Some information about our company
CZECH Artists Management International Ltd. (CzAMI) is a Music Management / Production Company with the seat in Prague, Czech Republic, representing some of the best Czech musicians abroad and some excellent international musicians in the Czech Republic as well as worldwide. Since its founding in 1995, CzAMI's artists took part in such festivals as Europamusicale in Munich, Altmark Festspiele, Germany, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Croatia, Prague Spring Festival, Smetana's Litomyšl, Czech Republic, March Music Days in Rousse, Bulgaria, in Los Gatos, CA, US, Bratislava Music Festival, Slovakia, etc. In the past, such ensembles as Quartetto con flauto, Czech Trio, Martinů and Stamic String Quartets, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice with conductor Tomáš Koutník, and Victor Emanuel von Monteton have toured the US and Canada for their first time. Violinist Pavel Šporcl toured Germany with the Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra of Brno in 1999, 2000 and 2002, each time with raving reviews, hence starting his international career. The Czech Trio, Quartetto con flauto and the Stamic String Quartet were re-invited to the US a number of times since their introductory tour. The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra of Ostrava performed in Munich, Germany (Am Gasteig) for the first time (in 2002).
Many artists perform at various music festivals in Europe, North (the US and Canada) and South America (Argentina) and with orchestras in Europe. Among the artists performing through CzAMI are the Alexander (US) and Endellion (UK) String Quartets, Victor Emanuel von Monteton (Germany, Switzerland), Pacific Trio (US), András Adorján (Germany), Yoav Talmi (Israel), Claire Fox Hillard (US), Zagreb soloists (Croatia), Ilja Gringolts (US), Janice Martin (US), Kypros Markou (US), Erol Erdinc (Turkey), Sebastiano De Filippi (Argentina), Alim Shakh (Russia), Gil Raveh (Israel, Germany), David Syme (US, Ireland), Giora Feidman (Israel), Nancy King (US), Nvart Andreassian (Armenia), and many others. At the present time, CzAMI is preparing a number of orchestras (New Philharmonic Orchestra Hamburg, Cologne Symphony Orchestra, Armenia Youth Orchestra Yerevan) for tours in China.
To support the premiere American concert tour of the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice (in 2000), CzAMI released one of the orchestra's CDs. The CD and DVD house label of CzAMI is called notabene (Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra of Pardubice, Victor Emanuel von Monteton, and Roman Frič).
In 2014, CzAMI together with the Opera Classica and the Platform of European Memory and Conscience presented the Memorial Concert celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain in Europe with the North-German Philharmonic Orchestra Rostock, Maestro Ulrich Backofen conducting, and a very special guest Marta Kubišová. The representatives of the Czech and German political and social scene were attending.
CzAMI also organizes both regular and occasional events in several Prague hotels for various domestic and foreign companies as well as for many embassies in Prague
Extremely important and successful is the collaboration between CzAMI on one side, and orchestras and other presenters of concerts, both domestic and international, on the other. CzAMI is often asked to recommend for the performances renown artists (orchestras, conductors, soloists, chamber ensembles) who dispose of international experience and personal background. The Founder and Managing Director of CzAMI , Mr. Zdeněk Prouza, as former concert cellist, has excellent personal contacts to many artists, presenters and agents all over the world due to his own past experience as performer. CzAMI recognizes the importance of absolute reliability towards each and every client, be it an orchestra or presenter or the individual artist. It always makes the maximum to realize its partners‘ wishes and to fulfill the wishes and dreams for the clients. Working Hard for Your Success is the motto which applies the best to CzAMI 's efforts.
Zdeněk Prouza studied the violoncello in Prague (Conservatory and Academy of Performing Arts), Salzburg (Mozarteum), Siena (Italy - Accademia Musicale Chigiana - Andrè Navarra), Vienna (Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst - Andrè Navarra), and Bloomington, IN (University of Indiana - János Starker). From 1973, Mr. Prouza played the cello in the Czechoslovak Chamber Orchestra, from 1976 being the principal cellist. With this orchestra, he traveled across Europe, and Latin and South America. In 1979, he defected to former West Germany where he became the principal cellist in the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. After two years, he became the principal cellist in the Vienna Chamber Orchestra (Phillipe Entremont, Music Director). As principal cellist in the Munich Chamber Orchestra two years later, he also took care of all business affairs on tours. He moved to the US in 1985 to pursue his carreer as cellist (as soloist - he performed in such halls as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Boston Symphony Hall, and other important concert venues in the US - as member of several chamber ensembles, and as principal cellist of a number of symphony and chamber orchestras), and to work for The Added Staff as the Financial Director. This company worked for travelling musicians, for example Gilbert Levine, Henry Lewis, James Conlon, and Karl Haas. He came back to Prague in 1992 to become the Manager of Prague Chamber Orchestra, however, a traffic accident ended his concert activities in 1993. The consequences terminated his active presence in music as cellist, therefore he started the activity of an independent Music Manager in 1994. In the Spring of 1996, he was the interim Orchestra Manager of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK.