also a sought-after continuo player and chamber musician. She performed, for example, at the Villa Medici in Rome, at the Troja Chateau in Prague, at the Musikinstrumentenmuseum in Berlin or at the Tonhalle in Zurich. With the French Ensemble Cronexos she toured Colombia and other tours and concerts took her also to Turkey, Latvia or Norway.
In 2004-2010 she organized a concert series at the Leonhardskirche in Basel (CH), which she followed up with a cycle of early romantic music at the Wildt’sches Haus. In 2006, she performed the contemporary opera Esther by Boris Yoffe, composed for early instruments. In the years 2011–2015 she led an international concert series of baroque concerts in the refectory of the Dominican monastery of St. Giles in Prague, and in 2012–2018 she was the director of the international festival Music Summer in Jezeří/Eisenberg (CZ), which presented music from the famous musical history of the chateau. She continues in this musical tradition as the artistic director of the Květnov/Quinau Music Festival.
Alena Hönigová also lectures and teaches at master classes in the Czech Republic (Valtice, Želiv, Teplice), Slovakia (Košice), Germany (Seehaus) or Latvia (Rezekne).
Alena specializes in premiere music recordings 17-19. century on early music instruments. In 2011, she founded the early music label Koramant Records (Basel, CH). Since then, she has published a number of CDs, the publication of which is preceded by extensive research (F. T. Fröhlich, J. L. Dussek, N. Jommelli, J. J. Rösler).
The result of her research, dedicated to the life and work of the Czech composer Johann Joseph Rösler, are several music editions (including the Piano Concerto in E flat major, whose autograph Alena discovered in the archives of the Prague Conservatory, Bärenreiter 2018), CD recordings (some of them realized with the support of the State Fund culture of the Czech Republic), scientific articles and premieres. Alena initiated and implemented a project (supported by the Grant Agency of Charles University) digitization of Rösler's manuscripts in the archives of the Prague Conservatory, the results of which she published in the Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP). She is currently preparing to publish an edition of Rösler's catalogue supplemented by Rösler's biography. She also shares this project with the public through live online broadcasts.
Alena Hönigová is the author of a series of broadcasts for Czech Radio about baroque music and musicians of the Lobkowitz Kapelle. She has released music recordings for Koramant Records, Swiss Radio, Czech Radio, Edition du Nopal (FR), Pan Classics (CH) and Ars Musici (DE).

 

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