The Camerata Janáček Chamber Orchestra was founded at the end of 1998. Its string base is composed of 13 musicians, leading players of Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava. On occasion, the orchestra is accompanied by a harpsichord or a wind instrument and percussion, if a score of the performed work so requires.
The characteristic features of the musical expression of this ensemble are not just fresh musicality but also precise technical formulation and tone culture. The orchestra demonstrates these qualities regularly at their concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad. Camerata Janáček has performed at the following music festivals, among others: Easter Festival of Sacred Music in Brno (1999), Janacek May Ostrava (2003, 2007), Saint Wenceslaus festival (2005, 2007, 2008) in Ostrava and also the serial cycle of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra “Czech Chamber Orchestra” at the Dvorak Hall of the Prague’s Rudolfinum (2003), festival of Smetana’s Litomyšl (2005), Strings of Autumn in Prague (2002) and Viva il canto in Těšín. The orchestra has given concerts in South Korea (1998 tour), Austria (1999), Italy (2000), Spain (two grand tours in 2000 and 2002), Poland (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008), Belgium (2006 tour) and in the Netherlands (a chamber concert in Amati Ensemble Maastricht-2006). It has cooperated with outstanding Czech soloists, e.g. with the guitarist Lubomír Brabec, violinists Pavel Šporcl, Václav Hudeček, Ivan Ženatý, Jiří Vodička, Martina Bačová, Petr Maceček, cellist Jiří Hanousek, soprano Martina Janková, pianist Lukáš Vondráček, and with foreign soloists (Viktoria Jagling-Finland-cello, Gill Sharon-the Netherlands-violin, Nataša Veljkovič-Serbia-piano and many others). The orchestra regularly performs at the chamber concerts of Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava.
The repertoire of Camerata Janáček includes compositions of all stylistic periods from baroque music to the works of contemporary composers.
The orchestra records for Czech Radio (recently the recordings of Mendelssohn's early symphonies have elicited a very favorable response) and cooperates with TV Noe. Recently, Camerata Janáček released their second CD entitled “Dvě velká M” (2006), where it introduces a confrontation of well known and lesser known compositions of W. A. Mozart and B. Martinů. (The first CD featured symphonies of Flemish classicist maestro, Pieter van Maldereho - released in 2000.)
In June 2008 Camerata Janáček together with Martina Bačová performed at the Slovak Dunajská Streda at an important concert within the Czech-Slovak project “Castle Concerts”. This concert was broadcasted live by Czech Radio III – Vltava and Slovak Radio – Devín.
The art director of Camerata Janáček, the violist Pavel Doležal, belongs to the middle generation of Czech music interprets. His hometown is Ostrava. Already during his studies (Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) he successfully participated at a number of national and international interpretative competitions (he is a two-time winner of international violin competition Beethoven’s Hradec.)
Since 1989 he has been a member of Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, where he holds the function of concert master. Pavel Doležal regularly engages in chamber and occasionally in solo performance. (Most recently he performed in 2008 together with Martin Kasík and Jiří Hanousek in Beethoven’s trio accompanied by Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava.)
As a concert master and chamber performer he has attended a number of concert tours in Europe and Asia (Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan) North America (USA) and Australia. Since 1998 he has been the head and soloist of Camerata Janáček, for several years he worked as a pedagogue at Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava.