Dr. Jakub Martinec is director of choral activities at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, 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).
Dr. 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 conductor of the Boni Pueri boys’ choir (2000 – 2010) and founding artistic director of the Czech Boys Choir (2010 – 2014), Dr. Martinec has recorded for national TV and Radio in the Czech Republic, and has directed on numerous CD‘s and DVD’s – 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. His latest CD featuring Rutter’s masterpiece Gloria was released in October 2018.
Dr. 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). Dr. Martinec is also often asked to be a guest clinician, adjudicator and presenter, e.g. Cornwall Male Choral Festival, UK (2013, 2019), Pemulwuy, Australia (2014), European Festival of Youth Choirs „Giuseppe Zelioli“, Italy (2014, 2016, 2018), Podium, Canada (2014), ACE – Asian Conference on Education, Japan (2015), ISME, UK (2016), Education Research Symposium – Merton College, Oxford, UK (2018).
In 2017/2018 concert season Dr. Martinec conducted Nürnberger Symphoniker in three concerts in famous Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg, Germany, hosted famous The King’s Singers in Canada during their 50th Anniversary Gold Tour in concert with the Atlantic Boychoir and directed 40 selected singers from The National Boychoir of Canada during their tour in Newfoundland and Italy in July 2018.
In the Spring of 2019, Dr. Martinec was a guest chorus master in opera production of Donizetti’s L’Elixir d”Amour in Chengdu, China, toured England and France during European Concert Tour with the Atlantic Boychoir and presented famous vocal group “The Swingles” at the boychoir concert series in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.