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Čeněk Svoboda was born in 1978 in Liberec, where he also finished his violin studies at elementary artistic school. Already during his studies at the F. X. Šalda grammar school, he began applying himself intensively to choir singing, and between 1993–1998, he was a member of Liberec mixed chamber choir Rosex. In 1994, Čeněk Svoboda founded an ensemble called Vokální oktet and led the ensemble as artistic director until 2003. Since 2000, he has been the conductor of a grammar-school choir Cum decore in Liberec, and since 2006, he has also been working with another Liberec choir Ještěd, becoming their first conductor in January 2007.
In Prague, Čeněk Svoboda studied conducting at the Pedagogic Faculty of Charles University under Jiří Kolář and Marek Valášek. As a conductor, he won several awards in domestic and international choirmasters’ competitions. In 2005, the Singing Choirs Union awarded Čeněk Svoboda a national award Junior Conductor. Between 2003-2007, he and the choir Cum decore got a number of awards at major international festivals (Praga cantat 2004, Jihlava 2005, Ifas 2006, Bratislava 2007).
Apart from conducting, Čeněk Svoboda also devotes himself to solo singing (in private lessons with Svatava Šubrtová). Lately, he has been singing professionally both as an ensemble singer and as a soloist in leading local and international early music vocal ensembles (Collegium Vocale 1704, Doulce Mémoire, Collegium Marianum, Musica Florea, Ensemble Inégal and others).
Čeněk Svoboda began working with Collegium 419 in spring 2004 and between 2004-2007 he rehearsed and produced a number of great works of early music: complete set of Motets by Johann Sebastian Bach, Officium defunctorum by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Responsories by Jan Dismas Zelenka, Missa quinis vocibus by Kryštof Harant and many others.
In autumn 2007 Čeněk Svoboda became artistic leader of Collegium 419.