The Camerata Janáček chamber orchestra was formed in late 1998. Its string core includes 13 musicians, all of them leading members of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava. Occasionally, if required by the score, other instruments are added to the orchestra. Characteristic features of this ensemble include not only its fresh musicality, but also its precise technique and the quality of its tone. The orchestra demonstrates these qualities regularly at its concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad. Camerata Janáček has performed at the following music festivals: Easter Festival of Sacred Music (Brno 1999), Janáček May Music Festival (2003, 2007), St. Wenceslas Music Festival in Ostrava (2005, 2007, 2008), Smetana’s Litomyšl Festival (2005), Strings of Autumn Festival in Prague (2002), and the Viva il canto festival in Cieszyn. The orchestra made an appearance in a subscription series of the Czech Philharmonic called “Czech chamber orchestras”, which was held at the Rudolfinum concert hall in Prague (2003). The orchestra toured in South Korea (1998), Austria (1999), Italy (2000), Spain (2000, 2002), Poland (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), Belgium (2006), and the Netherlands (2006, 2010). It has collaborated with some outstanding Czech soloists, for example with the guitarist L. Brabec, the violinists P. Šporcl, V. Hudeček, I. Ženatý, J. Vodička, M. Bačová and P. Maceček, the cellist J. Hanousek, the soprano M. Janková, the pianists L. Vondráček and M. Kasík, but also with soloists from abroad (V. Jagling, G. Sharon, N. Veljković, and others). Camerata Janáček regularly participates in the Chamber series of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava. Camerata Janáček’s repertoire includes pieces from Baroque to contemporary music. The orchestra records with the Czech Radio and TV Noe. The orchestra has already recorded four CDs. The artistic director is the violinist Pavel Doležal. During his studies (Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague), he has successfully participated in several national and international competitions (he is a double winner of the International Music Competition Beethoven’s Hradec). Since 1989 he has been a member of the JPO, where he currently holds the position of a concertmaster. For more information see www.cameratajanacek.cz.