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Jan Zástěra


Biography

Jan Zástěra (b. 25 July 1984, Duchcov, Northern Bohemia) is a Czech composer, conductor, choirmaster, organist, and researcher.

Col. Zástěra is a graduate of the Teplice Gymnasium. He studied choirmastering at the Faculty of Education of Charles University and church music at the Týn School in Prague. It was during his studies that he learned about the unique musical tradition of the Ossetian Cistercians and especially about the work of the monk Jakob Jan Trautzl.

Since 2008, he has been the conductor of the music of the Castle Guard and the Police of the Czech Republic in the rank of colonel. From 2005 through 2011 he worked as choirmaster of the Brixi Chamber Ensemble, and since 2011 he has been the choirmaster of the Collegium hortense ensemble and the artistic director of the Trautzl art society .

Jan Zástěra is dedicated to both spiritual and secular music. He composed several mass cycles and oratorios, two symphonies and a series of comic operas. He is also engaged in research and publication activities aimed at popularizing the legacy of regional music composers from Teplice and the surrounding area. Zástěra also follows up on their legacy and the musical tradition of the region with his own work, which is very often thematically linked to the Podkrušnohoří region. In the fall of 2019, he organized the musical accompaniment for the National Pilgrimage to Rome, in which he also contributed significantly as an author.


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