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Artistic director, Atlantic Boychoir and National Boychoir of Canada
City: St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Country of Origin: Czech Republic

Jakub Martinec, Ph.D., is director of choral activities at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the founding artistic director of the Atlantic Boychoir, the first provincial choir of boys and young men in Canada, and the artistic director and conductor of the National Boychoir of Canada (NBCC).

Martinec holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Western Ontario and his research focuses on a comparison of European and North American perspectives on choral conducting as well as investigations of early Czech choral literature, and pedagogical strategies for teaching adolescent male singers.

Born in the Czech Republic, he was the artistic director of the renowned Czech Boys Choir. Martinec has recorded for national TV and radio in the Czech Republic, and has directed on numerous CDs and DVDs; his recording of Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols received a Recording of the Month award by the London-based Classical Music Web in 2004.

Martinec has performed with eminent orchestras, ensembles and musical personalities in some of the world’s most famous concert halls and cathedrals , including Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg, Germany (2005, 2009, 2011, 2017), Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, USA (2004), Winspear Hall in Edmonton, Canada (2006), Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada (2012), the Pantheon and the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome for the leaders of the Vatican (2009, 2010), Truro Cathedral, UK (2013) and regularly at the Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall and Smetana Hall in Prague. With his choirs, he performed the opening concert of choral cycle of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (2006), and has appeared at numerous international music festivals including the Prague Spring Festival (2004, 2005), European Festival of Youth Choirs “Giuseppe Zelioli” (2003, 2012), AmericaFest International Festival for Boys’ & Men’ Choirs including the VIth World Choral Symposium in Minneapolis (2002), Festival d’Ambronay (2006), Mitte Europa (2008, 2009, 2013), and the highly acclaimed World Festival of Singing for Men and Boys (Prague, Hradec Kralove, 2004, 2008).

Martinec is also often asked to be a guest clinician, adjudicator and presenter, e.g. Cornwall Male Choral Festival, U.K. (2013, 2019), Pemulwuy, Australia (2014), European Festival of Youth Choirs “Giuseppe Zelioli”, Italy (2014, 2016), Podium, Canada (2014), ACE – Asian Conference on Education, Japan (2015), ISME, U.K. (2016), Education Research Symposium – Merton College, Oxford, UK (2018). The 2020-2021  concert season brought Martinec guest conducting to Italy, Thailand, Czech Republic and Australia! Since 2019, Martinec is a choral columnist for the Canadian Music Educator Journal.

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