biography

Michael Bártek, an organist, harpsichordist and a starting choir conductor, is a prizewinner of the International Organ Competition César Franck in Haarlem 2010 (1st prize and audience award), of the International Organ Competition Alexander Goedicke in Moscow 2011 (3rd prize) and of the Competition for Young Organists in Opava 2002 (3rd Prize).

Michael Bártek was born in 1984 in Brno, Czech Republic. He started playing piano at the age of seven and playing organ at the age of fourteen. His first organ teacher was Marie Karasová. Michael Bártek was studying organ at the Brno Conservatory under Zdeněk Nováček and Petr Kolař (2000-2005), at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno under Věra Heřmanová and Pavel Černý (2005-2009). After obtaining a bachelor’s degree (2009), Michael Bártek started with his foreign experiences: he was a student in Strasbourg (2009-2012) where he graduated in Master Professionnel at HEAR (Haute école des arts du Rhin) at the organ class of Christophe Mantoux and Aude Heurtematte. At the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, he studied harpsichord under Aline Zylberajch (Diplôme d’études musicales, 2012) and also obtained Diplôme de Spécialisation in organ in 2013. Under Martin Gester, Michael Bártek perfected playing of the baroque and renaissance styles. Under Francis Jacob, Michael worked on his basso continuo skills. In 2013, he received a master’s degree at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (organ class of Pavel Černý). In 2014-2017, Michael Bártek was a student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in the organ class of Bernhard Haas where he focused on historically informed performance and received another master’s degree. He also perfected his skills in basso continuo under Michael Eberth. The Michael’s repertoire is wide. From early music to contemporary music. Michael Bártek also likes popular music and jazz.

As a concert organist, Michael Bártek performs across Europe. He gives concerts at the Cathedral of Chartres, at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, at St. Nicolas Church in Leipzig, at the Cathedral of Strasbourg, in Toulouse, Rennes, Brno, Szeged, Luxembourg, and other places in Europe. Michael Bártek also accompanies soloists and choirs in many concerts and liturgical services.

Michael Bártek loves teaching. After beginnings in the Czech Republic as a piano teacher, he worked as an organ teacher at the Protestant Organ school in Strasbourg in 2010-2016.

Michael Bártek is of course a liturgical organist. In 2010-2016, he was an organist at Consistory of St. Matthew – Robertsau in Strasbourg. Since 2017, he is an organist at the reformed church of canton of Zurich. In parallel, since September 2017, he studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste Master in church music, organ pedagogy (under Stefan Schättin) and choir conducting (Markus Utz), a new domain in which he is more and more interested.

Michael Bártek lives since 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.