The Praga Camerata continues the renowned tradition of Czech chamber ensembles. It was founded in 2001 by violinist Pavel Hůla with a vision to capitalize on his rich experience as the first violinist of the Kocian Quartet and a long-time member of the Prague Chamber Soloists Orchestra. He invited players who were mainly dedicated to chamber music to collaborate. Praga Camerata plays basically with strings only and without a conductor. It is occasionally expanded to include wind instruments, offering additional repertoire options. The repertoire itself is wide, and it includes important Baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary works.
Praga Camerata performs regularly in domestic venues or concert halls and at festivals. The orchestra, under the artistic direction of Pavel Hůla, made several successful concert tours in Japan and Spain, performed at the prestigious Folle Journée festival in Nantes, France, and performed in famous concert halls such as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Tonhalle in Zurich, KKL Concert Hall in Lucerne, Palau de la Musica in Barcelona or the Auditorium in Valencia. In 2007, the ensemble released the first CD for the French label Praga Digitals with Schubert’s Quartet “Death and the Maiden” in Mahler’s arrangement. This recording received high praise from foreign professional critics. Praga Camerata also collaborates with renowned soloists and conductors.
In 2021, Pavel Hůla’s daughter, the violinist Lucie Sedláková Hůlová, took over the artistic direction of the Praga Camerata orchestra, together with her husband, cellist Martin Sedlák. Both are experienced and sought-after musicians and have been active in the orchestra since its foundation. They often perform as soloists with Praga Camerata.